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Broadband Takes a Hit

Just a decade ago, huge leaps in broadband penetration in U.S. homes made it look like the country was headed toward universal, high-speed Internet access. That growth may have plateaued, however, and may reorder how consumers and providers manage and supply Internet access. Hitting the Wall

The percentage of adults who are home broadband users has fallen. Source: Pew Research Center *No 2014 data

Broadband penetration in America dropped significantly for the first time ever this past year, slipping from 70 percent of homes in 2013 to 67 percent today, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center1.

Residents using smartphones to access the web have more than offset that decline, causing what Pew calls advanced Internet access to increase slightly. So while overall Internet access hasn t changed much, the composition of usage has. Broadband Plateau

While there has been a substantial increase in smartphone-only users at home, broadband penetration into homes has actually decreased.

Source: Pew Research Center

Smartphones weren’t envisioned as the backbone of residential Internet access as recently as a decade or so ago, and heavy demand presents challenges today. Typical smartphone users run into data caps as they increasingly stream video and perform other bandwidth-heavy tasks. Telcos may have to accommodate smartphones users more and more at the expense of their broadband business — though that switch won t necessarily hurt access providers’ bottom lines because they enjoy fatter margins in their wireless businesses. In the Margin

Ebitda margins are much higher for wireless services than wireline, which includes broadband as well as legacy services like voice and video. Companies such as Verizon and AT&T are best-positioned to make the transition from broadband to mobile, since they offer both services.

Verizon and AT&T’s service margins for wireless are much higher than wireline. For all telcos, broadband still has relatively high margins relative to legacy wireline services like video and voice. Even so, wireless overall might be a brighter bet going forward than broadband because of more lucrative services that exist in the wireless realm. Verizon, for example, recently launched Go902, an Internet-based mobile video service, which may encourage younger customers to use more data-heavy services such as streaming video. Companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable — which don t have mobile offerings and rely on lofty broadband margins to help support the costs of expensive programming– may be pummeled by waning broadband penetration.

For its part, Comcast has hinted3 that it might move into the mobile industry. As the chart below demonstrates, rapid shifts in how Americans access the Internet may mean that Comcast will have to hurry up. This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

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Digital Durham’s fibre broadband rollout benefits 36,000 properties …

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Posted by admin on January 7, 2015

The Digital Durham project started work with its first fibre street-cabinet installed a year ago and now has passed 36,000 premises with superfast fibre broadband. This 25 million initiative aims to reach across properties in County Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland and Tees Valley.

BT s Openreach engineers and planners, nearly a 100 of them, have been working hard to lay some 200km of fibre-optic cable and install 235 new fibre broadband street-cabinets across the areas it aims. With the Durham County Council included, 8 local authorities joined to strike a deal with BT to extend high-speed fibre broadband to around 94% of the premises in their regions by 2016 end.

BT has invested 5.9 million, with a 1.3 million contribution from the public sector partners from Tees Valley and Sunderland.

7.8 million comes from the Durham County Council & Gateshead, with BDUK adding 9.1 million of government funds.

Councillor Jane Brown, cabinet member for corporate services, who is happy to hear stories of people being benefited, has encourage more people to consider faster internet access.

Simon Roberson, Regional Partnership Director at BT North East, pointed out that their engineers have been tirelessly working to deliver on time, on track, a project of this size, passing fibre lines to about 1,000 premises per week.

Investment in fibre and faster speeds seems now essential for future economic growth with broadband takers increasing strongly, with all helping members of local communities build their skills and creating new jobs and businesses, he added.


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Wessex Internet to boost fibre capacity across Dorset and Wiltshire

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Posted by admin on November 7, 2014

Wessex Internet, the rural ISP, will be commissioning a new internet backhaul link that will boost up their capacity by more than double and also help accommodate more and more subscribers coming into the network.

Wessex Internet offers superfast wireless broadband of 30Mbps+ and ultra-fast fibre-optic services of up to 100Mbps to households and businesses, across many parts of South West Wiltshire and North Dorset.

The ISP has apparently become quite popular with residents here, as nobody has so far availed of the money-back guarantee offered to new connections and thus Wessex maintains a 100% client retention record.

The rural ISP is now preparing for growth and to face future competition that is posed by the on-going BT Openreach roll-out of FTTC services, on BDUK aided schemes.


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