Also in today's broadband news roundup: CityFibre's latest city managers and fast-growing southeastern operator's most recent moves.
Steer clear of MVNO deals, cautioned Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson. In a report on convergence, the analyst reviews the much-publicized deals Comcast and Charter made with Verizon Wireless and concludes they won't be profitable until new contracts in early 5G phases, writes Jeff Baumgartner in Light Reading. The two MSO have added 1.3 million mobile lines but also added losses, according to Moffett. (See Comcast, Charter MVNO Deals Are Bad for Everyone – Analyst .)
Google will pay Kentucky's Louisville Metro Government $3.48 million over 20 months to help cover costs for road and other right-of-way repairs related to Google Fiber's microtrenching failures, Mayor Greg Fischer said on Monday. Google's fiber-only broadband service helped kickstart a telco investment in full-fiber infrastructure, announced in February it would no longer offer its service in Kentucky, in part due to maintenance costs associated with cables buried only a few inches beneath sidewalks and roads.
Georgia on Their Mind
Hargray Fiber execs and employees celebrate the operator's new presence in Covington.
Hargray Fiber of South Carolina continues to expand its full-fiber footprint. The 70-year-old provider extended its network into Covington, Ga. Over the past few years Hargray has expanded into Hawkinsville, Hinesville, Lake Oconee, Macon, Perry, Reidsville, Savannah, Statesboro, Valdosta and Warner Robins, Ga., and Pell City, Ala. It also inked an agreement to acquire Dark Fiber Systems of Jacksonville, Fla. Hargray will extend its southeast footprint; grow DFS' 150 route-mile network, and "provide multi-gig lit data services including dedicated Internet, customized multi-location Ethernet solutions, colocation & managed services, and enhanced voice and video solutions," said Chris McCorkendale, Hargray senior vice president, in a press release.
Meet the Managers
CityFibre named two new city managers. Lucy Cooper (left) is now city manager of its Bournemouth project, while Aideen Sadler is city manager for the wholesaler's Southend-on-Sea full-fiber deployment.
British altnet wholesaler CityFibre named Aideen Sadler city manager for its Southend-on-Sea project and announced Lucy Cooper is the new city manager of its Bournemouth project. Both women will oversee the delivery of key CityFibre projects. The Southend-on-Sea project is valued at £30 million ($39.2 million) and the Bournemouth project is worth about £35 million ($39.2 million). The carrier's fiber-optic network is expected to reach each home and small business in each city.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.
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