The Online Reporter Daily |16 Nov 2016|

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More confirmations of 5G’s speeds, service providers increasing broadband speeds and coverage and US pay TV services continue to lose pay TV subscribers – 1.3 million in 2016’s first three quarters.


Proximus Hits 70 Gbps with Huawei’s 5G Gear

Belgium’s Proximus says it has achieved speeds up to 70 Gbps in tests of 5G technology with Huawei equipment. Prior to deploying the full 5G, Proximus will in 2017 deploy in several area Huawei’s 4.5G gear that provides peak speeds up to 450 Mbps.

Related: Huawei & China Mobile Deploy Massive MIMO Cell Site that Reaches 72 Mbps up and 630 Mbps down


AT&T Launches All-fiber in 85 Cities in 20 Major Metros on Its Way to 12.5m Residences

By the end of November, AT&T Fiber will have launched in nearly 85 cities across 20 major metros:

Atlanta Charlotte Chicago Cleveland
Dallas Fresno Houston Jacksonville
Los Angeles & Orange County Miami Orlando Raleigh
San Antonio San Francisco St. Louis West Palm Beach

AT&T said, “We’re expanding availability of our 1 gigabit connection to more homes, apartments and small business locations on our 100% fiber network powered by AT&T Fiber. We’re launching a gigabit Internet connection to locations in 4 new major metros today:

Baton Rouge Birmingham
Charleston Reno

“That means the 100% fiber network powered by AT&T Fiber is available in 44 major metros nationwide. We plan to reach 67 overall. We are also expanding our 100% fiber network in 16 metros where we already launched. We have the largest fiber network across the 21 states where we offer home Internet service. We market our ultra-fast service to over 3 million locations, of which over 500,000 include apartments and condo units. We’re on track to meet the 12.5 million locations planned by mid-2019.”

The 12.5 million is the number that agreed to with the FCC in order for the FCC to approve its acquisition of DirecTV, the US’s largest pay TV service, which AT&T is using to replace its failed U-Verse pay TV service.

Related: AT&T Names Next 11 Metro Areas to Get Gigabit Fiber


BT Doubles Its FTTP Speeds to 1 Gbps

Openreach, BT’s wholesale network business, will more than double the speeds available over its Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network from up to 330 Mbps down to up to one Gbps down. BT’s FTTP network passes more than 327,000 homes and businesses. All broadband services can sell the service – and all under the same prices, terms and conditions. BT says its FTTP network will double in size over the next 12 months and pass up to two million premises by the end of 2020. BT has publicly committed to offering ultrafast speeds to up to 12 million UK premises, also by 2020, using all-fiber and partial-fiber networks.

On December 6, BT Openreach will start offering two more wholesale FTTP plans that are mainly aimed at small and medium size businesses:

  •  Up to 500Mbps product down and up to 165 Mbps up
  •  Up to 1Gbps down and up to 220 Mbps up

BT’s FTTP plans go from 40/2Mbps for the wholesale rate of £15.29 per month to 1Gbps/220Mbps, for the wholesale rate of £80.00 per month.

Related: BT Avoids Having to Spin-off Openreach


US Pay TV Services Have Lost a Record 1.3m Subscribers in Three Quarters

US pay TV services lost 430,000 subscribers in Q3, which brings the total year-to-date losses to a record 1.3 million subscribers, according to SNL Kagan. Last week MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett said the US pay TV companies lost 483,000 in the quarter.

SNL Kagan said that cablecos lost “only” 94,000 pay TV subscribers in Q3 – half of what they lost in Q3 2015 – and called it their best performance in 10 years.

Satcos added 46,000 subscribers but that was because AT&T has been switching its AT&T U-verse subscribers to its DirecTV service.

AT&T’s decision to push DirecTV to its U-verse subscribers caused the telcos’ pay TV to lose 382,000 subscribers in Q3. Telcos have lost 1.2 million subscribers so far this year.

The increasing popularity of pay TV that’s delivered over-the-top showed as SNL Kagan estimated that Dish’s Sling TV added 925,000 subscribers the 12 months ending September 30.

Related: Millennials Won’t ‘Grow Out’of Their Preferences for OTT


Sony Pictures to Use Nokia’s VR & 3D capable OZO Camera

Sony Pictures will use Nokia’s $45,000 OZO virtual camera to create professional quality 3D 360 content – both 360 content and to livestream their own events. A separate 500 GB media module sells for $2,500. The OZO shoots at 2K x 2K resolution per sensor. Pete Wood, SVP of digital sales at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, said, “Nokia’s OZO camera and its suite of professional tools are an excellent solution for content creators because they seamlessly integrate into established production processes and workflows, and enable the real time capture and broadcast of VR content.” Walt Disney Studios was the first major studio to select the OZO and has used it shoot marketing videos for “The Jungle Book” and a concert featuring Pink at the premiere of “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

Related: ‘Nascent’ Virtual Reality Will Get a Big Boost from User-Generated Content


Looking for a Black Friday Bargain?

Amazon is selling the 40-inch Samsung UN40KU6290FXZA (2016 Model) 4K Ultra HD smart TV with HDR for $399.99 plus $68 shipping.

Walmart is selling the 55-inch Samsung 6300 Series 4K Ultra HD with HDR Smart TV (Model UN55KU6300) for $747.

If you can wait, there’ll be even better buys on Cyber Monday November 28.


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