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.

Bernie can be reached at bernie@pivot-media.com



Sprint Gigabit LTE is Born, First Commercial Launch in New Orleans

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A new mobile broadband experience took place in New Orleans yesterday, with the unveiling of Sprint Gigabit LTE, the company reports. The new service, which is seen as an evolutionary step towards 5G, delivers much faster mobile broadband, with some caveats. Sprint and its technology partners, Qualcomm and Motorola, say this is the first commercial...Learn More

Hargray Communications Sold to Private Investment Group

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Regional carrier Hargray Communications has agreed to be sold to an investment group led by the Tom Pritzker Family Business Interests. Redwood Capital Investments and Stephens Capital Partners are also participating in the all-cash transaction. Hargray Communications operates a regional network, headquartered in South Carolina, and serves Hilton Head Island, among other markets. They operate...Learn More

RSNs on OTT Growth Continues as Sling TV Nabs Comcast/NBC Regional Sports Networks

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Sling TV announced carriage of select Comcast/NBC regional sports networks (RSNs), contributing to a trend of RSNs on OTT growth. RSNs are popular and important to sports loving subscribers who want coverage of local and regional teams. But they come at a cost. Usually a big one. Sling TV will gain rights to CSN California,...Learn More

YouTube TV OTT Service Reveals Channel Line-Up, Latest to Take on Pay-TV Industry

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Google introduced a new YouTube TV OTT service yesterday that will offer a streaming channel line-up with some interesting features, taking on traditional pay-TV providers. A YouTube TV OTT service is the latest so called virtual MVPD service, which offers a comparable pay-TV service, but delivered over-the-top and generally less expensive than cable, IPTV, and...Learn More

New AT&T Unlimited Wireless Plans Aim to Leverage Unique Position in Wireless and Pay-TV

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AT&T tweaked its unlimited wireless data plans over the weekend, including adding a video bundle for both traditional pay-TV and OTT offers. The new AT&T unlimited wireless plans now have two categories, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Choice. Starting at $90/month for a single line, or $145/month for multi-line, AT&T’s Unlimited Plus plan includes a $25...Learn More

Welcome Uniti Group Whose First Move is to Acquire Regional Carrier Hunt Telecom

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Hunt Telecom of Louisiana will become a part of Uniti Group, the new name of the former Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L). Uniti will pay $170 million for the regional fiber provider who specializes in the E-rate program, providing access to the K-12 vertical. Hunt Telecom, which calls itself the largest privately owned telecom carrier...Learn More

First Verizon 5G Markets Announced, Service Set to Roll by Mid 2017

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The first Verizon 5G markets were announced today, and the carrier says they hope to launch pre-standard 5G service by mid-year. Eleven markets were identified and Verizon will initially focus on fixed wireless broadband service to homes, with a ‘fiber replacement’ type service. The identified Verizon 5G markets include Ann Arbor; Atlanta; Bernardsville (NJ); Brockton...Learn More

Lumos Networks Acquisition is Latest Regional Fiber Network Grab

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A Lumos Networks acquisition by investment firm EQT highlights an ongoing land grab of sorts for regional fiber networks. EQT will buy Lumos Networks for $950 million in an all cash deal. Lumos Networks operates an 8,985 route mile fiber network in 24 markets across the mid-Atlantic region. That network connects 1,636 total FTTC connections,...Learn More

Calix, Northpower Fibre Claim World’s First Live NG-PON2 Demo, Delivers Multi Wavelength 10 Gbps

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A live NG-PON2 demo is taking place in New Zealand, delivering 10 Gbps connectivity across Northpower Fibre’s network, reports broadband access gear provider Calix.  This represents the first live demonstration of the next-generation FTTP technology on a commercial network in the world, according to the companies. Northpower Fibre is an open access provider of broadband...Learn More

Verizon Relents, Introduces Verizon Unlimited Plan

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In what may well be the latest example of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them,’ Verizon will launch a Verizon unlimited data plan on Monday February 13th. Verizon joins T-Mobile and Sprint, who have used unlimited data plans very effectively as a clear differentiator between them and Verizon and AT&T. Verizon Unlimited Plan Details...Learn More

Will CenturyLink Ditch IPTV Too? OTT’s Appeal May Sink Prism TV

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CenturyLink executives had some blunt talk on their 4Q16 earnings call regarding their IPTV product Prism TV. Its days may be numbered. CenturyLink execs, including CEO Glen Post, expressed a preference for an OTT offer over Prism TV, due to OTT’s lower cost structure. If CenturyLink does ditch Prism TV, it won’t be an industry...Learn More

TDS Signs LOI for Municipal Broadband Acquisition, Adds Fuel to Debate

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TDS announced its intent for a municipal broadband acquisition from Sun Prairie Utilities of Sun Prairie, Wisc. A non-binding letter of intent gives TDS ownership and management of the fiber network constructed by Sun Prairie. “SPU has built a strong fiber broadband network and has worked hard to expand broadband capacity in Sun Prairie for...Learn More