In today's wrap-up, Comcast ponders the stress points of moving house, while CityFibre and partner Bamboo, as well as Cyprus's Cablenet, roll out new infrastructure.
Also, BT TV leverages a sophisticated database to manage subscribers' many movements across multiple devices, and researchers give insight into automated homes and optical components, a critical piece of the PON puzzle. We'll find out how on-target they are in five years.
British altnet CityFibre launched a gigabit-speed, full-fiber network to businesses in the city of Cheltenham. In partnership with customer-facing operator Bamboo Technology Group, the wholesaler's future-proof infrastructure is now accessible to more than 200 companies via CityFibre's newly deployed 16.65 km (10.3 miles) of fiber-optic cable and Bamboo's offerings to businesses within 200 meters (218 yards) of the network.
Cyprus-based Cablenet is deploying an AXOS-based passive optical network from Calix as it transitions from a hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) infrastructure to a unified network in greenfield areas. Using Calix's E7-2 Intelligent Modular System, the MSO plans to connect between 15,000 and 20,000 new subscribers this year -- an approach it predicts will allow it to serve different market segments while simultaneously simplifying operations and reducing costs. Cyprus hosts a competitive market, according to Cablenet, which has about 70,000 subscribers, and so the MSO needs technology's assistance to cost-effectively enhance and differentiate services, said Antonis Vasili, chief technical officer at Cablenet, in a statement. He added:
As we expand into new cities to capture new opportunities, we have identified a need for a solution that can scale at least as well as our existing HFC network, while at the same time lowering operational complexity and costs. Partnering with Calix gives us the ability to rapidly deploy a software-defined, high-capacity network that can compete [with the state-owned provider] for both residential and business subscribers and evolve as we grow.
Which would you choose: connectivity or thirst? When given that option, 31% of adults who are likely to move within the year said it would be more difficult to live without Internet for two days after relocating than to live without water, according to a new Xfinity survey. (Obviously, they are not moving to Florida, where it's been about 90-degrees-plus for the past week.) Comcast conducted the survey to promote its new Xfinity Move in a Minute "experience," designed to reduce the time it takes for consumers to schedule transferring their TV or Internet services. Today, it takes an average 21 minutes, but the new digital service slashes that by 95%, the MSO said.
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Is transferring Internet service really the worst part of moving? According to a Comcast Xfinity survey, apparently it is for some folks.
BT TV, which provides broadcasting services to millions of British homes, is using Couchbase's NoSQL database to power its on-demand TV services from any device, the developer said today. Couchbase helps BT TV deliver a reliable, personalized experience to subscribers, many of whom generate 50-plus interactions each time they change a screen. "As a NoSQL database, its ability to manage the vast number of interactions we process centrally, and share that with all relevant devices in real-time, means it can guarantee the best experience for our customers," said Jérôme Tassel, director of TV & Broadband Services Engineering at BT, in a statement. "The fact that it also supports enterprise-level availability, including full replication, means we can be sure we're doing everything possible to ensure nothing disrupts our customers' viewing experiences."
Finally, some data points: The global home automation market will reach $46.22 billion by 2025, increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 12.5%, from $20.31 billion in 2018, according to Adroit Market Research. And the worldwide market for passive optical components -- which discusses drivers such as the surge in IP traffic, demand for FTTH and GPON SoC technology advances -- predicts sales will reach $45.62 billion by 2022 versus $14.6 billion in 2015 (CAGR of 17.6%), predicted Allied Market Research.
Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
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