Broadband Briefs for 12/22/08
• Falcon committed to providing IPTV to small providers
By Brian Santo
Falcon Communications issued notice that it remains committed to providing turnkey IPTV packages for small service providers, which is likely to be a welcome announcement among those who are going to be left in the lurch by SES-Americom, which is folding its IP-Prime operation because the company couldn’t get an adequate return on the business (story here).
SES Americom’s announcement to end IP-Prime does not affect Falcon’s ability to provide quality, effective IPTV solutions and services to Tier 2 and Tier 3 telco service providers, Falcon said.
Falcon IP/Complete is an entirely MPEG-4 system, integrating elements from an ecosystem of IPTV equipment suppliers, though Falcon remains the single point of contact for the entire service.
• Verizon wins video franchises in New York
By Traci Patterson
Residents of the Town of Carmel in Putnam County and the Village of Hewlett Harbor in Nassau County, both in New York State, will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to newly approved agreements authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the areas.
The latest approvals make 145 the total number of New York municipalities that have authorized Verizon to provide FiOS TV service.
As with all local franchise approvals in New York, the agreements between Verizon and the two communities are subject to review by the New York State Public Service Commission.
• NHIS: Wireless substitution continues
By Brian Santo
Yet another survey notes that wireless substitution continues apace. Preliminary results from the January-June 2008 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that the number of American homes with only wireless telephones grew to 17.5 percent, up 1.7 percent from the second half of 2007.
In addition, more than one out of every eight American homes (13.3 percent) received all, or almost all, calls on wireless telephones despite having a landline telephone in the home.
And, of course, the younger the age group, the more likely they are to have gone wireless. As age increased from 30 years, the NHIS said, the percentage of adults living in households with only wireless telephones decreased: 19.1 percent for adults aged 30-44 years, 9.2 percent for adults aged 45-64 years, and 2.8 percent for adults aged 65 years and over.
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