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No Good Retail Pricing Options for One Small Telco

Ogden, Utah is a one-square-mile town with about 823 households, Ogden Telephone Company is the entity providing fixed network communications services to “over 1500 households and businesses” in Boone County, with internet access speeds up to 200 Mbps, costing between $30 a month for 3-Mbps service up to $330 a month for the 200 Mbps version.
Residential phone service retails for about $30, after the taxes and fees. The firm also provides video subscriptions, supplied over a fiber-to-home network. And there is no local cable TV operator competing for customer attention.
Apparently, customers not choosing a bundle including voice service now have to pay an $80 fee. Other telcos seem to “solve” their revenue problems in similar ways, charging more money per-unit for purchases of “naked internet service” without voice than for a bundle including two or three services.
Sometimes, especially on promotional plans, the cost of buying voice service is low enough to entice customers to buy a tr…

What Verizon's Pole Attachment Stance Tells You

For every public purpose there are corresponding private interests. Consider pole attachments.
Attackers generally support less-costly, simpler, faster processes for gaining the right to string communications cables on telephone and light poles. Incumbents generally oppose such moves, as faster, easier, cheaper pole attachments mean more potential competition, faster.
Of course, interests are not simple. Cable TV companies, which once were attackers, argued for simpler pole attachments, until they became incumbents. Now the tier-one cable companies oppose “one touch make ready” and other measures to ease the process of creating an access network.
But even in the tier-one incumbent arena, business interests vary. AT&T generally opposes such measures, while Verizon now supports easier pole attachments. There is a simple reason. AT&T has the largest fixed network footprint, and so is an incumbent in much of the United States.
Verizon, in contrast, serves a relatively small portio…

With 60-MHz Channels, Sprint Expects 3 Gbps to 6 Gbps Per Sector

Sprint plans to deploy Massive (multiple input, multiple output) MIMO radios with 128 antenna elements in its 2.5 GHz spectrum to increase capacity to reach 3 Gbps to 6 Gbps per sector on its 4G network, Sprint notes.
When deployed on the network, Massive MIMO can provide all mobile device users with performance improvements, and those with the latest generation of devices with the most antenna elements will see the best performance.
In recent field testing, Massive MIMO Samsung radios, equipped with vertical and horizontal beam-forming technology, reached peak speeds of 330 Mbps per channel using a 20 MHz channel of 2.5 GHz spectrum.
Capacity per channel increased about four times, cell edge performance increased three times, and overall coverage area improved as compared to current radios.

With 60-MHz channels, Sprint believes it will be able to boost capacity up to 6 Gbps per tower sector.

Millimeter Wave Moves to "Permissionless Innovation" Model

There are many ways spectrum use is moving away from command and control methods of allocation in the U.S. and other markets. As with Wi-Fi, spectrum users now are allowed rather wide flexibility of use case, devices and business models.
In other ways, spectrum sharing now contributes to that trend. The Citizens Broadband Radio Service allows blocks of spectrum to be shared between primary license holders and commercial secondary users, plus tertiary users who have best effort access on the Wi-Fi model.
TV white spaces systems use databases to allocate users and avoid interference, without fixed rules about who may use specific blocks of spectrum, and when.
As millimeter wave spectrum is released for commercial use, the Federal Communications Commission will issue flexible-use licenses as well as release huge amounts of unlicensed spectrum.
Flexible-use licenses will allow licensees to continue to innovate. Without the requirement to use particular technologies or supply particular app…

Disruption Takes Scale

Sometimes markets work. As unhappy as U.S. consumers seem always to have been with linear video services, the advent of the over the top framework is going to solve the “choice” problem. Some (industry suppliers, for example) might argue there is not a problem, given the historically high buy rates, which approached 90 percent of all homes at product peak.
At the same time, even as they bought the product at very-high rates, virtually all surveys suggested that consumers were dissatisfied. They bought, but seemed to dislike buying.
The explanation is that they had no real choice. True, they could switch from cable to satellite to telco, but the basic offers were quite similar, and there has not been too much price differentiation. Programming contracts account for much of the sameness, while “cost of goods” accounts for the roughly uniform pricing.
OTT video now offers significant choice, and more is coming. In fact, even some providers of linear TV now say the product cannot be sold …

Thailand to Provide 10 Mbps Village Internet Access for $1.47 a Month

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Thailand will connect 3,920 border villages across 62 provinces by mid-2018, providing the core network as well as one or more Wi-Fi distribution points in those villages offering end users 10 Mbps internet access service starting at 50 baht (US$1.47) per month, with unlimited data usage.

source: NBTC

Yes, Video Entertainment Revenue Easily Could Drop by Half

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With the caveat that much could, and will, happen as the subscription video business switches to an over the top model, it already is possible to predict that as much as half of current subscription revenues could be lost over a decade.
Already, consumers can spend 40 percent less, using a bundle of OTT services, compared to a standard linear video subscription, according to Federal Communications Commission data.
Those fees likely do not include the add ons (taxes, fees, box rentals, outlet charges) that increase an average bill closer to $103 a month.
Indeed, much of the total cost of a video subscription comes from regulatory fees, taxes and rental charges for equipment a consumer does not need when using a streaming, over the top approach. All of that can easily add up to as much as 30 percent of the total monthly bill, beyond the advertised subscription cost.
OTT streaming does not require rental of one or more cable TV decoders ($10 each, per month), additional outlets ($10 each,…