Also, Canada looks to Telesat to span its digital divide, Northern Ireland's broadband plan advances and new research ponders next-gen optical networks.
Virgin Media today unveiled "Gigabit Britain," its plan to use a combination of DOCSIS 3.1, fiber and EPON to bring high-speed broadband to almost 15 million UK residents by the end of 2021. In fact, by the time champagne corks pop this year, Virgin Media expects more than 1 million British residents will have gigabit broadband, the operator said. Virgin Media, part of the Liberty Global family, added more than 1.7 million premises via its Project Lightning network expansion program, which debuted in February 2015.
The Canadian government chose Telesat to provide a low-earth orbit satellite-based communications architecture to deliver high-speed, affordable Internet access to rural and remote areas of the country. Telesat is expected to generate CAD 1.2 billion ($91 million) under the 10-year P3, including up to CAD 685 million (about $522 million) from the government. About 2.3 million Canadian households don't have affordable, reliable high-speed Internet -- in part, because some areas have terrain that's difficult and expensive for fiber deployment, according to Telesat.
Not Many Neighbors
Beautiful scenery at this Canadian home, but not ideal terrain for dropping fiber.
Northern Ireland's Department for the Economy (DfE) today began inviting offers as it entered the procurement step of Project Stratum. This is a £165 million program to provide broadband to the almost 100,000 premises that do not have "next-generation access" speeds of at least 30Mbps. This represents about 11% of premises in Northern Ireland, DfE said.
Worldwide revenue for PON equipment will reach $7.3 billion by 2023, driven by operator spending on 10 Gbps EPON and XGS-PON deployments as well as ensuring they maximize existing 2.5 Gbps GPON networks, according to a new report by Dell'Oro Group. XGS-PON trials rapidly are moving into production, empowering operators to compete with cable providers' D3.1 networks, said Research Director Jeff Heynen.
Roku's smart-TV operating system is one of the biggest winners in the US-China trade dispute, according to IHS Markit Research Director Paul Gray. In the 1Q 2019, smart TVs accounted for 89% of North American TV shipments versus 75% a year earlier. Roku-based units represented 37% of North American smart TVs, compared with 23% in Q1 2018, the researcher said. This was the first time Roku's OS topped the chart -- and North America is the only region in which Roku leads the pack, IHS Markit found.
The entire Illinois city of Aurora is expected to sign a public-private partnership withSmart City Capital to transform the entire metropolis into a "true smart city," Cities Today reported. SCC, a risk-fund firm that specializes in "outcome based smart city and IoT solutions," would invest $300 million. Of that, $200 million would go toward projects with technology providers and $100 million would go to smart-city infrastructure development.
In a one-on-one interview with Broadband World News, ADTRAN Chairman and CEO Tom Stanton speaks about the vendor's success with a new breed of broadband providers, today's competitive environment and, yes, Verizon and NG-PON2.
In a provocative new BBWN webinar, Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton will delve into cable's next-gen HFC architecture plans and explain why going all-fiber may make more sense for operators right now.
Five years ago, NOS board member Manuel Ramalho Eanes helped steer the Portuguese service provider toward a future heavily reliant on smart homes and cities. It's a decision the provider is glad it made.
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.
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
The importance of offering Managed Wi-Fi and its connection to Wi-Fi 6
How you can elevate your brand and gain a strong foothold in the home network.