Posts by Bernie Arnason

Bernie is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Telecompetitor. Bernie follows the telecom industry closely and conducts and authors industry research and whitepapers, provides strategic consulting for clients, and develops compelling broadband market intelligence mindshare.

Bernie is also the managing partner of Pivot Media LLC and a Principal with Pivot Group LLC.

Bernie can be reached at bernie@pivot-media.com



AT&T: Ongoing Pay-TV Transition is Painful and Expensive, But We’ve Been There, Done That

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The ongoing pay-TV transition, where consumers are increasingly embracing OTT, mobile TV, and SVOD options over traditional linear video, is a difficult one for a company like AT&T. But according to AT&T CFO John Stephens, the communications conglomerate is not only weathering the storm, but succeeding. On today’s quarterly earnings conference call, Stephens cited AT&T’s...Learn More

New BendBroadband 600 Mbps Tier Launched, Joins Other TDS Cable Broadband Upgrades

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A new BendBroadband 600 Mbps broadband service was announced today by parent company TDS. The launch follows similar TDS cable broadband upgrades, which also feature 600 Mbps tiers. BendBroadband operates in central Oregon and was acquired by TDS back in 2014. TDS has since assembled quite a few cable operators, including properties in Colorado, Utah,...Learn More

It’s Slow and Steady as She Goes, as Xfinity Mobile Penetration Hits 2.4%

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Comcast revealed Xfinity mobile progress today as they reported 1Q18 financials. Xfinity mobile subscriber counts are a closely watched metric, as they represent the cable industry’s progress in breaching the wireless industry, which is currently dominated by the four major national carriers, and a host of smaller regional carriers throughout the U.S. Comcast added 196K...Learn More

Comcast and Charter Partner to Take on Mobile Industry, Form Mobile Operating Unit

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Comcast and Charter announced a joint venture today that will fuel both cable MSOs’ continued move into the mobile broadband ecosystem. The partnership will focus on developing and operating backend systems that support both Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile, signaling a more committed effort for cable MSO-based mobile offerings. Each company will continue to operate...Learn More

Dramatic Expansion of AT&T’s 5G Evolution Lays Groundwork for Real 5G

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AT&T announced today an expansion of their 5G Evolution technology to an additional 117 markets across the U.S., bringing the total 5G Evolution markets to 141. The term 5G Evolution is more of a marketing term, since the underlying technology for it is really advanced 4G technology. The 5G Evolution platform is more akin to...Learn More

With 50% of X1 Subscribers Accessing Netflix, Comcast and Netflix Expand Their Business Relationship

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Comcast and Netflix intend to expand their interesting business relationship, highlighting a shifting video landscape. Comcast integrated Netflix into their X1 operating system back in 2016 and now plans to offer “[n]ew and innovative Xfinity packages, including a Netflix subscription.” The relationship is going well. Comcast revealed that nearly 50% of X1 customers are actively...Learn More

Hulu and Spotify Expand Bundled Video and Music Offer to Anyone

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Hulu and Spotify came together last year to offer a bundled video and music deal, Spotify Premium for Students, targeting undergraduate college students. That bundled deal has now been opened to anyone, albeit at a higher price point. Spotify Premium, Now With Hulu bundles Hulu’s $7.99 OTT video subscription with Spotify Premium’s $9.99 music subscription...Learn More

Lumos and Spirit to Combine to Form Super-Regional Mid-Atlantic Fiber Operator

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European-based investment firm EQT has completed its majority stake investment in Spirit Communications and announced today it will combine the regional fiber operator with Lumos Networks. The combination of Lumos and Spirit will be a super-regional fiber operator spanning from Pennsylvania to Georgia. When EQT announced the investment in Spirit back in August 2017, we...Learn More

Responding to Cable Company SMB Efforts, Consolidated Launches New BusinessOne Business Bundle

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Consolidated Communications today announced the launch of BusinessOne, a new bundle of broadband and voice services for the SMB segment. A primary goal of the new offering is to differentiate the telco’s business broadband service from growing competitive  cable business service offers. BusinessOne offers two flavors – BusinessOne Premier and BusinessOne Basic. The Premier version...Learn More

Redzone Wireless Plots Fixed Wireless Expansion, Adds Spectrum Assets

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Regional fixed wireless provider Redzone Wireless will expand to an additional 13 markets across Maine, the company announced today. The expansion will bring fixed wireless broadband to 40K new locations across 25 unserved or underserved towns. Established in 2014, Redzone operates a multi-frequency fixed wireless solution, using a proprietary spectrum aggregation platform. They claim available...Learn More

TDS Broadband Network Improvements Continue with Launch of 600 Mbps Tier

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TDS broadband network improvements have enabled a new 600 Mbps broadband tier, now available in several markets across four states, the company announced late last week. The markets are located in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah and include St. George, Utah and Fort Collins, Colorado. The new faster tiers are the result of network...Learn More

Gigabit Coming to Every School in North Dakota, Thanks to New 100 Gig Backbone Network

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North Dakota is somewhat of an anomaly in today’s broadband world, where so many lack access to high quality broadband. The largely rural state has some of the best, if not the best, state-wide fiber connectivity in the country. It’s about to get better. Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), a regional fiber network operator owned by...Learn More

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