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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Windstream SDNow Introduces SDN Orchestration into the Cloud, Data Centers

With Windstream SDNow, Windstream continues its push into wholesale and enterprise markets by targeting optical wave orchestration opportunities in the data center, and ultimately the cloud. SDN orchestration automates network functions, including provisioning, and removes human intervention with equipment to accomplish networking tasks, often involving multiple vendors. Windstream will use SDNow for optical wave services...Learn More

Comcast SD-WAN Beta Marks Move into Fast Growing SD-WAN Market

An announced Comcast SD-WAN beta trial signals a continuing move into business and enterprise services by the largest U.S. cable MSO. Comcast claims to be the first major cable company to introduce a carrier-grade SD-WAN solution, which will target both mid-market and enterprise segments. Cable MSOs are aggressively entering the business services and enterprise markets,...Learn More

North State Consolidates Data Center, IT Subsidiaries, Pursues Cloud Strategy

Regional broadband carrier North State announced the formation of a new integrated Technology Solutions business unit that will pursue cloud and IT opportunities throughout the southeastern U.S. The new unit is formed from existing subsidiaries, including DataChambers and Stalwart Systems. “The formation of Technology Solutions is the next step in North State’s strategy to build...Learn More

Coming Soon to a Streaming OTT Offer Near You – Your Local Broadcast Affiliates

It’s no secret that streaming OTT services like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and PlayStation Vue are on the rise and beginning to offer a legitimate OTT alternative to traditional subscription pay TV packages. But outside of a few major cities, these streaming offers have struggled to offer local broadcast channels (ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC...Learn More

Digital Transformation: Is There a Business Model for Service Providers?

The latest buzz word to gain major traction in the broadband industry is digital transformation. Loosely defined, it’s the transition process that companies and their respective industries are undertaking to position themselves for relevancy and long term growth in a digital world. A world where in developed countries, everyone is walking around with the equivalent...Learn More

NeoNova Acquires API Digital, Adds 24×7 NOC Services

North Carolina based NeoNova announced the acquisition of Alabama based API Digital Services today. The addition of API Digital will bring 24x7x365 NOC services to NeoNova, a provider of network management and professional services to the rural ISP community. API Digital was founded in 1999 and provides a range of network communications and managed IT...Learn More

Windstream Fixed Wireless: Technology is Improving and Significance is Growing

Windstream reported quarterly financial results today and on a conference call with investors, company CEO Tony Thomas highlighted the growing importance of Windstream fixed wireless efforts. While fixed wireless is a relatively small contributor to revenue for the company today, Thomas sees it growing into the low double digits, and therefore significant. “People will be...Learn More

Hulu vMVPD Service Enters Beta, Hulu with Live TV Joins Crowded Streaming PayTV Field

A long discussed Hulu vMVPD service was unveiled today and it offers a streaming OTT payTV alternative to traditional payTV services offered by cable, telco, and DBS operators. Hulu with Live TV joins a crowded streaming OTT payTV field which includes DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and a few others. Hulu with...Learn More

Google Fiber is Back….But How?

After a high profile pause, Google fiber is back and its next target market is Louisville, Kentucky, according to Louisville mayor Greg Fischer. What’s not clear though, is how Google fiber intends to serve Louisville – through FTTP, fixed wireless, or some combination of both. Late last year, Google announced they were halting all announced...Learn More

AT&T Fixed Wireless Service for Rural Markets Will be Capped and Start at $60/month

AT&T fixed wireless services for rural markets launched in Georgia, the company announced today. The 10 Mbps fixed wireless service will serve 400K locations by the end of the year, and 1.1 million locations across 17 additional states by 2020. The fixed wireless service will help AT&T achieve their FCC Connect America Fund (CAF) commitment...Learn More

Verizon Makes Aggressive Gigabit Moves with Fios Gigabit Service

Verizon has joined the gigabit trend today, with the launch Fios Gigabit Connection. The service will offer up to 940 Mbps downstream and 880 Mbps upstream to select Fios markets for $69.99/month. Verizon has resisted the gigabit trend for some time, with a 750 Mbps tier as their fastest offer recently, despite being the first...Learn More

AT&T Fiber Locations Approach 5 Million, Launches 8 New Markets

AT&T fiber locations now reach 52 major metro markets, with the addition of 8 new markets, the company announced today. AT&T markets their gigabit service as AT&T Internet 1000 in these fiber fed locations, which began in Austin, Texas in 2013. The new markets include Dayton, Ohio; Macon, Georgia; Madison, Wisconsin; Monterey-Salinas, California; Savannah, Georgia;...Learn More

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