2016: A Big Year for Telecom M&A

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The past year was a big one for telecom M&A. Telecompetitor covered more than two dozen mergers and acquisitions in 2016 and they involved numerous facets of the industry. Here’s a summary of key trends and how they are reshaping the communications service provider playing...Learn More

Breaking with DOCSIS 3.1 Cablecos, Altice FTTH Plans Include Path to 10 Gbps

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While some of the largest U.S. cable companies are looking primarily to DOCSIS 3.1 to support gigabit broadband deployments, Altice USA has opted instead to deploy fiber-to-the-home, which it says will support speeds up to 10 Gbps. A five-year Altice FTTH rollout plan announced today...Learn More

Altice Cablevision Purchase Completed; Investment Plans Include New CPE, WiFi

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Cable industry consolidation continues with the Altice Cablevision purchase completed yesterday. The news comes just weeks after completion of a deal that made Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks part of Charter Communications. Altice is now the fourth largest U.S. cable operator, having previously...Learn More

FCC Approval for Charter TWC Bright House Merger Received

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FCC approval for Charter TWC Bright House merger plans, announced late Friday, means the deal could close soon. The only remaining hurdle is the California Public Utilities Commission, which is expected to vote to approve the deal this week. Charter’s plan to acquire Time Warner...Learn More

Dual-Use Public-Private Wi-Fi Forecast: 366 Million Routers in Use by 2020

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At least 1 in 3 home routers will be used as public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2017 as the global installed base of such dual-use routers grows to reach 366 million by year-end 2020, according to a Juniper Research dual-use public-private Wi-Fi forecast. Dual-use routers can...Learn More

Cablevision, Viacom Reach Settlement on Forced Programming Carriage Lawsuit

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One aspect of the video business that causes much friction between video service providers (VSPs) and programmers is forced programming carriage of channels, creating bloated channel line-ups. Media conglomerates who own multiple channels want VSPs to carry many or most of their channels, paying a...Learn More

With Cablevision Acquisition, European Conglomerate Altice to be Major U.S. Broadband Player

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The Netherlands based Altice continues its move into the U.S. broadband and cable market with news today that they are acquiring New York based Cablevision in a $17.7 billion deal. Altice will pay $34.90 per share for Cablevision and the deal has already been approved...Learn More

Moffett: AT&T FTTH Commitment is Bad News for Cablecos

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Pending approval of its DirecTV acquisition, AT&T’s commitment to a major expansion of its fiber-to-the-premises network could create some major challenges for cable companies, notes Craig Moffett, senior analyst for financial research firm Moffett Nathanson in a research note issued this week. Last week an...Learn More

ACSI: Pay-TV, ISP Customer Satisfaction Declines

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U.S. customers are less satisfied with pay-TV and Internet providers than they were last year at this time, according to the latest University of Michigan ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) report. Customer satisfaction with pay-TV services provided by the likes of Comcast and Time Warner...Learn More

Cablevision Offers Hulu Plus, Courts Cord Cutters Again

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Cablevision is wasting no time in addressing the cord cutting trend. They recently launched a cord cutter targeted bundle of broadband and Wi-Fi, packaged with a digital antenna for off-air broadcast channels. They were the first traditional cable company to launch HBO NOW. You can...Learn More

Cablevision Cord Cutter Package Reveals Shifting Attitudes

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Cablevision, the New York based MSO with operations in the New York City metro area, has introduced an interesting package targeting cord cutters and cord ‘neverers.’ The package from this traditional cable TV provider offers no cable TV services and in fact, encourages customers to...Learn More

MagicJack magicApp Premium: Stand-Alone Mobile OTT Voice and Text

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MagicJack VocalTec has launched a mobile over-the-top voice and text offering that lets iOS devices place calls using cellular data or Wi-Fi for $1.99 monthly or $14.99 for a year. To use the offering customers download the company’s magicApp Premium app. The offering includes a...Learn More

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