It’s that time of the year: Performance reports are starting to trickle in from the cable and telephone industries.
Here is some good news for cable operators: The cable industry stands to collect significant gains in wireline broadband market share from 1Q17. More
When Republicans took over the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a few months ago, there was little doubt that policy change would soon follow.
Now, the wheels are already in motion to roll back net neutrality rules that were imposed on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) during the Obama era. More
U.S. lawmakers are reportedly considering a new proposal that, if passed, could prove to be significantly valuable to the domestic broadband industry.
The policy, which is still in the early drafting stage, is called “dig once.” According to Ars Technica, it would involve installing fiber conduits almost every time roads and sidewalks are either newly constructed or upgraded. These empty pipes could be installed with or without fiber, and then easily modified once construction is complete. More
Cable television has co-existed with over-the-top (OTT) services for over a decade now, and we still haven’t seen the cord cutting “apocalypse” that experts have been predicting. In fact, many consumers today seem content having both types of services side by side. OTT content and cable television complement each other nicely.
Now, though, some OTT providers like Google/ Alphabet (YouTube) and Hulu are embracing new strategies that will put them on a direct collision course with cable TV operators. More
TV can’t hold back the tide of over-the-top (OTT) services, but it still offers compelling reasons for viewers to tune in.
The “still” from that statement may be misleading, however, considering that traditional TV is actually reigning king. In 2017, 201.8 million U.S. adults are expected to watch traditional TV, while 175.4 million will watch digital video, according to eMarketer research.
So, why is this leader considered an underdog by industry watchers? More
The past year has been a whirlwind in the telecommunications industry, as more than two dozen mergers and acquisitions (M&A) hit the newsstands.
The M&A frenzy is expected to continue through 2017. According to a recent report from credit rating agency Moody’s, telecommunications M&A activity will persist this year as businesses look to offset low revenue potential and heavy competition. More
Already as nationwide as cable gets, Comcast—available in 41 states—is said to be “going national.” Bloomberg reports that Comcast has acquired rights from cable network owners to offer their channels nationwide. Sources who asked not to be identified told Bloomberg that the rights allow Comcast to sell video service (through “most favored nation” clauses) outside its traditional markets. More
That there’s disagreement among industry pundits that 5G will ever transform the way we live and do business is an understatement. A 2017 report by IHS Markit, commissioned by Qualcomm Technologies, states that 5G will play a significant role in promoting global economic growth through 2035.For a counterpoint, see our recent blog, “Telcos Need to Fight Economic Stagnation.” More
Following the broadband and mobile booms of the past 20 years, telcos have reached cruising altitude—but do have places to go besides up, unfortunately.
Stagnation is a reality in the industry. In a Light Reading article, Bengt Nordstrom, the CEO of consulting firm Northstream and a former C-level telcom executive, said, “We are really in a business that needs to review the way it operates. We’ve been dreaming of and hyping growth for many years but it has never come.” More