BBWN Bites: Verizon Shoots, Scores With NBA Fiber Network Deal
The week begins with the departure of a Liberty Global exec, Airtel Africa IPO news, CityFibre's new fiber pact, fiber-optic testing by the numbers, and the complexities of enterprise IoT.
Verizon will develop and deploy a high-speed fiber network to connect all 29 NBA arenas, under an agreement designed to give fans high-quality 1080p-resolution video on all broadcasts. Under the agreement with the National Basketball Association, Verizon will connect each arena using two 100G fiber circuits that will increase bandwidth tenfold. Go-live is second half of next year.
Having overseen Liberty Global's sale of many eastern European operations to Vodafone, C-level exec Eric Tveter has departed Liberty Global, the operator said today. Effective July 1, Robert Redeleanu will become CEO for eastern Europe; once Vodafone's acquisitions wrap up, he'll lead Liberty Global's businesses in Poland and Slovakia.
CityFibre awarded Prysmian a multi-million-pound, two-year deal to supply optical cable for underground and aerial deployments of its wholesale access network. The altnet operator continues to build out its all-fiber network as part of its goal to extend current metro-area networks to almost all UK homes and businesses, intending to reach 5 million UK homes in 50-plus cities by 2025.
More than 1.2 million units of fiber-optic test equipment were sold worldwide in 2018, and the market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of more than 6% through 2027, according to new research from Future Market Insights. Operators want gear that's easy to use, highly automated and capable of handling the complexity of next-generation networks, the report found.
Internet of Things is real and companies are deploying solutions -- but face barriers like cost (37%), security (37%), lack of expertise (36%) and poor understanding of benefits (35%), according to "The IoT Implementation Survey," by Longview IoT and Informa Engage. Half of companies handle IoT projects internally, 40% use a system integrator, 35% tap multiple vendors and 34% rely on an IoT solutions provider.
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News. Follow us on Twitter or @alisoncdiana.
Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will present our Cable Next-Gen Europe conference as a free digital symposium on June 21.
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.