Also, ISP knows gamers aren't playing, Boris Johnson blathers about broadband, Prysmian Group unites Denmark and the UK, the government throws a spanner in Inmarsat's deal and Open Fiber chooses FWA provider.
CenturyLink is adding 4.7 million more miles of fiber in 50 major US cities by 2021, the company said today. It already finished phase one of the expansion -- 3.5 million miles of fiber -- in June. When CenturyLink last completed a deployment like this, it was a different company and fiber deployments were quite different, too, according to CenturyLink CTO Andrew Dugan. He tells Light Reading about how advances in optical tech help CenturyLink leverage partner Corning's fiber-optics and what that means for broadband. (See CenturyLink Adds Fiber to Fuel Datacenter, Cloud Growth.)
ISP Ghost Gamer Broadband formally debuted a pro-gamer broadband service designed for the UK's competitive online gaming community. It leverages parent company Structured Communications' business-grade broadband and focuses on delivering resilient, stable connectivity that maintains speed and reliability even during peak playing times. The service is powered by multiple 10 Gbps upstream fiber circuits for continuous, reliable speed, according to Ghost.
Ghost Gamer Broadband is available across three tiered packages, based on connection type: Fiber to the Premises and G.Fast, Fiber to the Cabinet and ADSL.
(Image source: Ghost Gamer Broadband)
National Grid Viking Link and Energinet chose Prysmian Group to develop Viking Link, the first submarine cable connection between the UK and Denmark. The contract, worth close to €700 million ($781.3 million), includes design, manufacture and installment of the entire 1,250 km (about 777 miles) cable for the submarine route and all of the 135 km (about 84 miles) of land cables on the UK side.
Citing national security, UK's government has stalled satellite-broadband provider Inmarsat's deal to be acquired by a private-equity led consortium for $3.4 billion. The Competition and Markets Authority must write a report about the "competition and national security aspects of the proposed transaction" by September 17.
Government-backed Open Fiber chose Intracom Telecom to supply it with the fixed-wireless access (FWA) solutions it needs to provide high-speed broadband to about 20 million Italian premises. These primarily rural homes and small businesses are generally too hard to reach with fiber and copper-based technologies like VDSL and Gfast.
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.
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.
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.