U.K. incumbent BT is committing more than $82.5 million to continue its deployment of high-speed fiber broadband services to an additional 400,000 customers over the next three years.
BT already is spending an estimated $4.97 billion - more than $4.1 billion alone on its footprint - to bring fiber past some 18 million premises. The new spend will encompass 30 cities and has three pieces:
Google has kicked off signups for its Google Fiber service in Provo, Utah, where it purchased the existing iProvo fiber network for a song (okay, actually it paid $1); it's offering residents a trio of Internet and pay-TV plans that will challenge incumbents Comcast and CenturyLink.
Initially, Google Fiber will offer customers who lived along the route of the old iProvo network two options for its super-fast 1 Gigabit Internet:
When Google last year announced it was planning on deploying super-fast Google Fiber in Austin, Texas, incumbent AT&T launched a quick-hitting counterattack with its own 1 Gigabit deployment.
It was a good move.
The service has seen such a positive response, AT&T says, that it’s planning to offer the “GigaPower” tier to twice as many customers as it originally planned.
Vodafone Spain, kicking off its play to bring high-speed Broadband to more than 6 million customers over fiber to the home, says it will begin offering service to about 800,000 customers on April 1.
American Express may have a copyright on “Don’t leave home without it,” but Dish Network and Southwest Airlines may be giving the iconic card a run for its money.
The satellite operator and airline are partnering on a deal that allows fliers free access to 20 live TV channels and 75 on-demand programs on iOS and Android devices.
Dish is paying for the content and to have it delivered by in-air Wi-Fi specialist Row 44.
Netflix already has begun to feel the financial effects of an appeals court striking down the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules; the streaming company’s stock fell more than 2% on concerns that its content delivery costs soon could rise, although there are no guarantees that they will, or, that they won’t.
And there’s the rub.
Multiple subscriptions for premium video content in households will increasingly become the norm as more consumers add supplemental services to their pay-TV subscriptions, new research suggests.
Deloitte predicts that this year more than 50 million homes will have multiple subscriptions, a traditional pay-TV platform, and an additional SVOD service through their pay-TV service. More than 10 million additional homes will add services through broadband providers.
Charter Communications is giving its customers a post-holiday gift in the form of doubled Internet speed for no extra charge.
Residential customers who subscribe to the service provider’s flagship 30 Mbps service will now get 60 Mbps downstream at no extra cost.
Telcos trying to play catch-up with cable operators have been hamstrung by the physics of their own delivery system of choice: copper wire.
Despite an erosion of pay-TV subscriber numbers, service providers are seeing broadband subscriptions numbers soar, with the top pay-TV service providers adding more than 520,000 broadband customers in the most recent quarter, new research says.
It’s a trend that’s likely to continue as more U.S. viewers, eager to access online video sites and services like ESPN, Netflix, Hulu and CBS, turn to their providers for access to high-speed Internet.