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.

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AT&T Steps Up its Home Wi-Fi Performance Game

Improving the in-home Wi-Fi experience has become ‘table stakes’ in the competitive broadband marketplace. Service providers of all shapes and sizes are focused on improving home Wi-Fi performance, or face the wrath of their subscribers and the added operational costs it produces. AT&T is no different and the introduction of the AT&T Smart Wi-Fi Extender...Learn More

FirstNet Gets a New Look

A new FirstNet visual identity was unveiled by AT&T today. It marks the next phase of the FirstNet initiative, with all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 U.S. territories now all on board. The process has taken considerable time, and has not been without controversy. FirstNet, or a nationwide interoperable public safety network,...Learn More

CenturyLink Rural Broadband Expansion Includes 600K Additional Locations

An additional 600K homes and businesses in rural markets are connected to broadband thanks to funding from the Connect America Fund (CAF) for CenturyLink rural broadband expansion, the company announced today. The carrier committed to the FCC CAF II program in 2015, accepting $3 billion, or $500 million annually for six years. CenturyLink rural broadband...Learn More

Sprint and Cox Forge Strategic Partnership for Network Densification

A new Sprint Cox deal will allow Sprint to leverage Cox’s infrastructure for network densification. Sprint will utilize Cox’s network for additional macrocell backhaul and small cell deployments which are key for 4G and 5G deployments. Details are a little sketchy, but this Sprint Cox deal is the result of a settlement from a patent...Learn More

Analyst: Verizon 5G Fixed Wireless Competitive Threat is Modest at Best

A research note from New Street Research throws a little cold water on a potential 5G fixed wireless competitive threat to cable broadband. Verizon is expected to launch the fixed wireless service later this year in 3 to 5 markets, including Sacramento, Calif., a Comcast market. Verizon has stated they see the broadband opportunity for...Learn More

Starry Internet Expansion May Include 16 Additional Markets, Starts with Two

Fixed wireless ISP Starry Internet is expanding beyond their initial market of Boston, Mass. Next up, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, the start-up wireless carrier announced in a blog post. Eventually, Starry Internet expansion could include 14 additional markets. Starry Internet announced their intentions to disrupt the broadband ISP business just about a year ago....Learn More

5G Race Accelerates With AT&T Mobile 5G Plans Announced for Late 2018

AT&T mobile 5G plans will include launch of the next generation mobile broadband service in 12 markets by late 2018, the carrier announced today. The announcement marks an acceleration in the launch of mobile 5G services, which just a few months ago wasn’t expected until 2020. Early 5G use cases have focused on fixed wireless...Learn More

Verizon A+E Networks Deal Illustrates Growing Digital Reach

Verizon has spent the past few years spending billions of dollars on digital media brands including Aol and Yahoo, generating questions about strategy and monetization. A new Verizon A+E Networks deal sheds some light on these questions. News of a distribution deal between programmers like A+E and Verizon are pretty routine. Today’s announcement includes typical...Learn More

Samsung Officially Now a Part of Verizon 5G Launch Plans

Long a Verizon 5G pilot and trial partner, Samsung officially announced its role as a vendor player in Verizon 5G launch plans. Sacramento, Calif. will be the launch market for Verizon’s 5G service, which will initially focus on fixed wireless service for home broadband. The service is expected to launch in the second half of...Learn More

FirstNet Gains All 50 States After All

The national public safety network framework has now been solidified, with all 50 states opting in to FirstNet, the public-private partnership effort between AT&T and the U.S. Department of Commerce. FirstNet will build an interoperable $46 billion wireless broadband network for public safety use. Individual states had until December 28th to opt-in to the plan....Learn More

T-Mobile Enters Pay-TV Business with Layer3 Acquisition

In what T-Mobile CEO John Legere calls the next phase of their ‘un-carrier’ strategy, the wireless provider announced an acquisition of IPTV pay-TV provider Layer3. The acquisition catapults T-Mobile into the rapidly evolving video business. “People love their TV, but they hate their TV providers. And worse, they have no real choice but to simply...Learn More

Total Directv Now Subscribers Hits 1 Million, AT&T Announces OTT Enhancements

Total Directv Now subscribers have reached the 1 million mark, AT&T announced today. AT&T’s streaming OTT service provides a live channel line-up and video-on-demand, competing with a growing number of OTT alternatives to traditional pay-tv services. Directv Now is about a year old. There was an initial push that garnered 250K subscribers by year end...Learn More

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