Globally, mobile devices have become the backbone of developing nations where deployment of fixed broadband infrastructures have trailed because of geographic or financial restrictions; it’s not unusual for mobile Internet connections to make up the bulk of broadband connections, and not just among Millennials.
Comcast this week said it would more than triple the current 300 gigabyte data caps it’s testing in select U.S. markets, giving customers the ability to use up to a terabyte of data, something the operator says isn’t an issue for more than 99% of its customers.
Time Warner Cable – which could be consumed by Charter Communications by mid-May if its takeover bid is approved – delivered better-than-expected Q1 results with adjusted earnings of $518 million, or $1.81 per share, compared to $1.65 a year ago, on revenue that rose 7% to $6.19 billion. Analysts expected adjusted earnings of $1.74 a share on revenue of $6.14 billion.
Verizon has wrapped up its $10.5 billion deal with Frontier Communications, closing on the sale of Verizon's local wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas.
The deal helps Verizon shed some debt from the AWS-3 FCC spectrum auction early last year.
Included in the deal: Some 2.1 million broadband connections, 1.2 FiOS TV subscribers and about 3.3 million voice connections. Verizon also walks away from its local ILEC businesses.
That Americans binge watch streaming video is no surprise; reports on our proclivity to watch more than one episode at a single sitting have been floating around since Netflix started streaming complete seasons of TV shows. But, a new report from Deloitte, its most recent iteration of the Digital Democracy Survey, points out that it’s clearly more than just House of Cards, Transparency and past seasons of Game of Thrones that has us enthralled.
Amazon isn’t moving into the cable TV business per se, but it is planning to help pay-TV operators and ISPs male it easier to connect with consumers by offering pay-TV, Internet and phone sign ups through its new online Amazon Cable Store.
For the moment, only Comcast is in the e-tailer’s product lineup, part of a deal, according to the Wall Street Journal, that came about after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos met with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and cable division CEO Neil Smit last year.
Want a glimpse of the future? How about this: Tier 2 U.S. cable provider Mediacom is planning to spend $1 billion over the next three years to upgrade and expand its national broadband network, focusing on a wide-scale deployment of a 1 Gbps broadband service to virtually all of the 3 million homes and businesses within the 1,500 communities located in Mediacom’s Midwest and Southeast footprint.
It won’t be deployed in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but Telefónica is counting on a new submarine cable called BRUSA to link Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil with San Juan, Puerto Rico and Virginia Beach, improving reliability and resilience by increasing the number of U.S. landing points.
BRUSA is being deployed as demand intensifies for OTT, the company said, and will also impact B2B customers, telecom operators, and consumers in general.
Consumers’ shifting viewing preferences, increasing penetration of high-speed broadband and a wealth of premium content availability is fueling a surge in video-on-demand services that could help global VOD revenues top $108.6 billion by 2026, a new report says.
The 17 largest cable and telephone providers in the U.S. – representing about 94% of the market – added more than 3.1 million high-speed Internet subscribers in 2015, the most in a single year since 2010, when they added 3.4 million. The increase was just slightly more than a year ago, when operators added 3 million broadband subscribers.
Consumers are spending an increasing amount of time watching online video on their mobile devices. In fact, in Ooyala’s upcoming Global Video Index for Q4 2015, more than 46% of video views in the quarter were on mobile devices; and that’s not even including laptop computers, which, arguably, can be classified as mobile devices, especially when it comes to video consumption.
Access to fixed and mobile high-speed broadband continues to grow in the European Union, with coverage becoming nearly ubiquitous.
More than 85% of households in the EU had access to LTE mobile services at the end of the first half of 2015, up 7% from 2014, and now available in every EU country, a new study says. As in the past several years, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark were the leaders in terms of LTE coverage, with 99 percent of households covered by LTE networks.