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CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has named Las Vegas as the next location for its 1 Gbps-capable fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband service.
Beginning this fall, the service provider said it will deliver service to select residential and customers in “select Las Vegas neighborhoods.”
While it did not reveal pricing or if it’s going to also offer its Prism IPTV service over FTTH, the service provider plans to offer the service initially to residential customers and small businesses starting early next year.
Having already launched a 1 Gbps-capable fiber to the premises pilot that will serve 48,000 homes and businesses in Omaha, Neb., the service provider is not a FTTH novice. Eligible customers in Omaha will pay $150 for a standalone data service or $80 if they purchase a triple play bundle.
Las Vegas appears to be just one of a number of markets where it could build out FTTH services. In a press release, CenturyLink said it “intends to launch the service in additional communities into 2014.”
News of these FTTH plans comes on the heels of comments made by Stewart Ewing, CFO of CenturyLink during the recent Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2013 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference. During that event, he said the telco will use Omaha as a model it could replicate to deploy FTTH in other markets.
One of the questions that will likely arise about CenturyLink’s FTTH strategy is if it will make a similar move in markets where it is the incumbent telco such as Provo, Utah. The service provider protested Google Fiber’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) purchase of the struggling iProvo network and its plans to offer a 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband service to residential and business customers.
Fellow incumbent telco AT&T (NYSE: T), for one, has responded to the Google Fiber threat by launching its ‘GigaPower’ FTTH network in Austin, Texas. Beginning in December, the service provider will initially offer customers symmetrical speeds of up to 300 Mbps with the option to upgrade to 1 Gbps in mid-2014.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.–AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) envision a blended wireless and wireline service world, but regulatory executives from both telcos said during a policy keynote session at the TIA 2013 tradeshow that a lack of regulatory clarity in transitioning their legacy TDM networks to IP is a key barrier.
From left, Cicconi and Silliman (Images courtesy AT&T & Verizon)
“In 2009, the FCC set some very ambitious objectives, one of which was a complete shutdown of the TDM architecture and merge to IP by 2017,” said James W. Cicconi, senior executive vice president of external and legislative affairs for AT&T. “We’re here in 2013 and not a single thing that I can discern has been done to advance that objective.”
Cicconi said that he has gotten little, if any, guidance from the FCC on the next step.
And Craig Silliman, senior vice president of public policy for Verizon, said that while the telco has benefited from a “light touch” regulatory approach for advancing its wireless business, legacy voice service regulations have hindered its wireline moves.
Their comments come amidst the second week of a U.S. government shutdown that some analysts say could impact the FCC and other agencies’ agendas on technology policy. Interestingly, a number of key regulatory leaders including acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn cancelled their appearance at TIA 2013.
Unlike their deployments of wireless 4G LTE and the cable industry’s move to DOCSIS 3.0, Verizon and AT&T have to get the FCC’s permission to make changes to their legacy networks.
The FCC aims to shut down the TDM network by 2017. But AT&T, for one, previously announced it plans to turn off its TDM network by 2020.
In November 2012, the FCC issued a public notice proposing TDM to IP trials and sought comments. These trials were focused on examining the impact of IP transition areas like next-generation 911, transitioning consumers from wireline to wireless services, and interconnection of VoIP traffic that’s provided by incumbents and competitive providers.
At that time, AT&T filed a petition to conduct TDM to IP trials on two of its 4,500 wire centers.
“We’re sitting here a year later and somehow the FCC can’t get its mind around the concept of experimenting toward an objective they themselves set,” Cicconi said. “We’ve got some work to do in advancing this and I think it requires not just a modernization of regulations, but also a modernization of mindset at the agency to accept and recognize the changes that need to take place.”
Silliman said that Verizon’s wireline plans have been hindered by legacy voice regulations.
He cites how Google Fiber (Nasdaq: GOOG) nixed voice from its 1 Gbps FTTH service bundle in Kansas City because it would be subject to regulatory scrutiny.
“If you look at the example of when Google built fiber and decided they did not want to offer voice services, which are just an app, because they did not want to get entangled with the regulatory regime,” Silliman said. “That should be a wakeup call to policy makers all over the country.”
Silliman added that the regulatory restrictions of TDM-based voice could prevent other service providers from developing blended wireless and wireline services.
“How many decisions are being made every day in companies around the country that say ‘I could innovate on this fixed wireless/wireline convergence product, but it would mean we would have to adhere to fixed communications wireline carrier regulations?'” he said. “That has a huge chilling effect on investments so the real answer is how can you actually recognize the market and not having to micromanage that technology change?”
The telcos’ frustrations are echoed in an Internet Innovation Alliance report that says the federal government should remove outdated regulations that require telcos to maintain traditional switched copper networks.
Both AT&T and Verizon agreed that in addition to technology transition, the FCC should be flexible in its policy approach.
Cicconi said that while regulations are necessary, the FCC needs to align its rules with the issues service providers face today.
“I think we can all agree with what the president said, ‘we want smart regulation, not dumb regulation,’ but what we’re facing now are regulations designed for a very different set of problems,” he said. “The challenge for government is to rethink its mission from time to time and to modernize or update its approach.”
Cicconi added that the FCC realigned its methods to deal with new competition when it passed the 1996 Telecom Act.
Silliman agreed that regulations should encourage competition and innovation.
“The vendor community benefits from a world in which there are many suppliers and lots of competition, but what you want is this innovative system where there are lots of companies out there,” he said. “This is the type of environment where you have a light touch regulatory environment, lower barrier to entry, and lots of people competing.”
He added that an “uncertain regulatory environment where you don’t know you will be able to get a return on your investment because of regulatory overhang will chill investment, and that’s not good for the vendor community.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.–One of the inescapable facts about the public switched telephone network (PSTN) is that it is very expensive to power and cool. It’s part of why AT&T (NYSE: T) and other large telcos have been lobbying the FCC to give it a timeline to shut down the PSTN network.
David Walsh, CEO and president of GENBAND, says that the shutdown of the existing PSTN network needs to be done carefully.
“A lot of people have said, ‘let the PSTN die in place,’ but the consequences of that are pretty severe,” he said. “The problem right now is not a technology one, but that this infrastructure is very expensive and is a massive power expense and a big producer of CO2.”
What has driven up the operational costs of running the PSTN is a lack of innovation on the electrical and mechanical layer of the network. In particular, the chiller plant technology that cools the central offices (COs) that house the switching equipment has not changed in nearly 100 years.
“When you look at the OSI model, there have been enormous amounts of optimization in all the layers, but there’s a layer below called Layer 0, which is the mechanical and electrical infrastructure this all sits on, and there’s been no optimization in that,” Walsh said. “What you have seen over the last decade is that the mechanical and electrical part is growing and becoming much more important.”
Power and cooling expenses continue to rise at a time when the prices of storage and Internet transit services continue to decline.
The cost of network storage, for example, has dropped from $1 million in 1960 to 10 cents in 2010. Likewise, Internet transit rates have dropped from a high of $1,200 per megabit in 1998 to $1.05 per megabit in 2013.
“If you look at that same period of time, power costs in the last decade have gone up by 50 percent,” Walsh said. “The amount of power that servers are consuming has doubled, which has led to a tripling of your power costs.”
Working in conjunction with CoEfficient, a company focused on clean energy technology, GENBAND said it is helping one unnamed telco transition away from a TDM-based to an all IP-based network.
CoEfficient and GENBAND said they will help this service provider condense its network of 86 COs with 104 Class 5 switches to just one switch and 39 gateways. The two companies claim when this transition is complete it will generate $8 million in annual energy savings.
Besides reducing energy and cooling costs, the other opportunity in transitioning to an IP-based network is it creates a foundation to handle machine-to-machine and multimedia applications.
“The real opportunity going forward is having a multimedia infrastructure that can deal with what’s coming around the corner, and what’s coming around the corner is the Internet of things, but that’s where we have to move from the voice-only TDM world to this Internet of things,” Walsh said. “We have the Internet today that allows for everyone to connect, but the next evolution of that is when devices and things start talking to each other.”
Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) Hosted Solutions, the telco’s data center and managed service subsidiary, has added Nashville, Tenn. to its growing roster of data center sites, announcing a new 22,000 square foot facility.
The service provider will deliver its line of cloud computing, data storage and managed services. The data center services will complement its suite of VoIP, SIP trunking, MPLS and dedicated high-speed Internet services that it already delivers to area businesses.
Offering 10,000 square feet of raised floor space, the center’s Tier 3 modular design allows it to be expanded to accommodate more capacity as needed. It also includes a 24×7 onsite support network operations center (NOC) and engineering staff that will provide facilities and network monitoring, security, and support.
Data centers and cloud services are two of many growth initiatives for Windstream as it looks to take a greater share of the larger enterprise services market.
Since purchasing Hosted Solutions in 2010, it has grown its data center footprint from from four to 27. By the end of the year, it said it will have a total of 28 centers located throughout the United States.
Alpheus Communications, a competitive service provider focused on Texas’ DASH (Dallas-Austin-San Antonio-Houston) market, has built a second data center targeting new opportunities that reside within 10 miles of Houston’s central business district.
The CLEC now operates a total of six U.S.-based data centers in Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth and Austin.
What’s different about its approach is that all of its data centers are connected to its own DWDM-based fiber network, which gives it more control over the quality of service (QoS) and experience it can deliver to its customers. It can also upsell potential customers its broader suite of services, including Ethernet and cloud services.
Although there are a number of larger data center providers in the area such as CyrusOne (Nasdaq: CONE), the CLEC said the new facility will support customers that are “looking for more budget-friendly colocation services.”
“By offering specific data center tiers to match customers’ various budgets and risk profiles, we help them have the proper mix of data center usage,” said Scott Widham, CEO of Alpheus, in a release. “We believe that being a one-size-fits-all data center operator is not in the best interest of our enterprise customers, for whom flexibility is key.”
Similar to other data centers, Alpheus’ new site includes various space options, access card and biometrics security, and diverse fiber network connections.
Houston has been a major target of growth for Alpheus. In January, the service provider extended its on-net fiber footprint to a number of downtown Houston buildings where it is offering fiber-based Ethernet service with speeds ranging from as low as 1.5 Mbps up to GigE.
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Verizon may have grand plans for its six-tuner DVR that it announced in late 2011, but today it’s unclear when that device will be deployed in customers’ homes. Steve Donohue, editor of FierceCable, takes a look at how new rumors that the telco could sell off its wireline business could be hindering the roll out and spending on the new DVRs. Read more
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with Maggie Wilderotter, CEO & Chairman of Frontier Communications
As one of the only woman CEOs of a major wireline telco, Frontier Communications, Maggie Wilderotter is in a unique place. She made the biggest move of her nearly nine-year tenure with the telco in leading its acquisition of Verizon’s rural telephone assets in 2009 and integrating those assets into its fold.Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, speakswith Wilderotter about the role of women in telecom and the industry’s broadband and business services growth.
FierceTelecom: You participated in the Women in Leadership panel at the TIA 2013 trade show. Can you talk about the opportunities and challenges for women leaders in what has been a very male dominated industry?
Maggie Wilderotter: I have been at Frontier coming on 9 years in November. I am still the only woman CEO running a communications service company that’s in the Fortune 500 or even in the Fortune 1000. It’s not an industry that has a tendency to lend itself for a lot of women in senior level positions. I come from a different point of view because I happen to be the gender, but 50 percent of the people we serve in our markets are women. I think having diversity in your leadership and in your ranks allows you to make better decisions on behalf of the customers you’re serving. I think Frontier has proven that that works.
At the senior level in our company there are seven top people, including me and my six direct reports, four of which are women. If you look at our four regions, 50 percent are run by men and 50 percent are run by women. In our senior level positions, between 40-50 percent of all our senior VPs and above are women. We have continued to promote from within and bring great women from the outside and give them opportunities to prove themselves and to move forward within the organization. I am also pushing others in the industry to be more open to that and I think we’re starting to see on the boards of directors a lot more senior women on AT&T’s board and on Verizon’s board.
FierceTelecom: Let’s switch gears and talk about broadband, a segment where you added nearly 30,000 new subscribers in the second quarter. Do you anticipate that growth will continue?
Wilderotter: We had several years of active integration and conversion work on the Verizon acquisition properties where in the legacy Frontier markets we had strong market share for broadband because we had been building capability for years. We knew we could take that formula and apply both our local engagement model, our upgrades of those networks and access in the acquired markets, and put leadership in those general manager positions throughout those 14 states. We had probably somewhere between 15-25 percent share of the broadband market in those markets. If you even look at our internal goal over the next couple of years to get to an average of 40 percent share, we have 10-15 percent share of growth to get there. We think that’s doable and the plans we put in place that let us hit the ground the first of 2013 with all the conversions and integrations behind us has proven well. In the first quarter, we had higher net growth than all of 2012, and the second quarter was even better than the first quarter. We all know that the third quarter is a seasonality quarter, but despite the headwinds of seasonality we are still seeing that momentum continue.
FierceTelecom: Would you say that the Frank the Buffalo promotion and the $19.99, $29.99 deals is driving broadband progress?
Wilderotter: One of the things that we did with coming up with a brand essence, no different than what Geico has done with the Gecko, is to have a memorable character who can portray a set of values that resonate with customers and allows them to pay attention and cut through the clutter. I think when you have a talking buffalo it does give someone pause for thought and they listen to what the buffalo has to say, especially when the voice is like a Jerry Seinfeld.
What we also found is with propensity testing based on what the buffalo said and with our $19.99 and $29.99 broadband simplicity offers that there would be a propensity for a percentage of cable company customers to switch. By watching the Frank brand essence campaign, they liked Frontier better, it opened them up to switching, and a lot of them don’t like [their] cable provider anyway. You could go after the low-hanging fruit if they were looking for alternatives. I think it has been very successful for us. We have used Frank to refresh the messaging without having to change the offers, so we have gotten really good at conversion rates and selling these offers. Frank just helps keep it fresh.
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