Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more of its copper and growing fiber-based broadband customer base purchase higher speed services.
With all of the talk about 1 Gbps for residential customers, it's hard to notice how these services can impact small to medium businesses (SMBs) whose needs are exceeding the boundaries of a copper-based T-1 or DSL line. It should be of no surprise that many telcos, including AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are luring SMBs with fiber-based offerings.
AT&T and CenturyLink are finding that while their FTTH rollouts enable them to offer up to 1 Gbps speeds to consumers, their builds can be a weapon to more effectively battle cable on the small to medium business (SMB) front.
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.
Hawaiian Telcom is taking charge of its next-gen broadband rollout, passing an additional 7,000 Oahu households with FTTH in the fourth quarter to bring its total to 190,000.
Hawaiian Telcom is ramping up its cloud services play with the addition of its Desktop as a Service (DaaS), a platform offered to businesses for a monthly subscription fee.
Hawaiian Telcom continues to benefit from the wireless industry's ongoing move to 4G LTE as the telco is finding that its wholesale wireless operator customers are purchasing higher increments of bandwidth.
Hawaiian Telcom is making progress with its FTTH initiative, making it possible for nearly 60 percent of homes in Oahu to get the 1 Gbps speed tier while eyeing new technologies such as G.fast and VDSL2 to increase speeds on its copper network. Regarding the sub headline and first sentence, as Scott said on the call, ~60% of our enabled homes are FTTH (so 60% of the 183K homes that we've enabled on Oahu). I just don't want people to misinterpret that with 60% of total census households on Oahu (~300K homes).- Also I think Scott said that ultimately we'll enable 230K-235K homes on Oahu (no definite timeframe), though the bulk of it will be done by early 2017. So in your fourth paragraph if you could take out "early 2017" that'd be great!
The FCC plans to extend mandatory reporting on service outages to submarine cable systems by issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking during its monthly meeting in September.
Hawaiian Telcom will take $26 million in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF-II) funding to extend 10/1 Mbps capable broadband service to over 11,000 unserved rural locations. With a focus on neighbor islands in Hawaii, the telco is now working on a deployment timeline for the six-year period, beginning in 2015 through 2020.