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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AT&T Fiber Locations Approach 5 Million, Launches 8 New Markets

AT&T fiber locations now reach 52 major metro markets, with the addition of 8 new markets, the company announced today. AT&T markets their gigabit service as AT&T Internet 1000 in these fiber fed locations, which began in Austin, Texas in 2013. The new markets include Dayton, Ohio; Macon, Georgia; Madison, Wisconsin; Monterey-Salinas, California; Savannah, Georgia;...Learn More

Huawei: Video is Broadband’s Dial Tone

Video is now equivalent to ‘basic service’ according to Huawei, who outlined a growing vision for the video opportunity at their recent Global Industry Analyst Summit last week in Shenzhen, China. Huawei sees a carrier global video market opportunity of over $1 trillion (USD). That opportunity includes traditional entertainment video services as the biggest opportunity,...Learn More

Moffett: At the End of the Day, Cable Industry 5G May Prevail Over All Others

Speaking at the WiFI Now Conference (Tysons Corner, Va) today, leading telecom industry analyst Craig Moffett had some pretty provocative statements regarding wireless, including suggesting that cable industry 5G efforts may ultimately win, even over wireless carriers. Moffett postulates this idea, while also criticizing the cable industry for not being more aggressive in the recent...Learn More

Verizon Preps for 5G with $1 Billion+ Next Generation Optical Fiber Purchase

In prep for the next generation optical fiber backbone necessary for the deployment of 5G, Verizon has agreed to a minimum purchase agreement with Corning worth at least $1.05 billion. The purchase includes fiber optic cabling and associated hardware. The deal calls for Corning to provide up to 20 million kilometers (12.4 million miles) of...Learn More

Windstream Beefs Up Unified Communications Portfolio with Broadview Acquisition

Just on the heels of closing its EarthLink acquisition, Windstream adds even more cloud and unified communications horsepower to its growing business services focus with an announced Broadview acquisition. Windstream has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Rye Brook, N.Y. based provider of unified communications in an all cash deal for $227.5 million. The...Learn More

YouTube TV Launches, Joins Growing Field of vMVPD Cord Cutting Options

YouTube TV officially launched yesterday in several markets including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. More markets will come soon, according to a press release. YouTube TV is the latest of many OTT cord cutting options that closely resemble a traditional pay-TV service. These services have come to be known...Learn More

AT&T Free HBO Promotion Gives Premium Channel to Unlimited Wireless Customers

A new announced AT&T free HBO promotion ups the ante for the ongoing unlimited wireless wars. AT&T will now give unlimited wireless plus plan subscribers a complimentary subscription to HBO Go, the streaming version of the popular premium channel. The AT&T free HBO promotion applies to AT&T wireless unlimited customers, whether or not they subscribe...Learn More

Liberty Interactive Buys GCI of Alaska

Liberty Interactive will buy GCI of Alaska in a somewhat complex reorganization plan. GCI provides wireless and triple play services throughout the state of Alaska, with reach into the continental U.S. as well. Liberty Interactive is part of cable pioneer John Malone’s empire, which includes Liberty Broadband and Liberty Ventures. “This transaction with Liberty Interactive...Learn More

Comcast Expands Xfinity Prepaid Internet Offer, Partners with Boost Mobile

Prepaid Internet options are on the rise, as Comcast announced footprint-wide availability of their Xfinity Prepaid Internet service, targeting poor credit and “unbanked” market segments. Verizon announced a Fios prepaid Internet offer earlier this month. The service offers Internet access without the need for a credit check and doesn’t require any contract. Customers are required...Learn More

Report: Rural OTT Usage Lower than the National Average

New market research suggests rural OTT usage is lower than the national average, maybe significantly so. A key finding of the research, commissioned by Innovative Systems, is that 82% of rural households subscribe to pay-TV, which is in-line with national averages, but just 34% of rural households regularly stream OTT content. According to a 2016...Learn More

OTT Wars Just Got More Interesting, Xfinity Instant TV Now on Deck

Comcast will soon launch a new streaming TV service, Xfinity Instant TV, according to a Reuters report. While not a nationwide OTT streaming service, Xfinity Instant TV will add an interesting dynamic to the growing competitive OTT streaming marketplace. Xfinity Instant TV will be a managed streaming IPTV service, initially offered to Comcast in-market broadband...Learn More

Verizon Fios 4K UHD Trials Underway

Verizon is prepping for Fios 4K UHD video delivery, through a UHD trial with satellite transport firm SES. The trial will help Verizon eventually offer the next generation of HD programming to Fios TV customers throughout the U.S., according to a press release announcing the trial. The trial involves Verizon receiving and testing pre-packaged Ultra...Learn More

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