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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Verizon Goes on the Offensive with Cable, Launches 750 Mbps Symmetrical Service

With cable broadband service dominating virtually all broadband growth of late, Verizon is upping the ante with a new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, set to launch January 14th across several Fios markets. While not gigabit speeds, the new 750 Mbps symmetrical service, called Fios Instant Internet, hopes to leverage an advantage over a key cable...Learn More

BTC Broadband Targets Tulsa with Business Fiber Services

Regional broadband provider BTC Broadband is expanding their fiber network into metro Tulsa, Oklahoma, targeting business customers. The move into Tulsa for business customers is part of an ongoing expansion of BTC Broadband’s fiber network, which now spans 90 miles throughout northeast Oklahoma. This fiber expansion will allow BTC to initially reach 2K – 3K...Learn More

AT&T 5G Trials with Qualcomm, Ericsson Aim to Take Leadership with 5G Standards

Upcoming AT&T 5G trials with Qualcomm and Ericsson will focus on emerging 5G new radio (NR) specifications, with the goal of accelerating millimeter wave (mmWave) deployments. Emerging 5G NR specifications are a project of global standards group 3GPP. These AT&T 5G trials will focus on the 28 GHz and 39 GHz mmWave bands, with a...Learn More

Cord Cutter’s Dream? AirTV is Now on Sale, Integrates Locals, Sling, and Netflix

A new OTT set-top-box, the AirTV is now on sale, and it promises to introduce a compelling option for interested pay-TV cord cutters. The new DISH/Sling featured digital media player STB runs on Android and creates interesting competition for Roku, Apple TV, and other OTT focused media players. Perhaps the most compelling feature for the...Learn More

Integrated Local Channels on Sling AirTV Player May Entice Even More Cord Cutters

A new OTT platform that Sling TV will soon launch adds desirable features that may make cord cutting even more appealing. AirTV will put local channels on Sling TV through a separate OTA antenna, integrated with both Netflix and the Sling TV channel line-up on a single interface. This new method of adding local channels...Learn More

Sling TV Opens Cloud DVR Beta Trial

A cloud DVR beta trial is now underway for the OTT video service from Sling TV. Invitations to select participants are being issued today, according to a company blog post. The cloud DVR beta features Roku devices only for now, including Roku players and Roku TVs. Additional devices may be added later. The initial cloud...Learn More

T-Mobile Takes on AT&T with Free DIRECTV NOW Promotion

A free DIRECTV NOW promotion from T-Mobile aims to take some steam out of AT&T’s efforts to leverage the ‘mobile first’ OTT service, launched a couple of weeks ago. T-Mobile announced that not only are they adding DIRECTV NOW to their Binge On promotion (which zero rates it against monthly data allowances), but also offering...Learn More

First Amazon Drone Delivery is Highlight of Coming IoT, 5G Future

A commercial first happened in England last week, when the first Amazon drone delivery of a package took place. Amazon’s Prime Air is a new drone delivery service that the e-commerce giant hopes to expand dramatically in the coming years, allowing an online order to be delivered to customers within minutes of being placed. This...Learn More

Total AT&T Fiber Markets Grow to 46 with New Additions

Total AT&T fiber markets now number 46, with the addition of two new metros in South Carolina and Arkansas. AT&T also announced the expansion of its fiber reach in Sacramento. The additions are part of AT&T’s stated goal of reaching 67 metro markets with gigabit capable FTTP by mid-2019. The two new markets include Greenville,...Learn More

Data Center Divestiture Trend Continues with Verizon Data Center Sale to Equinix

Larger telecom carriers have entered a data center divestiture stage, with Verizon as the latest example. Data center operator Equinix will buy 24 data center sites from Verizon for $3.6 billion in cash. The 24 sites consist of 29 data center buildings in 15 metro markets. Equinix is a leading data center operator with a...Learn More

Consolidated FairPoint Merger to Create Top Ten Fiber Provider in the U.S.

An announced Consolidated FairPoint merger will create the ninth largest fiber provider in the U.S., according to company executives. The transaction is part of a rapidly consolidating broadband industry where carriers are looking to build scale and acquire fiber infrastructure. By acquiring FairPoint, Consolidated will double its pro forma revenue and EBITDA. The total transaction...Learn More

MBBF: 5G Future is About Digitizing the World, Once and For All

The migration to a 5G future is already underway and it’s going to be different than previous wireless generation migrations. Much different. That was a key theme at Huawei’s Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), held last week in Tokyo. Seizing the true business opportunity amongst the great hype machine generated by 5G will be paramount. There...Learn More