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.
Cable may have been successful in grabbing a large handful of disgruntled DSL subscribers who want higher speeds not available from their telco, adding about 790,000 customers in the third quarter, but MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett says that cable's growth spurt is coming to an end.
With one of its final state PUC approvals from California in place, Frontier's chief financial officer is confident that when the service provider does complete the acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets in March it will be able to increase broadband penetration in the residential and small to medium business segments of these markets.
Verizon is being called to task about its copper network in Maryland by the Communications Workers of America union, which has filed a letter with the state's Public Service Commission to investigate the quality of the telco's copper network.
Windstream will begin 1 Gbps FTTH service trial with plans for a broader roll out to follow in 2016 in markets where it has previously built fiber to homes.
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.
As Frontier Communications nears the completion of its acquisition of Verizon's wireline properties in California, Florida and Texas, the service provider has pledged to keep pricing consistent with what customers in those markets are currently paying.
Shentel's wireline network continues to see gains from its wholesale fiber services business with $7.1 million in third-quarter sales. The service provider said that it has strong customer interest for its fiber network services.
Frontier may not have followed cable operators like Comcast or its fellow ILECs AT&T and CenturyLink in implementing usage-based billing on its broadband subscriber base, but it isn't ruling it out either.