BBWN Bites: Q3 saw most broadband gains since 2009 – report
Also in this roundup: Viasat bets on European broadband; Nokia intros 25G PON; signs of broadband boost under President-elect Biden.
- According to data from Leichtman Research Group Inc. (LRG), the largest providers in the US gained 1.53 million net broadband subscribers in the third quarter of 2020. This compares to 615,000 in the same quarter last year and it represents the largest gain for a quarter since Q1 2009. "These top broadband providers now account for about 104.9 million subscribers, with top cable companies having about 72 million broadband subscribers, and top wireline phone companies having about 32.9 million subscribers," says LRG in a press release. Those top providers in terms of total subscribers and net gains for Q3 2020 include Comcast and Charter Communications in the cable category; with 30.1 million and 28.6 million total broadband subs; and AT&T and Verizon in the wireline category, with 15.4 million and 7.1 million respective subscribers.
- As President-elect Joe Biden moves closer to claiming the office he was elected to (despite Trump's dye-hard loyalists getting in the way), there's growing hope that the federal government will soon make the nation's inefficient and inequitable broadband a priority. As The Washington Post writes this week, "Party leaders are mulling a wide array of proposals that would extend the availability of broadband in hard-to-reach rural areas, raise Internet speeds for American households, assist families who are struggling to pay their Internet bills and provide more funding to schools for computers and other equipment. Many Democrats say they are bullish about their prospects, believing they can shepherd a series of record-breaking investments at a time when the resurgent coronavirus is forcing Americans to work and learn from home again." Furthermore, should Democrats win the two Georgia Senate runoff elections in January, that makes it likely the Biden administration will also be able to sign the Heroes Act into law, passed by the House in May and since stalled in the Republican-led Senate, which contains several broadband measures including $3 billion in emergency funds to help low-income Americans stay online at home during COVID-19. Biden also made Internet connectivity a part of his presidential platform, calling for a $20 billion investment in rural broadband infrastructure.
- In a real snoozefest of a year where almost nothing new or unprecedented has happened, Nokia has emerged as a hero to give us something to remember 2020 by. The company announced this week that it has unveiled the "world's first fully commercial" 25Gbit/s symmetrical PON fiber broadband offering. In a press release, Nokia touts the development as essential for next-generation technologies: "The superior bandwidth and low-latency performance of the Nokia solution – enabled by the purpose built Quillion chipset family – means it can support 5G mobile transport as well as true 10G service for enterprises," it says. Nokia further calls 25G PON a "key technology that will enable fiber to become the single infrastructure that underpins the entire telecom industry." All Nokia customers with 10Gbit/s Quillion boards will have 25Gbit/s capabilities in their network.
- If you were planning to purchase Eutelsat's 51% stake in Euro Broadband Infrastructure (EBI), the company operating the KA-SAT satellite, and its European broadband business, you are too late. Satellite operator and 49% shareholder Viasat announced this week that it will acquire that 51% stake for €140 million (US$165.7 million), in a move to strengthen its standing in Europe's broadband market. The acquisition "accelerates Viasat's European broadband objectives by strengthening our services footprint and facilitating further market penetration," said Keven Lippert, chief commercial officer of Viasat in a press release. "By gaining full control of KA-SAT, Viasat can further expand its growing mobility business as well as establish operations and market presence ahead of our ViaSat-3 service launch, including the introduction of new capabilities enabling high-speed, high-bandwidth 'ViaSat-3-like' home internet service plans in select European markets." (Read more about this on Light Reading: Viasat seizes control of destiny in Europe.)
— Nicole Ferraro, contributing editor, Light Reading
Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical co-op don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.
Performance data from Comlinkdata/Tutela indicate that T-Mobile Home Broadband and Starlink are as good as VDSL, stomp on DSL, but generally fall short of terrestrial HFC and fiber services.
Competition, depressed household formation, government stimulus dollars and the saturation of broadband penetration are all affecting the rate of broadband subscriber growth, says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.
Launched in parts of northern New England, the new brand offering features symmetrical 1-Gig service starting at $70 per year paired with a whole-home Wi-Fi platform powered by Plume.
Big US cable provider reports that 13.3% of customers who can get it now take 1-Gig service, with 46% of new high-speed data subs signing up for it in Q3. Those numbers translate to 580,000 gig customers.
More Industry Announcements
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Thursday, December 2, 2021
- FBA announces call for speakers and program for Fiber Connect 2022
Thursday, December 2, 2021
- Virgin Media O2 connects entire Scotland network to gigabit broadband
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
- Allo to build 10 Gbit/s network in five more Nebraska communities
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
- Neos Networks completes major stage of expansion program
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
- CityFibre launches 800 Gbit/s backbone ring
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
- FCC commits additional $169M to Emergency Connectivity Fund
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
The demand for high-speed broadband services and hyperconnectivity has driven massive surges in network data usage like never before. Due to this trend, the networks of communications service providers (CSPs) are increasingly overburdened. Service providers need to optimize their networks to scale service delivery efficiently, while maximizing the opportunity to innovate at a rapid pace.
Learn how cloud-native containerized solutions can position CSP networks for long-term evolution and sustainable growth. Hear practical steps and flexible options for implementing a cloud-native PON solution in your network. Discover how to maximize operational resources and make way for enhanced applications, innovations and new use cases.
Topics to be covered include:
- How to implement cloud-native containerized PON
- The convergence of fiber and mobile networks