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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Will 5G Enable Wireless Replacement of Home Broadband and Disrupt FTTH?

Ever since the advent of 3G wireless, there’s been debate as to whether significant wireless replacement of home broadband service is possible. After all, wireless replacement of home voice service helped decimate the pure wireline voice business for many carriers. Will the same happen for home broadband and put ongoing FTTH investment at risk? The...Learn More

Telco Network Transformation: Just Don’t Mess Up the Revenue Thing

Telco network transformation is a popular topic in today’s industry circles. Conventional wisdom says all telcos are in some form of transformation mode, moving from a hardware-based TDM legacy to a software-based IP future. But there’s a lot to think about regarding this transition, with the revenue implications key among them. Telco network transformation is...Learn More

New Netflix Speed Test,, Provides Simple Broadband Speed Analysis

A new Netflix speed test offers a very simple way to test your current broadband speed connection. By visiting, users get a very simple read out of their current Internet connection. The test works for both fixed and mobile connections. “Like the cellular data controls we recently introduced, is another tool consumers can...Learn More

Ahead of DIRECTV OTT Streaming Launch, AT&T Acquires Quickplay

AT&T is busily preparing for an upcoming DIRECTV OTT streaming launch, and is acquiring Quickplay in the process. Quickplay provides a managed video platform that powers OTT, TV Everywhere, and other digital video solutions. AT&T already uses Quickplay for their U-verse TV platform. AT&T is in the process of revamping their various video offerings into...Learn More

Bend Broadband 300 Mbps Tier Tied to Revised Broadband Cap Policy

A new Bend Broadband 300 Mbps tier was introduced by the TDS owned cable operator, along with a revised broadband cap policy. Bend Broadband was purchased by tier 2 telco TDS for $261 million in September 2014. The Bend Broadband 300 Mbps tier is part of a broader speed upgrade strategy which also includes Ultra...Learn More

New GVTC Carrier Ethernet Business Line Will Target Wholesale, Transport, Fiber-to-the-Tower

A new GVTC Carrier Ethernet business unit hopes to tap fast growing Ethernet transport services throughout Texas and into Mexico. GVTC has deployed a high capacity fiber network, built on a Ciena packet –optical platform and designed by Light River. The GVTC Carrier Ethernet regional fiber network will target wholesale and Ethernet transport opportunities throughout...Learn More

DISH Smartphone Repair Highlights Need for Revenue Diversification Strategies

Both the telecom and pay-TV industries have seen their share of disruption, forcing providers to adopt revenue diversification strategies to replace lost revenue from legacy services. In the latest example, satellite pay-TV provider DISH is getting into the smartphone repair business with an interesting model. DISH announced the new service today, initially focused on iPhone...Learn More

AT&T Expands NFL Game Streaming Through DirecTV

AT&T announced an expansion of NFL game streaming through its NFL Sunday Ticket feature for DirecTV. The expansion allows all NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers to stream all out-of-market NFL games. Previously, the streaming feature was reserved for NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscribers, who incurred additional fees. “Streaming of NFL SUNDAY TICKET exploded last year— up...Learn More

Comcast Modifies Data Usage Cap Policy, Now Allows 1 Terabyte of Data

Instituting a data usage cap policy that limits a broadband subscriber’s monthly data usage is a contentious topic. A variety of wireline broadband ISPs including AT&T, Comcast, Suddenlink and others have done so (some on a market by market basis), while others like Verizon and Google Fiber have resisted. As a result, there isn’t a...Learn More

Lumos Gigabit FTTH Reach Now Covers Full RLEC Footprint

A Lumos Gigabit announcement details the expansion of gigabit FTTH services for the Mid-Atlantic based regional carrier to include their entire RLEC footprint. Branded as Gigabit Fast, the service was first launched in limited Lumos Networks markets back in 2015. It now reaches over 20,000 premises. “I am very proud of the fact that not...Learn More

FTTH Market Penetration on the Rise, Overtakes Cable Broadband Globally

From a global perspective, rising FTTH market penetration has positioned the technology as the fastest growing broadband access method, overtaking cable broadband reports Point Topic. Total global broadband subscribers reached 751 million as of Q4 2015, according to Point Topic’s research. FTTx and FTTH market penetration is on the rise, and legacy copper based broadband...Learn More

Consolidated Buys Champaign Telephone, Expands Business Services Footprint

In its latest acquisition move, Mattoon, Illinois based Consolidated buys Champaign Telephone of Champaign/Urbana, Illinois to bolster its business services reach and fiber footprint. The deal also includes Big Broadband Services, a sister company to Champaign Telephone Company (CTC). The acquisition will add a 275 route-mile fiber network, over 300 lit buildings, and an existing...Learn More