BBWN Bites: Telus to Buy ADT Canada
Also, T-Mobile's home service, cable won't let DOCSIS die and TiVo's new streaming service and hardware.
Telus today announced it will acquire ADT Security Services Canada for about $700 million Canadian ($526 million US). Telus plans to retain ADT Canada's approximately 1,000 employees and the firm's roster of about 500,000 residential and business customers.
T-Mobile's fixed-wireless access home Internet service was the perfect fit for a Tennessee resident who moved into a new subdivision devoid of fiber, HFC or copper access. "All we had to do was plug in our home Internet router and we were back in business DAY ONE," the customer, Taylor, told Light Reading. "That process is a gamechanger." (See Inside T-Mobile's new 'Home Internet' business.)
The cable industry and CableLabs are investigating how to extend the life of DOCSIS, said Jeff Finkelstein, executive director of advanced technology at Cox Communications, this week at a Light Reading event at Cable-Tec Expo. Accomplishing this would eliminate (at least for another tech generation or two) operators' need to deploy FTTP upgrades, he said. DOCSIS 4.0, the next step now that many MSOs have finished D3.1 upgrades, will give cablecos the necessary tools to hit bandwidths of 1.8GHz and eyeball 3GHz. (See HFC may never die .)
This year, 46% of US broadband households subscribe to two or more OTT services, compared with one fifth of US broadband households in 2014 -- that's CAGR of 130%, according to Parks Associates' "Partnering, Aggregation, and Bundling in Video Services" research.
Smart Move for a Smart-Home Service Provider
ADT's line of security products include connected, IoT devices like smart smoke detectors, video security systems and flood sensors. (Source: ADT)
BT's network access arm Openreach shared its 18-month FTTP build-out plans -- stretching its forecast out beyond its original 12-month calculation, reports Light Reading's Paul Rainford today. The wholesaler's "Fibre First" program, which now includes 103 locations across the UK, will add another 29 metros. By March 2021, the goal is 4 million premises will have fiber.
TiVo on Tuesday unveiled a video network -- dubbed TiVo+ -- as well as TiVo Edge, a 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD), all-in-one media device, designed to work with HD antenna or digital cable. The video service will debut in "coming weeks," while both TiVo Edge for cable and TiVo Edge for antenna are available now.
(Source: Parks Associates)
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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.