BBWN Bites: SpaceX asks to send up 30K more broadband satellites
Also today, toob rolls out fiber fast, consumers are overwhelmed by streaming options, using NEXTGEN TV to connect rural US, new FWA stats, 5G for home broadband generates consumer interest and TalkTalk is now a Northern Powerhouse.
SpaceX wants to launch up to 30,000 more Starlink broadband data satellites. That's in addition to the 12,000 the International Telecommunication Union already approved to be sent into orbit. The FCC passed along 20 coordination requests to the ITU earlier this month, with each request featuring 1,525 orbital planes, Geekwire reported. The move further underscores Elon Musk & Co's determination to stay ahead in the Broadband Space Race.
UK operator toob is using the ADTRAN TA5000 gigabit services platform and turnkey support -- including delivery, installation and commissioning of toob's core, transport and access network -- to provide high-speed broadband to more than 100,000 premises by the end of 2021. As a result, toob went from the initial concept to a fully operational network in southern England in months; this will allow toob to reach more than 1 million premises over the next decade, toob CEO Nick Parbutt said in a statement.
Many US consumers are overwhelmed by the number of available streaming services -- more than 100 -- according to an Amdocs Media study. Remembering passwords to each of these accounts was the biggest pain for one third of those surveyed in Amdocs Media's recently released 2019 Subscription Management Report. And just think, more offerings are on the way.
ARK Multicasting and Microsoft have teamed up to address the digital divide in rural America, combining ARK's next-gen broadcast network with Azure-based media distribution, the companies said on Tuesday. The pilot could begin the standardization of using NEXTGEN TV (the consumer brand recently attached to the ATSC 3.0 broadcast signaling standard) and TV white space technology to bring broadband to unserved or under-served rural parts of the US, said ARK CEO Vern Fotheringham, in a release. The trial, in Crockett, Texas, includes a hybrid broadcast-broadband network that will deliver high-quality programming by combining broadcast signals with home Internet.
The average fixed wireless access consumer uses 4 Mbit/s of data when active; they use 6.6 Gigabytes per day or 196 GB per month, new research from Preseem found. The 4 Mbit/s represents the speed customers receive, not the subscription speed, according to Preseem, which offers monitoring and optimization services to wireless ISPs. The Fixed Wireless Network Report: 2019 Edition also finds more than half the deployed access points are less than three times over-subscribed.
Although one third of UK consumers said they do not need 5G, with 70% stating they want to wait until a mobile tech is proven before shelling out any cash. However, in a poll of US and UK consumers, CCS Insight found more enthusiasm for 5G home broadband if certain factors were in place. For example, 39% cited more attractive pricing; 29% said better performance; 21% chose quick and easy installation; 19% selected no line rental, and 17% said one bill for both mobile and broadband -- good news for MSOs offering both services today, perhaps.
TalkTalk, which announced 12 months ago it was relocating its headquarters from London to Salford in northern England, joined the Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme. This government-led initiative promotes this part of the country as a great place to do business. Hull-based wholesale operator MC2 is also part of the organization. BBWN Editor (and proud Geordie by birth) Alison Diana agrees, adding the north is a wonderful place to live, too.
Chaotic State of Mind
More than 100 streaming choices and a matching number of passwords is causing consumer confusion, according to Amdocs Media's latest report.
— 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.