October 2020

5G vs. cable: Hitting the millimeter-wave wall

2020-10-20T15:20:42+00:00October 12th, 2020|

In 2018, there was a real concern that 5G would be a very big threat to the cable broadband pipe. That concern seems to have waned a bit. Verizon clearly filled in a lot of fiber. They have a lot of millimeter-wave spectrum. Will 5G ever become a threat to that cable broadband pipe...

September 2020

Cable and edge computing: The rest of the story

2020-10-20T15:19:12+00:00September 28th, 2020|

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the need for edge computing by cable operators and other service providers. Sheltering-at-home has caused an explosion in online gaming – an application that relies on a low-latency network with compute equipment close to the edge...

Cable operators and edge computing: Where and why?

2020-10-20T15:19:25+00:00September 14th, 2020|

What do AR/VR, cloud gaming, smart cities, 5G, autonomous vehicles, healthcare sensors, surveillance and facial recognition all have in common? The need for low-latency connectivity enabled by networks architected with edge computing. For some service providers, edge computing trials have already started...

August 2020

COVID-19 & Business Telecom: Consequences & Considerations

2020-10-20T15:09:25+00:00August 31st, 2020|

Much has been written about the impact of COVID-19 on business. However, little research has been done about its impact on business consumption of communication services. Thanks to the Syndicated Solutions team at Kantar, we better understand the changes in the B2B telecom market...

The Sky is Falling: Could OTT From Unexpected Places Herald The End Of Television As We Know It? (Part 2)

2020-10-20T15:18:59+00:00August 17th, 2020|

Live streams from various cable and broadcast networks we observed for several months generally had IP addresses that originate from Europe, irrespective of whether the source channel is an American, Canadian, or European service.  Recently, the European source used by many live streaming aggregators was blocked or shut down, and the streams re-appeared from a stateside IP address in less than 24 hours...

July 2020

The Sky is Falling: Could OTT From Unexpected Places Herald The End Of Television As We Know It? (Part 1)

2020-10-20T15:17:56+00:00July 27th, 2020|

There are many who say television is experiencing its second “Golden Age.”  More content is available than ever before, from a growing list of sources.  Old television programs and movies are also available.  Many networks and studios have put their libraries of television online through both their own services and those of third parties, such as Netflix and Hulu...

Service Providers’ Move to Network Automation

2020-10-20T15:18:09+00:00July 13th, 2020|

With the increasing growth and complexity of networks to meet the ever-escalating demand for bandwidth and new services, the need for network automation has never been greater. Broadband Success Partners recently conducted 1:1 in-depth interviews with North American and European cable MSO leaders about what is driving their network automation strategies and the resulting implications for network automation in the cable industry...

June 2020

Cable Business Services: Present & Future Verticals

2020-10-20T15:16:59+00:00June 23rd, 2020|

Government-Education-Medical (GEM), the original commercial vertical sector mantra for the cable industry, has served operators very well over the years, given their point-to-point services and dense local footprints. Although these segments are not yet fully penetrated, cable's segmentation and targeting are evolving with growth opportunities emerging in some unexpected areas, such as agribusiness and e-gaming, to name two...

May 2020

The Growth of OTT – Thanks to Broadband Service Providers

2020-10-20T15:14:01+00:00May 16th, 2020|

Cable operators and other broadband service providers may grouse loudly about the growing loss of their edge services business to OTT (over-the-top) entrants. But, ironically enough, the main enablers of these new entrants have been the operators themselves. Let me explain why by starting with a little history...

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