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Emergency Broadband Connections Act enters frame as pandemic drags on
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/30/2020   Post a comment
New bill arrives as FCC Chairman's voluntary connectivity pledge with ISPs reaches its expiration date.
Cox Business rises to the remote workforce challenge
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/24/2020   Post a comment
Like Comcast and AT&T, Cox's business services unit has tailored its commercial offerings to suit customers that have been forced to support a growing remote workforce during the pandemic.
Cable's upstream still getting a workout during pandemic
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/18/2020   Post a comment
Overall peak usage on US cable networks continues to flatten out and even decline slightly, but sustained higher levels of usage on the upstream path have persisted, according to the latest data from the NCTA.
Cable to blaze a long trail to its DAA future
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/16/2020   Post a comment
Cable adoption of a distributed access architecture has slowed during the pandemic, but execs believe DAA fits well with the long-term success of the HFC networks.
Global broadband access market takes a dive in Q1
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/9/2020   Post a comment
Revenues for the total sector dropped 15% in the pandemic-impacted period, coupled with a 22% decline in cable access 'concentrator' revenues, according to Dell'Oro Group.
Starry secures foothold in US broadband market
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
Fixed wireless startup is taking a slow path to success, but Starry's base is growing by 10% per month and is poised to end 2020 with about 100,000 subs, an industry analyst says.
Viasat tees up LEO satellite broadband plan to reach rural US
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
It faces an uphill climb, but Viasat is exploring a plan to build 300 low-earth orbit satellites that could deliver low-latency broadband service and qualify for the US Rural Digital Opportunities Fund.
US cable still 'punching above its weight' against FTTH competition – analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/28/2020   Post a comment
Cable ops continued to gain ground against broadband rivals in Q1 2020 amid the early stages of the pandemic and a recent surge in new household formation.
Comcast confirms commitment to Full Duplex DOCSIS
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/21/2020   Post a comment
The pandemic has caused the operator to redeploy some of its network engineering resources, but Comcast says it remains bullish on its FDX initiative.
'NextGen TV' poised to become a new broadband pipe
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/20/2020   Post a comment
FCC's Brendan Carr is proposing to remove regulatory overhangs that will help establish ATSC 3.0 as a 'Broadcast Internet' platform that can beam out 25 Mbit/s data streams.
How broadband networks could make room for 8K video
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/19/2020   Post a comment
Video engineers are already noodling on tools and encoding techniques that can lessen the strain on networks when pixel-packed 8K video comes on the scene in a much bigger way.
Cable One gets a fix on wireless
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/12/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator says it has invested in two wireless ISPs to help it beam broadband service beyond the reach of its wired networks.
Broadband usage surged 47% in Q1 to 402.5 GB per user – OpenVault
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/4/2020   Post a comment
Data collected from ISPs during the pandemic also shows an exponential rise in power users that consume at least 1 terabyte per month.
COVID-19 data surge is wake-up call for cable's weak upstream
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/29/2020   Post a comment
Cable's lithe upstream pipe survived recent data spikes, but the increased demand is accelerating discussions about 'mid-splits' and other moves that would expand and augment the HFC upstream, CommScope exec says.
Comcast sees spike in 'xFi' usage
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/23/2020   Post a comment
During the pandemic, cable op said it's seen a 57% increase in people tapping into a digital dashboard that helps broadband customers manage – and even pause – their home Wi-Fi network.
Comcast: Network peak usage has plateaued in most markets
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/16/2020   Post a comment
New data fits in with what other US cable operators are seeing following initial spikes caused by increased residential broadband usage as millions hunkered down at home.
Frontier hopes to slash $10B in debt as it flips to Chapter 11
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/15/2020   1 comment
Struggling company says it has $1.1 billion in liquidity heading into pre-arranged restructuring.
Technicolor leans on lessons to strengthen supply chains during pandemic
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/14/2020   Post a comment
Use of C.A.R.T. principles, lessons from recent component shortages and trade wars have helped the key CPE vendor prepare for the supply chain challenges wrought by the COVID-19 crisis.
Peak upstream and downstream demand climbs at Charter
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/13/2020   Post a comment
Daytime Internet traffic in some homes has doubled or tripled from pre-pandemic levels, according to CTO Stephanie Mitchko-Beale.
US broadband usage starting to plateau – OpenVault
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/7/2020   Post a comment
Upstream usage is up just 2.3% and downstream usage is down almost 6% in monitored markets that are under stay-at-home orders, according to ISP data gathered from the week of March 30-April 3.
Frontier's fiber follies fed its financial fate
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/3/2020   Post a comment
As Frontier creeps toward a reorg and possible bankruptcy filing, the telecom says a 'significant under-investment' in fiber has put it behind the 8-ball.
Tracking the network data trends during the COVID-19 crisis
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/2/2020   Post a comment
NCTA, Comcast, Nokia and BroadbandNow relay updates on how broadband networks are coping with data surges as millions of consumers work, study and entertain themselves at home.
OneWeb turns to Chapter 11, seeks sale
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/30/2020   Post a comment
Satellite broadband startup says talks to fully fund the company through deployment and commercial launch fell through, citing the financial impact caused by the spread of COVID-19.
Trump signs Broadband DATA Act
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/24/2020   Post a comment
Initiative aims to improve FCC's outdated broadband maps, but Commission Chairman Ajit Pai warns it will be delayed unless Congress moves quickly to fully fund it.
Say hello to Ziply Fiber
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/20/2020   Post a comment
That'll be the new brand for the northwest operations of Frontier Communications soon to be acquired by WaveDivision Capital.
COVID-19: More ISPs relax data caps to help customers
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/17/2020   Post a comment
But consumer groups urge all broadband service providers to put their usage-based data policies on ice.
BBWN Bites: ONF's Berlin lab to focus on SEBA, VOLTHA
Ray Le Maistre  
3/12/2020   Post a comment
Also in this broadband sector roundup: Why the UK needs more than just fiber investment promises; CityFibre tackles 'white finger'; FTTH dominates Portugal's fixed broadband lines.
5G rollouts give Dasan Zhone hope for 2020 growth
Ray Le Maistre  
3/12/2020   Post a comment
Vendor is well placed to benefit from 5G network investments in South Korea and Japan, where Rakuten Mobile is a customer.
US Senate stamps Broadband DATA Act
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Organizations applaud passing of act aimed at fixing outdated broadband maps illustrating who has – and who lacks – access to high-speed Internet service.
Express delivery for the UK
Mark Weller  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Rail and motorway networks are prime candidates for speeding full fiber Britain.
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: Italy's TIM turns to KKR for broadband inspiration
Ray Le Maistre  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Also in this smorgasbord of broadband and optical network news: Virgin Media boasts of 'insourcing'; Megacable invests in GPON; KPN goes big on Gigabit; Huawei and Ciena boast 800G action with operators; the Broadband Forum gives out gongs; and more.
US cable must be wary of emerging broadband threats
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Fixed wireless broadband is 'most important threat' facing cable broadband while new satellite-based options should be met with a cautious eye, analyst says.
The long goodbye: Nokia in limbo as Suri steps down as CEO
Ray Le Maistre  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
Nokia has named Pekka Lundmark as its new president and CEO but he doesn't start until September.
Charter to splash out $10M for new small business-focused fund
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/27/2020   Post a comment
New Spectrum Community Investment Local Fund focuses on small businesses in underserved parts of Charter's footprint.
ETSI launches fixed network group – but why?
Ray Le Maistre  
2/26/2020   1 comment
Specifications body forms a new group dedicated to fiber network architectures and broadband evolution, but what new ground is it covering?
Charter dinged $18.8M to settle California broadband speed suit
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/21/2020   Post a comment
Allegations center on Time Warner Cable's use of deceptive and misleading practices to get thousands of customers to buy high-speed tiers the operator couldn't deliver.
Viasat touts ARPU growth over broadband subscriber gains
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/7/2020   Post a comment
Viasat notched record ARPU for its US consumer satellite broadband service in fiscal Q3 as subscribers opted for speedier, more expensive tiers.
Facebook flicks the switch on new fiber rollout model
Ray Le Maistre  
2/6/2020   4 comments
Facebook says it has developed a 'technology solution' that enables fiber to be deployed along electrical grid infrastructure in a very cost-effective way and has licensed that solution for free to startup NetEquity Networks.
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.
There's no wireless without wires, no 5G without fiber
Fiber Broadband Association  
1/30/2020   1 comment
Operators such as Verizon have committed to investing in thousands of miles of fiber to support their 5G infrastructures, a vital component of this next-gen cellular technology that's expected to transform the world.
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.
How to Transform Your Business Model & Grow Revenue – Webinar
Alison Diana  
1/16/2020   Post a comment
On Jan. 23, Broadband World News hosts a Calix-sponsored webinar that explores several ways CSPs can enhance customer experience and find new business opportunities to avoid devolving into a speed race where nobody wins, not even the customer.
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.
Three Key Decisions Operators Must Make in 2020
Daniel Grossman  
12/31/2019   Post a comment
Next year many operators must decide whether to invest more in HFC or go all-in to fiber, pick their PON and choose their managed-WiFi path, writes analyst Dan Grossman, who also recommends providers bundle managed WiFi and analytics to best serve residential subscribers -- and operators' own businesses.
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.
Cisco Offers Single Chip Approach to IP Transport
Alison Diana  
12/12/2019   Post a comment
STC, Comcast and NTT Communications are among the operators interested in using Cisco's Silicon One, part of the vendor's newly unveiled unified single silicon architecture for routers that is designed to slash testing costs and time.
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