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Rakuten Mobile awarded LEO mobile test licences

Cellular telco Rakuten Mobile has obtained preliminary experimental test station licences to conduct mobile communication tests and preliminary verification in Japan using AST SpaceMobile’s low earth orbit satellite, BlueWalker 3. AST SpaceMobile is building the first and only space-based cellular broadband network accessible directly by standard unmodified mobile phones. In the future, Rakuten Mobile aims […]

November 21, 2022By Colin Mann

Research: 825K Q3 US broadband ads

Findings from Leichtman Research Group indicate that the largest cable and wireline phone providers and fixed wireless services in the US – representing about 96 per cent of the market – acquired about 825,000 net additional broadband Internet subscribers in Q3 2022, similar to a pro forma gain of about 820,000 subscribers in Q3 2021. […]

November 16, 2022

Research: US Q3 pay-TV losses “more modest”

Findings from Leichtman Research Group indicate that the largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 92 per cent of the market – lost about 785,000 net video subscribers in Q3 2022, compared to a pro forma net loss of 650,000 in Q3 2021. The top pay-TV providers now account for about 71.4 million […]

November 15, 2022

Vodafone, Altice in German fibre JV

Telcos Vodafone Group and Altice are creating a joint venture (FibreCo) to deploy fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) to up to 7 million homes over a six-year period. Vodafone’s next generation broadband network in Germany currently offers up to 1Gbps connections to over 24 million homes. This partnership with Altice is complementary to Vodafone’s clear upgrade plans for […]

October 17, 2022By Colin Mann

Report: Full-fibre broadband reaches 11m UK homes

The roll-out of full-fibre broadband continues apace, as the number of UK homes with access to it jumps by more than 50 per cent in a year, according to research from regulator Ofcom. Ofcom’s Connected Nations autumn update reports that 37 per cent of households can now get full fibre, which is more reliable and […]

October 7, 2022By Colin Mann

Study: Price major driver in TV provider choice

DISH ranks highest in three segments of the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Television Service Provider Satisfaction Study, while Verizon Fios, Midco and FuboTV each rank highest in one segment. The study finds that live television streamers say they pay less for their live television, as the self-reported average cost for cable and satellite television is […]

September 30, 2022

Forecast: 1bn pay-TV subs by 2027

The number of pay-TV subscribers across 138 countries will reach 1.03 billion by 2027; slightly up on 2021 as pay-TV continues to grow in developing countries, according to the Pay TV Forecasts Update report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. This total represents 57 per cent of TV households – down from the peak of […]

September 26, 2022

Forecast: US cable to maintain 50% market share by 2032

The US broadband landscape is in a state of shock: the two biggest cable operators have experienced a decrease in their number of broadband subscribers, reports Dataxis. According to their latest financial results for the second quarter of 2022, Comcast and Charter lost 10,000 and 40,000 subscribers respectively. If those losses are relatively negligible in […]

September 20, 2022

Report: Streaming 35% of US TV watch in August

Nielsen’s latest report from The Gauge, the media measurement company’s monthly total TV and streaming snapshot, revealed that streaming usage represented 35 per cent of overall television consumption in the US in August, marking another record-high share for the format and its second month as the top TV viewing category. Broadcast and cable each gained […]

September 16, 2022

Fastest WiFi guarantee from VMO2

UK multiplay operator Virgin Media O2 is introducing what it says is the UK’s fastest WiFi guarantee from a major broadband provider, promising customers minimum download speeds of 20Mbps in every room of their home or £100 credit back. Offering broadband download speeds which it says are 22 times faster than the national average, Virgin […]

September 5, 2022By Colin Mann