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NBN Network Supports Seven-Fold Increase in Video Use
Niall Hunt  
10/26/2018   120 comments
Over the last six years, video demand has surged but NBN's investment in fiber, FTTC and DOCSIS 3.1 allowed the national Australian wholesaler to keep up with today's – and future – needs, CTO Ray Owen told a Broadband World Forum audience.
Europe Will Need Broadband Diversity, Finds Study, but Which Tech Wins Out?
Ray Le Maistre  
11/24/2016   107 comments
The European Commission's vision of a Gigabit Society will require the deployment of a broad range of ultra-broadband technologies across fiber, copper, HFC and wireless networks, finds study, but the question remains about which tech(s) will dominate.
CES 2019: Three Big Trends, One Silent Star
Fiber Broadband Association  
1/28/2019   94 comments
In this month's blog, Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers shares the one common thread holding together all CES and 5G technologies – from smart toilets and baby monitors to next-gen communications solutions and AI.
Next-Generation Networks Must Be Smart
Niall Hunt  
10/19/2018   82 comments
In order to meet customers' current and future needs, operators are investing in future-proof, flexible and smart networks that leverage open source and standards-based software, reports BBWF's Niall Hunt.
Netflix, Coming Soon to a Cable Operator Near You?
Alison Diana  
7/20/2017   79 comments
Buoyed by the apparent success of agreements with Altice and Comcast, Netflix will pursue similar partnerships with other cable operators, Reed Hastings said during the company's latest earnings call.
Hurricane Harvey: The Industry Responds
Alison Diana  
8/30/2017   76 comments
Cable and teleco operators answer the call for help, donating money, time and other resources to aid in the recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Regional SP Transforms Smart Homes Into Telehealth
Alison Diana  
2/23/2018   76 comments
After deploying a high-performance, remotely monitored whole-home WiFi service for residential customers, Florida service provider ITS Telecom now is starting to work with a local hospital on a telemedicine program.
New Initiative Looks to Open the Mesh & Help ISPs Fight Back
Partner Perspectives  
10/23/2018   73 comments
For many of us, home WiFi systems continue to be a pain almost as often as they are a pleasure. For the operators however, they may just turn out to be an untapped window of opportunity.
5G Isn't Just for Mobile Operators: Ericsson
Alison Diana  
2/22/2019   70 comments
Whether they enter the wireless arena, focus on fiber for backhaul, form an IoT department or team up with mobile operators, fixed-access providers can play a big role in the next iteration of 5G IoT.
Zero-Carbon Mayors Endorse Smart City Opportunities
Alison Diana  
8/27/2018   70 comments
Late last week, 19 mayors from major worldwide cities signed a pledge to ensure new buildings in their cities will operate at net-zero carbon by 203 and all buildings meet this mandate by 2050 — goals that demand high-speed infrastructure and smart-city solutions.
British Bulldogs Howl at Broadband Blues
Alison Diana  
12/20/2017   68 comments
There could be anarchy in the UK now that the country's Conservative government has reneged on a campaign promise to ensure 'superfast broadband' across the nation by 2020.
Consumers Pick Security Options in Smart Home Menu
Alison Diana  
9/14/2017   67 comments
When offered the choice of selecting individual components of a smart home solution, European and US broadband users both chose fire alerts and emergency notifications as the most important options, a Strategy Analytics study finds.
Why Google Fiber Has Stumbled, the Lessons to Learn & Why Moving to Fixed Wireless Won't Solve the Problem
Greg Whelan  
12/16/2016   66 comments
In a series of articles, we are going to try to explain the challenges in deploying broadband successfully – in this, the first, we address the topical discussion around Google Fiber and how it has approached the market.
Pay-TV Providers: Dial In to Innovation, Report Says
Alison Diana  
9/7/2017   65 comments
To successfully compete against OTT, consumers' growing demands for multiscreen and flexible bundles, as well as increased piracy across the world, pay-TV providers need to innovate – fast, according to a new report from NAGRA and MTM.
AT&T on Track to Hit FTTH Target of 67 Major Metros
Anne Morris  
12/19/2016   62 comments
US operator now covers 46 metros with AT&T Fiber.
Google Buries Louisville Fiber Plans
Alison’s Wonderland  
2/7/2019   60 comments
Search engine giant opts to leave Louisville, KY, rather than replace the entire network after nanotrenching technique creates nightmare experience for customers and residents.
USTelecom Panel: Don't Waste $1T on Yesterday's Infrastructure
Alison Diana  
1/27/2017   59 comments
As party leaders on both sides consider huge infrastructure investments, it's vital that road infrastructure and broadband infrastructure combine to deliver IoT-capable, future-facing municipalities and highways, say execs.
ADTRAN's Mosaic Activate Paves Next Steps of Software Journey
Alison Diana  
8/24/2017   59 comments
Software-orchestration solution designed to accelerate new-customer service activation is the first release from ADTRAN's Mosaic Subscriber Solutions & Experience portfolio.
Britain's Broadband Transformation: Beyond the Digital Divide
Alison Diana  
11/22/2017   58 comments
The UK's plan to close its digital divide is the first step in bringing next-generation opportunities to employees across age and skill sets, a new report from BT and Accenture finds.
Huawei's Woes Equal Competitors' Boon
Alison Diana  
12/20/2018   58 comments
Access network vendors like ADTRAN, Calix and Nokia are seeing sales increase as more operators buy their solutions and services due to government bans on Huawei.
Cost to Deploy US Rural Broadband? $20B
Alison Diana  
2/19/2018   57 comments
It will cost less than $20 billion to connect unserved US anchor institutions with fiber, a step that will deliver fiber-based broadband to 95% of the population, a cost analysis conducted for the SHLB Coalition said.
Households Disconnected From Connected Homes
Alison Diana  
3/22/2017   56 comments
Despite efficiencies and cost-savings offered by connected thermostats, alarms and other systems, only 10% of households have plugged in to connected homes, Gartner finds.
Analytics Carve MSO Profit From Home WiFi
Alison Diana  
3/13/2019   56 comments
Some consumers blame everything bad on WiFi, but analytics provide MSOs with insight that can prevent problems and improve the customer experience, said panelists here at CNG2019.
Why Fiber Matters for the Modern Home
Fiber Broadband Association  
11/5/2018   55 comments
In her debut column for Broadband World News, FBA President and CEO Lisa R. Youngers discusses the multiple roles fiber supports – from teleworker to entrepreneur – for today's residential users.
Could Brexit Boost Britain's Broadband?
Alison Diana  
9/26/2017   53 comments
Handled correctly, the United Kingdom could improve broadband connectivity after it leaves the European Union, according to a new report from the Carnegie UK Trust.
Service Provider Finds Healthy Way to Use Gigabit Broadband
Alison Diana  
11/29/2018   53 comments
Having met telehealth provider Docity at a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities event, Chattanooga provider EPB began a pilot program with some local clinics and found the solution was just what the doctor ordered.
Broadband Downgrade: How the FCC Is Failing the Nation
Jared Brown  
10/6/2017   51 comments
If the Federal Communications Commission changes the definition of high-speed broadband to 10 Mbps down / 1 Mbps up, the country and its residents will suffer, argues guest columnist Jared Brown, a fiber consultant.
AT&T's Zeto: Smart Cities Are Built on Platforms
Alison Diana  
1/15/2019   50 comments
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Broadband Boosts Australia's Economy
Niall Hunt  
10/24/2018   49 comments
The NBN deployment of wholesale broadband infrastructure throughout most of the nation should propel Australia from the bottom ten to the top ten OECD countries, according to the 2018 'Connecting Australia' report.
Pay-TV Partnerships Could Ease OTT Overload
Alison Diana  
5/25/2018   49 comments
With more than 200 OTT services now available and a growing number of households equipped with high-speed broadband, US consumers face video-choice meltdown, and that could generate opportunities for savvy cablecos.
Comcast Out, Weekend In
Alison Diana  
6/29/2018   49 comments
A fiber cut by a contractor created a Comcast outage impacting business and residential Internet, video and voice customers around the US and, potentially, other operators, the giant provider said on Friday afternoon. Bad news for profits, good news perhaps for local watering holes.
2017: A Year of Toolkits & Software-Defined Networks
Alison Diana  
12/22/2017   48 comments
In the last 12 months, operators opted to choose from the growing array of access network technologies available to them, while simultaneously investing in more virtualization, SDNs and software-defined access for internal infrastructure.
In Quality We Trust: Operators Try to Reverse CX Trend
Alison Diana  
5/17/2018   47 comments
US companies lose $75 billion annually to poor customer experience — and operators are using technologies to decrease the amount they're responsible for.
Google in 'The Case of the Minimal Microtrenching'
Alison Diana  
6/22/2018   46 comments
Savings money on micro trenching doesn't count if you have to come back and pay to repave neighborhood streets and replace fiber damaged by road construction.
Operators Unlock Millennials' Smart Homes
Alison Diana  
3/28/2018   46 comments
Millennials are, unsurprisingly, enthusiastic about smart home technologies, but devices' interoperability could derail IoT popularity unless service providers send the right marketing message.
Q1 Subscriber Update: Cable Wins, Telecoms Lose
Alison Diana  
5/23/2017   45 comments
During the first quarter of 2017, cable operators gained about 1 million subscribers in this period, while the top telephone companies lost approximately 45,000 subscribers, according to a recent study by Leichtman Research Group.
Broadband's 'A Key & a Kite' Moment
Mari Silbey  
9/19/2016   43 comments
Why do we need gigabit broadband?
SD-Access: The Foundation for Transformation
Alison Diana  
11/17/2017   43 comments
During a recent UBB2020 Radio show, ADTRAN executive Robert Conger detailed the revolutionary role SD-Access plays in telco and cable operators' network – and business – transformations.
Democrats Push a 'Better Broadband Deal'
Alison Diana  
9/29/2017   43 comments
House and Senate Democrats propose a $40-billion investment to connect rural communities to ultra-broadband.
Reykjavik Fibre CEO: BBWF Star & Iceland's Fiber Fave?
Niall Hunt  
10/9/2018   43 comments
2017 People's Choice Winner Erling Gudmundsson talks about being nominated again before this year's Broadband World Forum, the importance of a building a great team and working toward one shared vision.
Trump's Rural Broadband Picture Cloudy
Carol Wilson  
1/11/2018   43 comments
Both Trump and his USDA chief say better Internet connectivity is critical for economic development in rural US, but the picture of how that is funded remains cloudy.
The Dumb Side of DIY Smart Homes
Alison’s Wonderland  
6/11/2018   42 comments
More consumers want do-it-yourself smart home devices. But that approach defeats the whole purpose of smart homes – spending more time with family and getting out of household chores.
Build-Your-Own Bundle Builds Momentum
Alison Diana  
6/29/2017   42 comments
After reaching a peak this year, operators' pre-packaged bundles will slowly make way for DIY bundles, where consumers build on ultra-broadband as the basis for self-selected OTT and VoIP services, says Ovum.
Ultra-Broadband Can Heal Telehealth's Wounds
Alison Diana  
4/24/2017   40 comments
Telehealth should be worth $30 million by 2020, but that's only if all providers can access the ultra-broadband speeds and latency performance bandwidth-hungry applications like imaging and radiology need.
France's Iliad Gets a Broadband Trouncing
Iain Morris  
11/16/2016   40 comments
When it comes to broadband subscriber growth, Iliad lost out badly in the third quarter.
Comcast: No More Cable Company
Alison Diana  
9/14/2018   40 comments
The MSO has pivoted from being a traditional cable operator into a connectivity provider, said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York this week.
FCC's Net Neutrality Showdown Slated for December
Alison Diana  
11/16/2017   39 comments
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai plans a December 14 vote to reclassify ISPs and end net neutrality laws, according to Reuters.
Fiber Bolsters Orange's Financials
Alison Diana  
2/23/2017   39 comments
Orange's focus on fiber paid off, as a close look at the service provider's 2016 earnings shows.
European Cable Operators' Broadband Investments Pay Off: Report
Alison Diana  
3/9/2017   39 comments
Even as they roll out DOCSIS 3.1 trials, European cable companies see early broadband deployments reap new customers and revenue.
China's Heavy Broadband Adoption Extends Nation's Technology Lead
Alison Diana  
1/31/2017   38 comments
China's continued speedy adoption of broadband will position the nation's consumers, educators, government and businesses for growth.
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