Also, Orange constructs international network in Africa, Openreach needs to speed up FTTx construction and more.
The largest pay-TV providers in the US, which account for 93% of the market -- lost about 1.7 million net video subscribers in 3Q 2019 versus a loss of about 975,000 subscribers in 3Q 2018, Leichtman Research reported today. Of the 84.8 million video subscribers, the top seven cable operators represent about 46.1 million, satellite TV has 26.3 million customers, the top telcos have 8.6 million and the leading public vMPVD serves 3.8 million subs, the researcher said.
Orange is building an international backbone network in West Africa that will use several subsea cables to connect various regional capitals to the rest of the world. The operator will offer an array of international connectivity services on the infrastructure.
Over the last three months, Openreach deployed fiber to an average of 22,361 premises each week, according to Think Broadband. With 72 weeks to its goal March 2021 goal of deploying FTTP to 4 million premises, the wholesaler would add 1,609,992 premises for a total of 3,291,894 premises by its deadline. Openreach must increase deployment to between 30,555 and 32,195 weekly to hit the 4 million target (depending on whether the current base is 1.8 million, as Openreach says, or Think Broadband's estimated 1.68 million).
Getting Away From It All
Secluded spots are easy to find in Wales. It's also easy to be disconnected, and that's something the government wants to change. (Photo Source: Lukas Hartmann, Pexels)
The Welsh government on Tuesday unveiled a £10 million ($12.8 million) fund designed to help bring "superfast broadband" -- speeds of 30 Mbps or more -- to the remaining 5% of poorly served, primarily rural Wales.
TWT will use the infrastructure of wholesaler Open Fiber to deliver fixed-access broadband service to underserved areas of Italy. Open Fiber is deploying open-access networks using government subsidies and is expected to cover about 9.6 million households in more than 7,000 municipalities.
Cosmote debuted FTTH services in Sparta, providing fiber services to about 2,500 premises in this area of Greece, at speeds of 100 Mbit/s and 200 Mbit/s, with the ability to upgrade to 1 Gbit/s in the future, the CSP said.
Cable modem manufacturer Zoom Telephonics appointed John Lauten to senior vice president of operations. Lauten, who began his new role on Nov. 11, most recently managed the turnaround of wearable-tech company Skully Technologies as chief operating officer.
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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