China Authorizes 4th Mobile Operator

China has authorized a fourth mobile operator , allowing state-owned China Broadcasting Network–which was created in 2014 to consolidate cable TV and broadcast operations in China–to enter the mobile services market. Two angles are noteworthy. First, CBN marks the entry of the cable TV industry in China into the mobility business. Second, the move illustrates a continuing divide among communications regulatory authorities about the “best” market structure for mobile communications. Given a choice, most seem to believe “four” providers a better structure (at least in terms of competition) than “three.” French regulators are foremost among proponents of a “three supplier” structure, largely to bolster the climate for more-robust investment

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Industry Spotlight: United Cable Company’s Eric Gutshall

This month will see the launch of United Cable Company , a new affiliate of the David Ross Group that hopes to stir up some trouble in and around the submarine cable marketplace.  Eric Gutshall is helping to found the new entity and will act as its Global Head of Asset & Capacity Sales.  Eric is is moving over to UCC from his longtime role at Hibernia Networks, where he was one of the prime movers behind the first transatlantic cable to be built in a decade.  He’s here today for a quick chat prior to ITW next week.  … [ visit site to read more ]

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FairPoint won’t see benefits of broadband sub adds from CAF II program until end of 2016

FairPoint is moving ahead with its CAF-II planning and buildout schedule, but it will take time to actually see how the program will impact the provider's broadband subscriber base.

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Telecom Outsourcing Will Grow 3% Annually Through 2020

It never is easy for any executive to clearly identify a company’s “core competence.” Asked to do so, most people cite a list of “things we think we do well.” That is not core competence. To the extent a firm has such competence, and it is possible many firms do not, it is the singular capability that competitors cannot replicate. It is not “things we think we do well,” if other competitors also can make a credible claim in those areas. As it turns out, many mobile operators find that operating access networks really is not a core competence, or at least adds little value

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Survey Shows Heavy Industry Leading IoT Deployments

In 2016, 43 percent of organizations will either already be using the Internet of Things or be implementing it within their environments, according to Gartner’s survey of 465 IT and business professionals. Some 29 percent of respondents already have deployed IoT technologies. Some 14 percent expect to do so in 2016. “Heavy” industries , including utilities, energy suppliers and manufacturers are lead users at present, with 56 percent of businesses in those categories indicating that they will have implemented IoT by year’s end. “Up until now, the leading adopters of IoT have been more the industrial, heavy-industry-type businesses” involved in mining, manufacturing and the like, Gartner research Chet Geschickter, said

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CenturyLink "Between a Rock and a Hard Place"

CenturyLink, the third-biggest “telco” fixed network services provider is “caught between a rock and a hard place,” according to Jennifer Fritzsche, Wells Fargo senior analyst for telecommunications services. Basically, CenturyLink is not competitive with cable TV offers, so it either must step up investment or admit defeat and hope to make up revenue losses elsewhere. Operating revenues for first quarter 2016 declined to $4.40 billion, compared to $4.45 billion in first quarter of 2015. In its business customer segment, revenues of $1.58 billion declined 3.4 percent year over year. Total consumer segment revenues of $1.49 billion declined 0.5 percent, year over year

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CenturyLink plans to reach 14M households with 100 Mbps over copper via vectoring

CenturyLink sees fiber as a key to its broadband strategy, but in places where it can't make the business case work for fiber the telco is confident that bonding and vectoring will enable it to deliver 100 Mbps and higher speeds over existing copper.

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FCC Says Set-Top Monopoly is a Big Issue; Consumers Might Not Care

As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission moves towards requiring third party supply of decoders used to receive linear TV programming, a survey by Leichtman Research suggests consumers do not care too much about renting decoders. “Pay-TV subscribers tend to express little enmity toward set-top boxes,” Leichtman Research suggests. Some 20 percent of respondents to a Leichtman Research poll agree that  “set-top boxes from TV companies are a waste of money.” On the other hand, 44 percent of respondents disagree with the statement. About 42 percent of respondents agree that set-top boxes from TV companies provide features that add value to the TV service

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Virgin Media to Add 1 Million FTTH Connections; BT to Add 2 Million

Virgin Media, owned by Liberty Global has said it will use fiber to home to connect about a million U.K. homes by 2019. That is historically unusual, as cable operators have insisted loudly that the hybrid fiber coax network is extensible enough to underpin the business. The Virgin Media decision is a rather major step towards use of a physical media platform suggesting Virgin sees an end to HFC as a market-leading platform. To be sure, there is a key difference between the protocols telcos normally run when deploying FTTH and what Virgin Media will do.

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Earnings Roundup: Cogent, Lumos, Consolidated, GTT, Windstream

Lots of earnings news from network operators this morning, here’s a quick look at five: … [ visit site to read more ]

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Sigfox Launches 100-City U.S. IoT Network

Sigfox, the Internet of Things communications network, is deploying across 100 U.S. cities in 2016.  Sigfox operates in the non-licensed ISM bands (similar to Wi-Fi), using the 868 MHz band in Europe and the 902 MHz band in the United States. Sigfox is optimized for low-power, low-bandwidth Internet of Things devices that must communicate over metropolitan area distances. By way of comparison, Sigfox signals propagate further than GSM (2G) signals

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FairPoint’s Sunu: Charter-Time Warner Cable deal won’t affect broadband growth

FairPoint Communications isn't afraid of Charter Communications' pending acquisition of Time Warner Cable, a cable MSO that overlaps with the telco in a number of Northern New England states and other territories.

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U.S. Consumers are Plain Unhappy with Most Communications, Entertainment Services

U.S. consumer satisfaction with fixed network telephone services has been falling since 1994. Satisfaction with Internet access providers has fallen since recordkeeping began in 2013, not to mention that ISPs rank dead last for consumer satisfaction among all industries tracked by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index. Subscription TV services are in a tie for last place among all industries tracked by ACSI. Satisfaction with mobile services generally had grown until about 2013, when satisfaction hit a plateau before dropping in 2015

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U.S. Consumer Satisfaction Falls for 8 Straight Quarters

Somehow, no matter what investments U.S. businesses are making to better serve their customers, consumer satisfaction continues to fall. A steep downward trajectory in national customer satisfaction continues, as the free fall of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) reaches the two-year mark. The aggregate ACSI score for the fourth quarter of 2015 is down 0.5 percent to 73.4 on a 100-point scale, its lowest score in a decade after eight consecutive quarters of decline. Customer satisfaction might not be identical to the equally nebulous concept of “quality of experience,” but one has to presume that less satisfied consumers are experiencing declining Experiences with a broad array of services and products

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Birch Communications appoints FairPoint vet Tomae as CEO, while Oddo shifts to lead Birch Equity

Birch Communications has named Tony Tomae as its next president and CEO, succeeding Vincent Oddo, who will become president and CEO of Birch's sister company Birch Equity Partners.

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Altice Formally Becomes the 3rd-Largest U.S. Cable TV Firm

The Altice purchase of Cablevision Systems Corporation “will serve the public interest, convenience, and necessity,” the U.S. Federal Communications Commission says, and has approved the transaction. The deal makes Altice the third-largest U.S. cable TV provider, after Comcast and Charter Communications

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India Will Become 2nd-Biggest Smarthphone Market in 2017

India will overtake the United States to become the second-largest smartphone market in 2017, says Morgan Stanley. “Following our survey of more than 2,600 urban smartphone buyers in India, we raise our global smartphone unit growth estimate by one percentage point in each of 2017 and 2018,” Morgan Stanley said. The firm expects 23 percent compounded annual growth rate for Indian smartphones through 2018, representing about 30 percent of the global unit growth.

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Virtualizing CPE: The Devil is in the Details

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Scott Sumner, VP Strategic Marketing, Accedian Market forces in the enterprise business services space are driving providers to adapt their delivery models.They’re moving away from single-function, proprietary hardware appliances in favour of virtualized platforms centrally hosted in the cloud to minimize the costs and limitations of … [ visit site to read more ]

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Frontier sides against special access, says the ‘Ethernet market is competitive’

Frontier Communications is confident that when the FCC completes its analysis of the special access and local Ethernet markets, the regulator will find that the market is competitive and businesses have a bevy of service options.

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Unless Cost Structures are Revolutionized, Sustainable Mobile Markets Will Feature Just 2 Providers

Sprint added 58,000 net accounts in the first quarter of 2016, including 22,000 postpaid phone accounts, part of a total net gain of 56,000 postpaid accounts. On a year-over-year basis, Sprint dramatically improved its account metrics, up about 1.5 million net accounts, year over year. Sprint still faces issues in terms of gross revenue and operating profit.

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