What’s up with… US Content Piracy, Inmarsat and Viasat, RAN Market Growth, Access Evolution

In today’s industry news roundup: Major US broadband service providers sued by film production companies over alleged piracy negligence; Inmarsat and Viasat move closer to the altar; the RAN market is projected to be worth $45 billion by 2030; and more!

Major US broadband service providers are being sued by movie production companies for failing to take meaningful action against customers who access pirated (illegally copied) movies from Bittorrent sites. cable giant Komcast, AT&T and Verizon have all been sued in recent weeks by production companies who believe legal action is now the only way to tackle the problem, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The production companies claim they have made repeated complaints to the service providers about numerous repeat offenders illegally accessing the content through their broadband connections, but the network operators have failed to take action against the perpetrators. As a result, movie companies have gone to court to force companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon to block websites and terminate the broadband service contracts of customers who repeatedly access pirated content. The focus of the argument is the interpretation of the The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, passed in 1988, which criminalizes content piracy but shields service providers from liability under the Safe Harbor rules. The production companies argue that Safe Harbor only applies if broadband service providers have rules to terminate repeat offenders’ broadband connections and then act on those rules, and they argue that this was clearly not the case. The outcome of the court cases will have significant implications for all US broadband service providers if the production companies win…

The marriage of the British satellite company Inmarsat and its US rival Viasat seems to be approaching its happily-ever-after phase. The two companies gave a Joint Statement to confirm that it has received approval under the National Security and Investment Act to combine its operations after the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) found no national security risks following the completion of the transaction. Special, recognized by the authority There are controls in place to protect information from unauthorized access, and the two companies continue to provide “strategic capabilities” to the government. The two’s commitments include providing new “high quality jobs” in key areas of the sector and a 30 per cent increase in research and development spending in the UK, in line with the UK’s national space strategy. While this is a positive sign for the two companies, they have yet to seek approval from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). a probe initiated in August and wants to make a decision by October 5th. In November 2021, Viasat announced its intention to acquire Inmarsat for $7.3 billion – see What’s up with… Viasat & Inmarsat, Infrastructure Act, MTN & Telekom.

The total market for Radio Access Network (RAN) technology is expected to be worth more than $45 billion per year by 2030, according to the research institute, driven by a wider range of use cases and the availability of more frequencies Dell’Oro Group. (The sector is projected to be worth around $40 billion this year.) By then, the Dell’Oro team expects investments in Open RAN to account for more than 20% of the total market, or at least $9 billion by 2030 If this prediction is in any way accurate, that means most RAN spending, even as 6G networks emerge, will be for systems “based on custom silicon and proprietary interfaces.” Such a vision does not fit the expectations of the more ardent Open RAN supporters, who assume that the Open RAN-based infrastructure will dominate wireless networks when we get into the 6G era. Such a prospect, of course, has implications for the vendor community, but it also raises questions about whether distributed telecom cloud platforms will be the dominant base architectures by the end of this decade. For more information on Dell’Oro’s Crystal Ball Gaze, see this press release.

Specialist in security systems for private wireless networks A layer has secured an investment and deployment contract from a US conglomerate Koch Industries. Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, OneLayer was not only selected by a subsidiary of the company to provide the security technology for a private 4G network deployment, but also has a $6.5 million equity investment from Koch Disruptive Technologies ( KDT) received, taking the total investments it has raised to $14.5 million so far. Continue reading.

rakuten mobile, subsidiary of Rakuten Grouptook a step to increase its environmental sustainability efforts in the form of an agreement with the group’s power services subsidiary Rakuten Energy and investor photon capital To power Rakuten Mobile’s mobile base stations with renewable energy by 2023. Other plans include expanding renewable power options for base stations across Japan, an effort the company says will help meet its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from mobile network devices. For more information, see Rakuten’s Statement (Available in Japanese here).

Internet of Things (IoT) technology will continue to grow until the end of this decade strategy analysis Global IoT cellular connections are expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 14% between 2022 and 2030, according to a new report by Analytics company’s IoT cellular connections. The largest growth is projected in the North America and Asia Pacific regions at 16% CAGR and 14%, respectively. Additionally, 4G will still be the dominant technology in IoT connections by 2030, but its presence is expected to decline from 71% of connections in 2022 to 49% in 2030. reach 47% of the connection mix by the end of the current decade. According to Gina Luk, Director of Enterprise Research at Strategy Analytics, 5G adoption will depend on 5G chipset availability, regulations, and 5G network speed and coverage. See more.

– The staff, TelecomTV

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