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Telecom Tidbits #2435

May 16, 2016

A lot going on (especially with M&A). The FCC approved the Charter-TWC-BHN merger, despite being fined for blocking third-party modems.

Frontier says that the 30K people affected by the transition (and who still have issues) will get credits and should get over it as 30K represents less than 1% of their customers. The Florida Attorney General jumped on the PR bandwagon to wag her finger at Frontier.

Why Did Google Add Landline?

April 14, 2016

Google decided that they needed to add voice to offer a triple-play. So for $10 you can have a landline equivalent. I have a bunch of questions.

One, if you only have 120,000 subscribers*, do you think that not having triple-play was the problem?

The INCOMPAS Mission

April 13, 2016

INCOMPAS still has a mission in DC. At the east coast show in Washington, FCC Chairman Wheeler came to talk to the association and its members with a message that we still need Competition.

He says that as Charter is set to eat two cablecos to become almost as large as Comcast. After AT&T just bought DirecTV.

Telecom Tidbits (Part 2432)

April 11, 2016

VoIP and QoS

Patton started embedding PacketSmart into its SmartNode VoIP CPE. Considering the quality issues on broadband, this is a good move.

Crappy call quality on cell phones lowered the bar enough that VoIP was able to take over on the wireline side.

Frontier Takes Over in Tampa (Cluster)

April 1, 2016

So folks in Tampa Bay woke up to no bars on AT&T cellular service. Hmmm... is it because AT&T back-hauled some towers or small cell sites with Verizon FiOS perhaps?

Verizon FiOS business customers scattered throughout the Tampa Bay area this morning are without service as the IP Address re-numbering begins.

20 Years and what?

February 10, 2016

So we are at the 20 year anniversary of the Telecom Act of 1996. So many companies have come and gone. So many billions have been invested. And yet the largest telecom providers are Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.

Telco Troubles, Clec Version

January 6, 2016

You forget how many CLECs there are in the US until you check a PUC list like Texas.

The big names in the channel are Birch, Level3, Zayo, EarthLink, TelePacific, XO, WIND, Integra, Mettel, Granite, Bullseye, C-Link, AireSpring, Broadview, GTT. Lot of varying business models in that list alone.

The copper retirement issue is front and center for CLECs (see this Fierce piece).

Are the Telcos in Deep Trouble?

January 6, 2016

When you bet the farm on cellular things may not go as planned, especially when you are spending $9B a year on the network alone.

"Verizon ended the fourth quarter with 108.2 million total retail connections and 102.1 million total retail postpaid connections," according to Fierce. At an ARPU of $51.55 according to this site. That is $5.58 Billion per month!

End of Year Summary (Tidbits part 2426)

December 31, 2015

Lots of lists and best of posts out there. I am just going to run through the tidbits that I thought were interesting.

Citrix bought the auto-attendant in the cloud company, Grasshopper, earlier this year for about $161.5 M per 10Q filing. Grasshopper revenue was about $50M if you consider ARPU of $11 and about 350K users.

The Commission Revenue Spiral

December 16, 2015

I received an email today about the channel strategy for 2016 for Windstream: WIND is NOT paying agents for any new order under $1500. I wrote about this when I first heard in October. No idea how this will work out, but train wreck comes to mind.

Windstream as a whole has had some much change - acquisitions, people, spin-offs - that I imagine there are no silly ideas in the conference room.

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