Also today, news about Telekom Romania, Orange and Vodafone Romania; CommScope's DAA family expands; Euskaltel profit and revenue are down, but hope is up; Israeli satellite provider and SpaceX return to Cape Canaveral; and operators should beware of the latest WhatsApp-themed security risk.
Charter expanded VP of Financial and Business Planning James Nuzzo's role to include oversight of Business Intelligence and Corporate Services. The MSO also promoted Charles Fisher to executive vice president, Corporate Finance & Development, adding investor relations to his duties, and Kevin Howard to EVP, chief accounting officer and controller. This all follows news of CFO Christopher Winfrey's expanded responsibilities, Charter noted.
Dissatisfied with the reportedly high cost of accessing Telekom Romania's fixed-access network, Orange Group will deploy its own fiber network across the Eastern European country, according to local newspaper Ziarul Financiar. Originally, the two providers inked a network-sharing deal: Orange used Telekom Romania's fixed network, the Romanian operator used the German provider's 4G network. But RT stopped using the French operator's network earlier this year -- due to what it called high prices.
Deep in the Heart of Europe
Telekom Romania, Orange and Vodafone were busy in Romania, merging and leaving and unveiling investment plans. (Image source: TheDigitalWay via Pixabay)
In the same country, Vodafone Romania made some changes at the top after the regulators OK'd the previously contested deal between Vodafone and Liberty Global, generating a merger with Liberty's UPC Romania subsidiary. UPC Romania CEO Mihnea Rădulescu will move on to be director of Vodafone's business unit, while Mostafa El Beltagy will continue to lead the consumer division, after taking it on in 2018. (See Vodafone Strikes €18.4B Deal to Buy Liberty Assets.)
CommScope shared news of an upcoming 2x2 Remote PHY device designed to help operators accelerate their adoption of 10G -- symmetric DOCSIS 3.1 created to compete with 5G and fiber -- and the latest in the vendor's Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) family. Slated for operator testing later this year, the R-PHY module goes into CommScope's NC4 and OM4 fiber nodes, according to the manufacturer.
Spanish operator Euskaltel reported second-quarter net profit sank 22.5%, to €11 million ($12.2 million), compared with 12 months ago; revenue was down only about 1% to €171.1 million ($190 million). CEO Jose Miguel Garcia, who took the top spot in June, wants to simplify and cut costs for the array of fixed and mobile services it offers in northern Spain, including the Basque region. Network expansion engendered 4,000 new customers in Q2, versus a loss of 10,000 in the first quarter, Euskaltel said. (See Spain's Euskaltel Unveils Expansion Plans.)
SpaceX is scheduled to launch Spacecom's Amos-17 on the evening of Aug. 3 from Cape Canaveral, Fla., wrote the Jerusalem Post. The Israeli satellite operator's broadband customers include Dish Networks in Nepal.
Hiding Behind a Link of Legitimacy
Malware-writers and hackers often use popular apps like WhatsApp to try and lure consumers into clicking an infected link. (Source: WeLiveSecurity.com)
Operators should be aware of the latest WhatsApp-themed online scam, which offers consumers "free gigabit Internet," WeLiveSecurity.com reported today. Researchers from security vendor ESET Latin America first found the fakery, which claimed to celebrate the messaging app's anniversary by giving away 1,000 gigabits of free Internet data. The non-WhatsApp URL takes victims to a survey; there, like any good scam, it demands the consumer shares the scam with at least 30 people to be eligible for the gig prize.
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.