Light Reading
Also: Cablevision gets closer to selling Bresnan systems; Google Fiber's national sticker shock; Samsung backs TV app startup

Sprint & Dish Slug It Out Over Spectrum

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
12/11/2012
50%
50%

Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.

  • If Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) are indeed talking about forging a mobile partnership, they sure aren't acting like pals-in-the-making. On Monday, Dish criticized Sprint for asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take additional steps to ensure that Dish's Advanced Wireless Services (AWS)-4 spectrum won't interfere with the H-block, which Sprint is eyeing for its Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. Dish has agreed to surrender 5MHz (2000MHz to 2005MHz) of its 20MHz of AWS-4 spectrum as a guard band. "Sprint's strident opposition to Dish's proposal is merely another merely another transparent attempt by the incumbent, Sprint, to block a new entrant from competing in the marketplace," Dish argued in the ex parte filing. The FCC will vote on the matter on Wednesday. (See Sprint Eyes Dish Partnership and Dish's Wireless Plans Could Get 'Crippled'.)

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) intends to wrap up first-round bids for its cable properties in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Utah by the end of the week, with Charter Communications Inc. expected to be among those submitting offers, reports Bloomberg. Charter's interest in the former Bresnan Communications systems, which serve about 360,000 subs, has been rumored for weeks. An industry source told Light Reading Cable last week that Charter was indeed doing diligence on the Bresnan properties, which Cablevision now refers to as Optimum West. Charter CEO Tom Rutledge is, of course, already familiar with those systems, as he was the COO of Cablevision when it bought Bresnan in 2010 for $1.36 billion. (See Cablevision Considers Bresnan Offers and Cablevision Goes Country With Bresnan Buy.)

  • If Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) tried to go national with its fiber strategy, it would cost something like $140 billion, Broadband Reports points out, citing a research note from Goldman Sachs & Co. , which took a predictive stab at the idea. Google Fiber hasn't announced any plans beyond the Kansas Cities, but it's still a fun number to contemplate. (See Google Fiber Starts to Hook Up Customers .)

  • Samsung Venture Investment Corp. has put $5 million into Delivery Agent, a startup that develops shopping apps for smart TVs and other connected devices. Delivery Agent's clients include NBCUniversal LLC , CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS), 20th Century Fox , Discovery Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), A&E Networks, HBO and Showtime. The startup's other investors include Intel Capital and Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY).

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (2)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/10/2013 | 4:00:13 AM
    re: Sprint & Dish Slug It Out Over Spectrum


    It does sound a little bit like that, and other than for the incumbnets in KC, it's really an empty threat. But it will be interesting to see how TW Cable & AT&T react as Google Fiber services get deployed a bit more broadly in 2013. JB




     
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/10/2013 | 4:00:13 AM
    re: Sprint & Dish Slug It Out Over Spectrum


    I haven't had a chance to read the full analysis , so i don't know how they arrived at that number and if it indeed included rural areas.  If anything, the report would seem to eliminate any fears that Google Fiber might start steamrolling in other markets, which quite honestly is not really the expecation....but interesting that someone took a stab at affixing a possible dollar figure to the idea of a national(ish?) rollout.


    Google's never admited as much, but I continue to hear that they are really doing this to light a fire under the cable guys (and maybe the telcos too) to add broadband speed and capacity quicker than they have been. That possibility was raised even when Google launched the project way back when but it's come up again in my discussions.  Guess I'd be surprised if they expand this project outside of the KC area...depends on how the economics shake out. But I still find their approach interesting. JB


     




     
    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Using Service Quality to Drive WiFi Monetization

    10|22|14   |   6:51   |   (0) comments


    Live from the SCTE conference: Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick explores the forces shaping the WiFi opportunity in an interview with CableLabs' Justin Colwell and Amdocs' Ken Roulier.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 2

    10|21|14   |   8:51:00 AM   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS CTO Network Solutions Tom Cloonan discusses why many if not most MSOs will continue with integrated CCAP, while addressing why some are also looking at two futuristic, distributed access architectures: Remote PHY and Remote CCAP.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 1

    10|21|14   |   9:01   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Sr. Director of Engineering Dean Stoneback discusses the pros and cons of distributed access architecture (DAA) and its various forms, which range from basic Remote PHY to full CMTS functionality in the node.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 2

    10|21|14   |   3:58   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS Senior Solution Architect Eli Baruch talks about how MSOs can enable public and community WiFi through 1) outdoor access points, 2) businesses seeking to offer WiFi to customers, and 3) residential WiFi gateway extensions.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 1

    10|21|14   |   10:15   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Director of Advanced Technologies Steve Harris discusses WiFi deployments, drivers, challenges and advances, including 802.11ac, carrier-grade WiFi, community WiFi, Hotspot 2.0, Passpoint, WiFi-First and voice-over-WiFi.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

    10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


    Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

    10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


    Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

    10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


    SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

    10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


    Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building a Better Dubai

    10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


    Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

    10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


    Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

    10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
    Upcoming Live Events
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
    Hot Topics
    Analysts Warn of Major NFV Gaps
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 10/22/2014
    Is Health the Killer App for the IoT?
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 10/22/2014
    Drones Hover Over the IoT Sector
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 10/23/2014
    The Human Gain of the Smart Home
    Robin Mersh, 10/20/2014
    Zayo Zooms Out of the IPO Gate
    Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, 10/17/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed