Also, Atlantic Broadband strides into more gigabit country, NBN rejoices over HFC trial, UK agency reviews Inmarsat deal and a three-way partnership forms to advance cable in smart homes.
Google, Microsoft and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) want the FCC to allow incumbents to share C-band spectrum -- especially 3700 MHz and 4200 MHz -- a move that would bring broadband to up to 80 million more Americans, they said. This would enable fixed-wireless operators to use the spectrum band currently limited to incumbents, mainly satellite operators. Requests for spectrum-sharing are growing, but this proposal seeks to have new and existing providers in different geographies to use the same spectrum. Other spectrum-sharing approaches, like Microsoft's TV white spaces, grant fixed-wireless access by assigning gear to different channels within a band.
Private equity group Connect Bidco's planned $3.4 billion acquisition of satellite provider Inmarsat is being scrutinized by Britain's Competition and Markets Authority. The deal could raise public interest concerns, according to the CMA.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) and the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) are teaming up to drive standards creation and adoption, plus offer educational opportunities around cable network capabilities, smart home, smart cities and IoT services. By selecting cable's 10G as the basis of new construction, members get the high speed, low latency, highly reliable and highly secure services that make the "heart of intelligent buildings," said Chris Bastian, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering SCTE•ISBE.
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.