Consolidated Communications is acquiring Champaign-Urbana, Ill., area Champaign Telephone Company and its sister company, Big Broadband Services, a private business communications provider, for $13 million, deepening its fiber and on-net fiber building reach.
Consolidated Communications is staying on pace with cable in the broadband race. Speaking to investors during its fourth quarter earnings call, Bob Udell, president and CEO, said that 89 percent of its customers have access to 20 Mbps, while another 42 percent can get 100 Mbps or higher.
Consolidated Communications is maintaining its focus on broadband and business services as well as its expansion of metro Ethernet services and new fiber to the tower (FTTT) sites. But revenue increases from these initiatives during the company's fourth quarter may have been dragged down somewhat by continuing declines in voice services and network access revenues as well as subsidies.
How do Verizon, Consolidated Communications and CenturyLink, among others, compare when it comes to wireline network latency, throughput and availability? These three factors have a direct impact on how well operators serve businesses and consumers, making it important for customers to know what they're getting.
Consolidated Communications is aware that the ongoing growth in broadband consumption will lend itself to a usage-based or metered model, but it won't make its move until it sees how other service providers offer such a service structure.
Wireless operators may have blanketed much of their towers with fiber, but Consolidated Communications is still seeing potential in large macro builds and growing potential in small cells.
Consolidated Communications may be an advocate of delivering fiber-based Ethernet to business customers, having connected 221 new on-net buildings in the third quarter, but being a traditional telco it is just as keen to enhance the reach of its Ethernet over Copper (EoC) service set.
As it continues to face high video content costs, Consolidated Communications has been placing greater emphasis on driving up the speeds of its consumer broadband networks.
Consolidated Communications is taking a larger bite out of the cloud services market with a series of new cloud offerings that it will initially offer to businesses that reside in its Sacramento, Calif., and Dallas metro markets.
AT&T has joined fellow Tier 1 telco CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications and others in accepting $427 million annually in phase two of the FCC Connect America Fund (CAF-II) program, allowing it reach 2.2 million rural locations in 18 of the 21 states in its operating territory with broadband services.