The week begins with the departure of a Liberty Global exec, Airtel Africa IPO news, CityFibre's new fiber pact, fiber-optic testing by the numbers, and the complexities of enterprise IoT.
Verizon will develop and deploy a high-speed fiber network to connect all 29 NBA arenas, under an agreement designed to give fans high-quality 1080p-resolution video on all broadcasts. Under the agreement with the National Basketball Association, Verizon will connect each arena using two 100G fiber circuits that will increase bandwidth tenfold. Go-live is second half of next year.
Having overseen Liberty Global's sale of many eastern European operations to Vodafone, C-level exec Eric Tveter has departed Liberty Global, the operator said today. Effective July 1, Robert Redeleanu will become CEO for eastern Europe; once Vodafone's acquisitions wrap up, he'll lead Liberty Global's businesses in Poland and Slovakia.
CityFibre awarded Prysmian a multi-million-pound, two-year deal to supply optical cable for underground and aerial deployments of its wholesale access network. The altnet operator continues to build out its all-fiber network as part of its goal to extend current metro-area networks to almost all UK homes and businesses, intending to reach 5 million UK homes in 50-plus cities by 2025.
More than 1.2 million units of fiber-optic test equipment were sold worldwide in 2018, and the market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of more than 6% through 2027, according to new research from Future Market Insights. Operators want gear that's easy to use, highly automated and capable of handling the complexity of next-generation networks, the report found.
Internet of Things is real and companies are deploying solutions -- but face barriers like cost (37%), security (37%), lack of expertise (36%) and poor understanding of benefits (35%), according to "The IoT Implementation Survey," by Longview IoT and Informa Engage. Half of companies handle IoT projects internally, 40% use a system integrator, 35% tap multiple vendors and 34% rely on an IoT solutions provider.
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.
The MDU market continues to face fierce competition among service providers due to tech-savvy residents (i.e., millennials), demand from building owners and management companies, plus the favorable economics of bulk contracts. However, no MDUs are the same, so service providers must use multiple technologies and inconsistent deployment models, increasing operational complexity and rollout costs.
The MDU market itself is evolving as residents adopt smart-home technologies, generating rising demand for smart apartments with built-in connected thermostats, keyless entryways and doors, and video doorbells. This evolution presents both new challenges and opportunities. In other words, service providers must consider innovative service-delivery strategies to compete and win.
In this Broadband World News and ADTRAN webinar, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will highlight emerging MDU broadband Internet trends and challenges. In addition, Kurt will outline the next-generation service creation and delivery platform, built on open standards, that allows service providers to connect millions of underserved MDUs, enables creation of user-driven services, and reduces operational complexity and costs.
Plus, special guest, Alice Lawson, Broadband and Cable Program Manager for the City of Seattle, will discuss Seattle’s B4B-Build For Broadband initiative that addresses best practices in planning for MDU telecommunication infrastructure.