Also, Discovery Communications may launch own OTT service, Vodafone UK adds Openreach to wholesale partner list, Vodacom grows in South Africa, Iranian utility to become FTTH wholesaler and Ovum expects big changes for Africa's low fixed broadband rate.
By 2025, five global platforms will have 529 million SVoD subscribers; in fact, they will add almost half of that total -- or 257 million subs -- between 2019 and 2025, according to a Digital TV Research report released today. Disney"+ and AppleTV debut this month and HBO Max is set to launch in spring 2020. Disney+ is predicted to be the big winner, with 101 million subs, while Netflix is expected to grow by 70 million subscribers worldwide (but only 6 million of them will be in the US), Digital TV said.
And another option could be on the menu soon: Discovery Communications may launch its own OTT service using content from its many networks and channels, potentially everything from Discovery Network, TLC, HGTV, Mototrend, Sci, Food Network and Great American Country, suggests Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner.
Vodafone UK will use Openreach -- "BT's quasi-autonomous network access division," to quote our Light Reading and Eurobites' UK editor Paul Rainford -- will take its Gigafast Broadband FTTP service to the northern cities of Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool, starting in the spring. Service should arrive to 500,000 homes by mid-2021. This relationship complements Vodafone's previously announced partnership with altnet all-fiber CityFibre.
Iranian Utility Strings Together Two Lines of Business
Iran's state-run electric utility plans to add FTTH wholesale offerings as it upgrades its electric infrastructure.
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Iranian utility Tavanir plans to roll out FTTH as a wholesale service to ISPs, according to Telegeography, which cites the state news agency IRNA. The state-backed utility has chosen a contractor for the deployment, which is being done in conjunction with an upgrade of its electricity distribution and metering systems. It will feature 30,000 kilometers (18,641 miles) of fiber-optic cable across Iran. Currently Tavanir leases capacity on its fiber backbone to ISPs, IRNA said.
Fixed-broadband household penetration in Africa reached only 8.5% by the second half of 2019, lower than any other region of the world other than Central and Southern Asia, according to Ovum's new report, "Africa Digital Outlook 2020." However, Ovum predicts FTTx subscriptions will grow strongly, reaching 4.07 million by the end of 2024 from 1.28 million by year-end 2019. South Africa will lead the continent with 1.22 million FTTx subs by the end of 2024, followed by Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Kenya, the report said. Ovum also delved into the much larger mobile broadband market, which Connecting Africa reported on here.
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.