Also today, Liberty LatAm to acquire AT&T's assets in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, another DirecTV scenario emerges, OTT's growth spurt and smart doorbells keep ringing.
Almost 60% of US farmers do not have adequate broadband to run their businesses today, according to a new report by the United Soybean Board. Farmers, ranchers and others in agriculture contributed $133 billion to the US GDP in 2017 -- but with many farmers' desire to use more data and connected-farming technologies, poor connectivity and no ability to move closer to a different (or any) provider, $80 billion in business is at risk, USB said.
Liberty Latin America (LLA) on Wednesday said it will acquire AT&T's wireline and wireless operations in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for $1.95 billion in cash. The combo of LLA's high-speed broadband and TV business (which generates about $4.6 billion) with AT&T's mobile operations (earning a bit more than $1.2 billion) will create an integrated provider across the spectrum of communications, said Balan Nair, LLA president and CEO, in a statement. Adding AT&T's businesses will help LLA increase its B2B sales, deploy 5G rapidly using its fiber for backhaul and further expand its product portfolio, he added.
Private equity firm Apollo Global Management proposes a restructuring that would spin-off DirecTV and combine it with Dish Network, then give AT&T control of the newly formed company, Fox Business reported today. AT&T COO John Stankey remains firm that DirecTV is not for sale. Both AT&T and Dish declined comment to Light Reading.
The global OTT market will expand by $77.7 billion at a CAGR of over 13% between 2019 and 2023, according to Technavio. The research firm also found the worldwide market for smart doorbells will increase by $2.63 billion in that same period; however, that's a slowdown at a CAGR of 46% between 2019-2023, Technavio predicts.
CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney and SCTE/ISBE President and CEO Mark Dzuban say the now-merged organizations will spur cable's rollout of 10G, DOCSIS 4.0 and fixed-wireless, as well as efforts to bridge the digital divide.
Today’s access network architecture is under mounting pressure due to a continued surge in the number of connected devices, a proliferation of bandwidth-intensive customer applications and dramatic shifts in usage patterns related to the pandemic, such as work-from-home and e-learning.
Learn why now is the right time for cable operators to build greenfield networks or expand their existing networks with 10G PON, arming customers with high-speed symmetrical broadband. Gain a clear understanding of the drivers impacting the access network and the various approaches being considered to deliver higher speed services. Plus, find out the best practices that operators are employing as they leverage the latest in passive optical technology to future-proof their networks.
Topics to be covered include:
Node + 0 (Fiber Deep)
DOCSIS 3.1, DOCSIS 4.0 (FDX/ESD)
FTTP and 10G PON
Provisioning 10G PON within a DOCSIS B/OSS environment