Also today, Tele2 reports earnings, pay-TV rises in Spain, India's government considers streaming censorship and more.
Increasingly, large property developers are shunning Google Nest, as parent company Alphabet has made the smart-home devices less compatible with other vendors' products, and required users to create a Google account and use Google's voice-based Google Assistant service, Bloomberg reported. These builders account for tens of thousands of Nest purchases annually. "We've stopped," said Mark Zikra, vice president of technology at CA Ventures, which builds and operates apartments, senior homes and other property.
"In an apartment complex we're talking about 200, 300 devices that would be installed in one swoop and then all of a sudden everyone moves in. We don't have the luxury of being able to say, 'hey are you a Google person or are you a Honeywell person?' "
Plotting Out Smart-Home Devices
Changes to its policies and products are causing some large property developers to rethink their deployment of Google Nest, with many switching to other products, Bloomberg Reported.
(Image by Borko Manigoda from Pixabay; Home page image: Google Nest)
Swedish provider Tele2 had flat third-quarter revenue of 6.9 billion kronor ($709 million) which delivered 5% growth in EBITDA for SEK2.5 billion ($257 million). Fixed broadband revenue grew 5% year-over-year, but digital TV dropped 6% in the same timeframe, Tele2 reported. End-user service revenue remained flat between Q3 2019 and Q3 2018, but President and CEO Anders Nilsson said the operator is on track to attain its financial goals for 2019, although Tele2 lowered capex to SEK2.3 billion to 2.6 billion ($236.7 million to $267.5 million) from the prior guidance of SEK2.6 to 2.9 billion ($298.4 million).
Operators' pay-TV revenue via xDSL/FTTH networks in Spain reached €402.7 million ($447.8 million) in Q3, up 16.6% from 12 months prior, according to flat third-quarter revenueCNMC Data. Satellite TV fell 14% and cable TV dropped 37%, the site reported.
Although India's government censors TV and movie content, it has not taken this step toward streaming video -- so far. That may soon change, according to Reuters. Netflix and local rival Hotstar signed a self-regulation code in January, but Amazon declined to do so, claiming laws were adequate. However, the government cited the number and frequency of complaints about content -- lack of warning about tobacco in video, alleged "defamation of Hindus" and other potential transgressions of Indian law -- that may force US providers to use automated solutions for localization to avoid huge cost and time increases, one industry expert suggested.
Amazon Pay users in India can now use the service to settle their broadband, satellite, mobile and utilities bills, TechCrunch reported. Consumers use voice commands to determine their bill, find out the balance in their Amazon Pay wallet and transfer funds into the Amazon account, as needed. Usage increased three-fold since last year, TechCrunch said, and could grow even faster now Amazon Alexa speaks Hindi rather than only English.
Network neutrality advocates want the FCC to open a proceeding to reinstate broadband as a Title II service amid a pandemic that has amplified the need for broadband connectivity, particularly for low-income households.
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