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



Drones Are Coming and Digital Sky Aims to Seize the Opportunity for the Broadband Industry

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Citing an emerging ‘low airspace digitized economy,’ Huawei this week unveiled their Digital Sky initiative during their Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), taking place this week in London. Drones are taking on an increasing role in the digital economy and the global communications conglomerate sees an opening to help communications carriers seize on it. Beyond...Learn More

Google Fiber Mixes Things Up, Drops Gigabit Pricing to $55, Adds OTT Bundle and Wi-Fi

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Never afraid to mix things up with the ever-changing Google Fiber model, Google has picked its San Antonio launch to introduce several new changes. For starters, Google Fiber’s gigabit pricing has been reduced to $55/month, down from $70 in its other markets. “There’s no installation fee, no hidden fees, no contracts, and no data caps,”...Learn More

USDA Announces $207 Million in Loans and Grants for Rural Broadband Funding

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $207 million is being made available for rural broadband funding yesterday. The funding is a combination of loans and grants and is a part of USDA’s Telecommunications program, which has provided financial assistance to over 500 providers across the country, according to the agency. This round of rural broadband...Learn More

Busy Weekend for Sprint as T-Mobile Deal Dies, Altice MVNO Born, and More Softbank

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Sprint executives were busy this weekend. Another run at a T-Mobile merger failed, but a new Altice MVNO deal was born. To top it off, Sprint majority owner Softbank intends to up their current 82% ownership stake in the U.S. mobile carrier. Both T-Mobile US and Sprint CEOs took to Twitter this weekend, announcing the...Learn More

Altice USA is Latest Operator to Launch Cloud Based ‘Experience Interface’ with Altice One

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User interfaces for video and broadband are evolving, and they are increasingly served from the cloud and aim to create a differentiated experience, rather than just a user interface for programming. The latest example comes from cable MSO Altice USA, who operates Optimum and Suddenlink brands, serving 4.9 million subscribers across 21 states. Altice One...Learn More

Calix EXOS Aims to Build an Operating System for the Smart Home, Business

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Calix unveiled their Experience Operating System (EXOS) at the Calix ConneXions event, taking place in Las Vegas this week. Calix EXOS is an OS for the smart home and business, a managed IoT service of sorts, which they refer to as the “world’s first premises operating system.” In some ways, EXOS is an evolution of...Learn More

Sling TV CCA Partnership Enables Streaming OTT, Wireless Bundles for Up to 100 Wireless Carriers

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A newly announced Sling TV CCA Partnership will give CCA members, primarily rural and regional wireless carriers, the ability to bundle a popular streaming OTT service. Sling says it’s the first of its kind partnership for the streaming provider. The deal gives CCA members the ability to provide and bill for Sling TV’s streaming service,...Learn More

AT&T Bolsters Southern Footprint with AT&T Fiber Deployments

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AT&T Fiber deployments can now reach 6 million locations across 61 metro markets, the carrier announced today. New markets are concentrated in the south and they include Columbus, Ga.; Lafayette, La., Montgomery, Ala. and Macon, Ga. AT&T says they are on target to reach 7 million locations by the end of 2017, with a broader...Learn More

Verizon OTT Delay Can’t Help Fios Video Declines, So Why the Hold Up?

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Verizon announced quarterly results today, revealing a decline in Fios video subs of 18K. Verizon CFO Matt Ellis directly attributed the losses to cord cutting and competition from OTT services. It’s a 3Q 17 theme we’ve already heard coming from traditional pay-TV operators, including AT&T. Unlike AT&T who has an OTT streaming TV offer with...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Markets Grows to 50, Promising Service Delivery in 20 Days

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Windstream’s focus on SDN services is intensifying, with an announcement today of a growing market footprint. Windstream SDNow markets now number 50, including major cloud connectivity and peering locations across the U.S., the company reports. Marketed as Windstream SDN Orchestrated Waves, or SDNow, Windstream is counting on the SDN-based platform to help differentiate the company’s...Learn More

Amid Perfect Storm of Video Competition, AT&T Video Losses Mount: OTT to the Rescue?

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AT&T video losses are accelerating, with the carrier reporting it lost 390K traditional video subscribers in the third quarter of this year. That significant loss of Directv and U-verse TV subscribers is somewhat offset by net adds of 300K DIRECTV NOW subscribers, AT&T’s streaming OTT offer. The end result is a loss of 90K video...Learn More

Total fuboTV Subscribers Surpasses 100K, Trailing Other Streaming OTT Providers

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Total fuboTV subscribers have surpassed the 100K subscriber count, the company announced today. The streaming OTT operator, or vMVPD, offers a live channel line-up, with heavy emphasis on sports programming. FuboTV started out in 2015 as a niche streaming OTT provider focused exclusively on sports, with a strong soccer line-up. It has since expanded to...Learn More

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