SVoD Heats Up, WiFi Warms Siberian Winter Gatherings
Subscription video on demand (SVoD) is becoming an integral part of consumers' viewing lives. Today, SVoD reaches 60% of households in North America, 26% in Western Europe, 21% in Asia-Pacific and 19% in Latin America, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting. Last year, consumers spent $29 billion on SVoD, up 38% from 2017, said David Sidebottom, principal analyst at Futuresource. He added:
"Improving broadband quality, increasing smart TV penetration, the availability of services and perceived value are all coming together to create the perfect conditions for growth. Consumers face an increasingly confusing video landscape and partnerships between trusted Pay-TV or content aggregation platforms like Amazon Channels, Roku, Apple, and even Pay-TV providers, will be a vital aid to navigation... this new breed of 'super aggregators' will become an important component in the battle for the living room, though, in many instances, they have yet to fully realise the three consumer requirements of quality, original content and price."
PEACE Cable International Network and Cyber Internet Services (also known as Cybernet Pakistan) signed a Cable Landing Party Agreement that gives privately-held ISP Cybernet access to the 12,000 km (7,456 miles) cable system when it opens in the first-quarter of 2020. The system design includes 200G and wavelength selective switch (WSS) technologies to empower transmission speeds of 16-plus Tb/s per fiber pair. In phase one, the PEACE cable system will have landings in Pakistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya and France. This system will add 96 Tb/s of capacity to Pakistan's Internet infrastructure, according to Cybernet said. PEACE Cable is a subsidiary of Hengtong Group, a Chinese conglomerate of more than 70 businesses, active in multiple markets including IT, communications, electricity, real estate and investment. With 2018 revenue of $15 billion, Hengtong leads the optic communication industry in China and owns about 15% of the global fiber-optic market, according to the vendor.
An organization dedicated to improving the life of dementia patients is turning to smart-home technologies: The Care Research & Technology Centre at Imperial College London, in conjunction with the University of Surrey, received a £20-million grant ($26 million) to develop and test IoT and other tech to create a "Healthy Home" for patients. Sensors for the body -- such as ones that can fit in an ear -- along with robotics and more traditional IoT health solutions such as sleep monitors will be put through their paces to determine whether dementia patients can live alone with the help of these solutions, according to Home Care Insight. The Imperial College hub joins six other national discovery science centers in the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI). It is slated to open on June 1.
Detroit recently hired Joshua Edmonds as its first Director of Digital Inclusion. Before relocating to Motor City, Edmonds was "instrumental in the deployment of more than $1.5 million" in digital inclusion investments in Cleveland, Cities Today wrote. Edmonds' primary role is to work with service providers, which he credits with expressing interest in partnerships, to create a city-wide strategy to ensure all residents have access to computers and high-speed, fixed broadband. Today, up to 40% of Detroit residents do not have broadband Internet, Detroit estimates.
Hughes Network Systems is deploying 1,300 satellite-enabled WiFi hotspots across Russia for Hughes' satellite operators AltegroSky Group of Companies and KB Iskra, the satellite network provider said today. An average of 250 people will have access to each home/SMB hotspot, enabling the providers to reach about 300,000 individuals in the Far East, Siberia, Central, Ural and Caspian/Volga regions. Previously, Internet access was unavailable or expensive. The hotspots will operate 802.11 WiFi and use a shared VSAT terminal for cost-effective satellite backhaul.
Bringing Broadband to Everyone
Joshua Edmonds, Detroit's new Director of Digital Inclusion, hopes to work with service providers to ensure all Motor City residents have access to computers and broadband.
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News. Follow us on Twitter or @alisoncdiana.
Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
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.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
The digital divide in North America is leaving millions without adequate broadband. Incumbents operate in “islands” of connectivity, serving densely populated areas and, at a national scale, perpetuating the digital divide in the gaps in between their service footprints. Regional ISPs have a clear role in closing that gap.
These regional ISPs operate in a highly fragmented landscape, including smaller wireless and FTTH incumbents, satellite ISPs, electric co-ops, tribal communities, and municipalities in public/private partnerships. These regional ISPs face the same cyber threats and operational challenges as their Tier 1 counterparts, but with far fewer resources and revenue-generating population density. As a result, many regional ISPs have developed highly innovated business models for access and core technology, partnerships, financing and services.
The discussion will cover:
- Three ISPs that have taken an innovative approach to their business, as detailed in a recent STL Partners report
- Why regional ISPs need to double down on core security basics such as DDoS protection
- How ISPs have created new revenue by offering managed services
- Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management