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.
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.