Also today, Altice France teams up with CommScope's Arris, Calix signs new coop, another muni broadband project will take on local operators and Intertrust DRM hits magic number.
UK altnet CityFibre today named Elsa Chen, formerly CEO of its wholesale business Entanet, to the newly created role of chief customer officer. The fiber-only infrastructure operator will be responsible for CX across all vertical markets, CityFibre Group announced. The operator already has begun aligning sales, account management, marketing, product management and service operations to ensure a "unified customer experience," Chen said in a statement.
Sticking with CityFibre news: Some of the first Scottish recipients of its high-speed, fiber-based service will be tenants in social housing developments in Aberdeen and Stirling, thanks to a partnership between the housing providers and CityFibre. The UK government wants 100% of the country covered by 2033 -- if not earlier. The developments have given upfront permission to the UK wholesaler to install full fiber in all its properties in both Scottish cities via blanket wayleave agreements, CityFibre said. Heading south to the English city of Coventry, the provider is hosting TV show Tomorrow's Technology in Coventry Today, to showcase the region's smart city initiatives in areas like health, transportation and entertainment. The city also is a testbed for 5G and connected cars.
Starting today, Telia Chief Financial Officer Christian Luiga became acting president and CEO of Telia Co. Previously, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer. Last month, former president and CEO Johan Dennelind announced his resignation, although he remains at the company's disposal until he leaves Telia next year and will advise the operator as it closes on the Bonnier Broadcasting acquisition and other matters. Telia's recruitment process for a permanent CEO replacement continues, the board announced on Wednesday.
Telia CFO Takes On Acting CEO Role
Telia Chief Financial Officer Christian Luiga became acting president and CEO of Telia today, following the early-August announcement of the 2020 retirement of former president and CEO Johan Dennelind.
Altice France and CommScope division Arris are working together on creating a more personalized. connected-home set-top box. Altice's SFR Box 8 Smart Media Device aggregates consumers' favorite services, the newest offering from Arris' portfolio of Smart Media Device products, the vendor announced today. SFR Box 8 includes far-field voice command technology that's compatible with Amazon Alexa and SFR's voice control, delivering smart assistant service via TV screens. Multi-screen user interface software developer Wiztivi created a UI that allows customers to use voice to control and interact with their TV, without any remote control.
Calix signed on brand-new Pennsylvania rural broadband provider Tri-Co Connections, an arm of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative. The coop will build its first network -- a fiber-to-the-home solution -- using multiple Calix technologies including AXOS, Calix Support Cloud and the vendor's GigaSpire WiFi, as well as Calix Professional Services. Tri-Co Connections will serve the state's northern communities that today receive "spotty cable and unreliable wireless," according to Calix. (See PA's First Rural Electric Coop Partners With Calix on All-Fiber Broadband Network.)
By next month, the Washington city of Anacortes expects to offer municipal fiber-broadband to 254 area-businesses. The monthly rate will be $89 for 100 Mbit/s or $149 for 1 Gbit/s, according to the Skagit Valley Herald. By year-end, the network will extend to other parts of the city, government officials said. Depending on its financial viability, agents may consider expanding the infrastructure beyond city limits, they told the local paper. The Anacortes general fund invested $3 million for the startup costs, SVH wrote.
Washington State City Takes On Operators
Anacortes, Wash., takes on area service providers and could start a price war with the October launch of its fiber-only network that will offer city businesses speeds up to 1 Gbit/s.
Digital rights management company Intertrust's ExpressPlay DRM -- available across all streaming platforms, DRM and media formats -- protects OTT TV content for one-fourth of the world's population, or more than 2 billion people, it said today. The platform now handles transaction loads peaking at more than 50,000 requests per second in multi-provider, multi-DRM settings spanning several continents, it announced at the annual IBC show in Amsterdam.
Overall peak usage on US cable networks continues to flatten out and even decline slightly, but sustained higher levels of usage on the upstream path have persisted, according to the latest data from the NCTA.
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