Also today, Windstream Wholesale signs mega-capacity deal, MTS joins TIP, Comcast to spend billions on Peacock, Bluebird buys Illinois provider and more fixed-access news.
Viasat now offers residential customers in Mexico broadband speeds of up to 50Mbit/s in select areas, the provider announced Wednesday. Viasat is building an expanding presence in the country, having already deployed its Community Wi-Fi hotspot service via satellite-enabled WiFi and working with the Mexican government and local partners of "Internet para Todos" (Internet for All), which connects government buildings, clinics and schools to the Internet using Viasat's satellites. Aeroméxico also contracted Viasat for high-speed, in-flight connectivity for some of its commercial planes.
Broadband for Rich, for Poor
Viasat's satellite broadband is reaching across the range of Mexican households.
(Source: Viasat Mexico, Instagram)
Windstream Wholesale signed a "major hyperscale customer for the largest amount of network capacity in the company's history," it said in a press release. The 5.7 terabits of capacity will allow the customer to interconnect data centers in key US cities and is the most capacity Windstream Wholesale has sold in any month, the company said.
Russian operator MTS became the country's first to join Facebook-led initiative the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), created to spark innovation, trim costs and increase competition in network equipment vendors. MTS is particularly interested in participating in groups focused on backbone networks based on open architectures and unified standards, network functions virtualization (NFV) and open radio access networks.
Image source: Comcast.
Comcast will spend about $2 billion on NBCUniversal's Peacock service in 2020 and 2021, CFO Mike Cavanagh told UBS' Global TMT Conference in New York this week. However, the operator does not expect the partially ad-supported streaming service, set to launch in April 2020, to be profitable for the first five years.
Germany regional fixed-line operator Wobcom selected Keymile's MileGate 2042 FTTB Gfast solution to provide apartment dwellers with Internet speeds of almost 2Gbit/s.
Comcast is working with startup NuEyes to help visually impaired people watch TV programming, it announced Wednesday. To accomplish this, Comcast integrated its Xfinity Stream app for live and on-demand content, with NuEyes e2 -- a virtual reality headset kitted out with magnification tech designed to improve the vision of people with poor eyesight. The app is now preinstalled on NuEyes e2. Pricing was not available on NuEyes' website, but it offers financing via GreenSky, known also for dental and healthcare loans. (See Comcast Teams With NuEyes to Optimize TV for the Visually Impaired.)
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