BBWN Bites: Baroness Calls Broadband Bosses to Brainstorm
Also today, pay-TV providers did not have a lot to celebrate in 2019, Dem candidate Pete Buttigieg's broadband budget, Shaw Communications' Q1 numbers and more.
Baroness Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will discuss the UK's plan to deploy nationwide full-fiber broadband with executives at the country's top broadband providers and government regulator Ofcom this week, Sky News reported on Wednesday, citing "insiders." Those participating in the plan to meet the 2025 deadline include BT Group, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky (owner of Sky News, a division of Liberty Global), CityFibre, Hyperoptic and Ofcom, Sky wrote.
Overall pay-TV subscriptions, including OTT-TV services, declined 3.7% year-over-year in 2019, predicts MoffettNathanson. Among traditional pay-TV distributors, there was a 6.5% drop in 2019 versus 2018, the analyst firm said in its most recent research report. (See US Pay-TV Losses to Improve Slightly in 2020, Remain Ugly – Analyst .)
US Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg recently promised $80 million for high-speed broadband if he is elected president. It would be part of a $1-trillion infrastructure plan targeting bridges, water systems, schools and more, his campaign wrote. Funding for these projects would come from reforming President Trump's tax cuts and the capital gains tax, Buttigieg told Reuters.
Canadian operator Shaw Communications this week announced consolidated revenue for Q1 ended Nov. 30, 2019, increased 2.1% to $1.38 billion, while adjusted EBITDA grew 8.1% year-over-year to $588 million. Without $38 million Shaw had to adopt fro IFRS 16, adjusted EBITDA growth was about 1.1%. Find full results on the operator's investor website here.
Portuguese operator Rentelcom will use EllaLink's dark fibers in its homeland and Spain for data center interconnection. In exchange, EllaLink -- which offers an optical platform and network connecting Europe and Latin America -- will integrate Rentelcom's fibers into its solution.
Building an Empire of Broadband
In this fictitious rendering, two models acting as operator executives rush to a semi-stately UK home to discuss Prime Minister Boris Johnson's goal of wrapping the UK up in high-speed broadband by 2025.
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Dark Fiber News Gets the Light
Rentelcom will use EllaLink's dark fiber in Spain and Portugal.
The protected fiber ring will connect all the major data centers of both capital cities allowing EllaLink to serve PoPs with low latency capacity, open spectrum and managed spectrum services directly towards Fortaleza, São Paulo and Rio in Brazil.
Colt Technology Services hired former ADVA executive Annette Geuther for the newly created role of vice president of new business development. At ADVA, she most recently served as SVP of sales in the Emerging Markets division.
The global small satellite market will reach $18.3 billion by 2026, increasing at a CAGR of 20.28% between 2020 and 2026, according to a recent Fortune Business Insight report. IoT and advances in satellite reliability for machine control and latency, as well as increased number of providers, launches and satellites, all combine to launch new opportunities in this skyrocketing market, research firm said.
— Alison Diana, Editor, Broadband World News
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.