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US cablecos abandon own TV choices

Wilkes Communications and River Street Networks has joined a growing number of cable operators who are switching off TV services for their subscribers. Wilkes and River Street are joining Frontier, WOW!, Sparklight Cable/Cable One and CenturyLink, all of which have instead adopted broadband-based entertainment in place of their curated TV options. For example, Wilkes/River Street, […]

May 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Data: Half UK homes accessing full-fibre broadband

More than 14 million UK households can now take advantage of faster, more reliable Internet connections as the rollout of full-fibre technology steams ahead. Comms regulator Ofcom’s Connected Nations Spring update shows that, as of January 2023, almost half of households (48 per cent) can access full-fibre broadband, which delivers Internet using fibre-optic cables. This […]

May 19, 2023By Colin Mann

Research: US pay-TV slump gathers pace

Findings from Leichtman Research Group indicate that the largest pay-TV providers in the US – representing about 96 per cent of the market – lost about 2,215,000 net video subscribers in 1Q 2023, compared to a pro forma net loss of about 1,850,000 in 1Q 2022, higher than in any previous quarter. The top pay-TV […]

May 18, 2023

Report: Competition vital for UK digital transformation

The benefits of competition in the UK’s broadband sector have been starkly illustrated by the latest annual review from INCA (Independent Networks Co-operative Association) – a co-operative trade association for next generation broadband services. Private investment continued to flow into the independent network sector over the past year despite the challenging economic conditions and increasing […]

May 18, 2023By Colin Mann

Research: 960K Q1 US broadband adds

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 960,000 net additional broadband Internet subscribers in Q1 2023, compared to a pro forma gain of about 1,085,000 subscribers in Q1 2022. […]

May 16, 2023

VMO2 reveals leadership changes

UK multiplay telco Virgin Media O2 has announced two changes to its Executive Committee as the company dials up its customer-first focus, accelerates its digital transformation strategy and doubles down on key growth initiatives to drive long-term commercial momentum. Ulrik Bengtsson, the former Chief Executive of William Hill, has joined the company as Chief Operating […]

May 3, 2023By Colin Mann

Survey reveals fibre’s sustainability credentials

Trade body the FTTH Council Global Alliance (FCGA) has published the results from its global Sustainability Survey, which explores Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategies throughout the telecoms industry with network operators, service providers, and vendors across five geographical regions. The results reveal that some regions are far more advanced […]

April 25, 2023By Colin Mann

Can FAST become the new cable?

FAST (free ad-supported television) is often likened to cable TV — they both deliver live and on-demand television to your eyeballs — but there are sharp differences between the two that could see free ad-supported streaming TV services kill cable. Lesser cable channels rarely feature original programming, relying instead on ‘reruns’ of older network shows […]

April 24, 2023

Forecast: Global pay-TV revenues to fall by $26bn

Global pay TV revenues peaked in 2016 at $199 billion (€181.6bn), according to the Global Pay TV Forecasts report from analyst firm Digital TV Research. Revenues will fall to $125 billion in 2028 – down from $151 billion in 2022. This comes despite the number of pay-TV subscribers remaining at just under 1 billion. Pay-TV […]

April 20, 2023

Rogers/Shaw merger gets green light

François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, has given the go-ahead, subject to a number of conditions, for the C$26 billion (€21.8bn) merger of multiplay telcos Rogers and Shaw first announced in March 2021. “Since the proposed merger between Rogers and Shaw was announced, I have been very clear: affordability and competition are […]

April 3, 2023By Colin Mann