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 telecom mindshare.

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

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BroadbandVision: It’s All About Broadband ROI and Perspective

So much to learn, so little time. If you work in the broadband industry, I’m sure you can relate. There is no shortage of opportunities (which also have corresponding challenges), but the marketplace moves quickly, so you have to too. Picking and choosing the right opportunities is critical because there is much at risk. Building...Learn More

Consortium Launches New Home Networking Standard, Thread

The growing momentum of home networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) trend has led to the development of a new wireless mesh networking standard for the home, called Thread. A consortium of companies, including Samsung, Nest Labs, ARM, Silicon Labs, and Big Ass Fans, announced the new initiative today. Thread is a low power,...Learn More

Parks: By 2016, 25% of Homes Will Have Streaming Media Player, Roku Market Share at 46%

A new report from Parks Associates sheds light on the growing streaming media player market. By Parks estimates, 1 in 4 homes (25%) will have a streaming media player, sometimes referred to as an OTT set-top-box (STB) by 2016. These include players from Roku, Apple TV, and the latest from Amazon, Amazon Fire TV, among...Learn More

Bell Labs Claims New Speed Record with 10 Gbps Over Copper

The research and development arm of Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs, announced a new speed record for the transmission of data over copper lines of 10 Gbps (10,000 Mbps). The experiment was in a lab setting, using prototype technology called XG-FAST, which is a prototype extension of G.Fast, the next generation copper broadband technology. G.Fast is being...Learn More

Recent Viacom Programming Dispute Leads to 60 Rural Cable Companies Ditching Channels

The recent dispute between Viacom and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), a programming buying consortium for small cable operators, has resulted in sixty rural cable companies saying goodbye to Viacom programming, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The moves illustrate the contentious environment between small cable operators and media programming conglomerates. Viacom channels...Learn More

GVTC GigaRegion is Latest Example of Google Fiber’s Impact in Texas and Beyond

Google Fiber is having a significant impact on broadband infrastructure in Texas. But of course, that’s always been the plan. The arrival of Google Fiber in Austin and the potential of their move into San Antonio is causing other carriers to react and many of them are introducing (or planning to) next generation broadband services...Learn More

Charter 100 Mbps Broadband Replaces 30 Mbps at No Additional Cost

The broadband speed wars continue as Charter has notified its St. Louis based broadband customers of a 100 Mbps speed upgrade at no additional cost. This according to a post. According to the report, a notice went out on June 10th stating that existing broadband customers will “…receive an automatic increase to their Internet...Learn More

Portland Google Fiber May Soon be Reality

Portland may soon join the exclusive, but growing list of Gigabit cities. The Portland Business Journal is reporting that the Portland City Council voted 5 – 0 in favor of bringing Google Fiber to the Oregon hub. Portland is one of the nine new metro markets that Google identified for the expansion of their 1...Learn More

Sony Enters OTT Streaming Set-top-Box Arena with a Gaming Twist

The number of streaming OTT streaming set-top-box (STB) options continues to multiply. Amazon recently released their Fire TV STB, and now Sony announced plans for PlayStation TV (PS TV), which will retail this Fall for the familiar $99 price point. The Sony effort has an interesting twist, with more of an emphasis on gaming than...Learn More

A Vision for Broadband

A common characteristic of business success is vision. That is, laying out a path or course of action for your organization that best seizes and maximizes the opportunities that lie ahead. It’s not a trivial task and it requires discipline, knowledge, planning, and a little luck. Companies and their leaders who have vision and execute...Learn More

Google Fiber’s ISP Shame Game Continues with Focus on Google Interconnection and Peering

Ever since Google announced their move into the ISP and TV business with Google Fiber, their intentions have been well debated. Was Google seriously trying to become a regional (or maybe national) ISP? Or were they pushing an agenda with their 1 Gbps service for $70/month, in effect ‘shaming’ other ISPs for not offering comparable...Learn More

The Disappearing Central Office: Implications of SDN and NFV

Brainpower was on display at the Metaswitch Forum this week in New Orleans, where discussions on the implications of SDN and NFV dominated. These two networking technologies are fundamentally changing the approach and architecture of telecom networks, or as Metaswitch so metaphorically highlighted this week in New Orleans, the brains of the network. The implications...Learn More