Also today, TiVo adds Prime Video app, Vodafone Greece hits 300K with fiber, CenturyLink runs ring around Troy, USDA hands out first millions, what's most important for OTT subscribers and more.
After 12 years on Nokia's board -- eight years as chair -- Risto Siilasmaa will step down, the second high-level exec to leave the networking vendor after its October profit warning. Sari Baldauf, who served as EVP and GM of Nokia's Networks business group between 1998 and 2005, will take over the chair at the company's April 8 annual meeting, if she is re-elected as a board member, Nokia said. (See Nokia Naming Former Networks Boss Sari Baldauf as Board Chair.)
Next for the Chair
Sari Baldauf is predicted to take over as Nokia's chair, pending re-election to the board in April 2020.
TiVo has integrated an app for Amazon Prime Video for its platform designed for cable operators and other pay-TV providers. Available on some TiVo-powered devices for pay-TV partners, the app incorporates the Amazon Prime Video library into TiVo's interface and links titles to features like OnePass, which lets subscribers compile lists of series episodes and movies. Subscribers also can search Prime Video titles by voice using TiVo-based devices. And TiVo platforms that support 4K and High Dynamic Range will show encoded titles in those formats. (See TiVo Plugs Amazon Prime Video Into Platform for Pay-TV Partners.)
Vodafone Greece's Giga Home fiber-based networks are available now to about 300,000 homes, according to the provider. Using fiber-to-the-cabinet and fiber-to-the-home, Vodafone Greece offers speeds of 200 Mbps, upgradeable to 1 Gbps in the future. The operator plans to eventually pass 450,000 premises with fiber.
CenturyLink completed a 33-mile fiber ring in Troy, Mich., designed to meet the area's growing demand for high-speed connectivity and autonomous vehicles' real-time provisioning within 5 milliseconds of latency. It also supports the "autonomous vehicle tech corridor" in the part of the country known for its focus on the car industry, CenturyLink said.
The US Department of Agriculture ended November by announcing four awards in the first round of its ReConnect Pilot Program for rural broadband. They included a grant of $4.79 million for All West to build an FTTP network in Sweetwater County, Wyo.; $5.2 million to Wave Wireless for an FTTP network in Kansas; a $5.13 million investment, of which Beehive Telephone Co. receives $2.4 million for an FTTP network in Utah and Colo.; while Emery Telecommunications & Video gets $2.7 million for a network in other parts of the two states. The total budget for ReConnect s $600 million.
Content variety, ease of content discovery and good original programming top the list for why consumers would recommend their OTT service, according to Parks Associates research. Although pricing is important, a "compelling library with unique content is critical," said Brett Sappington, senior research director and principal analyst at the researcher. "Services that can quickly surface desired content will maximize viewing time and continue to prove their value to users."
Orange Poland chose Juniper to upgrade its IP network core as it strengthens its fixed and mobile networks to support 5G. The Polish provider will deploy Juniper's NorthStar Controller for software-defined traffic optimization, plus Juniper's Contrail HealthBot for visibility into operational performance and infrastructure resources. Orange Poland will gain visibility and control into IP/MPLS flows, as well as analytics and machine learning in its distributed architecture, the operator anticipates.
Forsway, a vendor of solutions built on satellite and terrestrial technologies to enable cost-efficient broadband, hired Alla Tragl as sales director of telecommunications. Just as lines are blurring between fixed and wireless providers, Forsway sees an opportunity to extend sales of its Forsway Xtend hybrid satellite services and solutions into mobile providers and those with wireless services, extending its market beyond the vendor's traditional base of satellite operators and service providers. Tragl, a 20-year industry veteran, has worked at myriad companies including Ericsson, Nokia, Virgin Media and Vodafone.
Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
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