BBWN Bites: Sun Sets for Sunrise CEO, Vermont Utilities Consider Broadband
Also today, Vermont utility considers potential broadband role, SC Broadband to kick off gigabit services in Cedar City, Utah, D-Link can't wait for CES, plus new research about smart homes and smart cites.
Sunrise CEO Olaf Swantee is leaving the company and will be replaced by CFO André Krause, effective immediately, the Swiss telco announced. Although Sunrise was tight-lipped about the reasons, the move comes soon after Sunrise's failed takeover of UPC Switzerland from Liberty Global. Swantee will support to Krause until the April 2020 annual general meeting to ensure a smooth handover, Sunrise said. Sunrise Chairman Peter Kurer and Vice-Chair Peter Schöpfer will also be heading off, as neither plans to run for re-election in April.
Vermont Electric Cooperative is considering a potential role in broadband delivery following the filing, on Thursday, of the "Feasibility Study of Electric Companies Offering Broadband in Vermont" by the State's Department of Public Service, according to the Rutland Herald.
SC Broadband, a South Central Communications division, this month will start constructing a full-fiber gigabit network for residents of Cedar City, Utah. The operator is offering subscribers who sign up in 2020 an intro price of $45 per month for the first year; after that, monthly services rise to $65. SC Broadband estimates it will pass about 1,100 homes this year, deploying in phases.
Whetting folks' appetite for next week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, D-Link today announced new members of its mydlink connected home family: two WiFi smart plugs (one for indoors, one for outside) plus the new Battery Wi-Fi Water Sensor to help protect homes against water leaks. The vendor also added two smart plugs for automated lighting and security, plus new app features -- like Smart Recap, Rich Notifications and enhanced voice-control integration -- for mydlink cameras.
In the US, 7% of broadband households bought a self-installed security system, according to new Parks Associates research. Price was the primary driver, followed by homeowners' desires to improve the understanding of the security system, and to avoid the hassle of professional installations, the firm found.
Sunsetting the CEO
Sunrise Communications CEO Olaf Swantee (pictured) is leaving the company and will be replaced by CFO André Krause.
(Image Source: Sunrise)
From smart homes to smart cities, the installed base of smart streetlights is expected to exceed 30 million worldwide by 2023, according to new research from Berg Insight. That's compared with 10.4 million at year-end 2018, for a CAGR of 24.5%. In 2018, Europe led with 40% of the installed base, North America accounted for 30% and all other countries totaled 31%, with China representing a large chunk of the rest of the world, Berg said.
(Source: Parks Associates)
Constructing Smarter Cities
(Source: Berg Insight)
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