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Lightpath enters Boston market via M&A flurry
News Analysis | 6/16/2021

Lightpath, the fiber connectivity company now owned by Altice USA and Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP), will enter a market served by incumbents that include Comcast, RCN and Verizon.

Nearly 20% of Charter's non-video subs consume at least 1TB per month
News Analysis | 4/30/2021

Charter's average non-video customers used about 700 gigabytes per month in the first part of Q1 2020, CEO says.

Cox swings deal for Segra's enterprise and carrier biz
News Analysis | 4/27/2021

EQT Infrastructure will retain ownership of Segra's fiber-to-the-premises residential and SMB unit serving parts of Virginia and North Carolina.

Cox in talks to snap up Segra's enterprise unit – report
News Analysis | 4/26/2021

Rumored deal, which could have Cox tie the unit into its own business services division, reportedly could be valued at more than $3 billion.

Supporting cable technicians today and tomorrow
Guest Perspectives | 4/8/2021

The past year has taught us many lessons. Among them is the critical role of the cable network in our homes and our daily lives.

Rogers, Shaw announce $20.8B merger aimed at 5G dominance in Canada
News Analysis | 3/15/2021

The transaction would combine Canada's No. 1 (Rogers) and No. 4 (Shaw, operating under the Freedom Mobile brand) mobile network operators. As a result, it could face regulatory headwinds.

Comcast gets down to business with mobile
News Analysis | 3/8/2021

Move will add a revenue stream for operator's commercial services unit, but pricing model shows that Comcast Business will heavily encourage customers to bundle mobile with its TV, voice and broadband services.

Charter, Comcast beef up biz services play with Cisco's Meraki
News Analysis | 2/3/2021

Charter taps Cisco's platform for modular, national service offering for SMB and enterprise customers, while Comcast uses it to expand on its new teleworker product.

AI becomes a critical network tool for cable ops
News Analysis | 1/14/2021

The use of AI tools and techniques have helped cable ops improve and enhance their ability to monitor and optimize networks during a pandemic that's still driving usage upward.

Managed Wi-Fi: The Tier 2-3 MSO story
Guest Perspectives | 11/30/2020

To gain a deeper understanding of the managed Wi-Fi actions and attitudes of small and mid-sized cable operators, we interviewed 11 cable executives during Q4 2020.

Charter invests in CTI, takes aim at federal government market
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Spectrum Enterprise now serves as a subcontractor for connectivity and other services to Core Technologies (CTI), one of a small group of players bidding for Enterprise Infrastructure Services government projects.

Making working from home really work
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 10/19/2020

Now that COVID-19 has prompted a broad, probably long-term shift to more remote working, it's time to upgrade residential broadband networks with business-class management platforms.

No rest stops on the road to DOCSIS 4.0
LRTV Interviews | 10/12/2020

Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner recap the highlights from last week's Cable Next-Gen Digital Symposium.

Clearer skies ahead for cable business services
LRTV Interviews | 10/7/2020

While the pandemic appeared to slow the growth of cable business services in the second quarter, industry experts forecast expansion for business services in the third quarter.

Comcast Business sizes up symmetrical speed options, home SD-WAN play
News Analysis | 10/7/2020

The pandemic may have slowed the overall rate of growth of cable business services, but it has also presented opportunities to ramp up new products and services, says Comcast Business exec Bob Victor.

Cable Next-Gen Preview: From Broadway to your basement
LRTV Documentaries | 10/5/2020

Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick and Light Reading Senior Editor Jeff Baumgartner preview two cable-related symposiums happening this week, on Tuesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 8. They're all digital this year, as we've had to say goodbye to Broadway while staying safe during the pandemic. Tuesday's program will focus on cable business services and Thursday's program's focus shifts to emerging cable network architectures.

Coping with COVID-19: What businesses can do
Column | 10/5/2020

In this blog post, Broadband Success Partners' Davis Strauss discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the commercial market and how businesses can cope.

Cable Next-Gen: The Recap
LRTV Documentaries | 8/28/2020

Light Reading's Glimmer Twins of cable, Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner, look back on this week's virtualized edition of the Cable Next-Gen Technologies and Strategies event.

Liberty Global gets down to business with Switzerland's Sunrise
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

Publishes offer prospectus. US cable giant, if all goes to plan, will fully own Switzerland's Sunrise by October.

US cable could mount a comeback in biz services – analysts
News Analysis | 8/25/2020

The commercial wireline units of big telcos have fared well during the pandemic, but cable ops are poised to benefit as SMBs evaluate their needs, which could stimulate switching providers and the adoption of new services.

Podcast: What's the story with Peacock?
LRTV Interviews | 8/12/2020

On this episode of 'What's the Story?' – a new series from the Light Reading Podcast – Jeff Baumgartner talks with pod host Nicole Ferraro about NBC Universal's new streaming service, Peacock: the latest news, why it matters and what's likely to happen next.

Altice USA to sell a big piece of Lightpath
News Analysis | 7/28/2020

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners has agreed to acquire 49.99% of the fiber-fueled Lightpath business services unit in a deal carrying an implied enterprise value of $3.2 billion.

Cogeco tests one-box small cells for mobile over cable
News Analysis | 7/22/2020

Big Canadian cableco teams with Lindsay Broadband and Accelleran in Quebec field trials as it weighs entering wireless market.

Podcast: US Ignite's Mari Silbey on hybrid networks and new broadband business models
The Philter | 6/30/2020

US Ignite's Mari Silbey joins Light Reading's Kelsey Ziser and Phil Harvey for a discussion about what changes are ahead in how cities and companies can provide broadband to residents in underserved areas.

Light Reading virtualizing Cable Next-Gen event
Breznick Unbound | 6/30/2020

Instead of staging our usual in-person conference in Denver, we will now conduct a free, digital event over two full days in late August.

Comcast sees more runway for broadband growth as pay-TV losses mount
News Analysis | 6/17/2020

Comcast expects to see steeper video losses continue in Q2 alongside an opportunity to grow its broadband base and a core 'connectivity' business that also features Xfinity Flex and Xfinity Mobile, CFO says.

Comcast Business tailors new offering for home workers
News Analysis | 6/1/2020

In response to the pandemic, Comcast has accelerated the introduction of a new 'At Home' product that provides a dedicated, commercial-grade service paired with a simplified, company-paid billing structure.

Tele Columbus navigates through COVID-19
News Analysis | 5/20/2020

German cable operator boasts 'solid' Q1. Confirms full-year guidance.

Cable and edge computing: The rest of the story
Column | 5/18/2020

In this followup blog, Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss reveals more about cable operators' plans to leverage edge compute technology.

Liberty Latin America preps for COVID-19 storm
News Analysis | 5/6/2020

Although it hasn't seen a big revenue hit yet, the big Latin American MSO is preparing for the worst by cutting capex and opex and withdrawing its financial guidance for the year.

AT&T, Hughes and Verizon top SD-WAN leaderboard
News Analysis | 4/29/2020

The seven service providers on the leaderboard – AT&T, Hughes, Verizon, CenturyLink, Windstream, Aryaka and Comcast – each have 2% or more of installed and billable carrier-managed SD-WAN customer sites in the US as of year-end 2019.

Comcast's cable biz a 'backstop' against worsening outlook at NBCU and Sky – analyst
News Analysis | 4/20/2020

However, Comcast's cable-fed video, broadband and commercial services units won't be completely inoculated from the detrimental business impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BlueJeans is an awkward fit for Verizon
Morris Lore | 4/17/2020

Together, the videoconferencing company and the telecom operator look as incongruous as Mark Zuckerberg and a suit.

Telecommuting surge will raise new technical challenges
Column | 4/13/2020

Recent moves by many companies to encourage, and in some cases mandate, remote working could create big headaches for corporate IT managers

COVID-19 to inflict pain on US commercial wireline sector – analyst
News Analysis | 3/25/2020

The wireline commercial units of AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink will be impacted by COVID-19, but the effects also will be felt by US cable and its disproportionate exposure to the SMB market, industry analyst Craig Moffett warns.

Comcast, Telia among MEF's SD-WAN certified service providers
News Analysis | 3/18/2020

Comcast Business, PCCW Global, Spectrum Enterprise and Telia Company are the first service providers to achieve MEF 3.0 SD-WAN service certification.

Cable's next big network move: Expanding the upstream
News Analysis | 3/17/2020

Cable ops are preparing to expand their feeble upstream capabilities with techniques and upgrades that will strengthen what's been a long-standing weakest link of the HFC network.

Altitude TV dangles carrots to lure fans to DirecTV
News Analysis | 3/10/2020

Regional sports net is offering gift cards and regular season game tickets as its contract dispute with Comcast and Dish drags on.

Sprint lawsuit claims top Charter execs stole trade secrets
News Analysis | 2/19/2020

Sprint claims that two former employees — Paul Woelk and Craig Cowden — stole its VoIP technology and gave the tech to what is now Charter Communications.

Caption Contest: The Comcast Pointer
The Philter | 1/27/2020

A Monday mystery emerges from the Comcast media kit.

Charter Goes Out-of-Footprint With New Internet Service for Large Businesses
News Analysis | 1/13/2020

Spectrum Total Connect focused on large, national business customers that require connectivity inside and out of Charter's 41-state footprint.

Enghouse Networks Scoops Up Dialogic
News Analysis | 1/6/2020

Dialogic’s software business expands Enghouse’s already sprawling product portfolio, beefing up its position in the enterprise video and unified communications market.

What's Bright, Shiny & Not GEM?
Column | 12/30/2019

Cable operators are expanding their business services reach well beyond the traditional government, education and medical sectors to take in verticals like hospitality, agribusiness and even e-gaming.

Cable's Greatest Hits of 2019
News Analysis | 12/24/2019

Here's a curated recap of some of the top tech news and trends for cable, including the '10G' initiative, MSO mobile moves and the industry's troubled and complicated relationship with pay-TV.

Exploring Cable's 5G & CBRS Prospects
LRTV Interviews | 12/23/2019

Light Reading Mobile Editor Dan Jones shares nuggets about 5G and CBRS from our Cable Next-Gen Business Strategies event in New York.

How an FTTP Startup Makes SMB Gains in NY
LRTV Interviews | 12/18/2019

Stealth Communications President and CEO Shrihari Pandit explains how the small FTTP player is wiring commercial districts outside the downtown and midtown Manhattan core for gigabit service.

How Cable Will Broaden Its Horizons for Biz Services
LRTV Interviews | 12/13/2019

David Strauss of Broadband Success Partners dives into new research that explores which new verticals, such as e-gaming and hospitality, will keep cable's business services engine humming in the years to come.

Rockbot CEO Aims to Shake Up B2B TV
CxO Spotlight | 12/13/2019

Google-backed startup boots up OTT-delivered video service for restaurants, retail shops and other businesses that can complement (or possibly replace) TV services from cable and satellite TV providers.

Making Virtual Business Services Real
LRTV Interviews | 12/11/2019

Charter Spectrum Enterprise's Satya Parimi discusses the cableco's rollout of SD-WAN and virtualized security services, the lessons learned and the challenges still ahead.

Comcast's X1 Platform Means Business
LRTV Interviews | 12/10/2019

Comcast Business's Christian Nascimento details how this fast-growing unit of the company has adapted Comcast's cloud-based video platform to service the commercial market, including restaurants, hotels and other hospitality venues.

Cable Sizes Up New Business Verticals & Vectors
LRTV Interviews | 12/6/2019

Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner look at the future and past of cable business services.

Access to Spectrum to Determine Starry's Network Deployment Speed
News Analysis | 12/5/2019

Starry, which provides fixed wireless broadband over millimeter wave spectrum, is exploring services for business customers to complement its core residential offerings.

Comcast Business Testing 'GameOn' App in Philly
News Analysis | 12/4/2019

Developed by a startup linked to the Comcast/NBCU Lift Labs incubator, an app running on a verrsion of X1 tailored for bars and restaurants enables patrons to play an interactive game based on making sports predictions.

SMBs still stoking business services growth for US cable
News Analysis | 12/3/2019

But cable ops are making progress with bigger, enterprise-sized deals and pursuing new types of commercial-class services to open up fresh revenue streams and inflict more pain on the telcos.

How will cable business services keep growing?
Breznick Unbound | 11/25/2019

With the commercial services engine clearly slowing down, where will cable operators turn for new growth as new technologies like SD-WAN and 5G emerge?

Should SD-WAN Providers Let Enterprises Drive?
News Analysis | 11/22/2019

Many enterprise customers want to operate their own SD-WAN, but they risk driving into a ditch.

Comcast's Victor: SD-WAN Faces 'Baskin-Robbins Problem'
News Analysis | 11/20/2019

Enterprise customers struggle with too many SD-WAN choices, says Robert Victor, Comcast Business SVP of product management.

Where Cable Stands With Fiber
Breznick Unbound | 11/18/2019

In our latest survey conducted in partnership with SCTE-ISBE, Light Reading examines how cablecos are using fiber now and how they aim to use it in the future.

Cable One Racks Up Record Margins Again
News Analysis | 11/8/2019

US cableco reports industry-best profit margins again after wrapping up its $526 million acquisition of Fidelity Communications last month.

Liberty Global Revenue Slump Deepens
News Analysis | 11/7/2019

Europe's largest cable operator suffers continued revenue declines, largely due to steep video subscriber losses in its UK home market and Belgium.

Comcast Business invades Canada
News Analysis | 10/16/2019

Comcast's business services unit teams with iTel Networks to serve Canadian branch locations for the MSO's big, US-based enterprise-level customers.

Charter Hopes to Hit Business Services Bullseye With Bill Archer Hire
News Analysis | 10/8/2019

Exec late of Ireland's eir Group and AT&T named EVP and president of Spectrum Enterprise, succeeding the retiring Phil Meeks.

Spectrum Enterprise's Gunnar Peters Looks Ahead
LRTV Interviews | 10/3/2019

Gunnar Peters from Spectrum Enterprise discusses how the company listens to customers and decides what services to offer next.

Net Neutrality Is Dead Yet Again
The Philter | 10/1/2019

States still have the option of enacting their own net neutrality regulations following today's DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the FCC rollback of net neutrality rules.

LR Tackles 5G & the Cloud at Cable-Tec Expo
Breznick Unbound | 9/23/2019

In an industry first, Light Reading will stage two breakfast forums on hot tech topics at next week's Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans, the first on cable network virtualization and the second on cable's role in 5G.

Comcast's New X1 TV Navigation App Means Business
News Analysis | 8/27/2019

Following the recent launch of X1 tailored for SMBs, Comcast Business debuts version of a TV app that enables bar and restaurant owners to control up to 16 TVs.

Charter Unloads Navisite Unit
News Analysis | 8/26/2019

RDX to acquire the managed cloud services company that Time Warner Cable acquired in 2011 for $230 million.

Altice USA Nearing Sale of Lightpath Stake – Report
News Analysis | 7/29/2019

Potential deal with Stonepeak would involve a minority piece of fiber-fueled business services unit and value the Lightpath division at about $3 billion, Bloomberg says.

Fiber, 5G or Cable? The Battle for the Enterprise Branch Office
Column | 7/29/2019

Fresh survey results show that the distributed enterprise market is up for grabs as cable operators, traditional telcos and wireless providers vie for advantage.

Charter Shifts Mobile Into Higher Gear
News Analysis | 7/26/2019

No. 2 US MSO signs up 208,000 wireless customers in the second quarter as it ramps up its Spectrum Mobile sales efforts to full throttle and extends its reach to nearly every type of wireless handset.

Comcast Broadband, Mobile Growth Engines Keep Purring
News Analysis | 7/25/2019

No. 1 US cable and broadband provider racks up another strong quarter of steady broadband and mobile sub growth while seeing video sub losses shoot up.

SD-WAN Update: 5G Impact Still to Come, as the Market Consolidates
Kelsey's Grammar | 7/2/2019

In addition to kicking around the idea of 5G's impact on SD-WAN, Heavy Reading's Sterling Perrin shares insights on how the SD-WAN market might evolve this year.

Charter Shuffles the Top Deck
News Analysis | 6/26/2019

Among them, Rich DiGeronimo will add technology officer role as current EVP of IT & engineering as Jim Blackley prepares to retire in 2020.

CableLabs Kicks Off Pursuit of DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 6/24/2019

New specs will repackage recent annexes and enhancements to DOCSIS 3.1, such as Full Duplex DOCSIS and Low Latency DOCSIS, and add in new Extended Spectrum DOCSIS capabilities.

5G Opportunity Still Outweighs the Threat to Cable Ops
News Analysis | 5/13/2019

MSOs must remain wary of 5G-powered in-home broadband services, but the backhaul and fronthaul opportunities will abound for cable operators as 5G networks are deployed.

Mediacom Joins Cable's Wireless Rush via CBRS Tests With Samsung
News Analysis | 5/3/2019

Mediacom – the nation's fifth-largest cable company – has joined its cable peers in testing wireless operations in the 3.5GHz CBRS band. What the company might do with the spectrum remains an open question though.

Comcast Business beefs up managed WiFi via Deep Blue buy
News Analysis | 5/1/2019

Deep Blue specializes in the planning, engineering and installation of managed WiFi networks for hotels and entertainment venues, and reportedly pulled down $38 million in revenues last year.

Charter Exploring 'Dual SIM' Technology
News Analysis | 4/30/2019

Charter, which added 176,000 mobile lines in Q1, is testing dual SIM capabilities, but deployments are not expected in 2019.

Comcast's Mobile Sub Growth Slows, but Other Mobile Metrics Improve
News Analysis | 4/25/2019

Xfinity Mobile adds 170,000 lines in Q1, extending the total to 1.4 million. Mobile-related revenues rose 24.4% while losses shrunk significantly.

Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Business Cloud Service
The Philter | 4/23/2019

Colt Technology Services, Comcast Business and Vonage all had stand-out cloud service offerings for business customers in the past 12 months.

Cable One Bulks Up With $525.9M Fidelity Buy
News Analysis | 4/1/2019

But it's not clear how Fidelity's app-based TV streaming offering in partnership with MobiTV will play long-term at broadband-focused Cable One.

Why Cable Automation Is Taking Off
LRTV Interviews | 3/29/2019

Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss shares highlights of his firm's fresh research about the cable industry's growing forays into network automation.

Comcast Brings X1 Video to SMBs
News Analysis | 3/15/2019

Operator's commercial services unit makes its cloud-powered video platform available to millions of SMBs across Comcast's footprint.

Comcast Has 'Line of Sight' to $10B in Biz Service Revenues
News Analysis | 3/12/2019

Comcast Business is making some progress in reaching larger, enterprise business customers, cable unit CEO Dave Watson says.

Altice USA Taps Goldman Sachs to Assess Lightpath Unit – Report
News Analysis | 3/8/2019

Discussions involving fiber-powered business services division could lead to a sale or bringing on an investor, Reuters says.

T-Mobile Details Home Internet Service to Challenge 'Cableopoly'
News Analysis | 3/7/2019

T-Mobile released more details about plans to challenge Comcast and Charter with a fixed wireless Internet service. But the broader message was aimed at regulators reviewing its proposed merger with Sprint.

Cable One 'Happy' to See Broadband Subs Go With OTT-TV
News Analysis | 2/28/2019

MSO pivoted to a data-centric model 5 years ago, but Cable One 'not trying to drive our video customers away,' CEO insists.

Smaller Cablecos Fleeing Legacy Pay-TV
News Analysis | 2/26/2019

Speaking at NCTC's Winter Education Conference in Atlanta, small and midsized cable operators say they're increasingly seeking other video options, such as streaming and app-based services.

Altice USA 'Reviewing' Future of Lightpath Unit
News Analysis | 2/22/2019

CEO Dexter Goei says an internal review is underway for that asset, noting later that Lightpath has become 'less core to the overall business today.'

Altice USA Might Sell Lightpath Unit – Cowen & Co.
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

Analyst firm says a deal for company's fiber-fueled business services unit could fetch as much as $4 billion, jolt stock.

Can Cable Beat 5G?
Breznick Unbound | 2/11/2019

Cable leaders will make the case for their new 10G initiative at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver next month.

Cable Next-Gen Is Calling
LRTV Documentaries | 2/4/2019

Could our Cable Next-Gen Tech event make your cable dreams come true? Or are we just being delusional? In his head, LR cable guy Alan Breznick is there already...

Podcast: Bundle Up, Everyone. Pay-TV Is a Cold, Cold Business
The Philter | 1/31/2019

The world of pay-TV is an unholy mess, and no one is better at keeping up with the players, plans and problems than Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner. In this podcast, Jeff joins Phil Harvey for a chat about how cable providers are using mobile, why adding Netflix to your set-top isn't a bad idea and what kind of subscribers aren't worth chasing.

Charter CEO: 'Spectrum Mobile Is Ramping Up'
News Analysis | 1/31/2019

Operator adds 113,000 mobile lines in Q4 as new product starts to take a bigger role in Charter's triple-play bundle.

CableLabs Sues Buckeye Over Delinquent Dues
The Bauminator | 12/12/2018

MSO notified CableLabs of intention to terminate its membership in January 2018, but CableLabs cites that it requires at least three years notice.

Comcast Finds More Work for X1
News Analysis | 12/7/2018

Cloud-powered video platform is in 'extended trial period' with hotels, with more business- and sports-venue deployment models in the works.

Charter Unit Checks In With Up-Market Video Move
News Analysis | 12/5/2018

Spectrum Enterprise teams with Moviebeam to beef up video offering for hotels.

SMB Mobility: Cable's Next Big Chance?
LRTV Interviews | 12/3/2018

In this video interview, Independence Research's Matt Davis examines the potential for cable operators to deliver mobile services to small-to-midsized businesses.

Vertical Systems: SD-WAN Not Profitable Yet
LRTV Interviews | 11/29/2018

In this video interview, Vertical Systems' Erin Dunne dissects the emerging SD-WAN market and explains why service providers aren't making much money from it yet.

Operators Using PoCs to Drive APIs to Market Faster
LRTV Interviews | 11/28/2018

Real-world experience using live networks in MEF proofs-of-concept is allowing operator members to shape technical specs faster.

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