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Volume 12, Number 36, September 28, 2009

Report: T-Mobile Looks to Invest in WiMAX

Verizon to Light Up LTE All at Once

DVRs Now in One-Third of U.S. Households

Municipal Telecom in Vermont Wants to Expand Statewide

...And last but not least, our VOTW

Report: T-Mobile Looks to Invest in WiMAX

German phone giant Deutsche Telekom, owner of T-Mobile USA, is looking to expand its presence in the United States wireless market, exploring opportunities to partner with U.S.-based service providers on 4G initiatives, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

According to Bloomberg's sources, Europe's biggest phone company is looking to invest in Clearwire's WiMAX network. Sources also told Bloomberg that Deutsche Telekom is in talks with Metro PCS, which recently acquired spectrum to build its own 4G wireless network based upon long-term evolution (LTE) technology.

T-Mobile USA is ranked fourth in the United States in terms of subscribers. Twenty-four percent of Deutsche Telekom's revenue is derived from the U.S. wireless provider. However, T-Mobile's subscriber gains have slowed in the last year, and the carrier has yet to announce a 4G strategy.

Clearwire said back in August that it needed $2 billion by year-end to fund its WiMAX network plans. The idea is that Deutsche Telekom would provide the funding. In exchange T-Mobile would be able to access the network.

Also of note, a few weeks ago rumors resurfaced that Deutsche Telekom is looking to acquire Sprint Nextel, which owns 51% of Clearwire. Sprint, the third-largest wireless operator in the U.S., has been struggling to retain customers.

Read the Bloomberg News article.
The New York Times confirms that DT is in talks with Clearwire.

Verizon to Light Up LTE All at Once

Verizon Wireless is marching full steam ahead with long-term evolution (LTE), and plans to light up its nationwide network next year in one fall swoop rather than deploying it in a traditional market-by-market rollout.

The rollout "will be as close to all-at-once as possible," Verizon Wireless Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Tony Melone told Information Week. " We want to give our customers a significant footprint," he said, and won't tease them with trial deployments.

This is aided by the fact that LTE is able to use much of the existing network infrastructure, including towers and backhaul gear. In fact, Melone described the move to LTE from Verizon's existing CDMA EVDO network as an "overlay" and not a "switchover."

Verizon Wireless hasn't yet given specific dates on its nationwide deployment, but it has pledged to rollout LTE sometime in 2010 in 25- 30 markets. The company plans to have the service available for some 100 million points of presence (POPs) in 2010, and continue to deploy the network over the next two to three years.

Read more at Information Week.

DVRs Now in One-Third of U.S. Households

A new report from Leichtman Research Group found that 36% of TV households in the United States have at least one digital video recorder (DVR), an increase from just 8% four years ago.

LRG estimates that DVRs will be in about 71 million households at the end of 2013, double the number of households with DVRs at the end of 2008. Other related findings include:

  • 65% of DVR owners, and 54% of digital cable video-on-demand (VoD) users, agree that they usually watch recorded DVR or on-demand programs when there is nothing on regularly scheduled TV that they want to watch.
  • In households that have both a DVR and are VoD users, 57% start by watching live TV. In households that just have a DVR, 68% start with live TV.
  • 44% of DVR owners record five or fewer programs per week.
  • 85% would recommend their DVR service to a friend, and 77% highly rate their DVR.
  • 68% of VoD users who also have a DVR agree that their TV service is better because they have both services.

These findings are based on a telephone survey of 1,300 households from throughout the United States and are part of a new LRG study, "On-Demand TV 2009: A Nationwide Study on VOD and DVRs." This is LRG's eighth annual study on this topic.

View the release.

Municipal Telecom in Vermont Wants to Expand Statewide

Burlington Telecom, the municipally owned Internet, cable television and telephone service provider, will ask the Vermont Public Service Board in a filing early next week for authority to expand across the state.

"Building such a network is universally accepted as essential to sustaining and developing the economy and quality of life in Vermont," said Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan Leopold. "Burlington Telecom has concluded that it is in the best position to meet this need and can provide critical assistance to the state of Vermont and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority in providing universal, affordable broadband access to all Vermonters."

Burlington Telecom's main competition, Comcast, is expected to show strong resistance to the proposal.

The expansion to other regions of the state — Leopold didn’t specify particular towns or regions — would allow the state to improve the Internet accessibility of residents. Vermont was recently rated as 47th among the states in Internet connections.

Read more in the Burlington Free Press.

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Regional Meetings (July-Oct)
Take advantage of an affordable two-day meeting close to home. The 2009 Regional Meetings will offer resources and training on "Finding Opportunities in Tough Economic Times." Understand the outlook and trends of the economy to unlock business opportunities for your telco with noted economist Dr. Ed Seifried. The Region 9 meeting will be held October 18-20 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and the Region 6 meeting will be held October 25-27 in St. Cloud, Minn.

Telco Key Employee Conference (Oct 4-6)
Registration is now open for Telco Key Employee Conference held October 4-6 in Chicago, Ill. It is designed to help employees gain an understanding of the telecommunications industry and develop management and leadership skills. Participants earn six credit toward their Key Employee Certificate. Review a copy of the full agenda and register.

2009 PR & Marketing Interactive Workshop (Oct 18-20)
Take your telco to the next level of marketing sophistication when you create an innovative mindset.  Registration is now open for NTCA's Interactive Workshop, "Positioning Your Telco: Innovation, Opportunity & Insight," October 18-20 in Chicago.  Hear from branding and retail store experts ways to capitalize on opportunities and market your telco in new ways.  Register or view more information about the conference agenda and hotel/transportation information.

NTCA Legal Seminar (Nov 4-6)
Join colleagues in San Diego's fabulous historic Gas Lamp District November 4-6 for the most important legal event of the year - the 2009 NTCA Legal Seminar. In the greatest upheavals in American history, don't miss this opportunity to get the most up-to-date information on industry issues. Network with your colleagues and prepare yourself and your clients for the next decade of change. Register today.

TelcoTV 2009 (Nov 10-12): Headquarter Hotel Selling Quickly
Have you reserved your room? If not – hurry – rooms are selling quickly! The Hilton Orlando is a brand new property adjacent to the North/South Building of the Orange County Convention Center, and is the hub of all TelcoTV activity. Call 407-313-4300 to reserve now, or visit the Hilton’s Web site. Don’t forget to register early for the conference and save. The advanced registration rate deadline is October 12. Further, use promotional code NTCA to save 25% off the Standard or VIP Conference Pass. Find more information on the Web site.

Enter the TelcoTV 2009 Vision Awards by October 5
The TelcoTV 2009 Vision Awards will recognize outstanding leadership and innovation demonstrated by video service providers and equipment vendors since last year’s TelcoTV event. Awards will be given in eight categories, including the Service Provider's Innovation Award (less than 10,000 video subs). The award submission deadline is October 5. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your company’s product or service. Visit the Web site for more information.

Wireless Symposium and WiExpo (Jan 13-15)
How do you connect with customers in a world that is advancing with wireless technologies every day? And with the economic downturn, how do you lessen customer churn and increase profitability? Find out at the 10th annual Wireless Symposium held January 13-15, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. Exhibit space, sponsorships and speaking slots are still available. Register today.