Also today, USDA opens its checkbook, Telefónica promotes digital solutions (especially connected homes), Fox notches home-field advantage in pre-Super Bowl tiff with Roku and more.
TalkTalk's chatter was all about fiber during its earnings call today: The operator is selling its FibreNation division to CityFibre for about £200 million ($260 million), added 148,000 new fiber subscribers (compared with 146,000 a year ago) and "outperformed the market on fiber and Ethernet growth," said CEO Tristia Harrison in a statement. The provider is also discussing signing a "National Full Fibre Agreement" with Openreach, according to Jeffries. TalkTalk reported Q3 revenue of £383 million ($505.82 million) versus £386 million ($509.79 million) year-on-year. On-net revenue fell to £310 million ($409.41 million) from £316 million ($417.34 million), it reported.
The USDA Rural Development project this week spent approximately $145.8 million to deliver high-speed broadband across seven states. The USDA ReConnect program will finance via loans and grants, and span 32,688 homes, 528 businesses and farms, plus several schools, hospitals and community buildings, USDA said.
Bringing Broadband to Horse Country
The USDA ReConnect program gave a lot more than carrots and hay to seven rural states this week, providing monies to connect homes, farms, businesses and other premises at high speed.
Telefónica formed the Chief Digital Consumer Office (CDCO) to promote new digital products that leverage its high-speed broadband and fiber infrastructure investments. Chema Alonso is leading the unit, which focuses on opportunities in smart home, edge computing and its Aura AI digital assistant, plus a "fourth platform," according to Jamie Davies's story today on sister site Telecoms.com.
Relying on Roku to watch San Fran take on KC in Super Bowl LIV via Fox's apps? Think again, my friend. Roku on Thursday said it's dropping all Fox apps (including Fox Sports, which will stream "The Game" in 4K on Sunday), putting Roku's "delivery of the free Fox Sports Super Bowl LIV stream in jeopardy," as Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner calmly wrote. Find out more -- like how to soothe panicked customers (and friends), by reading Jeff's full story here.
United Group can buy Tele2 Croatia, according to the Croatian Competition Agency.
Auld Reekie to Become Scotland's Newest Connected City
Once again, Edinburgh will meld together old and new, when it combines cobbled streets and cannons with next-gen technologies -- in this case, fiber-optic infrastructure powering smart-city IoT. (Photo: John Smith, Pexels)
CityFibre and the city of Edinburgh have tasked K-12 (a.k.a. primary and secondary school) students to share creative ways to use tech as part of the Scottish capital's plan to make it a smart city. These use cases will leverage the all-fiber network CityFibre's currently deploying throughout Edinburgh.
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