Also today: Semtech's XGS-PON product availability, Eluvio aims to disrupt OTT and video streaming, the fixed FWA market gains ground, CenturyLink expands channel program and DigitalC partners bring connectivity to inner-city Cleveland.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Wednesday shared a draft order to allocate about $950 million for broadband networks in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. It would be the second round of dedicated, post-Hurricane Maria funding since the islands were hit on Sept. 20, 2017. After the deadly storm landed, the FCC "acted quickly, providing an infusion of about $66 million" for carriers' restoration efforts, Pai wrote in a blog. In 2018, the FCC created the Uniendo a Puerto Rico Fund and Connect USVI Fund, which gave $64 million in stage one, he said.
China's Semtech Corp., which develops high-performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and algorithms, this week announced product availability of its GN7153B combo chip and the GN7055B multi-rate burst mode trans-impedance amplifier (TIA) for XGSPON Optical Line Terminals (OLTs).
Video software startup Eluvio entered the streaming scene with the intention of enabling delivery of premium video content worldwide using an Internet overlay network that avoids any need of video transcoding systems and content delivery networks (CDNs). Eluvio CEO Michelle Munson was the founder of Aspera, a company that allowed for fast and secure delivery of mega-huge data files; in 2014, IBM acquired Aspera and Munson stayed there until she recognized the need to change legacy OTT and video streaming systems. (See Eluvio Aims to Elude Video Transcoding & the CDN .)
The total fixed wireless access market will grow at 11% CAGR to $6.2 billion in 2024 from $3.3 billion in 2018, according to Mobile Experts. "The combined 3GPP-based LTE and 5G fixed wireless segments are expected to grow quickly as major mobile operators increasingly look to share increased mobile broadband network capacity for both mobile and fixed broadband services," said Kyung Mun, principal analyst, in a statement. "The 5G fixed segment in particular will explode as operators worldwide look to leverage 5G fixed broadband for new revenue." This 5G fixed segment will account for more than half all FWA equipment sold and more than 50% of revenue by 2024, Mobile Experts predicts.
Hands Across the Water, Hands Across the Sky
CenturyLink hopes to attract more integrators, VARs and other EMEA providers to its channel partner program, looking to combine its broadband skills and products with partners' vertical and technical skills and relationships with key enterprise customers.
CenturyLink expanded its worldwide channel program in EMEA, hoping to attract new partners in the area to help it meet accelerated market demand as businesses continue to rely on broadband-powered digital solutions for transformation. It also will allow US and EMEA partners to work together with trans-continental customers, said Craig Patterson, vice president of indirect sales at CenturyLink, in a statement. Like many channel programs, CenturyLink's indirect salesforce gets support from dedicated teams and sales, marketing, development and maintenance throughout the customer sales cycle, a partner portal, specialized training materials and tools, as well as solutions to help partners grow their own businesses. (See CenturyLink Courts EMEA Partners.)
Demonstrating the digital divide is not limited to rural areas, The Cuyahoga County Board of Control okayed a licensing deal with non-profit, broadband advocacy group DigitalC. Under this contract, DigitalC partners will place an antenna atop the local Juvenile Justice Center to help deliver low-cost Internet to a portion of the Fairfax, Ohio neighborhood, Crain's Cleveland reported. About one third of Cleveland's residents do not have any form of Internet access; up to 50% of residents have no fixed-access home broadband, DigitalC estimates. To keep costs low, deployment relies on copper and wireless technologies: DigitalC partnered withSiklu, a developer of gigabit wireless solutions; Actelis, a telco provider specializing in symmetrical Internet across copper and Cleveland-based refurbisher RET3, that will provide computers and wireless routers to each participant.
Facebook says it has developed a 'technology solution' that enables fiber to be deployed along electrical grid infrastructure in a very cost-effective way and has licensed that solution for free to startup NetEquity Networks.
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.