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Telecom Tidbits (#2449)

March 21, 2017

Telecom is still broken. Ordering a 1GB Internet port in a Lit building has turned from a 2 week turn up to a 100-day pain in the ass.

In cable news, you get a site survey done supposedly before quoting. You get the quote; give it to the customer who says Yes. You get paperwork; customer signs paperwork.

Will 5G Break Wireline Broadband?

March 21, 2017

Pay TV is in turmoil due to cord cutting. Retail is in upheaval due to changing buying habits as well as a transition in how people spend free time.

"The U.S. (and the world) is in the midst of a sea change in how we spend our leisure time.

The Cost of Competition

February 6, 2017

As the new FCC enters a pro-Big Boy era (again), competition will not be a word we will hear often. Consolidation is making it hard to find more than one carrier in a building. - or a territory.

The Age of the CLEC - the competitive carrier - is at end.

Verizon Now Courting Cable

January 26, 2017

Is it because the top 3 cable companies are launching an MVNO business? Or is it because AT&T bought DirecTV and now TimeWarner? Or is it because last year Verizon had a net loss of 282,000 Broadband Customers? Why is Verizon reportedly courting to buy a cable company?

Will Amazon Disrupt the Channel?

November 30, 2016

Amazon has been selling Comcast services for a while. Now they added Frontier residential services to the page. What's next?

Like Tech Data's TD Mobility, Amazon already offers cellular plans from many cellcos as well as a wide selection of devices.

The Next Two Revenue Streams

November 23, 2016

AT&T is buying TimeWarner. Verizon bought AOL and is buying Yahoo. Comcast invested $200M in BuzzFeed. AT&T and DISH are "partnering to acquire INVIDI Technologies. Ad agency WPP is also part of the deal, which gives AT&T a controlling interest in the addressable advertising technology firm."

Content and ad money is the only area of growth for the Duopoly.

An analyst is projected that Cable companies will be the Incumbent Phone company in 2017 due to the number of cable phone lines sold compared to telco.

10 Years of Telco Hubris

November 18, 2016

The year was 2005. The place was the Supreme Court for the Brand-X case. Cable won. Internet was deemed an information service that did not have to be shared.

As the Telecom World Spins

November 4, 2016

It is happening so fast. Here's this week in M&A:

CenturyLink just sold off its data center business that was a combo of Qwest Cyber Centers and SAVVIS to a group of PE firms for $2.15B in cash and C-Link keeps a minority stake worth $150M in the new company. CL bought Savvis for $2.5B in 2011.

Musings on Ma Bell

October 26, 2016

On my other blog, I linked to two WSJ graphics that show all of the consolidation in telecom. There is also a link to the fact that 6 companies own 90% of the media in the US. Consolidation under Obama has been unfettered.

I wonder back to when AT&T tried to buy T-Mobile in 2011.

2 Big Mergers and a Smaller One

October 24, 2016

In 2000, AOL bought Time Warner for $164 Billion, an outrageous amount of money fueled by the dot com bubble. It was the worst merger in history. AOL was spun off in 2009 and was acquired by Verizon in 2015 for $4.4 Billion. Now, AT&T is looking to buy Time Warner for $85 Billion ($109B with debt included).

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