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CentralNic completes Melbourne IT acquisition, should close Hexonet next week

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2019-08-01 14:43

Company integrated two domain businesses funded by bond sale.

CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) has completed its acquisition of what was left of the former Melbourne IT’s reseller business. Called TPP Wholesale, the division includes a strong reseller base in the Australasia region. CentralNic paid AUD $24 million for the business.

Tucows acquired the bulk of Melbourne IT’s reseller business in 2016.

CentralNic says it plans to complete its acquisition of Hexonet, a reseller and retail registrar, by August 5. It is paying €10 million for the business that has 3.8 million domains under management.

The company is paying for the acquisitions through a €50 bond issue. This is the first time the company has tapped the bond markets to fund acquisitions.

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The Big Numbers Are Back: A Million $ Sale at Sedo and Two Others in 6 Figures Top This Week's Chart

DN Journal - Thu, 2019-08-01 00:38
After taking a bit of a breather a week ago the domain aftermarket was flying high again this week with some big numbers at the top of the leader board.
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Close to 200K Phishing Domains Discovered in a 5-Month Span, 66% Targetted Consumers, Akamai Reports

Domain industry news - Wed, 2019-07-31 20:58

Between December 2, 2018 and May 4, 2019, 197,524 phishing domains were discovered, 66% of which directly targeted consumers according to the latest State of the Internet report by Akamai. Also, out all the phishing domains targeting consumers, 50% targeted companies in the financial services industry. "Criminals supplement existing stolen credential data through phishing, and then one way they make money is by hijacking accounts or reselling the lists they create," says Martin McKeay, Security Researcher at Akamai. "We're seeing a whole economy developing to target financial services organizations and their consumers."

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In the 5G Era, at Least 20 Million U.S. Homes Will Rely on Wireless for Broadband

Domain industry news - Wed, 2019-07-31 19:25

There now can be no doubt that fixed wireless, mostly 5G, will be a viable business in the right locations. Today's wireless has enormous capacity, enough to supply the broadband needs of a significant population. It's better than most DSL and a workable alternative to cable in many locations. Traffic demand is falling, with Cisco predicting the U.S. will fall to 31% growth in 2021.

John Legere of T-Mobile committed to 9.5 million in-home broadband subs by 2024 to get FCC approval of the Sprint takeover. Brett Feldman of Goldman Sachs estimated Verizon would have 8 million by 2023. AT&T;CEO says they expect a fixed market to grow in a few years. Wireless ISPs already have over a million. Starry and others are growing. In five years, at least a fifth of the 120 million U.S. homes will be connected wirelessly.

Three in the UK and Sunrise in Switzerland are also promoting fixed. Deutsche Telekom and many others are actively selling fixed in rural areas, replacing or supplementing DSL.

When a carrier has a good landline offering, fixed will be a small niche. Orange in France and Spain will have fiber to most of the country, leaving few areas where fixed wireless makes sense. Similarly, a non-incumbent with a good deal on unbundling rarely will look to sell wireless to the home.

Since 2016 or before, wireless technology has been improving at a faster rate than traffic demand. Carrier aggregation easily doubles the spectrum a telco can use. Massive MIMO raises the capacity of the right spectrum by three to five times. 256 QAM is worth another 30%, 5G NR, SON, and a dozen other technologies also make a difference. The lobbyists think its never enough, but most countries are or soon will add 100s of MHz of new spectrum. Depending on the starting point and how you measure, wireless capacity is going up 10 to 25 times within the current capex budget.

The result: telcos can't sell all they can deliver in most of their territory and need new products.

Written by Dave Burstein, Editor, DSL Prime

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Record Breaking Domain Broker Jeff Gabriel Wraps Up 7-Year Run With Uniregistry

DN Journal - Wed, 2019-07-31 17:44
Domain sales giant Jeff Gabriel is closing yet another successful chapter in his remarkable career as his 7-year run with Uniregistry has come to a close.
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How to add more value to Whois lookup statistics

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-07-31 15:55

GoDaddy should change how it calculates Whois lookups.

Now that GoDaddy has retired its old domain manager, some Domain Name Wire readers have asked how to download Whois counts for their domains.

It turns out that this feature is temporarily unavailable in the new domain manager but should return shortly.

This got me thinking: it would be great if GoDaddy improved its Whois counts during this upgrade process.

If you aren’t familiar with Whois counts, GoDaddy lets you see how many times someone (or something) did a Whois search for domains you own. This is one more metric that might help you value your domains.

Because .com operates on a thin Whois system, your registrar is pinged every time someone does a Whois search for the domain, regardless of where that search is performed. The registrar holds the contact information that Whois returns.

Previously, registrars returned Whois contact information whether a search took place on a web-based form or through Port 43. But GoDaddy no longer provides contact details on Port 43 lookups. This means that anyone doing a Port 43 lookup probably isn’t interested in getting your contract info to contact you. The only place to get your contact info is on the Whois search tool at GoDaddy.com.

With this in mind, going forward I think GoDaddy should only include Whois lookups that took place on the GoDaddy website. This will provide more accurate numbers and reduce the noise.

Additionally, it would be nice to get more data about who is conducting the search. Epik has the model to follow here.

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Radix: $1.36M premium revenue in first half of 2019

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-07-31 15:01

Company’s premium revenue stays on track in 2019.

GoDaddy generates over 40% of Radix’s premium domain revenue.

Domain name registry Radix pulled in $1.36 million in premium revenue during the first half of 2019, almost the exact same amount it generated in the second half of last year.

$0.52 million of that was from the registration of 619 new premium domains and the rest was renewal revenue.

More than half of the new registration revenue came from .online and .tech. Looking at renewals, .store and .online are the top revenue producers.

GoDaddy leads the way for premium domains of Radix domains, but I’m a bit surprised that Google is #2. Namecheap, which is the second largest registrar for new TLD registrations overall, comes in at #3.

The average premium revenue per domain is about $1,000, but new premium registrations this year have a lower average than renewals.

54% of premium domains that came up for their first renewal this year were renewed and 78% of second-year or later premiums were renewed.

Radix operates nine new top level domain names plus the .pw namespace. I just recorded a podcast with Radix CEO Sandeep Ramchandani that will air within the next couple of weeks.

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Jeffrey Gabriel leaving Uniregistry

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2019-07-31 14:40

After leading domain sales organization in the Cayman Islands for seven years, Gabriel is returning to the U.S.

Jeffrey Gabriel is leaving Uniregistry, where he was VP of sales and helped establish the domain brokerage team.

Gabriel cut his teeth in the industry at Sedo, and then went to Domain Advisors (Igloo.com) before being recruited by Frank Schilling to go to the Cayman Islands seven years ago.

He’s also been a great guest on the DNW Podcast. Earlier this month he talked about pricing domain names.

Dan Adamson, who is based in the UK Uniregistry office, will take over as VP of Sales. Wade Smith, in the Cayman Islands office, will become Director of Sales.

I’ve reached out to Gabriel to see if what his plans are going forward. In a blog post, he said he will be returning to the United States.

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Cuba Claims New Regulations Expand Internet Access to Homes and Businesses, But Here's the Downside

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-07-30 23:49

The new regulations establish constraints on private network transmission power and cabling that, if enforced, will put Cuba's cooperatively-owned community networks out of business.

New Cuban regulations regarding private WiFi networks went into effect yesterday, and the New York Times and others proclaimed that "Cuba expands Internet access to private homes and businesses." Yes, Cubans can legally import and install WiFi routers in their homes, small cafes, B&Bs, etc., but these regulations will make little difference in Internet access.

For a start, very few homes and small businesses in Cuba have links to the Internet. Furthermore, my guess is that most people in homes that are connected to the Internet have already installed registered or unregistered WiFi routers. (Resolution No. 65/2003 dated June 5, 2003, states the procedure for registering a private data network).

If that is the case, what do these new regulations change?

They establish constraints on private network transmission power and cabling that, if enforced, will put Cuba's cooperatively-owned community networks, the largest of which is SNET in Havana, out of business. Even if they are not enforced today, they will hang like the sword of Damocles over their heads.

That's the bad news. The good news is that the Ministry of Communication has postponed enforcement for 60 days while they negotiate with SNET.

SNET will remain up during 60 days of negotiation (source).

Why would the Cuban government want to eliminate community networks? Do they see them as economic competitors to the government Internet service provider, ETECSA? Is ETECSA embarrassed by the fact that community networks connect so many people at so little cost? Do they fear clandestine, anti-government communication? I really don't know.

Guifi.net the world's largest Internet-connected community networkIf Cuba aspires to what the International Telecommunication Union refers to as fourth-generation policy, which they characterize as "Integrated regulation — led by economic and social policy goals," they should regard the community networks as collaborators, not competitors. They should legitimatize SNET and the others, subsidize and work with them and provide them with Internet connectivity. SNET is the world's largest community network that is not connected to the Internet. Cuba should follow the lead set by Spain, where they have provided Internet connectivity to Guifi.net, the world's largest Internet-connected community network. Looking to the future, community networkers could play a valuable role in the installation of Cuba's 5G wireless infrastructure.

Cuba proudly proclaims (Trumpets) that they are working toward the computerization of society. The outcome of these negotiations with SNET will shed light on the veracity of that claim.

Update Aug 10, 2019:

The Cuban Ministry of Communications has refused to make an exception to their restrictions on wireless power and cabling and says SNET (and presumably other Cuban community networks) must shut down. Over one hundred people have gathered to protest the decision, allegedly without any call to do so.

This goes beyond the loss of a large community network — it signifies Cuban government intransigence and belies the claim that they seek "computerization" of the society and a modern Internet.

I asked earlier, why they might want to eliminate rather than collaborate with community networks and suggested three possibilities:

  1. They see community networks as economic competitors to ETECSA, the state-monopoly ISP.
  2. They are embarrassed by the community networks' ability to connect so many people at so little cost.
  3. They fear anti-government communication.

Since they control the Internet and have seen the example of countries like China which use a ubiquitous Internet as a tool of control, I lean toward answers 1 and 2.

Update Aug 11, 2019:

Ernesto De Armas <@RealErnesto95>, tweeted this positive update on the negotiations with MINCOM:

Hola a todos. Por esta vía transmito las buenas nuevas respecto a SNET, hoy en la tarde el grupo de trabajo SNET-MINCOM llegaron a favorables acuerdos mediante los cuales se determinó que Snet va a pasar todos sus servicios a través de los JCC, los JCC a su vez estarán conectados por fibra óptica entre ellos y los servidores que contienen nuestros servicios se montarán en ETECSA. También se autorizó a que los nodos se conecten a los JCC utilizando equipos de alta potencia que son los necesarios para poder hacer esto, entre estos equipos se incluyen los equipos de Ubikiti, Nanostation, etc de alta potencia, no pondrán trabas para estas conexiones hacia los JCC. También hay otra buena noticia, los servicios de SNET pronto estarán disponibles ¡Para todo el país! También advirtió el grupo de trabajo respetar estos acuerdos y no realizar nada que pueda atentar contra los mismos, nada de manifestarse públicamente (que a mí entender no hace ya ninguna falta, ya hemos logrado lo que queríamos) ni hacer declaraciones ofensivas contra MINCOM. En mi opinión hemos ganado está batalla por la subsistencia de #Snet, ahora debemos cooperar entre todos para hacer de este proyecto algo mejor, incluso, a lo que teníamos anteriormente. Estoy sumamente contento, alegre y agradecido de que nuestras instituciones estatales no hayan hecho oídos sordos a nuestra causa. Hoy comienza una nueva era en la Informatización de la sociedad cubana

TheCubanJedi <@darthdancuba> asked "Podrán abrir algo de sNet a internet??" and Ernesto replied "No. De momento nada de internet a través de Snet como siempre ha sido."

This is unofficial, but if it is accurate, SNET will be more widely available and faster, but not yet on the Internet.

Update Aug 12, 2019:

Sad to say, the August 10th update was accurate. Ernesto De Armas <@RealErnesto95> has learned that MINCOM has ruled against SNET and the restrictions on transmission power and cabling will be upheld as per this announcement by SNET.

Needless to say, this is disappointing to the users of Cuban community networks and to the general population since it is an indication that ETECSA is determined to remain a monopoly.

A demonstration protesting the decision will be held next Saturday. Here is Ernesto's English translation:

As we have the conviction that Revolution is to change everything that needs to be changed, on Saturday, August 17th, from 9am in the park located in front of the MINCOM, behind the bus station terminal, we make a call to all persons filiated to Snet from all the provinces of the country.

SNET, a community created more than 15 years ago, is being affected by the resolutions 98 and 99, we fight and demand to have an autonomous SNET that keeps the social project that we have had during all these years and that reaches so many homes and Cuban families.

To everyone who has the feeling for Snet, which has been created by everyone, this is the time to fight against resolutions 98 and 99 that are attacking the correct functioning of our community, created with everyone's sacrifice and with more than a decade of existence and acceptance by thousands of Cubans.

This is the time to make MINCOM understand that true democracy is conceived and defined by the people and that we must be heard because we are the youth of this country, the new generation and as the future that we are we demand to be considered.

We urge and summon every teenager, young, adult or old person, without any difference who feels identified with our cause, either has enjoyed or not with our network and our services to support us from every place and every spot because WE ALL MATTER, WE ARE ALL SNET. On this depends the end of the beginning of a new dream, a new path that we want to follow, so we can accomplish our acknowledgment before the authorities and a happy ending to keep ourselves being what we are. Snet...

Written by Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems at California State University

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NamesCon Global 2020 Announces Change in Dates for January Show in Austin, Texas

DN Journal - Tue, 2019-07-30 22:39
NamesCon Global 2020 will start three days later than originally planned to make way for a special closing day event.
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Voice.com sale helps MicroStrategy turn a profit

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-07-30 21:02

By booking proceeds of Voice.com sale, Microstrategy earned a nice profit last quarter.

Microstrategy sold Voice.com to a company creating a social media platform built on blockchain technology.

MicroStrategy Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR) turned a profit in the second quarter of this year, but only because it sold Voice.com for $30 million.

The company reported earnings this afternoon. It had net income of $20.4 million, or $1.98 per share on a diluted basis. After paying taxes, it netted $21.8 million on Voice.com.

Take out the domain name sale and MicroStrategy had a net loss for the second quarter of $1.4 million, or $0.14 per share.

It’s a shame the company can’t sell a big domain name every quarter!

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NamesCon shifts dates, location detail for Austin show

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-07-30 19:55

A slight change in dates, location for domain name conference.

NamesCon has pushed back the start date for its event in Austin this coming January by three days, and made a slight change to the location.

The event will now run January 29-February 1, 2020. It was originally scheduled for January 26-29.

Additionally, it will shift from The Capital Factory to the Omni Hotel, which are both located in the same building. The building is half office space, half hotel.

While organizers may still hold some events at Capital Factory, it is focusing the event around the Omni.

Changing the dates will allow the show to have a special event on Saturday at the conclusion of the conference.

Show organizers have arranged discounted hotel rooms at the Omni starting at $229, at least $100 less than I can find online at the hotel on those same dates.

Early bird registration end on August 4. Tickets and hotel information is on the NamesCon website.

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A Seattle Woman Charged With Capital One Data Theft Affecting 106 Million People

Domain industry news - Tue, 2019-07-30 19:36

Major US bank Capital One Financial Corporation confirmed Monday evening that unauthorized access was made by an outside individual who obtained "certain types of personal information" on credit card products and Capital One credit card customers. The bank also released the result of its analysis on the breach determining close to 100 million people have been affected in the United States and close to 6 million in Canada. "No credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised," says Capital One in its statement released last night.

Who and how: FBI agents on Monday arrested 33-year-old Paige Thompson aka erratic following a criminal complaint. According to the statement released by the US Department of Justice, "[t]he intrusion occurred through a misconfigured web application firewall that enabled access to the data." Further details provided by DOJ: "On July 17, 2019, a GitHub user who saw the post alerted Capital One to the possibility it had suffered a data theft. After determining on July 19, 2019, that there had been an intrusion into its data, Capital One contacted the FBI. Cyber investigators were able to identify THOMPSON as the person who was posting about the data theft." Thompson's resume available on Gitlab says her most recent employer was Amazon Inc. where she worked as a systems engineer between 2015 and 2016.

Don't blame AWS: While Capital One has not explicitly named the cloud hosting provider from which the Capital One credit data was taken, reports suggest the hack was made possible as a result of how Capital One was protecting an AWS bucket. (Brian Krebs has anaylsed the hack.) Capital One, a proud AWS customer, says the breach was not the fault of AWS but due to improperly configured firewall — a problem that Capital One fixed when the company discovered it, according to a Bloomberg report.

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ICANN: All your Base Agreement are belong to us

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-07-30 18:02

ICANN responds to (some) questions about why it decided to remove price controls.

Earlier this month, Internet Commerce Association asked ICANN to explain its decision to remove price controls on .org domains.

Cyrus Namazi, Senior Vice-President Global Domains Division, has responded (pdf). What he said is what many people feared when the ICANN community worked on a base agreement for new top level domain names: it is being used as the foundation for all top level domains, not just the new ones.

I recall people specifically warning against this during new top level domain discussions. They pointed out that new TLDs are being introduced in a different market and by different rules than legacy top level domains and that it was important to draw a distinction between the two.

From the letter:

The Base RA was developed to support the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) being created through the 2012 New gTLD Program. It was developed through the bottom-up multistakeholder process including multiple rounds of public comment and aligns with the underlying Generic Names Supporting Organization’s (GNSO’s) policy recommendations for new gTLDs. Established in 2013, the Base RA now applies to over 1,200 gTLDs. The ICANN org has consistently used the Base RA as the starting point for discussions with legacy gTLD operators about renewing their Registry Agreements. The Base RA provides additional safeguards and security and stability requirements compared to legacy agreements. Since 2014, several legacy gTLDs have renewed their agreements adopting the Base RA: cat, .jobs, .mobi, .pro, .tel, .travel, and most recently, .asia, .biz, .info, and .org.

Had the community discussions when formulating the new TLD base agreement earlier this decade  been about creating a new agreement that applied to all top level domains, I can assure you the results would have been very different.

Namazi’s response also includes ICANN’s common refrain about price increases: that registrants can renew for ten years at today’s prices if an increase is announced.

Great, but who is around ten years from now to handle the complaints from registrants?

Or, who handles the complaints from registrants who didn’t know about the price increase? Sure, the registry gave notice to the registrars, but did the registrant ever find out?

Cyrus’ response is in paragraph form and does not explicitly answer all of Internet Commerce Association’s numbered questions.

ICANN will have to provide more answers in response to a Request for Reconsideration filed by domain registrar Namecheap.

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MorningSave.com vs. MorningSafe.com

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-07-30 15:33

A Mediocre Corporation files a mediocre cybersquatting case.

The owner of MorningSave.com filed a UDRP against MorningSafe.com.

I’m often perplexed at how some UDRP Complainant lawyers argue a case. I had these thoughts again while reading a decision over the domain MorningSafe.com.

A Mediocre Corporation, which operates the discount site MorningSave.com, filed a UDRP against the domain name MorningSafe.com.

My first reaction when seeing the domain is that MorningSafe.com seems entirely different from MorningSave.com. MorningSafe sounds like a morning after pill. MorningSave sounds like a discount/coupon site.

But when you look at your keyboard, you’ll see why the Complainant is concerned about this domain. The letter F is just offset from V.

Therefore, with proper arguments, it could have argued that this is a case of typosquatting. But the Complaint falls well short of that.

UDRP panelist Debrett Lyons found that that the Complainant didn’t show the domain is identical or confusingly similar to the trademark:

The comparison resolves to that of MORNINGSAVE with “morningsafe” and in that regard Complainant’s legal representatives make the extraordinary submission that the expressions are “phonetically identical … because phonetically the terms … are indistinguishable.” The Panel notes that the expressions are only indistinguishable to someone with no facility in English spoken language. If what Complainant’s representatives meant to say was that the expressions are phonetically similar, that is another matter.

Even though the case failed on the first element, Lyons also found that the Complainant didn’t show that the domain was registered and used in bad faith. The Respondent registered the domain prior to A Mediocre Company filing a trademark application for its brand. However, it claims use prior to the registration of MorningSafe.com.

The Complainant cited an exhibit of a website screenshot to show the early use. But, according to Lyons, the exhibit “in fact shows various screenshots of Complainant’s website on April 24, 2019 and nothing else.”

There are plenty of Wayback Machine screenshots showing early use of the MorningSave. These could have been included with date stamps to show the use.

The domain owner didn’t respond to the UDRP filing.

I’m mindful that a panelist’s write up of a case might not include all of the assertions, but there were some missed opportunities here. Maybe not enough to swing the decision, but enough to put forth a plausible argument.

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Tucows offers “Whois Publicity” for domain names

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2019-07-30 12:55

Customers can now publish their information in Whois.

Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) has started allowing customers on its Enom and OpenSRS platforms to display their information publicly in Whois—as long as their reseller enables it.

Called “Whois Publicity“, the new option allows registrants to include their registrant information in Whois. Whois will still not show Admin, Tech and Billing contacts even with the Whois Publicity option turned on.

The company masked Whois information for all “thin Whois” domains on its platform after the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation went into effect last year.

ICANN requires all registrars to allow customers to show their information in Whois, but few have enabled this option so far. That’s because ICANN added a loophole to this requirement:

7.2.1. As soon as commercially reasonable, Registrar MUST provide the opportunity for the Registered Name Holder to provide its Consent to publish the additional contact information outlined in Section 2.3 of Appendix A for the Registered Name Holder.

“Commercially reasonable” could mean one year, two, or more. Many registrars are probably waiting for the temporary specification in which this requirement exists to be made permanent.

(Hat tip: George Kirikos)

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Namecheap Files 'Request for Reconsideration' Against ICANN's Removal of .ORG Price Caps Decision

Domain industry news - Mon, 2019-07-29 23:56

One of the largest domain name registrars, NameCheap, on Monday filed a Request for Reconsideration with regards to ICANN's recent decision to remove historical price caps for the .org top-level domain (TLD) from the Public Interest Registry (PIR) contract. NameCheap's CEO, Richard Kirkendall says despite an overwhelming response from the community against the decision, ICANN decided to ignore the advice and removed the caps. "[Request for Reconsideration] is a process through ICANN's bylaws that requires ICANN's board of directors to formally reconsider this wrong decision by ICANN staff," Kirkendall said. NameCheap says it is also considering other avenues if "ICANN decides to ignore its own bylaws and the voice of the entire Internet community."

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Are You Ready for 10 Gbps?

Domain industry news - Mon, 2019-07-29 22:43

Around the world, we're seeing some migration to 10 Gbps residential broadband. During the last year, the broadband providers in South Korea, Japan, and China began upgrading to the next-generation PON and are offering the blazingly fast broadband products to consumers. South Korea is leading the pack and expects to have the 10 Gbps speed to about 50% of subscribers by the end of 2022.

In the US there are a handful of ISPs offering a 10 Gbps product, mostly for the publicity — but they stand ready to install the faster product. Notable is Fibrant in Salisbury, NC and EPB in Chattanooga. EPB which was also among the first to offer a 1 Gbps residential product a few years ago.

I have many clients who already offer 10 Gbps connections to large business and carrier customers that serve large businesses like data centers and hospital complexes. However, except for the few pioneers, these larger bandwidth products are being delivered directly to a single customer using active Ethernet technology.

There are a few hurdles for offering speeds over a gigabit in the US. Perhaps foremost is that there are no off-the-shelf customer electronics that can handle speeds over a gigabit — the typical WiFi routers and computers work at slower speeds. The biggest hurdle for an ISP continues to be the cost of the electronics. Today the cost of next-generation PON equipment is high and will remain so until the volume of sales brings the per-unit prices down. The industry market research firm Ovum predicts that we'll see wide-spread 10 Gbps consumer products starting in 2020 but not gaining traction until 2024.

In China, Huawei leads the pack. The company has a 10 Gbps PON system that is integrated with a 6 Gbps WiFi 6 router for the home. The system is easy and overlays on top of the company's traditional GPON network gear. In South Korea, the largest ISP SK Broadband has worked with Nokia to develop a proprietary PON technology only used today inside of South Korea. Like Huawei, this overlays onto the existing GPON network. In Japan the 10 Gbps PON network is powered by Sumitomo, a technology only being sold in Japan. None of these technologies has made a dent in the US market, with Huawei currently banned due to security concerns.

In the US, there are two technologies being trialed. AT&T;is experimenting with XGS-PON technology. They plan to offer 2 Gbps broadband, upgradable to 10 Gbps in the new high-tech community of Walsh Ranch being built outside of Ft. Worth. AT&T;is currently trialing the technology at several locations within its FTTP network that now covers over 12 million passings. Verizon is trying the NG-PON2 technology but is mostly planning to use this to power cell sites. It's going to be hard for any ISP to justify deployment of the new technologies until somebody buys enough units to pull down the cost.

Interestingly, Cable Labs is also working on a DOCSIS upgrade that will allow for faster speeds of up to 10 Gbps. The problem most cable networks will have is in finding space of their network for the needed channels to support the faster speeds.

There are already vendors and labs exploring 25 Gbps and 50 Gbps PON. These products will likely be used for backhaul and transport at first. The Chinese vendors think the leap forward should be to 50 Mbps while other vendors are all considering a 25 Mbps upgrade path.

The real question that needs to be answered is if there is any market for 10 Gbps bandwidth outside the normally expected uses like cellular towers, data centers, and large business customers. This same question was asked when EPB at Chattanooga and LUS in Lafayette, Louisiana rolled out the earliest 1 Gbps residential bandwidth. Both companies were a bit surprised when they got a few instant takers for the faster products — in both markets from doctors that wanted to be able to analyze MRIs and other big files at home. There are likely a few customers who need speeds above 1 Gbps, with doctors again being good candidates. Just as broadband speeds have advanced, the medical imaging world has grown more sophisticated in the last decade and is creating huge data files. The ability to download these quickly offsite will be tempting to doctors.

I think we are finally on the verge of seeing data use cases that can eat up most of a gigabit of bandwidth in the residential environment. For example, uncompressed virtual and augmented reality can require masses of downloaded data in nearly real-time. As we start seeing use cases for gigabit speeds, the history of broadband has shown that the need for faster speeds is probably not far behind.

Written by Doug Dawson, President at CCG Consulting

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