Also today, Ofcom CTO leaves for new smart city, CEO change at Telia Norway, USDA helps out South Dakota and Iowa, BT buys into WiFi analytics, CityFibre's latest chief and more.
Google Loon and Internet para Todos Perú (IpT) will use high-altitude balloons to bring connectivity to parts of the Amazon. IpT Perú -- an open access wholesale infrastructure operator owned by Telefónica, Facebook, IDB Invest and CAF -- wants to help reduce the number of unconnected remote residents around the world, using alternate broadband technologies where today's usual infrastructures are unsuitable or uneconomical. (See Loon & Internet Para Todos Bring Balloon-Powered Internet to Peru.)
The CTO of UK regulator Ofcom, Mansoor Hanif, is leaving for a new role at NEOM, a "new, eco-friendly smart city" in the Middle East. Yih-Choung Teh, group director of Strategy and Research, will take on the CTO role until a replacement is found.
Abraham Foss, Telia Norway's CEO since 2015, is leaving to take on "new challenges." Telia Finland CEO Stein-Erik Vellan will take over that role. Temporarily replacing Vellan is Jonas Bengtsson, current EVP, group general counsel and head of corporate affairs.
Lots of Cows, Not Lots of Internet
Miles from anywhere, grazing lands and beautiful landscapes are plentiful. Reliable, high-speed broadband is not, according to South Dakota farmers. (Photo Source: bakrawy9000 from Pixabay)
The US Department of Agriculture is spending $7 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure to connect more than 800 homes, 17 businesses and 27 farms in South Dakota and Iowa, KELO.com reported.
BT inked a multi-year pact with WiFi analytics firm Purple. Next year, BT WiFi bricks-and-mortar business subscribers offering free Internet access will get anonymized insight into customers' browsing habits, allowing businesses to improve customer experience, service and offerings, BT said.
CityFibre hired Richard Thorpe as chief delivery officer. Thorpe joins the UK altnet from Digicel, where he revamped the Caribbean operator's business support systems, but he earned his fiber skills at Vodafone and NBN Co.
Community-owned and operated municipal broadband provider Auburn Essential Services (AES) is transitioning all current and new FTTH deployments to Calix AXOS as part of its network transformation. Currently, AES uses GPON and XGS-PON, with an upgrade path to NG-PON2. Based on the success of its strategic partnership with the City of Garrett on fiber-to-the-business, AES will begin deploying the same services to all homes within the Garrett Municipal Electric Territory beginning next year. (See Auburn Essential Services Puts Community First With everyPON & FTTH.
MobiTV will use Telia Carrier's global IP backbone for its white-label streaming video services.
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.