Windstream may have come to the IPTV game later than its ILEC compatriots AT&T and CenturyLink, but the advent of lower cost home network gear is helping them make a business case for the service.
As part of its now-completed acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T has promised to build fiber to 14 million customer locations in the next four years. But according to company executives, that buildout will be far quicker and less expensive than the company's initial fiber efforts. "We're not building under the previous fiber models used by some of our competitors," said John Stankey, CEO of AT&T's Entertainment and Internet Services division. "We've executed a variety of different market builds over the last 18 months. This is a new deployment model and it yields returns that were unachievable 10 years ago."
VTel, a Vermont ILEC, is completing a statewide LTE rollout in Vermont that will complement its rollout of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) that reaches every home in 14 villages in the state. In an interview with FierceInstaller, VTel President Michel Guite called his company's effort a "microcosm of what could happen in rural America," as nearly all Vermont residents now have affordable access to mobile broadband and all residents of 14 villages now have access to the Internet at Gigabit speeds.
Not only is broadband now available to virtually all Americans, most Americans are getting more options for broadband. The conversation is no longer about availability--it is only about affordability and choice.
The pipeline for fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) projects is strong, according to a research report from Wells Fargo analysts who looked at recent statements and filings from companies such as CenturyLink, AT&T, Verizon and others.
A survey from the NTCA--The Rural Broadband Association found that many rural broadband customers are receiving broadband via fiber-to-the-home (FTTP).
Verizon is seeing savings of 60 percent and greater from transitioning copper plant to an all-fiber network, said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Verizon's senior vice president of transformation, while speaking at the Genband Perspectives 15 conference last month.
AT&T's $500 million agreement to launch an over the top (OTT) video venture with The Chernin Group reflects the telco's move to enhance its growing video business with another option that plays into the consumer desire for content and higher bandwidth broadband services.
With the Q1 2012 earnings season coming to an end, FierceTelecom is taking the time to size up the performance of the top 10 ILECs. Take a look at how the big telecom players performed in terms of quarterly earnings, broadband and video subscriber additions, and M&A activity.
An increasing number of state legislatures around the United States are responding favorably to lobbying push by telcos to repeal mandates requiring them to offer landline voice telephone service.