Broadband Briefs for 2/05/10
• TWC taps Joy as VP of finance in Ohio/Pa.
By Mike Robuck
Time Warner Cable recently announced that Patrick Joy has joined the company as vice president of finance and business operations for its Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania division. In his new job, Joy is responsible for the division’s strategic direction in finance, accounting, collections, revenue assurance, records retention, materials management and business functions.
“Patrick brings a great deal of experience in financial planning and business analysis within the cable industry,” said Vin Zachariah, regional vice president of operations for Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. “His proven track record of exceeding revenue targets combined with his drive for success make him a welcome addition to the organization.”
Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Joy was vice president of field business operations for Cox Communications. He held several key positions at Cox, including acting general manager, director of business analysis and vice president of business operations.
• Verizon names ex-Clinton cabinet member to board
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Communications Inc. said Thursday that it has named a former U.S. secretary of transportation who served under President Bill Clinton to its board. Rodney Slater will join Verizon's board of directors, effective March 5. Slater will be Verizon's 13th board member.
He is a partner in the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, where he specializes in transportation, infrastructure and public policy issues. Slater also is vice chairman and senior adviser at James Lee Witt Associates, an emergency preparedness consulting firm in Washington.
He served under President Clinton from Feb. 1997 to Jan. 2001. Slater also sits on the boards of Delta Air Lines, ICx Technologies, Kansas City Southern and Transurban Group.
• Technicolor hits 100M set-top milestone
By CED staff
Technicolor, formerly Thomson, has now delivered 100 million digital set-top boxes over multi-networks since it entered the market in 1994.
“The group has successfully delivered set-top boxes to satellite, cable and IPTV service providers right across the world and is poised to support its customers in the future with hybrid solutions for delivering any type of content on-demand, designed to enrich the viewer experience,” said Frédéric Rose, chairman and CEO of Technicolor.
Last week, Motorola, at the same time that it announced its fourth-quarter earnings, calculated that it has now shipped more than 100 million digital entertainment devices (that category includes set-tops, but it wasn’t clear what other products Moto may have factored into the total). Motorola has been in business for more than 50 years.
• PBN hires Nederlof
By CED staff
PBN recently appointed Gerhard Nederlof as senior vice president of global sales and marketing.
Bill Zhang, chairman and CEO of PBN, said: “The appointment of Nederlof was a strategic decision by the company to strengthen our position in the telecommunications marketplace globally. We are delighted that he is now part of the PBN team. He will be an enormous asset to both our company and our customers.”
PBN supplies optical broadband access products, and it offers advanced fiber-optic solutions for applications demanding high bandwidth for transporting video, voice and high-speed data traffic.
• ABI: Fiber broadband subs increasing fast
By CED staff
The number of fixed broadband subscribers will reach 501 million at the end of 2014, according to new market data released by ABI Research. Of those, about 106 million will subscribe to services delivered via fiber. Fiber broadband subscribers totaled 44 million at the end of 2009.
The number of fixed broadband subscribers totaled more than 422 million at the end of 2009, a 9 percent increase compared with 2008.
Among the three broadband technologies, 65 percent of worldwide fixed broadband consumers subscribe to DSL, 25 percent to cable and 11 percent to fiber broadband services. The number of fiber broadband subscribers is increasing fastest, showing a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent from 2008 to 2014.
“File sharing, music downloads, IPTV, online gaming and video conferencing are all acting to increase the user demand for high-speed Internet. The number of fiber broadband subscribers is increasing with growing popularity of these services,” said ABI research associate Khin Sandi Lynn.