This week, FierceCable covered Infonetics Research’s latest quarterly report, which found that shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, with ARRIS capturing 48 percent of the cable broadband market.
Separately, The Australian Financial Review included additional comments from NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow on the recently announced deal with ARRIS to upgrade the Telstra and Optus cable networks. Morrow noted that NBN Co had been doing trials on its HFC networks and had seen speeds of 376 megabits per second download and 49 megabits per second upload.
In other industry news, Advanced Television reported study results from Strategy Analytics, which found that demand for Ultra HD TVs has increased dramatically as price points have dropped and model availability has expanded.
A number of outlets, including Bloomberg, covered Italy’s approval of a €6 billion (US$ 6.7 billion) plan to boost high-speed networks throughout the country.
Finally, USA Today noted that all of the major TV networks have some kind of TV Everywhere offering and included a comparison of each.
Check back next week for the latest industry news.
1. DOCSIS channel shipments increased 114% in 2014 to record 4.8M (March 1) By Daniel Frankel, FierceCable: Driven by the ever-increasing broadband speed upgrades rendered by cable companies in 2014, shipments of DOCSIS channels rose 114 percent last year to a record 4.8 million, according to Infonetics Research's latest quarterly report.
2. NBN Co chief Bill Morrow says HFC NBN will be as fast as Labor's FTTP (March 2) By Max Mason, The Australian Financial Review: NBN Co chief executive Bill Morrow says upgrading the technology used in the television cable networks it acquired from Telstra and Optus will mean it can compete on speeds with the fibre-to-the-premise network promised by the former Labor government.
3. 4K set for 50% of US homes (March 5) By Staff Writer, Advanced Television: The USA will emerge as the leading market for 4K or Ultra HD TVs in terms of household penetration by 2020 followed by the leading Western European markets, Australia, South Korea and China.
4. Italy Approves US$ 6.7 Billion Plan For Ultra-Fast Broadband Grids (March 3) By Daniele Lepido, Bloomberg: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s cabinet approved a plan to use 6 billion euros of public funds (US$ 6.7 billion) to encourage phone carriers to boost high-speed networks in the country.
5. Cutting the Cord: Networks tune into TV Everywhere (March 1) By Mike Snider, USA Today: Each of the major TV networks have embraced letting viewers watch TV on the go — to a certain extent.