March 11 2015
Apple will by-pass local operators and will only sell its Apple Watch wearable communications devices though its own online and retail stores when they arrive next month. CommsDay confirmed the move with Apple and local carriers including Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.
DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 will enable HFC networks to offer “equal performance” to fibre for the “forseeable future,” according to Cisco Fellow and cable access business unit CTO John Chapman – a key pioneer in the broader development of the DOCSIS standards. And that gives operators more freedom to mix access technologies in the most economic way possible, just as Australia’s NBN Co is attempting to do.
Regional carrier Pacnet, which was recently acquired by Telstra for around A$856 million, has announced a major upgrade to its infrastructure that will see it provide the industry’s first production level software defining network capability to the optical transport layer.
The arrival of Netflix in the Australian SVOD market later this month will primarily impact iTunes downloads and physical DVD sales rather than direct rivals such as Stan, Presto and Quickflix, according to a study by US research company IHS.