Windstream’s Thomas: Higher speed broadband drives up Kinetic IPTV attachment rates

Windstream may be early on in its Kinetic IPTV rollout with service available in a handful of markets, but the service provider is finding that were it offers the service with higher speed broadband take rates are rising.

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Spectrum Auctions Could Mean Big Trouble for India Mobile Firms

Posting a huge operating loss of 3,100 million Norwegian Krone (around Rs 2,530 crore) for its India mobile business, Telenor executives warned that they would exit the Indian market if it was unable to secure new spectrum at reasonable rates. At the same time, the Indian arm of Telenor looks to expand 4G footprint and said it would offer the lowest tariff for these services as part of its affordable pricing strategy. “We are not able to compete with the current spectrum portfolio we have in the growing data market,” Telenor global CEO Sigve Brekke said. But Brekke also emphasized that the additional spectrum would have to be available at “a price that we can justify.” Some fear widespread damage to mobile company business models if most of the spectrum India plans to auction later in 2016 is sold at or above present minimum prices.

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More Evidence that a Fixed Wireless Renaissance is Underway

Here’s one more sign that fixed wireless is undergoing a renaissance in the U.S. market: Verizon will first introduce 5G as a fixed wireless service. With Google , Facebook and AT&T exploring, testing or intending to deploy fixed wireless  for Internet access networks, the fixed wireless industry is on the brink of major redefinition. AT&T alone has said it would use fixed wireless to serve 13 million locations.

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AT&T gains 186K broadband subs in Q1 2015, but overall adds down year-over-year

AT&T may still be adding more IP-based U-verse broadband subscribers, but the service provider's overall growth continues to slip as more cable operators take away market share.

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93% of Indonesian Inrternet Users Get Online Using Smartphones

Fully 93 percent of Indonesia’s 88 million internet users access the internet from smartphones , according to researchers at GfK. A GfK survey found that besides smartphones, 11 percent  of Indonesia’s users go online with desktops and five percent  use tablets. “Our study reveals that Indonesia has a very active online population who spend an average of 5.5 hours a day accessing an average of 46 apps and web domains with their mobile device each day,” said Guntur Sanjoyo, managing director of GfK in Indonesia. Indonesians spend an average of 32 hours per month each using apps.

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CenturyLink sees government dark fiber sales as part of broader managed offering

CenturyLink may not be interested in selling dark fiber indefeasible rights of use (IRUs) leases to other carriers, but it does sell the service to government customers as part of a managed service offering.

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Managed Voice over Wi-Fi Should Improve ARPU, Study Suggests

It stands to reason that a voice over Wi-Fi (offload) would boost profit margins for any mobile carrier voice service, at least marginally, as the carrier benefits from a lower cost per bit profile, as access is shifted to the fixed network. A new analysis by ACG Research suggests that is the case.Looking at a business case for a developed country service provider with mature VoLTE penetration, ACG Research suggests managed Wi-Fi voice quality also helps, as it encourages users to make heavier use of voice over Wi-Fi mechanisms. The results suggest that average revenue per user is maximized when the quality of VoWi-Fi is high (resulting in increased usage) and data offload is easily available (resulting in lower cost per bit).

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20% of U.S. Households Rely Exclusively on Mobile for Internet Access

As “wireless substitution” gutted the fixed network voice business, there now are growing signs that mobile has become an effective substitute for fixed network Internet access. “ Mobile Internet service appears to be competing more directly with wired Internet connections,” says Giulia McHenry, National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief economist. Between 2013 and 2015, “the proportion of online households that relied exclusively on mobile service at home doubled between 2013 and 2015, from 10 percent to 20 percent,” she says. About 75 percent of U.S  households using the Internet at home in 2015 still used wired technologies for high-speed Internet service, including cable TV high speed access, digital subscriber line and optical fiber connections, she notes.

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Verizon FiOS customers unfazed by replacement installers, but activation time remains a concern

Verizon FiOS customers who signed up for service right before the telco's wireline workforce went on strike aren't worried that substitute workers are going to install their service, but rather that they'll get connected on time.

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U.S. Fixed Wireless Market About to be Rearranged

With Google , Facebook and AT&T exploring, testing or intending to deploy fixed wireless  for Internet access networks, the fixed wireless industry is on the brink of major redefinition. AT&T alone has said it would use fixed wireless to serve 13 million locations. Others such as Starry , also are hoping fixed wireless emerges as a major platform for providing Internet access. In 2012, there were perhaps 2,000 to 2,500 fixed wireless Internet service providers supplying Internet access to two million to three million subscribers in the United States, according to the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association.

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Industry Spotlight: Gigamon’s Andy Huckridge Warns of NFV Speed Bumps

In the networking world, NFV is one of the biggest disruptive technologies on the horizon.  Vendors are racing their products to market and sharpening their ecosystems, and carriers are testing it out and sculpting new services or re-sculpting old ones.  But there are issues left to solve before NFV can fulfill its promises.  With us today to talk about a few of them is Andy Huckridge, Director of Service Provider Solutions & SME at Gigamon . … [ visit site to read more ]

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Altice must prove that its European cost-cutting playbook can work in U.S. market

Altice's acquisition of Suddenlink and soon-to-be-completed purchase of Cablevision will enable the service provider to potentially shake up the U.S. cable market as a major competitor to Charter Communications and Comcast. However, the France-based conglomerate faces another uphill battle.

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What are the Major MVNO Opportunities?

Where are the most-significant mobile virtual network operator niches? The answer might hinge on what sort of market the MVNO operates in, as well as existing assets the MVNO can exploit. There are six common market entry strategies, according to Peppers and Rogers Group .   Low price: These companies offer frugal plans, often with only simple voice and SMS services, limited data, and inexpensive devices. MVNOs selecting this strategy target price-conscious customer segments with a limited marketing budget, utilizing traditional sales channels such as physical stores rather than alternative channels.

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AT&T, Verizon express divergent opinions on U.S.-Cuba route policies

AT&T and Verizon are eager to take advantage of the service opportunity in Cuba as the United States has started to lift decades-long restrictions with the island country, but the two telcos take a different view on U.S.-Cuba route policies.

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AT&T, Level 3 international Ethernet expansion threatens BT, Orange’s hold

AT&T and Level 3 have become greater competitive threats in the global Ethernet market to BT and Orange by continually expanding their service offerings and presence in Europe and other countries outside of North America.

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Vizio Eliminates Tuners in Some of its TVs: What That Tells You

Sometimes, apparently little changes reflect on the ground reality. Consider the design of television displays. In times past, TV manufacturers were loathe to eliminate TV tuners from their TV sets, as that would imply the screens were “dumb monitors.” That argument should sound familiar to telecom industry executives. There are some obvious arguments in favor of “dumb monitors,” however. Any consumer buying entertainment video service from a cable TV company, telco, satellite provider or Internet service provider is forced to use a decoder supplied by the service provider, making the TV’s own tuner superfluous

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Google Fiber Adds Voice Services

Google Fiber customers now have the ability to buy phone service for an incremental $10 a month. In the past, Google has maintained that voice service was a rather low priority for its Google Fiber service, with video entertainment a more-logical and important companion service. The latest turn of events might suggest a couple of new lines of thinking. Perhaps Google now has found that gross revenue for its Google Fiber networks, even using the neighborhood approach, is simply not high enough with just two services to sell.   Perhaps the move suggests voice now is believed to be an important service element, either to attract new customers or retain them.

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GigaMonster carves out 1 Gbps broadband niche in MDU market

GigaMonster may look like the new 1 Gbps kid in town with a recent splash to bring service to Denver residences this spring, but the service provider is set on differentiating itself by providing a direct onramp to enable customers to consume as much over the top content as they want.

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Verizon touts advantages of FTTH over cable in new ad on eve of consolidating wireline footprint

Verizon has begun running a new TV ad campaign highlighting the difference between its FTTH network and cable, a move that comes as the service provider pares down its wireline network footprint to the Northeast.

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RCN Business plans to pursue new near-net fiber business opportunities in 2016

RCN Business, like other business-centric providers, has traditionally taken the approach of directing its fiber investments where its customers want it to go, but the service provider plans to target other attractive sites where it could win new customers.

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