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.
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.