Today's wrap-up also includes a look at smart home automation growth, a Missouri utility's plan to power-up fiber broadband, an update on Reliance Jio's Gigabit Fiber progress and Oxford's discovery of the pros and cons of taking millions from a private equity investor to study AI.
Starry will use its recently won spectrum from the 24GHz auction to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to the home, including in rural regions often unserved by traditional fixed-access providers. The wireless broadband provider won 104 licenses for 51 partial economic regions across 25 states, bringing its total potential footprint to 40 million US households when combined with its existing territories. Starry's platform and architecture can deliver broadband for less than $20 per home passed, the company claims; it uses dozes of base station sites and a proprietary antenna system for its point-to-multipoint solution and could target international customers, CEO Chet Kanojia hinted in a release. Want more details? (See Starry Says Spectrum Wins Widen Reach to 40M US Households.)
Smart home automation revenue will increase at a 25% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2019 and 2024, hitting $54 billion in five years, according to a new report from Juniper Research. The Far East and China, followed by North America and West Europe will lead adoption, followed at a distance by the rest of Asia Pacific, West Europe and Latin America, the study finds.
Traverse City Light & Power is getting into the fiber broadband business after the Michigan utility approved contracts to begin building and operating a network during its board meeting on Tuesday, reported 9&10 news. It chose Fujitsu to deploy Phase I of the $3.3 million project for downtown homes and businesses, a trial run that will be the basis for an expansion to all customers, Light & Power hopes. It will install the fiber infrastructure this summer and add its first subscribers this fall; the network will pay for itself with 402 residents and 378 businesses, although costs were not disclosed, the article said. Light & Power will be the sole user of the infrastructure and does not expect to offer dark fiber services, according to the local news site.
Reliance Jio is expected to unveil pricing in July for its long-awaited Jio GigaFiber, which has undergone testing for several months and is now ready for prime time, My Smart Price and other Indian news sites reported. Local experts predict Reliance Jio will debut the gigabit broadband services during its July corporate meeting and follow its tradition of low-cost, high-quality offerings that disrupt competitors within its footprints. A triple-play plan with 100 gigabytes of data at 100 Mbit/s may cost INR 600 ($8.61), My Smart Price wrote -- a.k.a. "cheap and worthy."
Blackstone multi-billionaire (OK, $126 billion, to be precise) Stephen Schwarzman donated £150 million ($188.7 million) to Oxford University for a new institute where the esteemed educational institution can unite most of its art faculties and house a new center to study the ethics of artificial intelligence. This, of course, led to many online and social media discussions (and diatribes) about whether, how, and if a man who earned most of his wealth from private equity could or should donate to a university and whether Oxford should accept the gift. More worrisome, perhaps, is that almost all Schwarzman's money goes to the building -- not to staff who are more important to any discussion or resolution of this monumentally vital topic, given AI's ever-increasing role.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
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.