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.
Separate studies reveal that Google-owned YouTube is the primary platform for viewing traditional television content online. And when they turn to YouTube to find TV content, viewers prefer cable network programming over broadcast shows by a wide margin.
Originally developed by a consortium of top cable operators just for set-top boxes, the Reference Design Kit is now moving into the broadband realm. Arris has announced that it is working with Comcast to integrate the open-source software stack into cable modems.
Fresh off the launch of Liberty Global's own SVOD service in Switzerland, MyPrime, company president and CEO Mike Fries paid tribute to the competitor he says has taught cable operators everywhere "a great lesson."
Cable operators may not own traditional wireless networks, but they are being aggressive in expanding their Wi-Fi network footprints throughout the regions they serve.
Deutsche Telekom said that in order to reach 90 percent of the country with higher-speed DSL, including its vectored VDSL service, it will have to spend up to $13.4 billion in government funding....