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11/29/2015 | 1:45:25 PM
Re: This is about business services, not fiber v. cable
It would seem to make sense and probably a good move for Comcast to expand,already having almost 12 million hotspots. It's plan of  "moving beyond the small to midsized business market to target the Fortune 1000 enterprise sector," can only help them to more quickly grow.
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11/18/2015 | 1:55:00 PM
Re: This is about business services, not fiber v. cable
Then of course there's the wildcard of LTE.  John Legere just removed data caps on his T-mobile network for popular video streaming services like Netflix.   With that gone, and LTE capable of speeds anywhere from 20Mbps to 300Mps at what point is your home network just using your smart phone.   And a smart phone can also used as a Wifi hub for PCs, Chromecasts, ...

 

 
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11/18/2015 | 9:48:11 AM
Re: This is about business services, not fiber v. cable
Fiber is not new to cable.  I have been building commercial fiber networks for the 16 years I have worked for a MSO, and the HFC network was there long before I joined.
jabailo
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11/18/2015 | 5:05:14 AM
Re: This is about business services, not fiber v. cable
Interesting comment, I did not know that cable companies were that far along in a conversion to fiber.

But this again begs the question for both telcos and cable companies (both of whose names are now anachronisms as telephony is now Internet and video streams are now Internet), what exactly is the difference?

If both "cable" and "telco" are guys running optical fiber, do we go back to the old days of a Ma Bell communications monopoly (because it doesn't make sense to have two sets of fibers, boxes and so on, of the exact same network)?  Or more recently the system of local Baby Bells (telcos) and single provider local cable companies.




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11/17/2015 | 5:20:25 PM
Re: This is about business services, not fiber v. cable
Well, Cable is primarily a fiber network.  That is why it is called HFC - Hybrid Fiber/Coax.  At some point, they will be extending Fiber all the way to the home.  There are standards for it and it is not widely deployed in the cable realm.  But outside of a couple of carriers - KT, NTT and Verizon one would have to say the same about BPON/EPON/GPON.

I think the question I have is: Who is the target market?  Before you run on about IT challenges at the SMB, I get it.  But I have a Cisco Router at my house and it comes with a built in guest network.  The more sophisticated features of the plan - like planning portals and such - seem to me to be a lot of work for a Hair Salon.  I do assume that is the target market as I have yet to run into a coffee shop without wifi (I am not saying that there isn't one).

So to me that means you have to have a business that wants to offer customers/partners/vendors guest wifi access and don't already have it.  I see the attraction for brick and mortar retailers (thus my Hair Salon example).  But these companies have bigger IT challenges than whether to offer WiFi.  I see this as frosting when the small business problem is how to get the cupcake out of the pan.  Nothing wrong with frosting, but if you can't get your cupcake then it really doesn't matter.

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jabailo
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11/17/2015 | 4:38:46 PM
Re: This is about business services, not fiber v. cable
I beg to differ.

When all is said and done, what exactly is different between a cable ISP and a telco ISP except the wires themselves?

And all things being equal, a network of lightweight narrow fiber is much easier to maintain, has greater bandwidth, easier to install, and has greater capacity.

Run the numbers and telco+fiber wins in the long run.

 
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11/17/2015 | 11:16:51 AM
Re: This is about business services, not fiber v. cable
 

Bingo. I'm honestly surprised cable companies didn't move faster with managed WiFi services. Given the twin focus on commercial services and WiFi for the last couple of years, pairing the two only makes sense. Plus, this spreads the Comcast brand further, and potentially gives the company more hotspots to integrate with and WiFi-calling plans it may have for the future. 
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11/16/2015 | 6:29:48 PM
This is about business services, not fiber v. cable
The purpose of this product is to allow Comcast Business customers to customize guest and internal WiFi networks.  If you look at the YouTube videos, you can deduce that they are using  AirTight networks' Cloud Managed Wi-Fi to offer this to their customers.  The Comcast customer pays Comcast to provide the AirTight Access Points and management so that the business itself can offer guest WiFi just as Starbucks does.

Most small businesses want to offer customized free Wi-Fi but don't have the in house IT people to do it.  This gives the venue owner an easy way to offer a customer benefit.
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11/16/2015 | 6:05:30 PM
Re: USP ?
The only data caps I've heard about are on cable! (Or else mobile devices).

I have 12Mbps ADSL2+ from CenturyLink and there are no data caps!
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11/16/2015 | 5:30:55 PM
Re: USP ?
I hope verizon see that if it like to play with the big player, they must rethink they idea of putting more fios data. I do not see 4glte will be able too provide the say data speed as comcast or Google or fois.
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