BBWN Bites: India's MSOs Invest in Fiber
In other news today, Charter and New York officials shake hands, Cogeco fares better in the US than Canada and Telia scores big with its connected-home energy solution.
Within three months, India's Reliance Jio plans to begin deploying fixed-broadband services to 75 million homes across 16,000 cities -- up from 60 million homes in 1,100 cities, BusinessInsider reported. Competitor Airtel also is focusing on fiber, with expectations it will offer FTTH services to more than 20 million premises across India.
Charter Communications has settled its long-running dispute over network expansion plans mandated in New York's Public Service Commission's approval of the MNO's merger with Time Warner Cable in 2016. Charter agreed to expand its network footprint to deliver high-speed broadband to 145,000 Upstate New York homes and businesses, and pay $12 million for additional expansion. To date, Charter has passed about 65,000 of the 145,000 households or about 45% of the total. Charter must invest about $600 million to complete this deployment, the commission estimated. (See Charter & NY Formally Kiss & Make Up .)
Canadian operator Cogeco reported C$617.6 million in revenue for the third quarter, up 3.1% from a year ago, or 1.3% after adjusting for C$10.8 million in positive currency exchange effects. At home, it fared less well than it did in the US. Much growth came from beyond Cogeco's southern border via acquired operators like Atlantic Broadband and MetroCast, wrote Alan Breznick in Light Reading. (See Service Providers Primp for Acquisition Attention .)
Telia's NB-IoT technology will connect about 1 million smart meters in Sweden for utility E.on. The power company will see consumers' electricity use and the amount of electricity homes equipped with solar panels contribute to the grid.
Broadband to the People
India's mobile operators, already investing in fiber for 5G backhaul, plan to deploy fixed-access broadband to reach millions of residents and businesses.
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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.
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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.