BBWN Bites: 77% of Americans can access 'low-priced' broadband – report
Also in this roundup: Orange MEA sees big Q1 broadband growth; Fibrehop expands with CityFibre; Talk Straight taps ADTRAN for fixed wireless; Verizon reports Q1 Fios numbers.
- A new report from BroadbandNow shows that "low-priced" broadband is available to 77% of Americans, which is an increase from 50% in Q1 2020 (and up from 70% in Q4 2020). That's a significant jump in a year, owning to a combination of pandemic-inspired provider offers and government regulations. However, "low-priced" broadband is defined as up to $60/month, which might set some of these plans apart from "affordable." Further, BroadbandNow also highlights that these low-priced plans tend to bring lower speeds, with only 31% of Americans having access to a plan for $60 or less with minimum speeds of 100 Mbit/s download and 25 Mbit/s upload. The report also surveyed speed symmetry and discovered that 41% of Americans have access to symmetrical service of 100/100 Mbit/s from a wired or fixed wireless provider; with Rhode Island and Washington, DC, leading on symmetrical access, and Connecticut falling behind. "Connecticut stood out as one of the states with the highest rates of 100/25, but one of the lowest for 100/100, showing a massive gap between upload speed levels and that a high level of traditional broadband access is not always synonymous with symmetry," states the report.
- Speaking of symmetry, Triangle Networks – which delivers symmetrical, gigabit broadband via its consumer ISP Fibrehop – will expand its broadband services in partnership with CityFibre to reach over 600,000 UK homes. In a press release, the companies report that Fibrehop will expand to Cheltenham, Gloucester, Weston-super-Mare, Bath, Swindon, Leicester and – later this year – Plymouth. This expansion follows a similar partnership between CityFibre and Fibrehop in Milton Keynes that commenced in February.
- In other UK broadband partnership news, the ISP Talk Straight has partnered with ADTRAN to deliver gigabit broadband connectivity in rural regions of the country. The partnership follows Talk Straight's successful testing of ADTRAN's mmWave fixed wireless access solution "as part of a proof of concept that could quickly and cost-effectively extend gigabit symmetric broadband services beyond the reach of existing fibre networks." While the announcement doesn't disclose a number of new locations Talk Straight expects to reach (only citing "more"), it does highlight figures from industry regulator Ofcom showing that 190,000 UK properties don't have access to an "acceptable broadband connection" and more than 880,000 children live in a UK household with only mobile Internet access.
- Fixed broadband subscriber growth helped propel Orange's Africa and Middle East businesses (AME) to their best quarterly performance in ten years. According to Light Reading sister site Connecting Africa, Orange AME's fixed broadband customer base grew 38.4% year-on-year (YoY) to 1.8 million customers, with revenue up 38.2%. Overall Orange AME revenue grew to nearly €1.5 billion (US$1.81 billion) in Q1 2021. (Read the full earnings story on Connecting Africa: Orange MEA sees biggest Q1 growth in 10 years.)
- Back in the US, broadband growth was also helpful to Verizon's quarterly earnings report. As Jeff Baumgartner reports on Light Reading, Verizon lost 82,000 Fios TV subscribers in Q1 2021 but gained 98,000 Fios Internet connections. That's compared to a gain of 59,000 in Q1 2020. All in all, Verizon ended the first quarter of the year with 6.71 million total broadband connections. (See Verizon broadband gains continue to outpace video losses.)
— Nicole Ferraro, contributing editor and host of "The Divide" and "What's the Story?" Light Reading
AT&T CEO John Stankey has challenged his execs to explore what it would take to expand AT&T's plan to build FTTP to 30 million locations by 2025. 'Execution and performance' is all that stands in the way, he says.
SCTE, the cable industry's standards-setting organization, has approved standards for enclosures and modules for Generic Access Platform (GAP) nodes designed to support DOCSIS, PON and wireless access technologies.
Financial support for winning bids from more than a dozen smaller broadband players will be disbursed in 120 monthly payments, starting at the end of this month.
The cable operator is seeing a 'little bit of a slowdown in the net adds in the cable business' in the current quarter, but still expects 2021 growth to beat pre-COVID 2019 levels, CFO Mike Cavanagh told investors.
Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite broadband unit, counters that concerns about SpaceX's 'Gen2' plan for Starlink has nothing to do with slowing competition, but is about holding SpaceX to FCC rules.
More Industry Announcements
- Honeywell expands small-satellite product offerings
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
- InCoax unveils its D2501 to help solve last-mile challenge
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
- Comcast expands Internet Essentials to Pell Grant recipients
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
- Kinetic bringing fiber to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Monday, September 20, 2021
- DZS, Freedom Fibre deliver fiber access to TalkTalk subs
Thursday, September 16, 2021
- Calix Cloud now fully compatible with 80+ third-party gateways
Thursday, September 16, 2021
- SDC Capital Partners closes IQ Fiber investment
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
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