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PON OLT momentum a bright spot in dim broadband access market
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/5/2020   Post a comment
PON OLT revenues surged 16% in 2019 while the cable access network market dropped 30%, according to Dell'Oro.
BBWN Bites: Genesis heralds a new chapter for Gfast
Ray Le Maistre  
2/25/2020   Post a comment
Also in this news roundup: KPN sounds death knell for copper; WOW gets friendly with OTTs; Humax targets the cable CPE sector; and more from around the globe.
USDA invests $146M in rural broadband infrastructure this week alone
Alison Diana  
1/31/2020   1 comment
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix CEO: 2020 Is a 'Year of Revenue & Profit Growth'
Alison Diana  
1/30/2020   1 comment
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
BT Takes Back Ex-Subs' Routers, Set-Top Boxes
Alison Diana  
1/29/2020   Post a comment
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Broadband Forum Takes on Carrier-Grade WiFi Challenge
Alison Diana  
1/24/2020   3 comments
The industry standards organization is looking to ease operator pain from residential WiFi, while it also sees initiatives in connected home and other projects bear fruit.
Prysmian Group Wins $38M Rural Contract From Mexican Government
Alison Diana  
1/15/2020   Post a comment
Prysmian is working for a government-owned Mexican company to connect remote regions of the country with high-speed broadband.
The State of States' Broadband Mapping
Alison’s Wonderland  
1/7/2020   3 comments
The lack of an accurate broadband map means states and counties including Illinois, Georgia and Roanoke, Va., must tackle this issue themselves before spending their residents' money on deploying infrastructure.
NY's Governor Cuomo Is in a Net Neut State of Mind
Alison Diana  
12/20/2019   Post a comment
Governor Andrew Cuomo details how he wants to bring net neutrality back to the Empire State.
KPN Banks on Hybrid Access Tech to Retain Rural Subs
Alison Diana  
12/16/2019   Post a comment
Dutch incumbent is leveraging its mobile network and copper infrastructure to bring speeds of at least 50 Mbit/s to rural subscribers at a reasonable price.
Telenet Tags SAM for IoT Home Security
Alison Diana  
12/9/2019   Post a comment
European cable operator partners with SAM Seamless Network to provide residential customers with software-based cybersecurity solution for all connected devices.
GAO: Rural Broadband's High-Cost Payment Program Saddled With Too Much Fraud-Risk
Alison Diana  
11/26/2019   Post a comment
The federal watchdog agency recommends the FCC consider eliminating the old cost-accounting program since it's more prone to fraud than the alternative reimbursement method among small, rural providers that receive about $2.5 billion annually to deploy broadband.
Climate Change Cries Out for Infrastructure That Withstands the Storm
Fiber Broadband Association  
11/21/2019   Post a comment
The strength of natural disasters like hurricanes is worsening, scientists say, and it's imperative that broadband infrastructures can withstand or be speedily repaired post-catastrophe, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers.
New CEO Will Lead Frontier Communications' Future – Report
Alison Diana  
11/11/2019   Post a comment
After suffering many quarters of financial and broadband subscriber losses, Frontier Communications' bond owners are ready for dramatic change – including a replacement for CEO Dan McCarthy (pictured), Bloomberg reports today, citing several sources.
ADTRAN's Revenues Plunge in Q3
Alison Diana  
10/31/2019   Post a comment
Slowed or paused purchasing by two major international operators, DT & Telmex, causes ADTRAN's third-quarter revenues to fall 22.9%.
GVTC VP: Managed WiFi Is a Must-Have Service
Alison Diana  
10/29/2019   Post a comment
Managed WiFi delivers so much value to subscribers and the provider that it's a mandatory part of the Texas telecom coop's Premium WiFi service.
Calix Q3 Earnings Show Transition Is (Slowly) Underway
Alison Diana  
10/25/2019   Post a comment
Calix must overcome ties to its hardware-based past and return to positive earnings, something CEO Carl Russo predicts will happen soon -- pointing to the vendor's flat Q3 earnings and uptick in Verizon orders as positive financial indicators.
What Service Providers Should Know About WiFi 6
Partner Perspectives  
10/18/2019   Post a comment
With WiFi 6, service providers are equipped to give subscribers high-quality support without the overhead associated with truck rolls or technician visits, writes Greg Owens, senior director of product marketing at Calix.
ADTRAN Warns of Tier 1 Slowdown, but Other Biz Grows 20% in Q3
Alison Diana  
10/10/2019   Post a comment
Excluding DT and Telmex, which were on a purchasing hiatus in Q3, ADTRAN business grew 20% over the prior quarter and generated an estimated $114 million.
Turning the Keys to State-of-the-Art 5G mmWave
Partner Perspectives  
10/9/2019   Post a comment
'Millimeter wave is key to 5G, a path to extending the reach of wireless broadband service – and opening new opportunities for operators around the globe,' says Anders Storm, CEO at Sivers IMA.
USDA Sows $152M Crop of Rural Broadband Funds
Alison Diana  
10/8/2019   Post a comment
The US Department of Agriculture is investing to provide or improve rural broadband in 14 states, across 20 projects.
Overwhelmed by Growing SVoD Fees & Choice, More Subs Become Pirates
Alison’s Wonderland  
10/2/2019   Post a comment
As more streaming video providers enter the market and consumers find it harder to locate content, they're returning to piracy.
Telemedicine Saves Almost $4K Per Diabetic, CoBank Tells FCC
Alison Diana  
9/19/2019   Post a comment
Broadband-infrastructure financial firm CoBank found rural Type II diabetes patients felt better, had improved relationships with their healthcare providers -- and saved money, when they had high-speed-powered telemedicine.
DOCSIS 3.1: A Calm Before the D4 Storm
Alison Diana  
9/11/2019   Post a comment
As some MSOs consider the direction of their future DOCSIS investments and others embrace full-fiber, most D3.1 adopters will finalize roll-outs this year.
Broadband Forum Updates Quality of Experience Delivered Initiative
Alison Diana  
9/4/2019   Post a comment
Industry organization's third-quarter meeting features demonstration of QED implementation and release of Broadband Forum architecture report.
ADTRAN CEO Tom Stanton Q&A: All Access All the Time
Alison Diana  
8/21/2019   8 comments
In a one-on-one interview with Broadband World News, ADTRAN Chairman and CEO Tom Stanton speaks about the vendor's success with a new breed of broadband providers, today's competitive environment and, yes, Verizon and NG-PON2.
BBWF Interview: NOS's Manuel Eanes on the Smart Home Opp for Telcos
Broadband World Forum Perspectives  
8/19/2019   5 comments
Five years ago, NOS board member Manuel Ramalho Eanes helped steer the Portuguese service provider toward a future heavily reliant on smart homes and cities. It's a decision the provider is glad it made.
Illinois' $420M Broadband Program Is Part of National Trend
Alison Diana  
8/19/2019   7 comments
Governor JB Pritzker introduced the Broadband Advisory Panel, consisting of 25 private citizens and government professionals, who will work with ISPs to guide Illinois' $420 million investment in broadband infrastructure.
BBWF Interview: Slovak Telekom's Branimir Maric on Next-Gen Networks, FTTH & 5G
Broadband World Forum Perspectives  
8/14/2019   4 comments
Branimir Maric, CTIO at Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic, discusses the rise and future of the next-generation network, and the challenges and opportunities that are ahead.
ADTRAN Connects Operators to Smart-Home Opportunity
Alison Diana  
8/13/2019   5 comments
ADTRAN kicks open the door to connected home opportunity for operators, integrating SmartRG into Mosaic Subscriber Experience Suite and debuting new products.
Broadband Forum's Connected-Home Standard Gathers Momentum
Alison Diana  
8/9/2019   11 comments
The industry association's latest iteration of its popular TR-069 standard was specifically developed to help providers remotely manage and control smart-home networks.
Frontier Posts $5.2B Loss That Includes $5.4B Goodwill Write-Down
Alison Diana  
8/7/2019   6 comments
Frontier earned revenue of $2.07 billion, but $5.4 billion goodwill write-down goes toward losses on sale of assets and operations and restructuring expenses, plus potential future costs.
BBWF Interview: BT's Ben Azvine on the Impact of AI, ML on Cybersecurity & IT
Broadband World Forum Perspectives  
8/7/2019   7 comments
BT uses advanced monitoring capabilities as well as traditional firewalls and intrusion prevention systems to boost its cybersecurity capabilities, Global Head of Security & Innovation Ben Azvine tells Broadband World Forum in an interview preview of his BBWF 2019 presentation in Amsterdam in October.
German Fibercos Going Up for Sale – Report
Iain Morris  
8/2/2019   2 comments
Inexio and Deutsche Glasfaser could attract interest from infrastructure investors or other broadband players, reports Reuters.
Diversity Will Soon Lead Calix Back to Profitability: CEO Russo
Alison Diana  
7/24/2019   17 comments
Calix continues to diversify its customers and solutions, extend the market for its more profitable platform and services and has almost transferred its supply chain from China, CEO Carl Russo tells investors.
ADTRAN's Diversification Adds Up to $156.4M in Q2 Revenue
Alison Diana  
7/19/2019   5 comments
Vendor expands focus into MSOs and utilities, increases fiber sales and extends efforts in global territories, as part of initiative to decrease reliance on CSPs.
DOCSIS 3.1 Gains New Ground
Alison Diana  
7/17/2019   7 comments
Some operators expand existing D3.1 infrastructure, while others discover fiber-only is too slow and expensive to meet subscribers' needs quickly enough to keep them happy.
Piracy to Swipe $12.5B in Video Revenue by 2024 – Report
Alison Diana  
7/16/2019   30 comments
Piracy and account sharing are taking a sizable bite from operators' content revenue, with incumbents and OTT startups feeling the financial hurt.
FCC Seeks to Streamline Satellite Regs as Bezos & Musk Ready for Space Battle.
Alison Diana  
7/10/2019   4 comments
The FCC drafts changes to accelerate its satellite review process about a week after Amazon's Project Kuiper files an application with the agency in the fast-moving space broadband race.
FCC Explores MDU Broadband Regulation
Alison Diana  
7/10/2019   2 comments
Federal agency suggests that mandating competition and infrastructure sharing will discourage MDU buildouts and perpetuate the digital divide.
NBN Moves Goal Post for Rollout Victory
Alison Diana  
7/3/2019   5 comments
Australian broadband operator met lowered targets for premises passed and activated accounts for its fiscal year and most recent quarter.
Openreach Bumps Up Gfast Download Specs
Alison Diana  
7/2/2019   19 comments
British wholesaler Openreach increases its minimum-mandated Gfast download speed to 120 MHz.
Better Broadband Gets Better Scores for USDA Funding
Alison Diana  
6/17/2019   15 comments
The US Department of Agriculture gives high points to those operators providing symmetric, high-speed infrastructure when considering loan and grant applicants.
Rural Is Central to Frontier's $1.35B Broadband Sale
Alison’s Wonderland  
5/29/2019   6 comments
The operator is selling its wireline network across four mainly rural states, areas in which it has invested federal CAF II funds to bridge the digital divide.
Broadband Forum Opens Connected Home to Standards
Alison Diana  
5/21/2019   9 comments
Organization extends popular TR-069 standard for use in smart homes, looking to simplify and standardize market for vendors, operators and end users.
How Amazon & SpaceX Could Reshape Broadband Competition – Report
Alison Diana  
5/15/2019   11 comments
By slashing subscriber pricing by more than $30 billion annually, Low Earth Orbit satellite companies led by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as well as OneWeb have the potential to usher in a whole new era of broadband.
DASAN Zhone Credits Breadth of Products for Strong Q1
Alison Diana  
5/13/2019   1 comment
Ability to deliver copper- and fiber-based technologies to service providers around the world helped DZS beat expectations and boost revenue to start 2019.
BT Openreach to Ramp Up Fiber Rollout
Alison Diana  
5/9/2019   1 comment
Openreach will increase fiber rollouts by one-third within the next 18 to 24 months and 50% by the mid-2020s, said BT CEO Philip Jansen.
Calix's Revenue Dinged by Supply Chain, but Strategy Paying Off
Alison Diana  
5/1/2019   1 comment
Problems with supply chain hurt Calix Q1 revenue, but other metrics demonstrated the company is on the right transformational path, said CEO and President Carl Russo.
Vodafone: Use Quality Attenuation to Escape Gig Speed Trap
Alison Diana  
4/26/2019   7 comments
A Broadband Forum initiative, led by Vodafone and Predictable Network Solutions, encourages operators to use quality attenuation to cut capex, increase performance and step away from the gigabit-broadband race to the bottom, says Vodafone's Gavin Young.
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