US Telecom Industry Undergoing Massive Changes

By Charles Hall

The telecom industry has been radically and forever changed by several recent acquisitions – a process the industry calls consolidation.

  • Pay TV king Comcast bought NBCUniversal, which showed that a content distributor is well-served to own its own content production sources. Comcast has also been upgrading its entire broadband network to gigabit speeds and begun building a near-nationwide Wi-Fi-First network that its users can access for free to watch content, make low-cost Wi—Fi and cellular phone calls and use for other Internet activities such as browsing and texting.
  • AT&T acquired DirecTV, the US’ largest – and some say the best – pay TV service that wirelessly beams live TV channels, including 4K, to its subscribers. AT&T has also offered to buy Time Warner, one of the world’s biggest and best content producers – with everything from HBO to CNN to a major Hollywood studio. AT&T is phasing out its wireline U-verse pay TV service and making up for its failure to build all-fiber networks throughout its wireline footprint by beginning to deploy fixed wireless broadband to MDUs that are both inside and outside its wireline footprint. Initially it is currently using millimeter wave technology to reach the MDU but will likely use the upcoming 5G over the long term. It can use either G.fast or MoCA within the MDU to connect the rooftop receiver to each residence in the MDU. 5G will also be used to connect standalone residences that are close to each other…

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