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.
Big Canadian cableco teams with Lindsay Broadband and Accelleran in Quebec field trials as it weighs entering wireless market.
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.
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 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.
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.
German cable operator boasts 'solid' Q1. Confirms full-year guidance.
In this followup blog, Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss reveals more about cable operators' plans to leverage edge compute technology.
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.
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.
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.
Together, the videoconferencing company and the telecom operator look as incongruous as Mark Zuckerberg and a suit.
Recent moves by many companies to encourage, and in some cases mandate, remote working could create big headaches for corporate IT managers
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 Business, PCCW Global, Spectrum Enterprise and Telia Company are the first service providers to achieve MEF 3.0 SD-WAN service certification.
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.
Regional sports net is offering gift cards and regular season game tickets as its contract dispute with Comcast and Dish drags on.
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.
A Monday mystery emerges from the Comcast media kit.
Spectrum Total Connect focused on large, national business customers that require connectivity inside and out of Charter's 41-state footprint.
Dialogic’s software business expands Enghouse’s already sprawling product portfolio, beefing up its position in the enterprise video and unified communications market.
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.
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.
Light Reading Mobile Editor Dan Jones shares nuggets about 5G and CBRS from our Cable Next-Gen Business Strategies event in New York.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner look at the future and past of cable business services.
Starry, which provides fixed wireless broadband over millimeter wave spectrum, is exploring services for business customers to complement its core residential offerings.
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.
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.
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?
Many enterprise customers want to operate their own SD-WAN, but they risk driving into a ditch.
Enterprise customers struggle with too many SD-WAN choices, says Robert Victor, Comcast Business SVP of product management.
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.
US cableco reports industry-best profit margins again after wrapping up its $526 million acquisition of Fidelity Communications last month.
Europe's largest cable operator suffers continued revenue declines, largely due to steep video subscriber losses in its UK home market and Belgium.
Comcast's business services unit teams with iTel Networks to serve Canadian branch locations for the MSO's big, US-based enterprise-level customers.
Exec late of Ireland's eir Group and AT&T named EVP and president of Spectrum Enterprise, succeeding the retiring Phil Meeks.
Gunnar Peters from Spectrum Enterprise discusses how the company listens to customers and decides what services to offer next.
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.
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.
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.
RDX to acquire the managed cloud services company that Time Warner Cable acquired in 2011 for $230 million.
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.
Fresh survey results show that the distributed enterprise market is up for grabs as cable operators, traditional telcos and wireless providers vie for advantage.
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.
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.
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.
Among them, Rich DiGeronimo will add technology officer role as current EVP of IT & engineering as Jim Blackley prepares to retire in 2020.
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.
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 – 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.
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, which added 176,000 mobile lines in Q1, is testing dual SIM capabilities, but deployments are not expected in 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.
Colt Technology Services, Comcast Business and Vonage all had stand-out cloud service offerings for business customers in the past 12 months.
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.
Broadband Success Partners' David Strauss shares highlights of his firm's fresh research about the cable industry's growing forays into network automation.
Operator's commercial services unit makes its cloud-powered video platform available to millions of SMBs across Comcast's footprint.
Comcast Business is making some progress in reaching larger, enterprise business customers, cable unit CEO Dave Watson says.
Discussions involving fiber-powered business services division could lead to a sale or bringing on an investor, Reuters says.
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.
MSO pivoted to a data-centric model 5 years ago, but Cable One 'not trying to drive our video customers away,' CEO insists.
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.
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.'
Analyst firm says a deal for company's fiber-fueled business services unit could fetch as much as $4 billion, jolt stock.
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.
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...
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.
Operator adds 113,000 mobile lines in Q4 as new product starts to take a bigger role in Charter's triple-play bundle.
MSO notified CableLabs of intention to terminate its membership in January 2018, but CableLabs cites that it requires at least three years notice.
Cloud-powered video platform is in 'extended trial period' with hotels, with more business- and sports-venue deployment models in the works.
Spectrum Enterprise teams with Moviebeam to beef up video offering for hotels.
In this video interview, Independence Research's Matt Davis examines the potential for cable operators to deliver mobile services to small-to-midsized businesses.
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.
Real-world experience using live networks in MEF proofs-of-concept is allowing operator members to shape technical specs faster.
In this video interview, Charter Spectrum Enterprise's Gunnar Peters talks about the MSO's efforts to build an SDN/NFV framework for delivering virtualized services to commercial customers.
Co-President and COO Hakim Boubazine says Altice USA's view as a 'challenger brand' extends to the company's technology strategy and how the operator will evolve the cable network, the advanced services it will deliver over that network, and with respect to its partnerships, including its MVNO deal with Sprint.
Brian Rose of Cox Business sheds some light on new areas that the division is eyeing as it looks to expand its services arsenal and further differentiate its position in the market.
Filled with special challenges, tackling the large enterprise market 'a long, slow slog' for cable operators, analyst says.
Cable's business services are still growing, but MSOs aren't standing pat as they pursue new areas and lines of business. Jeff Lewis discusses how Comcast is homing in on new opportunities such as SD-WAN, managed security services and the delivery of faster and faster speeds.
After getting some baseball news out of the way, Light Reading's Alan Breznick and Jeff Baumgartner sum up their findings and observations from the recent 'The Future of Cable Business Services' event in NYC.
There was surprising optimism in the sector at the MEF18 event, but will it be reflected in revenues going forward?
Zero-touch provisioning and plug-and-play are still buzzwords where SD-WAN is concerned, but not reality, says VSG's Erin Dunne.
Now that cable providers can deliver 1 Gbit/s download speeds to business customers on their hybrid fiber coax infrastructure, a panel of experts finds that more is needed to win sales over the long run.
But the next-gen technology will help service providers hit hot spots that require more capacity density.
But rate of revenue growth is slowing, causing MSOs to seek new angles and opportunities.
Enterprises are shifting to a carrier-managed version of SD-WAN, with only about a quarter of companies preferring a DIY approach, says Roopa Honnachari, industry director, business services and cloud computing for Frost & Sullivan's ICT practice.
Service interconnection is changing, requiring automation to handle commercial agreements at scale and blockchain can enable that, says Marc Halbfinger, CEO of PCCW Global.
Satya Parimi of Spectrum Enterprise, says managed SD-WAN services are coming shortly following trials that revealed the complexity of deploying this new service.
Moving from legacy technologies like MPLS won't happen overnight, and operators need to find a way for legacy and new technologies to coexist in a hybrid WAN environment, said Comcast's Kevin O'Toole.
MEF18 demo shows policy-driven dynamic services over multi-carrier networks
Following the full market launch of its new Spectrum Mobile product last month, the No. 2 US MSO has signed up 21,000 wireless customers and is integrating mobile service into its new triple-play bundle.
Such a deal would bring another massive wave of consolidation to the wireline and wireless infrastructure sector and establish an even larger supplier with a major focus on the cable industry.
The US cable industry is now pulling in close to $18 billion in annual revenues from commercial services, but the growth rate is falling. How much lift is left for cable?
Broadband Success Partners Principal Jack Burton says 5G represents a great opportunity for cable MSOs to work with 5G network operators and provide not only backhaul, but facilities -- real estate on poles, towers in headends and central offices. Cable's proximity to the customer could provide them a revenue source tied to 5G and edge computing, as well as a long-term hedge against obsolescence.
In this last of a three-blog series, we will explore the potential for cable operators and other broadband providers to work with their OTT and access rivals.