Despite increasing competition from over-the-top players and from satellite providers, and declining subscriber numbers, the cable industry in the European Union has continued to grow with gross cable revenues topping €22.4 billion ($23.34 billion) in 2015, a 5.7% increase year-over-year.
More than half of cable revenues in 2015 (53%) came from Internet and phone services, according to a report from IHS Markit, with Internet revenues up nearly 10% to €7.2 billion.
The U.K. government is planning to spend more than $1.24 billion (£1.0 billion) to modernize the country’s digital infrastructure with the goal of full-fiber broadband and 5G wireless technology nationwide by 2020-21.
There have been a lot of fluttering hands over the past two quarters concerning Netflix’s international growth potential. But the streamer’s deal this week with Liberty Global to put Netflix on the pay-TV operator’s next-gen Horizon set-top boxes in more than 30 countries may soothe most of that nervousness.
The 14 largest service providers added more than 190,000 broadband customers in the second quarter, the smallest add for a quarter in the past 15 years.
Cable operators – led by Charter and Comcast -- added 553,293 new subscribers while telcos saw their market share slip, losing 360,783 subs, with AT&T (down 123,000) being the biggest loser.
European telecoms group Altice has wrapped up its $10B acquisition of Cablevision, which it now will merge with Suddenlink to create the fourth largest broadband provider in the United States. Altice paid $9.1 billion for a controlling stake in Suddenlink before it made the offer for Cablevision.
The new Cablevision will have 4.6 million customers in 20 states.
Video traffic continues to grow on the Internet, forecast to make up 79% of all traffic by 2020, dwarfing the traffic from the plethora of devices that make up the Internet of Things.
Cisco forecasts global IP traffic to nearly triple over the next five years as more than one billion new Internet users drive growth at a CAGR of 22%.
The over-the-top gold rush in Latin America – specifically Mexico – continues this week as Fox Networks Group is making its Fox+ SVOD platform available as a standalone play on the Dish OTT service in Mexico.
The service features more than 500 movies monthly and 350 TV series and won’t require users to have a pay-TV service to access content.
Argentina’s state-owned communications operator Arsat and Buenos Aires-based cable company TeleCentro could be in play, with published reports saying America Movil is interested in acquiring assets from both companies.
América Móvil chief Carlso Slim reportedly has met with Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, shopping for radio spectrum and fiber deployments that span the country.
The Civil War it’s not, but the battle between the pay-TV industry and the FCC nevertheless has created its own (continuing) fireworks. Monday’s keynote at the conference in Boston from Michael Powell, CEO and president of the National Cable Telecommunications Association, is a case in point.
BT is planning to spend some £6 ($8.7 billion) on fixed and mobile networks over the next three years as it rushes to expand its fiber and 4G deployments.