Also today, closing the door on Spectrum Home Security, Zayo brings the zoom to Denver Public Schools' infrastructure, UK ISP adds FTTH to its FWA offering, CableLabs gets bigger in Latin America and more in the always newsworthy fixed-access broadband world.
Broadcom's cable modem firmware has a susceptibility that makes up to 200 million home-broadband gateways in Europe -- and perhaps more around the globe -- in danger of being remotely hijacked for an array of bad-actor uses ranging from launching denial of service attacks to manipulating firmware. Discovered by Danish researchers, the so-called "Cable Haunt" vulnerability impacts cable modems using Broadcom software that uses open source eCos (Embedded Configurable Operating System).
Spectrum stopped selling Spectrum Home Security services to new customers, and will no longer support the offering beginning Feb. 5, the Charter company posted on its website. Spectrum's monitored service required subs buy hardware such as cameras and sensors which ran on the operator's firmware; this proprietary system will not work on other security providers' systems, leaving Spectrum security customers with cameras and sensors that work but that cannot be remotely viewed or monitored as a seamless, cohesive system. Spectrum is giving existing Home Security subscribers a deal on its Ring system, the operator told KSBY.
Connecting in the Classroom
Crayons and books remain invaluable, but when they use computers, students across the Denver School District now have broadband infrastructure up to 500% faster than the prior deployment, Zayo said.
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Zayo Group implemented about 600 route miles of dark fiber for Denver Public Schools, including 50 miles of new build to reach 132 schools. This increased capacity for each DPS school site by about 500%, according to Zayo.
Fixed wireless access ISP Symmetris Broadband completed its first 1-gig FTTH network in two small UK villages, according to ISP Preview. The fixed network is outside the FWA infrastructure and has its own website, which shows a residential 200 Mbps symmetric service for £48 and a business service for up to 10 Gbps, with no pricing available publicly.
Megacable joined CableLabs, the industry organization announced on Jan. 9 in a blog. The triple-play Mexican provider operates a fiber network across 26 states, passing 8.8 million homes and 38,000-plus miles. CableLabs' Latin-American membership is expanding; in August Argentina's Cablevideo and Millicom, a leading triple-play provider in various LatAm countries, signed on.
BT signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Excel Esports, giving gamers access to BT high-speed broadband infrastructure (and clothes kitted out with the BT logo) for use as they train for world domination in the high stakes, fast-growing, bandwidth-hungry eSports arena.
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
The lack of an accurate broadband map means states and counties are tackling this issue themselves – and sometimes finding big disparities in the data – before spending their residents' money on deploying infrastructure.
Next year many operators must decide whether to invest more in HFC or go all-in to fiber, pick their PON and choose their managed-WiFi path, writes analyst Dan Grossman, who also recommends providers bundle managed WiFi and analytics to best serve residential subscribers -- and operators' own businesses.
Public-private partnerships, investor interest, self-help in rural areas and incumbents' return set the scene for a busy year of broadband deployment in the US countryside in 2020, writes Analyst Dan Grossman.
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.