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Germany, France and Italy want to charge Big Tech for broadband

The three governments want content providers to subsidize EU 5G and broadband buildouts. The European Commission is under increasing pressure to make tech giants pay for the buildout of telecom infrastructure in the EU, Reuters reports. A new paper signed by representatives of France, Germany, and Italy...

Comcast, Charter continue rapid mobile growth

Cable MSOs Charter Communications and Comcast both saw strong growth in their mobile businesses during the second quarter, with each cable company reporting net mobile customer additions greater than 300,000 and outperforming host network Verizon, which added 12,000 postpaid phone lines during the second...

Comcast sees record additions as its wireless business reaches break-even

Comcast's wireless business added 278,000 total lines during the first quarter of 2021, its best quarter to date, and it reached a break-even point for the first time since it launched in 2017, the cable network operator reported. Wireless revenues were at $513 million,...

The Sunday Brief: What matters in wireline – Enterprise expense management and extinction

Greetings from the Queen City, where the IT scene is red hot even though cooler fall temperatures have finally arrived. I was pleased to be the guest of San Mateo-based Aryaka Networks at the 2019 Orbie (CIO of the Year) awards on Friday.  It...

Kagan: Why is cable TV losing money with wireless service?

It was exciting when Comcast entered wireless with Xfinity Mobile. The same when Charter entered with Spectrum Mobile. I think the same thing will happen when Altice Mobile enters later this year. However, as exciting as this is, there is also a growing concern....

Kagan: Charter Spectrum getting better, but pay TV has new problems

  The good news is, Charter Spectrum cable television service is getting better. The bad news is, they still have some serious problems with pay TV. New problems. Problems that need an immediate fix since the marketplace is becoming competitive. In this piece, I will...

Kagan: 2018 NAB shows cable expanding into wireless

Wireless will be hot during this year’s 2018 National Association of Broadcasters show is being held in Las Vegas this week. In years past, this show has been filled with all the new bells and whistles the television industry wanted to roll out. I...

Altice spins off U.S. business as Sprint relationship develops

French cable provider Altice is reorganizing its corporate structure, including separating its operation in the United States into a standalone business called Altice USA. The move is subject to approval from regulators and shareholders. In a Jan. 8 presentation to investors, Altice described the thinking...

Liberty Global CEO on competition between cable and telco

'Connectivity is the foundation of everything we do,' Liberty Global CEO says DENVER--Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, in a keynote presentation during the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, discussed how traditional cable companies are looking beyond fixed networks to a new age where broadband connectivity can open...

Collaboration, not acquisition, is the future for cable and Wi-Fi (Reader Forum)

XCellAir sees collaboration as the future for cable and Wi-Fi The cable industry has seen some huge acquisitions over the years. Charter’s purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House last year was worth over $65 billion, but this was just one of a series...

Kagan: Update on Charter wireless strategy

Last week, at this year’s MWC Americas wireless conference, Charter updated us on their wireless strategy for their entry next year. If successful, wireless could play an important role in helping the company evolve to the next level. They face many of the same...

Reality Check: Competitive advantages of HFC networks for wireless convergence

HFC networks are the likely candidate for wireless/wireline convergence, and with continued roll outs of power cabling in fiber networks, they can stay that way. Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Reality Check section is where C-level executives and advisory firms from across the...

Reader Forum: Staying connected – smart cities should look to cable providers

Could solutions to smart city challenges like power and internet connectivity be as close as the nearest cable service provider? The connected city is here, and interconnectedness is only increasing. Metro areas from San Jose to Philadelphia are already working toward a smart...

As cable evolves, enterprise opportunities and challenges arise

Netcracker discusses technological needs of cable companies looking to grow into the enterprise space The cable industry is changing – massive network footprints are being leveraged to offer cutting-edge residential services while tailoring more products and services to the lucrative enterprise space. But, as this change...

As cable companies modernize, Nokia announces new unified access solutions

Nokia: SDN, distributed architecture will smooth transition to all-IP PHILADELPHIA – Consumers have an insatiable demand for digital video content, and cable companies know that. But extensive investment in legacy tech, coupled with cost pressures and cord-cutting, is taking a toll on the cable industry. Recently...

Analyst Angle: Waiting for the cable MSOs to get into mobile? They already are

Cable MSOs have been tied to the mobile space for years, but expect those ties to grow even stronger with the advent of 5G One of the great debates in the U.S. mobile industry is to discuss when the cable multiple system operators are going...

Reality Check: What Charter, TWC, Bright House means for broadband's ‘tomorrowland’

This week, we’ll weave in earnings, discuss the implications of the new Charter, TWC and Bright House deal, and discuss the future of broadband in America Trying to figure out a catchy title for describing broadband trends in the United States is tricky. Everyone knows...

Viavi launches DOCSIS 3.1 test solution

New entrants into the home broadband market – think Google Fiber, as well as various government-driven initiatives – are putting the pressure on cable and multiple-system operators. One new avenue for competition is adoption of DOCSIS 3.1 technology, which enables competition against more costly...

2016 Predictions: Wi-Fi-first mobile – the smart move for cable providers in 2016

XCellAir sees Wi-Fi-first as cable providers best bet against mobile operators Editor’s Note: With 2016 now upon us, RCR Wireless News has gathered predictions from leading industry analysts and executives on what they expect to see in the new year. Wi-Fi-first mobile services are not a...

Analyst Angle: Shaw acquisition of Wind – a model for U.S. cablecos?

Wireless 20/20 looks north to see if the pending Shaw acquisition of Wind Mobile is the model for U.S. cablecos Shaw Communications agreed to acquire Wind Mobile in a deal worth approximately C$1.6 billion (around $1.16 billion). Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Shaw competes most directly...

DOCSIS 3.1 paving the way for next-gen TV and Internet

DOCSIS 3.1, the latest evolution in data over cable service interface specification, could be a game changer for the Internet and TV industry, providing multi-gigabit Internet speeds and interoperability among modem manufacturers and service providers. Many believe the new international telecommunications standard is the...

FCC finds consumers enticed by speedier broadband options

FCC broadband report claims cable, fiber offer faster broadband options, DSL lags Cable and fiber connections continue to outpace advertised broadband speeds provided by digital subscriber line services, according to a new report from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC in its fifth “Measuring Broadband America”...

Telecom unemployment 1.4%; hiring at Mobilitie, Nexius

Telecom unemployment is 1.4%, the lowest point in 2015, down from ten-year high of 11.5% in August 2010 In this week's Telecom Careers Insider, RCR Wireless News takes a look at the following industry trends: Telecom unemployment - By the numbers Austin Technology Council quantifies tech funding...

CES 2015: DOCSIS 3.1 modems target fiber speeds for cable

Fiber-to-the-home is part of AT&T and Verizon Communications' plan to compete with cable, but the cable companies are defending their turf with new standards that are set to speed-up data delivery. Data over cable service interface specification is migrating to a new standard, DOCSIS...

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