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



Total AT&T Fiber Subscribers Approaching 2 Million, Adds Two More Markets

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AT&T added two additional markets to its AT&T Fiber footprint and disclosed for the first time that total AT&T Fiber subscribers are approaching 2 million. The two additional markets include Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss. and Savannah Ga. AT&T Fiber availability also expanded across 60 communities in their existing fiber footprint, the company announced. AT&T Fiber now reaches...Learn More

New Calix WiFi Solution Aims to Arm Carriers with Mesh WiFi Experience

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If you’re a broadband carrier, you know the double edged sword of WiFi. Devices powered by WiFi drive tremendous demand for broadband service, while also creating an avalanche of customer service complaints. A new Calix WiFi approach will add mesh WiFi capabilities to their popular GigaCenter broadband gateways, in the hopes of dealing with these...Learn More

Verizon Gigabit LTE Trial Breaks the Gigabit Speed Barrier

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Following a recent Verizon Gigabit LTE field test, Verizon announced a new speed breakthrough in a lab trial. Working with Ericsson and Qualcomm again, Verizon says they reached 1.07 Gbps download speed in this latest lab test. “These efficiencies will enable the delivery of the Gigabit class experience to more customers and lead to new...Learn More

CTO: 50 Trillion GBs of Data is Driving CenturyLink Network Transformation

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CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain offered a vision of the ongoing CenturyLink network transformation at ADTRAN’s Broadband Solutions Summit this morning in Huntsville, Alabama. Hussain offered a common theme present in today’s broadband carrier circles – the need for carriers like CenturyLink to transform not only their network and technology, but their overall culture. Hussain offered...Learn More

Verizon Next Generation Broadband Strategy: We’ll Pass on G.fast and Stick With FTTP

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Speaking at ADTRAN’s Broadband Solutions Summit this morning in Huntsville, Alabama, Verizon’s Director of Network Planning Vincent O’Byrne outlined a Verizon next generation broadband strategy. That strategy is heavily focused on NG-PON2. It apparently will not include G.fast. “We have no strategy for G.Fast,” O’Byrne replied when I asked him why Verizon was not using...Learn More

Disney, ESPN OTT Streaming Services to Begin Next Year, Says Goodbye to Netflix

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It’s just been a matter of time. It’s now confirmed by Disney executives that Disney and ESPN OTT streaming services are now on tap, embracing a direct to consumer model for content distribution. Disney CEO Robert Iger confirmed the plans on Disney’s quarterly earnings conference call  yesterday. “[W]e’re also announcing a major strategic shift in...Learn More

Windstream UCaaS Portfolio is Now Paired with SD-WAN

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Recently bolstered by its Broadview acquisition, Windstream is pairing its unified communications as a service (UCaaS) with its SD-WAN solution. Thanks to Broadstream, the Windstream UCaaS portfolio is now 100% cloud-based, targeting business customers from SMBs to the enterprise. The two services are among the hottest business trends offered by carriers today, so some of...Learn More

T-Mobile Senior Citizens Campaign Offers Two Unlimited Mobile Lines for $60

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A new T-Mobile senior citizens campaign targets Americans who are aged 55 or older with an aggressively priced unlimited mobile plan. The plan claims it can save seniors up to 60% over plans from their competitors. T-Mobile ONE Unlimited 55+ offers one line for $50, with a second line added for an additional $10 per...Learn More

TDS Cable Acquisition Strategy Continues, Scoops Up Crestview Cable

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Crestview Cable of central Oregon is the latest cable company acquisition from TDS Telecom. The Crestview transaction highlights an ongoing TDS cable acquisition strategy, joining neighboring Bend Broadband and Baja Broadband as cable broadband subsidiaries of the telecom carrier. Crestview Cable serves 21K addresses in various communities throughout central Oregon that are adjacent to BendBroadband,...Learn More

A Verizon LAA Trial Yields Gigabit LTE Wireless Speed, Proving 4G Has Quite a Bit of Runway Left

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Using Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology, Verizon and vendor partners Ericsson and Qualcomm achieved near gigabit wireless speed of 953 Mbps. The Verizon LAA trial took place during a ‘dynamic, real-world environment’ in Boca Raton, Florida, the carrier announced. Verizon claims this is the fastest announced speed achieved in a real-world, dynamic network environment leveraging...Learn More

Altice Business Forms, Combines Business Services Portfolio from Cablevision, Suddenlink

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Altice USA is bringing the former business services portfolios of Lightpath, Optimum Business, and Suddenlink under one new national division, Altice Business. The move follows other unifying branding and business moves from Altice USA which recently went public. Altice Business will standardize its portfolio of services that target the SMB, enterprise, carrier/wholesale, and international segments....Learn More

Comcast Streaming TV Service to Debut, Just Don’t Call it OTT

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A new Comcast streaming TV service, Instant TV will debut in the second half of 2017, the company confirmed on its 2Q17 earnings report conference call today. Comcast has discussed this service previously, calling it Stream TV in the past. Instant TV will be an IP based streaming service, delivered across broadband. But Comcast will...Learn More

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