Top 5 Tech Articles You Might’ve Missed - Week of November 17, 2014

21 Nov 2014

This week, Multichannel News reported that RCN plans to launch a new high-speed Internet service in New York City this December, which will deliver speeds up to 330 Mbps down by 20 Mbps upstream and will be powered by an ARRIS-made Touchstone Data Gateway with integrated Wi-Fi.

Separately, ZDNet included comments from Joshua Eum, ARRIS’s Asia-Pacific chief technology officer, on NBN Co’s hybrid fibre-coxial (HFC) cable networks. At Tuesday’s CommsDay NBN Rebooted event in Sydney, Eum stated that NBN Co's multi-technology mix strategy has given a "new lease of life" to HFC.

In other industry news, CED reported the results of a newly released Infonetics report indicating that over-the-top (OTT) pay-TV revenues will reach $10 billion by 2018. The report also noted that the overall global pay-TV market totaled $117 billion in the first half of 2014, a four percent increase over the same period in 2013. Also, Advanced Television highlighted a recent study from Parks Associates that found that pay-TV adoption in broadband households has reached 86 percent in Germany and 78 percent in the UK.

Finally, Broadband Technology Report examines operators’ shift to ‘content curation’ – the selection and presentation of content relevant to a specific consumer – in an effort to alleviate the complexity consumers often face when selecting what OTT content to watch.

Check back next week for the latest industry news.

  1. RCN Gets Down With 330-Meg Broadband In NYC (Nov. 18) By Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News: Taking aim at Time Warner Cable’s new 300 Mbps (downstream) broadband offering, RCN is launching a new high-speed Internet service in New York City that will deliver speeds up to 330 Mbps down by 20 Mbps upstream.
  2. NBN Co’s plan for HFC networks can work: Arris (Nov. 18) By Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet: Despite concerns that if NBN Co took the hybrid fibre-coxial (HFC) cable networks of Telstra and Optus, the network would not be able to provide and support appropriate speeds, particularly for uploads, Joshua Eum, Asia-Pacific chief technology officer of US telco equipment manufacturing company Arris, has argued otherwise.
  3. OTT pay-TV revenue to hit $10b by 2018 (Nov. 20) By Mike Robuck, CED: Over-the-top pay-TV revenues will increase from $6 billion this year to more than $10 billion by 2018.
  4. Pay-TV in 78% of UK broadband homes (Nov. 19) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: Parks Associates has published research showing pay-TV adoption in Germany and the UK has reached 86 per cent and 78 per cent of broadband households, respectively.
  5. Video Paradox: Scads of Content, But Nothing’s On (Nov. 19) By Monta Monaco Hernon, Broadband Technology Report: With the increasing amount of video content available to consumers across an array of sources, operators know that the would-be viewer comment, "Nothing's on," really means it just can't be found.
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