Also today, pay-TV providers did not have a lot to celebrate in 2019, Dem candidate Pete Buttigieg's broadband budget, Shaw Communications' Q1 numbers and more.
Baroness Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will discuss the UK's plan to deploy nationwide full-fiber broadband with executives at the country's top broadband providers and government regulator Ofcom this week, Sky News reported on Wednesday, citing "insiders." Those participating in the plan to meet the 2025 deadline include BT Group, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky (owner of Sky News, a division of Liberty Global), CityFibre, Hyperoptic and Ofcom, Sky wrote.
Building an Empire of Broadband
In this fictitious rendering, two models acting as operator executives rush to a semi-stately UK home to discuss Prime Minister Boris Johnson's goal of wrapping the UK up in high-speed broadband by 2025.
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US Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg recently promised $80 million for high-speed broadband if he is elected president. It would be part of a $1-trillion infrastructure plan targeting bridges, water systems, schools and more, his campaign wrote. Funding for these projects would come from reforming President Trump's tax cuts and the capital gains tax, Buttigieg told Reuters.
Canadian operator Shaw Communications this week announced consolidated revenue for Q1 ended Nov. 30, 2019, increased 2.1% to $1.38 billion, while adjusted EBITDA grew 8.1% year-over-year to $588 million. Without $38 million Shaw had to adopt fro IFRS 16, adjusted EBITDA growth was about 1.1%. Find full results on the operator's investor website here.
Portuguese operator Rentelcom will use EllaLink's dark fibers in its homeland and Spain for data center interconnection. In exchange, EllaLink -- which offers an optical platform and network connecting Europe and Latin America -- will integrate Rentelcom's fibers into its solution.
Dark Fiber News Gets the Light
Rentelcom will use EllaLink's dark fiber in Spain and Portugal.
The protected fiber ring will connect all the major data centers of both capital cities allowing EllaLink to serve PoPs with low latency capacity, open spectrum and managed spectrum services directly towards Fortaleza, São Paulo and Rio in Brazil.
Colt Technology Services hired former ADVA executive Annette Geuther for the newly created role of vice president of new business development. At ADVA, she most recently served as SVP of sales in the Emerging Markets division.
The global small satellite market will reach $18.3 billion by 2026, increasing at a CAGR of 20.28% between 2020 and 2026, according to a recent Fortune Business Insight report. IoT and advances in satellite reliability for machine control and latency, as well as increased number of providers, launches and satellites, all combine to launch new opportunities in this skyrocketing market, research firm said.
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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