Subscribers Like Mid-Tier Speeds & HughesNet Loves NY
Also in today's roundup: The chief resilience officer trend could be a telco sales opportunity in smart cities and CenturyLink cut thousands from its workforce in 2018.
CenturyLink, the fifth-largest US operator based on revenue, cut 12% of its workforce -- or 6,000 employees -- at the end of 2017, it recently disclosed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In December 2018, CenturyLink had 45,000 employees versus 51,000 a year prior. In 2017, CenturyLink acquired wholesaler Level 3 and its 12,600 employees, bringing total headcount to about 52,600, according to regulatory filings. No doubt duplication and cost-savings incented CenturyLink to reduce its workforce. (See CenturyLink Shed 6K Workers During Crash Course Diet Last Year.)
Twenty-two percent of US broadband households have service speeds of between 100-999 Mbps; but a full 39% do not know their broadband speed, according to "Modern Broadband: Competition and Retention at Gigabit Speeds," a new research report from Parks Associates. Only 6% of US broadband households have gigabit-speed services; consumer interest in upgrading to this high-speed service has declined over the past two years due to limited availability and high cost, according to Craig Leslie, a senior research analyst at Parks Associates.
Telcos involved in smart-city solutions now have another contact: the Chief Resilience Officer. A new report by ABI Research spotlights urban resilience projects -- the ability for cities to recover from disasters quickly -- as an area that is predicted to grow to $335 billion in 2024 from $97 billion this year. Strategies and solutions include multiple components including detection and prediction via IoT sensors and AI-based analytics, alert systems and predictive modeling, and redundant infrastructure -- quite a lot of possible areas for telcos to sell into. Dominique Bonte, VP of End Markets at ABI Research said:
No Need for High Speed
"The cities of New York and Miami Beach have announced budgets of respectively US$500 million and US$400 million for flood prevention, sea-level-rise mitigation, and coastal areas reinforcement. By 2024, cities in developing regions will account for 40% of all resilience spending."
Santa Cruz, Calif.-based ISP Cruzio recently deployed Calix AXOS and replaced legacy gateways with Calix GigaCenters as it expands and simplifies its fiber network. The ISP -- which serves residential customers, including many high-tech customers who work at area employers like HP and Lockheed Martin, as well as communities such as the El Rio Mobile Home Park -- requires a future-proof infrastructure with analytics, that simultaneously allows the provider to cut costs and improve efficiencies, said Peggy Dolgenos, Cruzio CEO and co-founder.
As part of the New NY Broadband Program, which gives state grant funding for high-speed Internet access to unserved and underserved areas of the state, HughesNet today unveiled additional service plans for New York residents. Those living in specified areas can get "special rates and data plans on HughesNet Gen5 service," a satellite broadband offering with built-in WiFi, the provider said.
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News. Follow us on Twitter or @alisoncdiana.
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As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will present our Cable Next-Gen Europe conference as a free digital symposium on June 21.
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.
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