& cplSiteName &

To TDS, TV Is a Gigabit Must-Have

Jason Meyers
7/23/2014
50%
50%

Unlike some entities providing gigabit services, TDS Telecom believes the TV component of its 1-Gig offering is an important distinction.

The company has now turned up fiber-to-the-home networks to deliver gigabit services in two New Hampshire towns, Hollis and New London. TDS Telecom 's gigabit customers are required to subscribe to the provider's TV service as part of their bundle, says Matt Apps, the company's manager of Internet product management and development.


For more coverage of Gigabit Cities, visit Light Reading's Broadband/FTTx content channel.


Some gigabit providers are not as bullish about TV, instead viewing their fast pipes as over-the-top video conduits. (See Colorado Gigabit Network Shuns Video, Embraces OTT.)

"It's really tied to our IPTV platform," Apps says. "There's still a lot of content out there you're just not going to get over the top."

According to the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council , 55 entities spanning several categories are now offering gigabit services in the US (see chart below). In both of its gigabit markets, TDS Telecom's IPTV offering was there first, Apps said. But in future markets TDS Telecom plans to launch both at the same time because the company believes the pairing gives it both a customer and competitive edge.

Source: FTTH Council
Source: FTTH Council

"When you go to gig, you're at the end game for the immediate future. It's a pretty big barrier," he says. "The cable guys will respond, but they can't go there. They just don't have the capability to go to gig."

TDS Telecom charges $100 per month for its 1-Gig data service, on top of charges for phone and TV, which vary according to plan. The company plans to eventually offer 1-Gig in all of the markets where it provides TV service.

— Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
jasonmeyers
50%
50%
jasonmeyers,
User Rank: Blogger
7/24/2014 | 2:09:22 PM
Re: Express expense
TDS Telecom's Matt Apps let me know that new customers can come in quite a bit below the $200/month mark and still get gigabit service as part of their bundle:

$99.95 – TDS 1Gig Fiber

$55.00 – Expanded TV

$19.99 – Voice

$4.95 – Gateway fee

-$20.00 Discount for new customers (for two years)

$159.89/month for two years
Carol Wilson
50%
50%
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
7/24/2014 | 12:30:03 PM
Re: Express expense
This is a very different strategy and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. TDS is bigger than most of the smaller telcos that are pulling back on IPTV and they may have made a substantial investment on which they want to earn a return. Or they may serve areas where the cable competition is vulnerable. 

In most smaller telcos, selling video is a losing proposition because of the cost of content. 
jasonmeyers
50%
50%
jasonmeyers,
User Rank: Blogger
7/24/2014 | 11:56:18 AM
Re: Express expense
KBode - no standalone option. If customers want the 1Gig service, they have to be IPTV subscribers. 
KBode
50%
50%
KBode,
User Rank: Light Sabre
7/24/2014 | 11:47:55 AM
Re: Express expense
Do they even offer a standalone 1 Gbps option? I was noticing no price point for it the other day. I wonder if offering both options -- then upselling customers to a TV bundle -- would be more effective? 
jasonmeyers
50%
50%
jasonmeyers,
User Rank: Blogger
7/24/2014 | 10:23:43 AM
Express expense
TDS Telecom's video and voice packages start at around $100/month, so that plus gigabit data service will cost $200/month or more, depending on their choice of TV package. Will consumers believe the extra speed is worth the extra cost?
From The Founder
The more things change, the more they stay the same for Juniper's next-gen comms solutions, and that's a good thing.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
ZTE Pre5G & 5G Solutions

6|30|16   |   02:23   |   (0) comments


At 5G World London, ZTE demonstrated two types of equipment, including 128 antenna Pre5G Massive MIMO and 15GHz high-frequency base stations.
LRTV Custom TV
Energy 2020: Technology Innovation to Fuel Power Efficiency

6|30|16   |   07:21   |   (0) comments


Managing energy costs and consumption as cable operators deploy new services requires new levels of innovation from technology partners. In this video, Dave Fellows, co-founder and CTO of Layer3 TV and chief scientist of the SCTE/ISBE Energy 2020 program, discusses such ambitious objectives as achieving a second 500% increase in efficiency in outside plant ...
LRTV Custom TV
Transitioning to Service Agile Networks

6|30|16   |     |   (0) comments


Packet optical networks are transitioning from proprietary converged systems to open disaggregated platforms. This video will describe the Fujitsu 1FINITY disaggregated platform, explore how 1FINITY interoperates with the Fujitsu FLASHWAVE platform and explain how 1FINITY is designed for software control, like with Fujitsu Virtuora NC.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Nokia's Advancement Plan: Bring Old Skills to New Roles

6|29|16   |   7:57   |   (1) comment


Nokia's Sandy Motley advises women to change their mindsets; get aggressive about advancing their careers; develop strong, diverse support networks; and always bring forth learned skills to take on new challenges and different roles.
Between the CEOs
CEO Chat: Cisco's Yvette Kanouff

6|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


In Silicon Valley, Steve Saunders sits down with Cisco's Yvette Kanouff for an exclusive in-depth interview.
LRTV Interviews
Comcast: Prepping Next-Gen Video Services

6|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


In this LRTV interview, Comcast's Elad Nafshi outlines where MSO stands with cloud DVR, OTT video, college and gigabit services.
LRTV Custom TV
Energy 2020: Creating Unique Standards for Cable's Unique Networks

6|28|16   |   09:30   |   (0) comments


Cable's unique network requirements require a specific set of standards for operators to increase power efficiency, according to Dan Cooper, vice president of critical infrastructure for Charter Communications and chair of the SCTE/ISBE Standards Program's Energy Management Subcommittee, and Ian Oliver, managing director of the Trenchant Group and a member of the ...
LRTV Custom TV
Masergy: 'Now Is the Time for NFV'

6|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


Hear Ray Watson, VP of Global Technology at Masergy, talk about the advantages that enterprises can leverage using Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and how Masergy takes a unique approach to solving customers' problems. For more information on Masergy, please visit www.masergy.com.
LRTV Custom TV
Masergy Leads the Charge With NFV Capabilities

6|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


Hear Tim Naramore, CTO at Masergy, talk about how focusing on solving specific customer challenges, providing self-service automation tools and being laser focused on the customer experience has enabled Masergy to be a leader in the NFV space. For more information on Masergy, please visit www.masergy.com.
LRTV Custom TV
Private Company of the Year - Affirmed Networks

6|27|16   |     |   (0) comments


At BCE 2016, Steve Saunders speaks to Hassan Ahmed about Affirmed's success.
LRTV Custom TV
Energy 2020: Growing Services, Not Consumption

6|24|16   |   07:18   |   (0) comments


Management of power requirements needs to be a key consideration as cable operators deploy new services, says Dan Cooper, vice president of critical infrastructure for Charter Communications and chair of the SCTE/ISBE Standards Program's Energy Management Subcommittee. In this video, Cooper discusses the importance of cable operators and technology partners ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei & TDC First to Launch DOCSIS 3.1 Trial in Europe

6|24|16   |     |   (0) comments


To meet the rising demands for high-speed broadband and to tackle fierce competition for 1.5 million household, TDC wanted to upgrade its network to use the latest technology. Using Huawei's DOCSIS 3.1 solution, TDC is now able to offer gigabit speeds to its customers.
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 6-8, 2016,
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
Hot Topics
'Brexit' Vote Hits BT, Vodafone
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/24/2016
Brexit: It's Hard to See an Upside
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 6/29/2016
Qualcomm Readies Lower-Band 5G Testbed
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 6/27/2016
Sigfox Said to Face Customer Backlash
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/27/2016
DT Eyes FTTH Solution to German Opex Issue
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/29/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
In Silicon Valley, Steve Saunders sits down with Cisco's Yvette Kanouff for an exclusive in-depth interview.
At the BCE 2016 show in Austin, ECI Telecom CEO Darryl Edwards tells Light Reading founder and CEO about the Elastic Network concept and the company's NFV and cybersecurity developments.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.