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The Sunday Brief: Bigger questions after second quarter earnings

Greetings from rural Midwest.  Pictured is the American Broadband fiber inventory for a new market we are in the process of launching.  More details on that launch in a few weeks as we bring fiber goodness to unserved and underserved homes and businesses.  This has...

The Sunday Brief: First quarter earnings review—when cable growth slows (Part 2)

May greetings from five states.  Lots of miles in the last month traveling through amazing parts of the Midwest and South.  The opening picture is of the Apple Man at the Fontanelle Orchard in Nebraska.  Celebrating their 16th year, they are located a mere 10 miles from...

The Sunday Brief: Let it bleed

Greetings from Kansas City and Delray Beach, Florida (pictured), where the Brief staff are taking a mini-corporate retreat before next week’s 2022 Metro Connect conference in Miami.  Looking forward to seeing many of you there and hopefully celebrating a third consecutive AFC Championship for the Kansas...

Kagan: Brian Roberts talks Comcast Xfinity Mobile wireless future

Brian Roberts, Comcast CEO, sees wireless as a growth path with their Xfinity Mobile. He spoke at Goldman Sachs Investment Conference last week. I have been following wireless as an analyst for decades. I have been following the cable TV entry into wireless since...

The Sunday Brief: The importance of fiber-based broadband relationships

Greetings from Davidson, North Carolina.  Hard to believe it’s already August, but the weather forecasters are already tracking hurricanes (cone above/ left).  Lots of wind, and some greatly needed rains for the Tar Heel state to follow – typical summertime activity in the Carolinas. We...

What have network operators said about their CBRS plans?

Mobile network capacity augmentation and fixed wireless access broadband are the two use cases driving early deployments in the shared Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum at 3.5 GHz, according to industry experts. More than 270 bidders are set to participate in the upcoming auction...

#TBT: Sprint vs. T-Mo for third place; Better coverage, or else; mmWave eyed for 5G … this week in 2015

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Sprint, T-Mobile US...

The Sunday Brief: Comcast’s earnings–implications for the telecommunications industry

Late January greetings from Charlotte, where one of the start-ups I am advising, Lucid Drone Technologies, won two awards this week (pictured are the happy founders David Danielson, Andrew Ashur, and Adrian Mayans). The Charlotte Inno Fire award includes a red blazer which Adrian...

The Sunday Brief: Verizon, Charter and Comcast 3Q earnings review

Greetings from the Mile-High City, the Queen City, and the City of Angels.  Attendees of the Mobile World Congress – Americas were greeted with multi-story advertisements on buildings touting original content, a reminder that investment in the TMT (telecom/ media/ technology) industry can take...

Comcast and Charter’s MVNOs are disrupting the postpaid market, Tutela finds

The new MVNO kids are the block have set their sights on the coveted postpaid market, and they are succeeding in capturing a large chunk of growth while offering an experience that generally meets and can even succeed the experience of the underlying network(s)...

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...

Comparing cable company wireless offerings: Comcast, Charter, Altice USA

5G technology will more closely tie cable and wireless together than ever before It has been sometime since cable companies Comcast and Charter announced that they will be expanding into the wireless space. The impending 5G technology has more closely tied cable and wireless together...

Kagan: Congrats to Sprint and T-Mobile on merger. What’s next?

Congratulations to T-Mobile US and Sprint on finally getting DoJ merger approval. This has been one helluva ride, and it’s not over yet, but we are closer than ever. Now that the deal is done, what comes next? Let’s take a closer look at...

Test and Measurement: Charter to test large enterprise CBRS network

Cable company Charter Communications plans to build a 100-node private network at its offices in Centennial, Colorado, using the Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum at 3.5 GHz to test the technology's ability to support an enterprise network located mostly indoors. According to an Special Temporary...

Kagan: Creating sticky bundle is key to maintaining customer base

Innovation, new competitors and a changing industry are both a threat and an opportunity. Something I call the “sticky-bundle” is helping existing companies hang onto and stabilize their customer base as their industry transforms around them. Let me explain how and why the sticky-bundle...

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: 5G wireless pay TV will challenge cable TV

5G wireless network speeds will bring us more than just fast wireless service. It will transform other industries we use as well. Let’s take a closer look at how 5G wireless will transform the pay TV industry in the very near future. Currently, cable TV...

Altice USA latest cable co to eye 3.5 GHz CBRS band

Altice, Comcast, Charter all interested in CBRS In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to open up the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band under a shared access model that prioritizes users based on a three-tier licensure scheme. One of...

802.11ax gaining momentum as routers and access points hit the market

802.11ax designed to boost Wi-Fi in congested deployment scenarios The next enhancement to the IEEE Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ax, is poised to hit both enterprise and consumer markets as new product offerings, like Ruckus' access points and Charter's new home Wi-Fi router. Both the router and...

Kagan: The Charter Spectrum Mobile wireless growth plan

Craig Cowden, the Senior Vice President of wireless for Charter explained some of their interesting growth plans at a recent US Senate hearing. I think it’s important for all of us to take a moment and pull the camera back. Let’s think about where...

Kagan: Charter Spectrum Mobile preparing to launch

Charter is getting ready to enter the world of wireless. They just selected Danny Bowman to lead their wireless efforts in what is expected to be called Spectrum Mobile. Bowman has wireless background with Sprint. Let’s take a look at how the wireless and...

Charter Communications testing 5G in six U.S. markets

Charter eyeing 5G fixed wireless broadband service U.S. cable operator Charter Communications said it is currently carrying out 5G testing in a move to use fixed wireless services to expand coverage. In a blog post, the operator said it's "actively developing and testing" 5G wireless...

Hurricanes and fires test resiliency of cable networks

DENVER--Between an active hurricane season that wreaked havoc in Florida, Texas and Caribbean, and hard-to-control fires raging in California, communications professionals have been focused on network recovery efforts as of late. During a keynote session at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, executives discussed how cable...

In move from macro to small cells, what’s the role of cable companies?

Charter SVP: Small cells go ‘hand-in-glove’ with cable company network assets; have important role to play in 5G DENVER--As carriers and neutral host providers look to create ultra-dense networks using small cells, cable companies will have increasing opportunities in the wireless market based on the...

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