Also today, Boris's broadband goal gets no love in Parliament, Roku delivers for Apple fans, Tubi targets UK and kids, Rakuten TV brings freebie ad-supported service, Chile seeks tenders for national fiber infrastructure project and meet Net Insight's new CEO.
Verizon's fiber and Spectrum's DOCSIS infrastructure delivered the fastest Netflix streams among tier 1 operators -- with both operators' neck-and-neck at 4.52 Mbit/s on average, according to Netflix's September 2019 ISP Speed Index. Cable operators Cox, Comcast and Optimum (Altice USA) rounded out the top five. However, when smaller ISPs were included, the top five featured Hotwire, GVTC Fiber, Fidelity Fiber, Blue Stream and Metronet. All but Blue Stream, which uses both fiber and DOCSIS, rely solely on fiber in that grouping of smaller ISPs, Netflix said.
Heating Up Netflix Delivery
These large ISPs delivered Netflix at the highest speeds in the US, according to the video service. Numerous smaller providers were faster but had a much smaller reach. (Source: Netflix)
Despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson's proposal to crisscross the country with full-fiber by 2025 (versus the original 2033 goal), the UK government did not promise to meet this ambitious goal when it met after the Queen's Speech yesterday. Rather, ministers want to deploy "gigabit-capable" speeds without any particular end date, the BBC reported. UK operators mainly lauded Johnson's goal and said it was feasible -- if government eased taxes and restrictions.
Starting today, the Apple TV app is available on the Roku platform. Roku users simply go to the Roku Channel Store and download the Apple TV app to access their iTunes video library and subscribe to Apple TV channels. Beginning November 1, Apple TV+ also will be available on the Apple TV app on Roku, allowing Roku users to access the new subscription SVoD service, which will feature Apple's original shows and movies, via their device.
Ad-supported VoD streaming service Tubi plans to launch in the UK early next year, with additional territories to follow as part of its projected strategy to rapidly grow internationally. The AVoD service also expects to debut Tubi Kids on October 21, with more than 1,200 age-appropriate movies and TV shows in 5,000-plus hours of content on launch date. Tubi Kids is free in a dedicated section created just for families, Tubi said.
Video-on-demand provider Rakuten TV today launched ad-supported video-on-demand channels within its platform, a new business model designed to allow viewers to watch an array of content at no charge. This free section of Rakuten TV will debut with an initial slate of Hollywood and local content, which Rakuten expects to expand with exclusive Rakuten content, TV series, documentaries, plus news and sports.
Chile Divides Infrastructure Project Into Six Divisions
The Chilean government's recently released request for bids to deploy nationwide fiber optic broadband takes into account the country's multiple terrains, from urban to ocean to mountain. (Photo Sources: Pexels)
Chile's telecommunications' government agency -- Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel -- recently released a tender for a national fiber optic project intended to deploy about 10,000 kilometers (6,200-plus miles) of fiber across the country. The government has allocated about $120 million toward the program, which is divided into six geographic regions. Bids are due Jan. 7, 2020; winners will be announced in March 2020.
Net Insight appointed Crister Fritzson CEO, announcing he will assume this role in the first half of 2020. Fritzson, who has extensive experience in telecom and broadcasting, currently is CEO and group CEO of SJ AB. He replaces current Net Insight CEO Henrik Sund, who plans to leave the company this fall.
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.