CenturyLink will launch a metered billing trial focusing on select DSL customers in Yakima, Washington, meaning that subscribers will face overage fees if they go over a certain monthly usage limit.
Verizon is facing two hearings with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to address problems that a number of residential and business customers have had with its DSL service.
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to discontinue its BellSouth Analog Voice Grade Private Line services in Carbon Hill, Alabama, and in Kings Point, a suburban wire center in Palm Beach County, Florida-- two markets where the telco has been conducting TDM-to-IP transition tests.
Cincinnati Bell has completed a trial that delivered residential broadband speeds of up to 400 Mbps over existing copper as a method to complement its aggressive fiber-to-the-premises Fioptics rollout.
Prevailing opinion on whether wireless is complementary or competitive to wireline access in telecommunications has swung back and forth over recent decades as performance demand and supply capabilities of wireless and wireline technologies have increased at varying rates. Networks have been constructed accordingly, including large investments in various types of access technology over copper, wireless and fiber connections.
The wireless industry's ongoing movement to 5G may offer consumers and businesses higher speeds, but the technology will not replace wireline-based broadband services, says a new Strategy Analytics report.
AT&T is making steady progress in rolling out its GigaPower FTTH service to more customers with its wireline region as it looks to stave off competition from cable operators like Comcast and upstart provider Google Fiber.
AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and other top telcos lost about 185,000 subscribers in 2015-- the first year where telcos saw net broadband subscriber losses – while cable took a comfortable lead with 3.3 million new broadband customers.
Hawaiian Telcom continues to extend its 1 Gbps GPON-based fiber broadband service to more residential customers, but the service provider is also seeing an opportunity to battle Time Warner Cable for small business customers.
Service providers' adoption of PON technologies for FTTH deployments drove up the overall broadband access market in 2015 to $12 billion, says Dell'Oro Group in a new report. Due to strong deployments in China, particularly in CPE, PON revenue from three manufacturers-- Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel-Lucent-- grew by 21 percent to over $6 billion in 2015.