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freehe
freehe
4/30/2016 8:17:36 PM
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Re: UK Trends
I agree, it makes sense to start small. I was a sofware and hardware tester and we started pilot with a small test group, once we fixed all the bugs we moved to a large test group and eventually to milliions of customers. Verizon did did the same thing with FIOS.

This is great. We also need faster speed in the U.S. Although telcos promote faster speeds the speed has actually slowed down due to the increase in customer using the internet and video services. A few years ago when I entered a URL it loaded in a matter of 3 seconds now it can take anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds for a page to load although Comcast claims they have given me higher speeds. 

Unfortunately copper cable is expensive to replace and customers have to purchase new equipment to switch from cable to FTTP. It will be interesting to see how profitable Virgin Media is a few years from now. As customer demands increases the cost to replace copper cable will erode profit.

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-fttp-or-fiber-to-the-premises.htm

 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
4/30/2016 12:32:49 AM
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Re: UK Trends
Scaling effects remain a big problem in the physical world, where there are all sorts of laws like cube-square, perimeter-area, time in transit, and factorial increase that rear up and stand in the way. In the info/data industry, we're used to those problems just disappearing or diminishing with time, so we tend to forget that they're always waiting there for us.  The slow ending of Moore's Law might re-awaken some of our engineers to that problem.

So it's easier to wire a small city with optical lines than it is a big one, and easy problems get solved first. The trick for the savvy C*Os, investors, and engineers is to figure out when the next move up the scale becomes profitable.

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faryl
faryl
4/29/2016 11:23:56 PM
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Re: UK Trends
I think it's likely the former vs. the latter.

(I'm looking forward to Google fiber here as well!)

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dcawrey
dcawrey
4/29/2016 3:57:57 PM
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Re: growth
These infrastructure initiatives are key for rolling out fiber. As new technologies like virtual reality are rolled out, fiber is going to be needed in residences. I also think customers will pay more for fiber as well if they know how much of a differentiator it really is. 

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clrmoney
clrmoney
4/29/2016 10:21:14 AM
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virgin expansion
This is great that they are virgin media expanding for homes and business to offer a variety of services to the public.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/29/2016 8:15:45 AM
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Re: UK Trends
In total agreement with your analogy.

It makes all sense to choose a small city like Tulsa in comparison to Manhattan as you mentioned in your response. I believe this is kind of agile approach and we could think of several factors like time, cost etc.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/29/2016 8:12:10 AM
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Re: UK Trends
@elizabethv:

Interesting stats. Good to know the info. I see a response to your question about choosing a city and that seems pretty accurate.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/29/2016 8:09:43 AM
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Re: UK Trends
I am still waiting for Google Fiber to become available in my area.  


@afwriter: This doesn't surprise me at all as I  heard of bunch of places that are still using Modem / broad band based internet connection. There is a clear gap.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
4/29/2016 8:03:00 AM
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Re: UK Trends
@ElizabethV, almost certainly just physical feasibility. That's a lot of fiber to string, and it's easier to do it in a smaller, compact city; if they'd started in the large markets, they'd have consumers waiting a lot longer between hypothetical and real availability, with a buildup of frustration and irritation. It's a lot easier to put one more set of utility lines into, e.g. Tulsa, than it is into Manhattan.

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ms.akkineni
ms.akkineni
4/29/2016 8:02:46 AM
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Re: UK Trends
@afwriter:

Good to know that someone else is inline with this thought. I have been thinking this for a while but kind of debating whether to let that thought out or not. But finally I did and I am glad i did that. I am looking forward to see more thoughts about this.

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