According to the latest edition of Telecompaper’s quarterly Dutch Broadband report, revenues from fiber broadband services increased in Q1 by nearly 17% thanks to strong subscriber growth in the past year. Fiber accounted for over 23% of market revenues in Q1, slightly higher than its 21.4% share of broadband subscribers at the end of March 2020.
The report found that total revenues from mass-market broadband services in The Netherlands rose nearly 8% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020 to €562 million. Revenue growth was much higher than the annual increase in subscribers, after most of the main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) increased prices in the past year.
Cable broadband services also revealed double-digit revenue growth, with an increase of 13% year-on-year in Q1. Cable revenue growth accelerated from the third quarter of 2019, following price increases last summer at most ISPs.
IT services at Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) are now running at groundbreaking speeds of five Gigabits per second (Gbps), thanks to a future proofing digital transformation delivered by CityFibre and local Internet Service Provider (ISP) Boxx Communications.
MKUH approached CityFibre and Boxx about joining Milton Keynes’ citywide full fiber network in late 2019 after its legacy network became too slow and unreliable to support important hospital activities like admin and staff training, as well as IT system upgrades.
Now, with its own full fiber connection and broadband services, MKUH’s patients, 100 plus departments and 5,500 staff have the infrastructure and connectivity they need to enjoy efficient and seamless access to systems and hospital-wide Wi-Fi. Crucially, the platform will also make it possible for the hospital to adopt new digital tools that can transform services for all.
“Data is required by everyone and in all places in a hospital environment, and accessing this data quickly and easily in a safe and reliable manner is essential. Thanks to CityFibre and Boxx, we have been able to improve the way our staff work and the care they can offer to the people of Milton Keynes,” said Ollie Chandler, Head of IT Infrastructure at MKUH.
Cable operators are set to embrace network virtualization and the use of “light touch,” automation techniques at a much larger scale in the wake of the pandemic, according to CommScope’s Regional Vice President (RVP).
When lockdowns start to loosen and more normal patterns of network usage return, the cable industry should witness heightened usage of remote-based network models, Dave Keane-Mirajkar said last week during a keynote on network virtualization at a Light Reading event.
“There’s a new normal being established at the moment,” he added.
Keane-Mirajkar continue to say that although usage demand has settled down of late, operators will increasingly turn to virtualization techniques to dial up capacity in the post-pandemic world.
India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has revealed it is set to operationalize a dashboard for tracking progress of national broadband growth targets across key metrics. Planned to be across all states and union territories, metrics include data speeds, optic fiber rollouts, tower installations and fiberisation amid an upsurge in internet consumption in the times of COVID-19.
The DoT is targeting a combination of 100% broadband connectivity across villages, 55% fiberisation of mobile towers, average broadband speeds of 25 mbps and 30 lakh kms of optic fiber rollouts by December 2022. By December 2024, it is looking at 70% fiberisation of towers, average broadband speeds of 50 Mbps and 50 lakh kms of optic fiber rollouts at a pan-India level.
Parks Associates research has revealed that US broadband households have an average of 12 connected devices, which will increase to 20 by 2025. This will create opportunities for service providers and manufacturers to deploy new value-added services to support the home network and all its devices.
“The number of connected devices in the home is increasing just as people are adding strain to the home network with more work-at-home and video streaming activities,” said Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, at Parks Associates. “Consumers regularly deal with frustrating Wi-Fi experiences and also have widespread concern about their vulnerability to data security and privacy threats. Even as household spending starts to shrink, consumers recognize the need to secure and optimize their connectivity solutions and value a holistic solution that can deliver on safety and performance.”