Also today, UK's Labour Party adds broadband to communist manifesto, Google's Curie subsea cable completes a big step, Hyperoptic offers monthly service, TalkTalk cheers earnings and lots more.
The Labour Party shook up the UK broadband market today, when it promised free broadband to all households by 2030. It will accomplish this gargantuan feat by nationalizing wholesaler Openreach and investing £20.3 billion ($26.2 billion) in infrastrcture. These billions would come from taxes Labour will levy on tech giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon, said Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, channeling Vladimir Lenin. Even Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whom fellow politicos called a few names when he demanded an accelerated broadband rollout to ensure the UK rose in the worldwide connectivity charts, called Corbyn's idea a "crack pot scheme." This is not new: In the 1970s -- an era many historians view dimly for the UK -- Labour nationalized telecom, as well as gas, electricity, coal, steel, airlines and cars. (See Labour Lobs Broadband Bomb Into UK Telecoms Market.)
Because Some Pigs Are Better Than Others
Nationalizing industries and eliminating many private companies was communist Vladimir Lenin's philosophy and is something Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (right) now advocates for broadband.
Google-owned subsea cable Curie, which connects the US and Chile via 10,500 kilometers of four 18 Tbps fiber-optic pairs, is up and running and should start transmitting data in Q2 2020 for Google services like Search, Cloud, YouTube and Gmail. Partner SubCom, which engineered, manufactured and installed Curie, is now adding the first Curie branch into Panama.
Full-fiber UK altnet Hyperoptic this week debuted a 500 Mbps symmetrical service available to customers on a one-month rolling contract for £39 ($50) for broadband only or £42 ($54) to include a landline and unlimited weekend and evening calls, plus a £20 ($26) connection fee. Clients also can choose a 12-month contract for a slightly reduced rate and no connection fee.
Half-year earnings at UK broadband provider TalkTalk increased 13.9% to £115 million ($148 million) on revenue that fell 0.9% to £764 million ($983.5 million). Savings from its move north to new headquarters and increased fiber penetration boosted its figures, according to TalkTalk.
Matja˛ Merkan, president of the management board at Telekom Slovenije, resigned, effective today, after less than two months. Merkan left for "purely personal reasons," according to a press release, and both Merkan and Telekom Slovenije "reject all other statements or speculations that have cropped up in the media." There has been conjecture Merkan would not investigate ex-president Rudolf Skobe; under his leadership, an arbitration tribunal ordered the operator to pay €17.6 million to Antenna Group, which is involved in a lawsuit with TS.
Russian online streaming platform Okko now can distribute Viacom International Media Networks' content, including kids' programming. Okko subs now can watch Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. fare, giving Russian parents endless access to annoying songs like Dora the Explorer's "I'm the map, I'm the map, I'm the map." (You're welcome.)
Facebook says it has developed a 'technology solution' that enables fiber to be deployed along electrical grid infrastructure in a very cost-effective way and has licensed that solution for free to startup NetEquity Networks.
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.