Telcos AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink have owned the wholesale special access market for decades. But cable operators have emerged to shake up this moribund market, giving competitive local exchange operators a bit of choice in their ability to connect their multi-site business customers in rural areas.
Cable operators are in an interesting position to drive new competition in the wholesale special access market, giving CLECs the ability to connect their multi-site business customers in areas where they can't economically reach with their own facilities today.
Broadcom is using the occasion of the CableLabs Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla., to roll out a new 4K set-top chip for set-tops, new diagnostic analyzers for cable operators, and a 5G Wi-Fi combo chip.
With cable companies increasingly focused on developing products and services to monetize their fast-growing Wi-Fi networks, Mavenir Systems is introducing a voice-over-Wi-Fi calling solution targeted to MSOs.
Mediacom Communications reported 10,000 lost video subscriptions in the fourth quarter across its two operating units, with the MSO finishing the full 2014 with 890,000 pay-TV service customers, down from 945,000 at the end of 2013.
Cable operators have come to a crossroad. The growing popularity of online video services continues to erode their bread-and-butter video base, but Wi-Fi has emerged as a new revenue source.
While it has negotiated deals to get its app integrated into the program guides of smaller cable operators like Atlantic Broadband, RCN and Suddenlink, Netflix has been largely shut out from the set-tops of the larger pay-TV operators.
Cable operators' ongoing investments to support higher bandwidth services such as IP video has helped to drive up global shipments of DOCSIS 3.0 equipment 95 percent year-over-year.
Deployment of carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks by cable companies will far surpass the rollout of small cells by telecommunications companies, according to U.K. analyst Joe Madden of Mobile Experts, who also says telcos missed a huge opportunity to capitalize on Wi-Fi
Over the past four years we have seen little investment in Wi-Fi networks by American mobile operators. It's different internationally, with millions of APs at China Mobile, KDDI, SKT, Telefonica, and others, but a close examination of Verizon Wireless and AT&T reveals that they have deployed very few Wi-Fi access points.