Also, Nextgenaccess rides the rails to fiber, cord cutters eat bandwidth, Brits like their homes smart and more.
European Union cable revenue hit an all-time high of €24 billion ($26.4 billion), up from €23.3 billion ($25.7 billion) in 2017, according to Ovum. Vodafone is the leading operator and more than half the cable sector is held by either Vodafone or competitor Liberty. Increasing demand for broadband services continues to propel demand for the two giants' offerings, the research firm said. Revenue generating units (RGUs) for cable Internet grew in 2018 to 38 million versus 37.1 million in 2017, said Maria Rua Aguete, executive director and technology fellow of media and entertainment at IHS
during a presentation at this week's annual Cable Congress in Berlin.
Cable Revenue: Going Up
Heavyweights Vodafone and Liberty lead the pack of European Union operators increasing cable revenue between 2017 and 2018, with 2019 data expected to be crunched and analyzed soon. (Source: Informa Tech)
Full-fiber wholesaler Nextgenaccess signed a 20-year concession agreement with HS1, owner of High Speed 1, the UK's first section of high-speed rail and the accompanying stations and platforms. Nextgenaccess will deploy track-side fiber that will bring gigabit broadband within easy reach of Kent County authorities, ISPs, operators and business communities, at no cost to taxpayers. The full-fiber infrastructure will run between Stratford and the Eurotunnel in Folkestone, then connect to international fibers and mainland Europe via subsea cables in Kent.
Mediacom today said it has more than 50,000 combined residential and business customers subscribed to its 1-Gig Internet service.
ZTE reportedly won a deal to provide North Indian MSO Fastway Transmissions with its XGS-PON platform which the provider will use to facilitate a network upgrade for speeds up to 1 Gbps. That upgrade will support Fastway's deployment of FTTH and services like IPTV, OTT and voice, as well as smart-home solutions, said Fastway Transmissions Group CEO Prem Ojha in a statement.
More than 10 million people signed up for Disney+ on its first day.
Newly released research finds 12% of UK broadband households bought a smart home device in the past 12 months, according to Parks Associates. And 27% plan to buy at least one in the next 12 months, the research firm said.
Belgian cable operator VOO and Swiss service provider Sunrise both announced partnerships with Plume this week. VOO WiFi+ Powered by Plume is a service designed to improve, personalize and secure home networks, while Smart WiFi Powered by Plume features Wi-Fi optimization, custom and secure guest access, parental controls and AI security.
Serious Players, Serious Bandwidth Drain
Australian FWA provider Spark recommends users that regularly go over its new 600-gig wireless plan -- for example, households with heavy gamers or video streamers who are all online simultaneously for hours -- should consider switching to a fixed-access plan based on a fiber infrastructure.
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Australian fixed-wireless access provider Spark increased its data cap to 600 GB for $85 NZ ($54 USD), wrote Chris Keal in the New Zealand Herald. But that's still not enough for Keal. He wrote:
While 600GB is a stonking amount of data, it might not quite be stonking enough for some households. In mine, where two parents stream all their TV, one teen spends a lot of time on PlayStation Online and another sets TikTok records, we usually chew threw between 800GB and 1TB (1000GB). Spark says if someone on its new Metro Unplan fixed wireless plan goes over the 600GB limit then "data restrictions will apply" -- but a spokeswoman says this process will involve nudging someone onto a fiber plan rather than throttling.
Orange unveiled Djingo, its line of smart speakers developed with Deutsche Telekom. With Djingo -- which costs €99.99 (US$110) -- people can make hands-free calls, use voice commands to control Orange TV and turn on and off light bulbs and smart bulbs if signed up to Orange's "Maison Connectée" (Connected Home) system.
For its part, Swisscom just announced the Swisscom Box, a set-top box subscribers can use to control smart-home devices through their televisions.
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