BBWN Bites: Shaw Broadband Subs Arc Up With BlueCurve
Also today, OneWeb's satellite success, DZS-KeyMile gets a win, Siklu switches CEOs and smart-home devices go forth and multiply.
Fixed wireless radio vendor Siklu has appointed Ronen Ben-Hamou as its new CEO. With more than 20 years' experience in telecom and IoT at companies such as Telit and Ericsson, Ben-Hamou aims to lead Siklu in the burgeoning market for 5G mmWave solutions. No word yet on what led the company's former CEO, Eyal Assa, to the exit. Assa was appointed as Siklu's CEO just over two years ago, is no longer listed on the company's website and wasn't even referenced in the press release announcing Ben-Hamou's appointment.
Canadian MSO Shaw Communications launched the BlueCurve home WiFi app to accelerate broadband growth and create a foundation for IPTV services across its DOCSIS 3.1 network. BlueCurve is Shaw's version of Comcast Xfinity and the service has helped Shaw increase broadband subscriptions and equipment self-installs. (See Shaw bets on BlueCurve for broadband.)
OneWeb today said all six satellites traveling in low earth orbit (LEO) delivered high-speed, low latency services at more than 400 Mbit/s. This easily allowed them to stream real-time, fully high-def video from space. The tests occurred in Seoul, South Korea.
German broadband provider COM-IN is using DZS-KeyMile's MileGate access platform to expand its optical fiber infrastructure and deliver full-fiber to all residents and businesses within the city of Ingolstadt by 2021. (See COM-IN Chooses DZS-KeyMile for All-Fiber Network.)
According to Parks Associates, 28% of US broadband households own at least one smart-home device. After buying their first connected device -- often a thermostat, security camera or speaker -- many quickly add to their collection, as device-owning households have an average of six units in their home, the research firm said.
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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.