BBWN Bites: DoJ Sees Subsea Cable as a Security Threat
Also today: SVoD services multiply in US homes, ADTRAN has a secret utility customer and Everstream extends its network.
The US government is scared that a foreign government could tap or block traffic in a new subsea cable being installed between California and Hong Kong, even though work on the cable has been going on for quite some time. "Ships have already draped most of the 8,000-mile Pacific Light Cable Network across the seafloor between the Chinese territory and Los Angeles, promising faster connections for its investors on both sides of the Pacific," reports The Wall Street Journal this morning. The cable's installation is backed by Facebook and Google. The Justice Department is wringing its hands because a Chinese investor, Beijing-based Dr. Peng Telecom & Media Group Co., is also backing the project, The Journal reported.
ADTRAN has improved the communications network inside a large regional utility company. We're not sure how and we don't know who. (See Regional Utility Uses ADTRAN for Fiber Access.)
Broadband networks are delivering video entertainment in a big way in the US. Overall, 51% of US households now have more than one SVoD service, an increase from 33% in 2017, and 20% in 2015, according to new research from Leichtman Research Group. (See 74% of US Homes Subscribe to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu – Study .)
Everstream announces it has finished an 80-mile fiber ring throughout the city of Columbus, Ohio. (See Everstream Extends Fiber Network.) We last interviewed Everstream's CEO back in 2017; check it out. (See Everstream CEO: The One With the Most Fiber Wins.)
Fiber connectivity is being embraced by many sectors in South Africa, but manufacturing remains behind the curve when it comes to rapid advances in connectivity and emerging technologies. (See Fiber Connectivity Key for SA Enterprises.)
In the speculation file, T-Mobile might be slowing down its 5G network build. Also, Ericsson may be working to arrange for its CEO to leave and finding his replacement from the auto industry. (See T-Mobile Pauses 5G Network Construction Due to Sprint Merger Delays – Report and Eurobites: Is Ericsson Engineering Ekholm's Exit?)
— Phil Harvey, US Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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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.