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
At Light Reading’s 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Rome this past December, Aditya Kishore, practice leader for video and telco transformation at Heavy Reading, followed his presentation, titled “The Video Streaming Explosion & Shake Up,” with a one-to-one interview with Light Reading’s managing editor Liz Coyne. Kishore, also principal analyst at Diametric Analysis, spoke about the challenges of managing and monetizing bandwidth-intensive video. More
If my 75-year-old parents, who live in a typical single-family home in the suburbs of Anaheim, have the audacity to cancel their fixed line telephone service—relying only on their cell phones for communication—who’s next? Or who’s not next? More
Network speed affects the devices your customers use—from gaming consoles to home-theater PCs. For many networks, a fast Ethernet connection does the job when transferring ordinary files, but when it comes to streaming a high-definition movie to your living room, it can be painfully slow. This is why cable operators have been investing in and building out their infrastructures to support faster Internet speeds—with gigabit-speed networks the new frontier. More
The nation’s fifth largest cable operator, Mediacom Communications, plans to upgrade its 22-state footprint by the end of the year using next-generation DOCSIS, or version 3.1. The new telecommunications standard enables cable multiservice operators to provide the same high-speed (10 Gbps) broadband connections over their existing hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) infrastructures that fiber to the home (FTTH) offers its users.
Comcast and other cable operators deploying DOCSIS are doing so because of 3.1’s backward compatibility with DOCSIS 3.0, meaning that existing HFC cable lines gain high-speed broadband with the switch—no digging required. More
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat” could be the motto for cable operators in the midst of significant network overhauls. Some operators are deploying Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) equipment, others are reclaiming spectrum or otherwise prepping their infrastructure for DOCSIS 3.1, while still others are putting in new fiber-optic cable.
Some industry analysts say “half full,” others say “half empty” when it comes to cord-cutting/shaving in the pay-TV space. The latest projections—from eMarketer—tend to agree with the former point of view, while more apocalyptic assessments fail to hold sway.
This is good news for cable operators. More
DOCSIS 3.1 is an expansion of the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard that can stretch even more bandwidth out of existing HFC plants. As such, DOCSIS 3.1 implementations are allowing cable operators to compete on nearly equal footing with fiber installations. More
Cord-cutting isn’t solely based on price, but it doesn’t help that the average American has had to steadily increase payments for cable TV service for the past 20 years. This has made competing digital streaming services, from providers such as Netflix, Amazon.com and Hulu, all the more attractive—especially since younger viewers are just as comfortable watching shows on phones and tablets as they are watching them on TV.
In its latest report on average rates for cable programming service and equipment, released in October 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed that the average monthly rate for basic cable service rose by 2.3 percent over the 12 months ending Jan. 1, 2015. More