Also in today's roundup: Ajit Pai seems to rethink broadband mapping, Huawei wonders about rural broadband, Full Fibre's PON pick, and something for landlords to mull over.
CenturyLink is expanding its network by adding a new facility in Miami to serve Florida and enterprises in Latin America. The data-efficient complex and data center, set to begin construction in September, will include a new network gateway to manage the flow of Internet and data traffic across CenturyLink's global network. The site for the 98,000-square-foot compound is about a mile from a network access point and on one of the highest points in a "500-year flood zone" -- a key concern in often waterlogged Miami. Eventually, the gateway will connect to three long-haul fiber routes as well as subsea cables. CenturyLink expects to begin moving infrastructure into the new facility next year.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai apparently heard the questions and discontent over the US's broadband map, its use of census blocks and sole reliance on operators' self-reported data. During a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Pai said he now wants operators to give more specific details on where their services are available and wants to include public feedback in a map. The agency plans a vote in August. (See Broadband Map Gets Open Sourced via App and Why Did FCC Kill NTIA's Broadband Map?)
The US government will ruin rural broadband if operators must rip and replace Huawei equipment, the Chinese giant warned in an ex parte filing with the FCC this week. Huawei has made 11 filings so far in the FCC's open docket (18-89), in which the Federal Communications Commission proposes banning carriers from using federal funds to buy gear or services from vendors that pose a national security threat. The vendor has not met face-to-face with the agency, according to Huawei's most recent filing. But the US potentially may be violating World Trade Organization rules, it cautioned. (See Huawei: We're Not a Threat to Our Customers.)
UK broadband wholesaler Full Fibre chose Dhasan Zhone (DZS) Keymile's GPON and XGS-PON technologies for its new fiber network. The operator is beta testing and piloting DZS Keymile's modular V8106 OLT platform.
High-Speed Broadband Is Important to Apartment Renters
Tenants may not know what technology connects them, but if they make a separate payment, they know whether a cable, telco or wireless operator delivers their broadband access.
Speaking of fiber, apartment renters will pay more for high-speed broadband, according to a recent study. Of customers without a fiber connection today, 17% will shell out $50 or more per month, while 35% of current fiber subscribers will pay an additional $50 each month, BroadbandNow found. When considering an apartment, availability of fiber would play a role in almost half of current fiber users' decisions, the poll of 5,786 Americans determined.
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
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.