The SCTE Rocky Mountain Chapter is hosting an executive roundtable next week that will tackle various top-of-mind topics including current events, network capacity, competition and customer experence. The “Executive Roundtable: 2015 and Beyond" event is slated for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at The Cable Center in Denver.
CenturyLink announced this morning that former Liberty Global executive Aamir Hussain has joined the company as its new chief technology officer. Hussain, who reports to CenturyLink CEO and president Glen Post, previously worked in the Netherlands as Liberty Global's managing director and chief technology officer for Europe.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system. While Apple has partnered with major banks and large retail chains including Macy's Inc., Walgreen Co. and McDonald's Corp., critics have noted that it's not accepted by a number of other large chains.
Frontier Communications wrapped its $2 billion acquisition of AT&T wireline business, statewide fiber network, U-verse operations, and Dish Network customers in Connecticut, marking the occasion with service interruptions in both broadband and TV. The deal was announced at the end of 2013.
Amazon has jumped into the TV stick arena to compete against similar devices from the likes of Google’s Chromecast and Roku. This morning Amazon announced its Fire TV Stick, which is available to existing and new Amazon Prime customers for $19 over the next two days, or $39 as a standalone. Amazon is currently taking preorders for the Fire Stick with shipping slated for Nov. 19.
Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) is helping support the 2014 Create West Virginia Conference by offering free Wi-Fi in Glenville, W.Va. Shentel’s free Wi-Fi offer started on Oct. 15 and is slated to run through the rest of the month.
The FCC attributed this new delay to legal challenges from broadcasters. The proposal rests on a guarantee to broadcasters that the spectrum can be used without interfering with their signals. Not all broadcasters are satisfied that the FCC is doing that with the way it is evaluating coverage areas.
Comcast has suffered several customer service related black eyes this year, including the overly zealous customer service rep that refused to cancel a former subscriber’s service and the allegation that the nation’s top cable operator got another disgruntled customer fired for complaining about his customer service. Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts took to the customer service stump during Thursday’s third quarter earnings call.
In order to expand its presence in southeast Georgia, South Carolina-based Hargray Communications announced it has picked up Reidsville, Ga.-based Kennedy Cablevision. In addition to adding Kennedy Cablevision’s residential and commercial customers into the fold, Hargray said the deal would allow it to upgrade its existing network technology and infrastructure as well build out additional infrastructure.
Vendors are rapidly filling the market with enabling technology for G.fast. Broadcom announced variants of several DSL chips that will now support G.fast and G.vector standards, and Adtran said its G.fast technology, introduced last month, is in trials with several customers around the world.
The company recorded 601,000 U-verse high speed Internet subscriber net adds, including 44,000 business customers, pushing its total of broadband customers past 12 million. AT&T also tallied 216,000 U-verse TV subscribers added, for a total of more than 6 million.
Aided by declining video subscriber losses, an increase in data subscribers and continued growth in the business services sector, Comcast posted solid results in its third quarter earnings report this morning. While Comcast lost 81,000 video subscribers in the recent third quarter, it was still the best third quarter for video in the past seven years.
The Women in Cable Telecommunications Rocky Mountain Chapter today announced that its 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Tech It Out Conference is slated for Nov. 13 at Infinity Park Event Center in the Denver suburb of Glendale. WICT’s Tech It Out Conference was designed to bring together thought-leaders in technology and create strong women leaders, both inside and outside of the cable industry.
Set-tops, cable modems and gateways have previously supported only one upstream and downstream band at a time. Peregrines new chip has a dual-band architecture, enabling it to operate in DOCSIS 3.0 networks, and then be reset to operate in a D3.1 environments, with no exchange of hardware necessary.
Cox Communications is doubling up the downstream speeds on two of its most popular tiers in San Diego County. The speed of Cox’s Preferred tier will increase from 25 Mbps down to 50 Mbps while the Premier offering ramps up from 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Cox said the Preferred and Premier tiers represent more than 75 percent of its data customers in San Diego.
Eighty potential bidders have submitted applications to participate. Smaller carriers like Guam-based Docomo and Bluegrass Wireless have thrown their hats in the ring, but the ones to watch are AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Dish, which needs a strong broadband play and thinks wireless will be the way to go.
While FiOS did well on the residential side with 114K new video subscribers, commercial FiOS operations have been lagging. On the enterprise side, FiOS revenue was down 4.4 percent in the quarter. Analysts assert that cable competition is cutting into FiOS commercial operations.
RCN Business has installed a point-of-presence at 325 Hudson in New York City in order to provide its business customers with more interconnection options. On the flip side, 325 Hudson customers gained access to other markets served by RCN Business including: Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
“Why won't you give cable subscribers the same rights you're evidently giving broadband customers under the ‘CBS All Access’ plan?” Maybe because broadcasters will make much less money if viewers get to choose to pay for each of the major networks, because everyone expects that tens and tens of millions of viewers won’t.
Using the system, service providers will be able to remotely manage multiple devices, ease the roll out of new services, monitor their networks to resolve potential problems before they occur, and gain visibility into the home network, all designed to help operators increase quality of service.
Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions has reeled in a deal to provide its Metro Ethernet-based services to one of Orlando’s largest hospitality groups. Bright House Networks will provide Rosen Hotels & Resorts Metro Ethernet connectivity between its three convention hotels and its four leisure hotels, as well as dedicated Internet access (DIA) and HD video services.
Network Cloud Service Orchestrator can be used for service definition on both physical and cloud-based networks. It converges service fulfillment and assurance into a holistic, real-time process. It is open, vendor-agnostic, and catalog-driven, using existing service catalog and ordering systems.
“Gigabit” has a long way to go in terms of replacing the ubiquitous “cloud services” as the most used tech term, but there’s no doubt that, thanks to Google, Gigabit is now firmly entrenched in at least some consumers’ minds. AT&T, Grande Communications, Google Fiber, TDS Telecom, CenturyLink, Bright House Networks, Atlantic Broadband, and Cox Communications have, or plan to have 1-Gigabit services available.
Operators around the globe are trying to balance the competing needs to accelerate product development while maintaining service stability by creating tighter synergy between their development and operations teams. Couple this with the industry becoming more differentiated by software innovation, and many are exploring a more agile model of development and continuous product introduction known as “DevOps."
Verizon had been using products from NetGear. It is now sourcing LTE WAN routing systems from yet another vendor, AeroHive Networks. Verizon is offering routing systems for business customers that include LTE as either a primary connectivity option or as back-up for WAN connectivity.