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Netflix stock price tumbles on subscriber miss
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Netflix shares dropped almost 19% after the streaming giant announced it added 8.28 million subs in Q4 2021, missing an expected 8.5 million. Netflix ended the period with 221.84 million paid streaming subs worldwide.

Mediacom-West Des Moines deal clears the way for Google Fiber
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Mediacom says settlement will also provide access to conduit and the ability to overlash aerial network in a way that fast-tracks the operator's own '10G' upgrades.

Gigabit for all should be last of the UK's concerns
Morris Lore | 1/20/2022

Authorities in the UK should drop their obsession with ensuring luxury broadband services are brought to remote communities.

Comcast unit pitches 'VideoAI' service
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

New service from Comcast Technology Solutions enables programmers and streaming services to analyze video, audio and captioning data to deliver targeted ads, support TV binge-viewing and auto-generate sports highlight reels.

Ziply Fiber goes wide with 2-Gig and 5-Gig broadband tiers
News Analysis | 1/20/2022

Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.

Comcast closer to facing broadband competition in Alexandria
News Analysis | 1/19/2022

Lumos Networks, North American Tower, Shentel and Ting Internet have reportedly been shortlisted to provide broadband service in the politically charged market.

Starlink's daunting deployment plan 'leaves no margin for error' – analyst
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Elon Musk's nascent broadband will need to radically accelerate the rate of satellite launches – and navigate tricky supply chain logistics – if it's going to come close to fulfilling its global ambition.

What's the story? Astound and Atlantic Broadband rebrand
News Analysis | 1/18/2022

Jeff Baumgartner explains what the rebranding of two cable companies means for the customers and markets they serve.

Pay-TV's problems aren't cable's alone
The Bauminator | 1/18/2022

If misery loves company, there's plenty to go around in pay-TV. Cable operators, satellite players and the telcos have all pivoted their businesses to adapt to a pay-TV market that's crumbling beneath their feet.

Comcast makes big changes to product and tech exec team
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

Fraser Stirling upped to global chief product officer; Elad Nafshi rises to EVP and chief network officer; Rick Rioboli named chief technology and information officer; and Noam Raffaelli named SVP, wireless engineering, emerging technologies and business.

CableLabs targets rural broadband with new 'FARMSIS' fixed wireless specs
News Analysis | 1/14/2022

The specs, which define a set of wireless adapters for network nodes and cable modems, aim to reduce deployment costs and tap into various spectrum bands, including CBRS, ISM and even TV white spaces.

'Succession' star records colorful commentary on Rogers drama
The Bauminator | 1/13/2022

Brian Cox, who plays the grumpy, foul-mouthed patriarch Logan Roy in the hit HBO series, sprinkles in some F-bombs to congratulate Rogers Chairman Edward Rogers for his role in ousting former CEO Joe Natale.

Growth tops the agenda for Segra's new CEO
CxO Spotlight | 1/13/2022

Kevin Hart, Cox's former CTO, said fiber-focused Segra will pursue growth by expanding into adjacent areas, broadening its product slate and seeking opportunities in unserved and underserved markets.

Comcast tests 4-Gig speeds on DOCSIS 4.0 modem prototype
News Analysis | 1/13/2022

Stepping beyond recent network-side trials, Comcast's latest DOCSIS 4.0 trial featured a prototype modem powered by Broadcom silicon.

Astound Broadband brand takes top billing at RCN, Grande and Wave
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

Rebrand, which will reach all parts of Astound's portfolio, including EnTouch, Harris Broadband and some recently acquired WOW systems, has been more than a year in the making, says CEO Jim Holanda.

Dish and DirecTV are talking turkey, again – report
News Analysis | 1/12/2022

But Dish's Charlie Ergen, who has repeatedly called a merger of the companies 'inevitable,' appears to be dragging his feet and 'demanding significant voting shares,' according to the New York Post.

T-Mobile and Verizon's fixed wireless aggression doesn't add up – analyst
The Bauminator | 1/11/2022

MoffettNathanson questions whether mobile operators will have the network capacity and the right business metrics to back their aggressive stance and forecasts for fixed wireless home broadband.

Diane Christman takes helm of The Cable Center
CxO Spotlight | 1/11/2022

Christman, who joined The Cable Center in 2006, said her top priority in the new role is spearheading the next phase of the organization's five-year strategic transformation plan.

Is 2022 the year FWA actually starts to threaten cable?
DanoVision | 1/11/2022

'Verizon and T-Mobile will add 1.8 million wireless home broadband customers in 2022,' predicted LightShed Partners. They said that's close to the total wired broadband customers Comcast, Charter and Altice might gain in 2022.

Goodbye, Atlantic Broadband. Hello, Breezeline
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

Newly branded Breezeline emerges after the company expanded its footprint by acquiring WOW's Cleveland and Columbus systems. The new name will soon be paired with a soon-to-be-launched streaming service.

FuboTV crosses 1.1M paid subs, just ahead of guidance
News Analysis | 1/10/2022

Prelim results show the sports-oriented OTT-TV service added 155,395 subs in Q4 2021, outpacing the 92,800 subs it added in the year-ago quarter, but well below the 262,884 it signed on in Q3 2021.

Utopia Fiber adds two more cities to its open access network
Broadband World News | 1/10/2022

Cedar Hills and Santa Clara are the latest cities in Utah to join Utopia's municipal open access fiber network, despite pushback from incumbents.

Head of Roku's fast-growing Platform business sets his exit
News Analysis | 1/7/2022

In a surprise move, Scott Rosenberg, an exec who handles a critical piece of Roku's advertising and content business, will be departing this spring.

Hisense joins the ATSC 3.0 TV party
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

Additionally, Tablo has launched an over-the-air DVR that receives both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 signals. Those product developments emerge as US broadcasters push ahead with the next-gen, IP-based signaling standard.

Frontier adds record 45K fiber subs in Q4
News Analysis | 1/6/2022

In the midst of an aggressive FTTP buildout plan, Frontier's fiber subscriber customer additions in the period were a 50% improvement over the prior record of 29,000 net adds in Q3 2021.

Cox's Kevin Hart takes helm of fiber-focused Segra
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Kevin Hart, the former chief product and technology officer of Cox, is named CEO of Segra two months after Cox acquired the enterprise-focused fiber services company. Len Barlik succeeds Hart as CTO of Cox.

AT&T CEO touts 'unified connectivity approach' with wired and wireless
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

John Stankey reiterates that AT&T will take a targeted approach with fixed wireless broadband, identifying potential use cases for both residential and rural situations and certain business services scenarios.

Charter tests DOCSIS 4.0 at 1.8GHz, hits multi-gigabit symmetrical speeds
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Lab trials with Vecima and an undisclosed silicon provider generated north of 8.5Gbit/s downstream and 6Gbit/s upstream on HFC plant upgraded to 1.8GHz.

Verizon doubles down on fixed wireless bet
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Verizon will soon begin selling fixed wireless access (FWA) services across 20 million US households at dramatically reduced prices. 'The product quality is there now,' explained Verizon's Manon Brouillette.

Consumer tech revenues to exceed $500B in 2022 – CTA study
News Analysis | 1/5/2022

Led by strong demand for smartphones, automotive tech, connected health devices and streaming services, that expected new high-water mark for 2022 would be a 2.8% rise from 2021's total, says the Consumer Technology Association.

US pay-TV drops another 637,000 subs in Q3 2021
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Despite gains among virtual MVPDs in Q3 2021, the 5.2% rate of decline in the period for the full pay-TV industry was among the worst on record, according to a fresh analysis from MoffettNathanson.

Cable One and partners team up to form fiber-fueled JV
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

A new firm involving Cable One, GTCR, Stephens Capital Partners and The Pritzker Organization aims to accelerate the growth of a unit comprising Cable One's Clearwave and Hargray fiber businesses.

North American service providers take on the cloud, fast fiber and edge investments
News Analysis | 1/4/2022

Service providers in 2022 expect to deploy more midband 5G spectrum deployments, add more fiber to their networks and ramp up the battle for broadband subscribers.

Samsung to support NFTs in new smart TVs
News Analysis | 1/3/2022

TV maker's NFT Platform will be available in a set of 2022 models, including its MicroLED, Neo QLED and The Frame products.

Comcast debuts Wi-Fi 6E gateway as it preps for faster speeds on HFC
News Analysis | 1/3/2022

New gateway, which adds support for Wi-Fi's fresh 6GHz band, will initially be offered to broadband subs on Comcast's 1.2-Gig service or its 'xFi Complete' package, which bundles in unlimited data.

New skills trump traditional expertise in hiring trends – Omdia
News Analysis | 12/30/2021

New skillsets are increasingly required, but telcos are also adopting new terminology that disguises need for skills such as NFV and SDN.

Omdia: Consumers will spend more on movies in 2022
News Analysis | 12/27/2021

But overall success will 'be a fine balance between box office, subscriber revenue, and piracy,' writes Omdia analyst Charlotte Jones in her new report.

This Olde Website: 2021
The Bauminator | 12/24/2021

This year's trek down memory lane of the WWW takes us to Apple, Arris, Dell, Facebook and – hold onto your Santa hats! – a brief tour of Places Jeff Used to Work.

SeaChange, Triller sign merger pact
News Analysis | 12/22/2021

The $5 billion 'reverse merger' will enable privately owned Triller, a short-video app and content developer, to become a publicly listed company on the Nasdaq as TrillerVerz Corp.

Here's why the telecom industry is taking aim at Big Tech
News Analysis | 12/22/2021

For the first time ever, the six biggest Internet companies in the world accounted for more traffic in 2021 than all other Internet companies combined, according to Sandvine.

What's the story? Streaming TV providers seek market stability
News Analysis | 12/22/2021

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner explains the challenges that streaming TV providers face in keeping subscribers while achieving profitability.

Media, vendors rethinking in-person plans for CES 2022
The Philter | 12/21/2021

Some media members and vendors worried about the latest COVID-19 variant are canceling plans to attend CES, casting a cloud over the tech industry's largest US trade show.

Most pay-TV subs take streaming services too – new survey
News Analysis | 12/21/2021

In its latest 'State of Cable' survey of 1,000 readers, CableTV.com found that 70% of them still subscribe to cable or satellite TV and that nearly all of them also subscribe to at least one streaming video service.

The year in DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 12/21/2021

With early lab trials, a first wave of interoperability testing and collaborations between key suppliers, DOCSIS 4.0 made significant progress in 2021, even as deployments remain well out on the horizon.

Frndly TV finds its pay-TV niche as subscribers surpass 500K
News Analysis | 12/20/2021

Subs and profits are hard to come by in the unfriendly world of pay-TV, but Frndly TV has been able to get both with a family-focused, skinny bundle that starts at $6.99 per month.

Disney, YouTube TV get a deal done after brief blackout
News Analysis | 12/20/2021

After being blacked out temporarily starting late Friday night, ESPN, ABC, FX and other Disney-owned networks were being restored to the YouTube TV service on Sunday afternoon in the wake of a new distribution deal.

Cable network spending a mixed bag in Q3 – Dell'Oro Group
News Analysis | 12/17/2021

Revenues in the cable concentrator market dipped year-over-year in Q3 2021, but accelerated on a sequential basis as operators bulked up on network hardware and deployed capacity-enhancing node splits.

The 'full fiber' vs. 'tech neutral' debate heats up in US
Broadband World News | 12/16/2021

Industry groups and policy advocates alike are sharpening their arguments for which technologies should be involved in closing the US digital divide.

SCTE will draft 'smart' amplifier standard as DOCSIS 4.0 approaches
News Analysis | 12/16/2021

New tech standard will define communications protocols for standalone amplifiers and amps built into nodes for DOCSIS networks, including future DOCSIS 4.0 networks.

Telecom's lobbying associations shift attention to the states
News Analysis | 12/16/2021

A record $42 billion is going to be pumped into the US telecommunications industry, but it will be state regulators who decide exactly which network operators get that money.

Comcast will keep data caps out of the Northeast in 2022
News Analysis | 12/15/2021

Comcast has no plans to implement its usage-based broadband policies in its Northeast markets in 2022 'at this time,' but has made no commitment to keep it that way in 2023 and beyond.

Roku says ITC ban won't disrupt ability to import products
News Analysis | 12/15/2021

ITC ruling finds that certain Roku streaming players, TVs, soundbars and remotes infringe on a UEI patent, but Roku claims design changes 'eliminate any infringement.'

Harmonic adds Rogers as another CableOS win
News Analysis | 12/15/2021

Canadian cable op will tap Harmonic's virtual CCAP and DAA gear as part of a plan to support multi-gigabit services, shift to an all-IP services platform, and cut a 'clear path to DOCSIS 4.0.'

CommScope gears up for XGS-PON
News Analysis | 12/14/2021

DOCSIS and advanced HFC technologies will remain key areas for CommScope, but the vendor is set to launch a new XGS-PON platform in the coming months amid a broader, companywide transformation initiative.

Cybersecurity should not be a bolt-on, Comcast CISO says
CxO Spotlight | 12/14/2021

Noopur Davis on Comcast's journey into the Secure Development Lifecycle, ensuring security is prioritized at an early stage rather than tacked on at the end.

YouTube TV warns that Disney channels might go dark
News Analysis | 12/14/2021

YouTube TV will cut its monthly price by $15 if a distribution deal is not reached by December 17, causing Disney networks like ABC, ESPN and FX to go dark.

Charter to bundle in Peacock… for a while
News Analysis | 12/13/2021

Cable op will offer Peacock's ad-supported premium tier for no added cost for 12 months to pay-TV subs, and for no added cost for 90 days to broadband subs.

WOW to go on offensive with greenfield FTTP builds
News Analysis | 12/13/2021

Tied to WOW's broadband-first strategy, company will deploy new FTTP networks to at least 200,000 homes passed – and perhaps up to 400,000 – in 'non-adjacent,' low-competition markets over the next five years.

Liberty Global's helloFiber gets going in Germany
News Analysis | 12/10/2021

Touting a wide range of broadband products delivering up to 1-Gig, along with phone, mobile and TV add-ons, Liberty Networks Germany is initially targeting more than 7,000 homes and businesses in Brandenburg.

TracFone deal, C-band build an 'amazing holiday gift' for Verizon's new consumer boss
News Analysis | 12/10/2021

'I have all the tools now,' says Manon Brouillette, the new head of Verizon's consumer group. However, she intends to amplify the strategy in place at Verizon rather than come in with wholesale changes.

Eurobites: FTTH deployment rate slows in France
News Analysis | 12/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 1&1 signs deal with Vantage Towers; Vodafone aims for greater diversity; Zen Internet wins green gong.

Where cable is going with the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 12/10/2021

In this fourth and last segment of the sponsored series, we look at a few more key results from a new Heavy Reading study about the cable industry's edge computing strategy and goals.

YouTube TV reaches Comcast Flex devices and XClass TVs
News Analysis | 12/9/2021

YouTube TV becomes the latest OTT-TV service to launch an app on Comcast's streaming product for broadband-only customers as well as its new line of nationally available smart TVs.

Businesses are accelerating network transformation programs, Charter exec says
News Analysis | 12/9/2021

Commercial customers are in a 'renew phase' as they move workloads into the cloud, shift to SD-WAN and continue to embrace remote access products and technologies, says Spectrum Enterprise's Bob Schroeder.

US cable to rake in nearly $22B in commercial services revenues in 2021
News Analysis | 12/9/2021

Overall revenue and customer growth slowed during the pandemic and as US cable has nabbed larger pieces of the businesses services market, but there are signs of a rebound, forecasts show.

Verizon tops mmWave cell site goal for 2021, touts C-band speed tests
News Analysis | 12/9/2021

Verizon says it has exceeded its year-end target of deploying 14,000 new mmWave cell sites, and has conducted field tests of C-band spectrum that delivered speeds in the range of 1.5 Gbit/s to 3 Gbit/s.

T-Mobile surpasses 2021 home broadband subscriber goal
News Analysis | 12/9/2021

Company has exceeded a goal of singing up 500,000 fixed wireless access subscribers and remains focused on expanding that total to 7 million to 8 million in the coming years, CEO Mike Sievert says.

Mobile is Charter's 'biggest single opportunity' in 2022, CEO says
News Analysis | 12/8/2021

With the recent launch of a new, more scalable billing system for mobile, 'We're ready to go faster,' says Charter Chairman and CEO Tom Rutledge.

Roku and Google bury the hatchet
News Analysis | 12/8/2021

New multiyear deal will keep YouTube and YouTube TV on the popular streaming platform.

Light Reading's cable business services events: A retrospective
The Bauminator | 12/8/2021

Here's my glance back at Light Reading's longest running event – now called the Cable Next-Gen Business Services Digital Symposium – which turns 15 as it gets underway on Thursday, December 9.

OpenVault nabs VelociData to fuel pursuit of Tier 1s, global expansion
News Analysis | 12/8/2021

OpenVault says deal adds scale to its data collection capabilities for cable, fiber and wireless networks, and puts the company in position to offer capacity-enhancing services to MSOs that have deployed DOCSIS 3.1.

Altice USA chief sets sights on renewed growth
News Analysis | 12/8/2021

Speaking virtually at the UBS Global TMT Virtual Conference on Tuesday, Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei said the large MSO's revamped growth strategy should start paying dividends sometime in the new year.

Jessica Rosenworcel confirmed for another FCC term
Broadband World News | 12/7/2021

Rosenworcel's official designation as chair (a position she's held in an acting capacity) makes her the first woman to helm the federal agency.

AWS outage cuts down swaths of the Internet
News Analysis | 12/7/2021

Citing API and console issues in its US-EAST-1 Region, AWS says it's identified a root cause and, at last check, was 'starting to see some signs of recovery.'

What's the story? Cable Next-Gen Business Services Digital Symposium
News Analysis | 12/7/2021

At this event, attendees will hear from cable experts about how cablecos can bounce back from the economic earthquake caused by COVID-19, how to handle co-opetition with cloud providers, and which platforms and technologies cable companies are banking on in the mobile services space.

Comcast set to add record mobile lines in Q4
News Analysis | 12/7/2021

Cable operator is also conducting CBRS trials in Philadelphia, but still is in no rush to deploy that spectrum commercially.

Congressional concerns about Discovery-WarnerMedia combo 'unfounded,' AT&T CEO says
News Analysis | 12/6/2021

The letter, signed by more than 30 Democratic members of Congress, raises concerns that the proposed transaction poses an anticompetitive threat to the media industry.

C-band deployment delay will have 'no impact' on Verizon's business, CEO says
News Analysis | 12/6/2021

Hans Vestberg anticipates only 'very small and minor tweaks' to come following an FAA review of potential interference issues posed by new C-band network deployments.

Frontier tunes in YouTube TV
News Analysis | 12/6/2021

Amid its ambitious fiber network upgrade, Frontier is offering a $10 discount on YouTube TV to customers on speed tiers delivering 25 Mbit/s or more.

Ditto CEO takes a new angle at the edge
CxO Spotlight | 12/3/2021

With $9 million in seed funding in hand, Adam Fish's startup uses peer-to-peer and advanced, distributed database systems to connect and sync mobile and IoT devices with limited or no Internet connectivity.

CableLabs helps take Wi-Fi 6E to the test
News Analysis | 12/3/2021

The Wireless Broadband Alliance hooked up with CableLabs and Intel to field-test low-power indoor Wi-Fi 6E. They found that the technology hit speeds of 1.7 Gbit/s down and 1.2 Gbit/s up in 'locations close to the access point.'

Falcon V connects with Liberty Global and Charter on 'open' DAA
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

Fresh funding will help fuel development of an open approach for a distributed access architecture that appears to draw some parallels to the technology connection forged between Comcast and Harmonic.

Comcast travels M&A path in Massachusetts
News Analysis | 12/2/2021

Comcast is expanding its presence in the state as it inks deals to acquire two municipal service providers: BELD Broadband and Russell Municipal Cable TV.

Senators press Sohn, Davidson on how they'll implement broadband bill
Broadband World News | 12/2/2021

With few legislative days left on the calendar, the US Senate Commerce Committee held a confirmation hearing on Wednesday for President Biden's nominees for NTIA head, Alan Davidson, and FCC Commissioner, Gigi Sohn.

Verizon launches pair of pricey streaming soundbars
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

Developed with Bang & Olufsen, Verizon's duo of premium soundbars weave in the company's Stream TV app. The baseline version goes for $399.99, and a nine-speaker 'Pro' edition fetches almost $1,000.

Qualcomm, Plume, Nokia, Google, others signal interest in 6GHz management
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

An FCC plan to allow private companies to operate Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) systems in the 6GHz band has drawn interest from a wide array of players.

Where's the subscriber floor for US pay-TV?
News Analysis | 12/1/2021

Some 53 million sports- and news-viewing TV households are seen as the 'bedrock floor' of US pay-TV. That still leaves about 30 million pay-TV homes at risk for further erosion, according to a new study.

Why subscription media services don't have to accept churn as a fact of life
Guest Perspectives | 12/1/2021

Four tips for overcoming involuntary churn and improving customer lifetime value.

Atlantic Broadband gets ready to throw some elbows
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

The operator plans to splash out $82 million to extend fiber-fueled services into parts of New Hampshire and West Virginia and compete with the likes of Comcast, Frontier and Consolidated Communications.

Musk: SpaceX at 'risk of bankruptcy' if flight frequency, production goals aren't met
News Analysis | 11/30/2021

In a companywide email, Elon Musk reportedly said the production crisis involving the 'Raptor' engines for the heavy-duty Starship rocket could place SpaceX in hot water.

Cable Next-Gen Business Services returns
Alantown | 11/30/2021

Light Reading's longest-running conference will be fully digital again next week as it tackles the damage wrought to the commercial market by COVID-19 and assesses cable's post-pandemic business prospects.

What cable wants from the edge
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/30/2021

In this third segment of a four-part sponsored series, we look at more key results from a new Heavy Reading study about the cable industry's edge computing driving factors and implementation plans.

Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical coop don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.

NAB voices 'serious concerns' about Gigi Sohn's involvement with Locast
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

NAB is troubled by Sohn's involvement as one of three directors of Locast, a streamer of local TV broadcast signals that shut down earlier this year in the wake of a legal battle with ABC, CBS, Fox and NBCU.

Telcos to nearly double fiber footprint by 2027 – report
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Wall Street firm projects that telcos will pass nearly twice as many homes with fiber lines over the next five years, while the number of telco FTTH subs will more than double to 35 million.

US cable steers (mostly) clear of Black Friday mobile promos
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Comcast put forth an Xfinity Mobile promotion, 'but the fine print reveals that it is far less aggressive than meets the eye,' says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

Fraud could drag down Biden's broadband ambitions – report
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

'There are many more EBB-enrolled households that claimed they have a dependent child at certain CEP schools than students who are actually enrolled in those schools,' warned the FCC's inspector general.

Comcast may move Hulu content to Peacock
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Comcast's NBCUniversal unit is reportedly weighing whether to pull much of its content from Hulu and make it exclusive to Peacock to boost that streaming service.

IBC cancels December show in Amsterdam
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

IBC 2021, a big annual media tech event usually held in Amsterdam in September, becomes the latest trade show to succumb to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charter's Spectrum Enterprise goes on the offensive
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Enterprise services unit of Charter boots up new brand identity and a campaign focused on fulfilling 'unreasonable' requests of large businesses and stealing away share from incumbent service providers.

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