Also today, Canadian court orders ISPs to block pirates, British broadband execs aren't into industrializing broadband, WOW further expands IT leadership team and more.
New Zealand wholesaler Chorus took the wraps off Hyperfiber, the fixed-access broadband operator's next-gen XGS-PON fiber infrastructure designed to provide speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s. Starting February 2020, Chorus expects to start offering "Ultra-Fast Broadband" symmetric plans of 2 Gbit/s and 4 Gbit/s, followed later by an 8Gbit/s choice.
A Canadian Federal court ordered ISPs to block GoldTV, a pirate IPTV service, in a case that Reclaim the Net warns could begin Canada's slippery slope into Internet censorship. Bell Canada, later joined by Rogers Communications, advocated for a national blacklist of sites that allow people download pirated video content; ISPs then would be mandated to block these sites. When Canada's regulatory agency rejected the idea, Bell, Rogers and others appealed -- and the judge ruled this move would not impact net neutrality (which is still law in Canada) or freedom of expression. ISPs have about two weeks to block GoldTV, reported Engadget. Overwhelmed by Growing SVoD Fees & Choice, More Subs Become Pirates
Execs from UK service providers responded to the Labour Party's nationalization plan for Openreach, with claims the move would bankrupt the broadband business. BT CEO Philip Jansen, who returned to the UK from the US on Friday to deal with Thursday's announcement by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, told the Sunday Telegraph, "If they had a mechanism that delivered free broadband for everybody that didn't completely crater the whole market for all our competitors then I'd like to see how that might work. They must have a plan." No details, however, have emerged.
WideOpenWest (WOW) continues to ramp-up its tech team: It just hired John Roy as VP of engineering operations, where he'll try to ensure network operations comply with all company goals, directives and objectives. He previously held various leadership roles at T-Mobile, Layer3 TV, Comcast, MediaOne and Charter Communications. Roy's appointment follows WOW's recent hiring of Mark Veyette as SVP of IT operations and promotion of Bill Case to CIO.
US fixed broadband revenue will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4% between 2019 and 2024, reaching $78.5 billion in 2024, predicted GlobalData. Adoption of ultra-fast broadband service connections driven by operators' fiber investments are driving this growth, the research firm said. Total telecommunications and pay-TV service revenue in the US will reach $404.5 billion this year, a 0.5% drop year-over-year, GlobalData finds. Yet US service revenue should grow at CAGR of 0.7% in the study's time period, hitting $419.4 billion by 2024, courtesy of fixed broadband and the growth in mobile broadband, according to Ivan Maldonado, a technology analyst.
The Australian telecom services market will increase more than 3% next year, BuddeComm predicts. Telstra still owns more than 50% of the market, and Optus faces even more pressure from second-tier players, the research firm said. Consolidation in the second tier will continue, despite setbacks in 2019 such as the failed Vodafone-TPG merger, BuddeComm wrote.
Cloud-managed WiFi and IoT security platform developer Minim joined the prplMesh working group. This initiative wants to advance the open-source, carrier-grade and certifiable implementation of WiFi certified EasyMesh, the WiFi Alliance's Multi-AP Specification. This spec, which is part of a wider collaboration between prpl Foundation and Broadband Forum, ultimately should deliver a baseline for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), ISVs (independent software vendors) and service providers to accelerate their creation of integrated multi-access-point products.
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.