In other news today, Charter and New York officials shake hands, Cogeco fares better in the US than Canada and Telia scores big with its connected-home energy solution.
Within three months, India's Reliance Jio plans to begin deploying fixed-broadband services to 75 million homes across 16,000 cities -- up from 60 million homes in 1,100 cities, BusinessInsider reported. Competitor Airtel also is focusing on fiber, with expectations it will offer FTTH services to more than 20 million premises across India.
Broadband to the People
India's mobile operators, already investing in fiber for 5G backhaul, plan to deploy fixed-access broadband to reach millions of residents and businesses.
Charter Communications has settled its long-running dispute over network expansion plans mandated in New York's Public Service Commission's approval of the MNO's merger with Time Warner Cable in 2016. Charter agreed to expand its network footprint to deliver high-speed broadband to 145,000 Upstate New York homes and businesses, and pay $12 million for additional expansion. To date, Charter has passed about 65,000 of the 145,000 households or about 45% of the total. Charter must invest about $600 million to complete this deployment, the commission estimated. (See Charter & NY Formally Kiss & Make Up .)
Canadian operator Cogeco reported C$617.6 million in revenue for the third quarter, up 3.1% from a year ago, or 1.3% after adjusting for C$10.8 million in positive currency exchange effects. At home, it fared less well than it did in the US. Much growth came from beyond Cogeco's southern border via acquired operators like Atlantic Broadband and MetroCast, wrote Alan Breznick in Light Reading. (See Service Providers Primp for Acquisition Attention .)
Telia's NB-IoT technology will connect about 1 million smart meters in Sweden for utility E.on. The power company will see consumers' electricity use and the amount of electricity homes equipped with solar panels contribute to the grid.
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.
The lack of an accurate broadband map means states and counties are tackling this issue themselves – and sometimes finding big disparities in the data – before spending their residents' money on deploying infrastructure.
Next year many operators must decide whether to invest more in HFC or go all-in to fiber, pick their PON and choose their managed-WiFi path, writes analyst Dan Grossman, who also recommends providers bundle managed WiFi and analytics to best serve residential subscribers -- and operators' own businesses.
Public-private partnerships, investor interest, self-help in rural areas and incumbents' return set the scene for a busy year of broadband deployment in the US countryside in 2020, writes Analyst Dan Grossman.
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.