Also today, Netplus upgrades with Nokia, Telefónica rides up the IoT escalator, security households still prefer monitoring (but perhaps not for much longer) and anyone for 8K tennis?
In June, Australia's nbn will start a trial that upgrades 50 fiber-to-the-node users to either fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) or fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) as part of a new program dubbed Change of Access Technology (COAT), itnews reported. Under a government mandate, nbn's network footprint must meet speeds of 25 Mbit/s, but 1.3% of its FTTN subscribers do not attain that goal. Indeed, 1.4 million premises in the NBN network will connect via FTTC, wrote Stephen Rue, nbn's CEO, in a company blog.
By 2020, we forecast the build to be complete and eight million premises activated by the nbn access network. As we edge closer to the completion of the rollout, we are preparing for new challenges and opportunities," Rue added. "We'll continue to drive revenue and ensure a modest return on the taxpayer investment. The company will continue to be open to the use of international developments in technology, such as DOCSIS 3.1 and Gfast, to maximize the potential of our network."
nbn Replacing FTTN for Small Percent of Subscribers
nbn is upgrading some FTTN subscribers to FTTC or FTTP services in order to meet government-mandated speeds across the nbn network. (FTTN deployment photo source: nbn)
India's Netplus signed a fiber upgrade contract with Nokia. Under the deal, the Finnish vendor will provide the broadband operator with GPON solutions so Netplus can increase capacity and services such as IPTV and quad-play bundles. The first deployments will reach Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, according to Netplus.
Under a newly signed agreement, Telefónica will be the IoT and network connectivity partner for Schindler, developer of a smart elevator and escalator solution called Schindler Ahead. Using AI, the cloud-based digital platform offers up predictive maintenance to enhance equipment reliability, uptime and performance. Telefónica will provide the vendor with the Kite Platform, its managed connectivity offering, to ensure Schindler's gear is always globally connected.
Speaking of IoT, self-installed IoT security systems slowly are becoming more popular than professionally monitored solutions, according to Parks Associates. By year-end 2018, 28% of US broadband households had an active security system versus 26% 12 months prior; 24% had professional monitoring by Q4 2018, the researcher found. Of those households "highly likely" to purchase a security system within the next 12 months, 52% plan to buy a self-installed solution, Parks Associates determined. Self-installed security could significantly lower the cost of security and vastly expand the market, said Dina Abdelrazik, senior analyst at Parks Associates, in a statement. Although some providers and vendors predicted self-installation would move adoption of security systems to at least half US households, this won't happen soon, she said.
"Security providers, particularly traditional players, are taking steps to incorporate the sale of adjacent devices into their offerings. Networked cameras and video doorbells are having early success, but providers need stronger holistic explanations for selling across device categories, including energy and convenience," added Abdelrazik. "Providing the ability to self-install additional smart home devices to existing security systems helps to move the needle forward."
The French Tennis Federation, broadcaster France Télévisions and Orange will bring 8K TV matches from the Philippe-Chatrier court to couch potatoes' living rooms, courtesy of Orange's 5G network inside the stadium, according to the operator. Tennis-lovers in Britain, meanwhile, can watch the matches played in Roland-Garros stadium via Virgin Media's 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range (HDR)-capable V6 set-top boxes -- the first UK TV platform to do so, according to Virgin. The key is Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) technology, which allows Virgin to broadcast all matches from the main court due to its partnership with Eurosport, the operator said. (See Orange Aces French Open with Fiber & Digital Tech.)
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