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Verizon's NGPON2 Investment Starts to Pay Off
Alison Diana  
2/21/2019   Post a comment
With its multi-year investment in next-generation PON beginning to show a return, Verizon's Intelligent Edge Network is now a reality, CEO Hans Vestberg told attendees of the Verizon 2019 Investor Meeting today.
Under the Hood of Telefónica's Optical Transport Disaggregation Project
Niall Hunt  
2/20/2019   1 comment
Juan Pedro Fernandez-Palacios, head of Transport Technology and Planning at Telefónica GCTIO, discusses the benefits of disaggregation in a broadband-hungry world.
How Next-Gen Optical Networks Support 5G
Niall Hunt  
2/19/2019   1 comment
Disaggregration and standardization help optical network vendors advance their technologies while keeping costs in check – a big trend and topic of discussion during NGON & DCI World at the Acropolis in Nice.
Spectrum Enterprise Survey Points to Better, Broadband-Powered Healthcare
Alison Diana  
2/11/2019   3 comments
A HIMSS Analytics survey, sponsored by Spectrum Enterprise, identifies five patient experience initiatives to where healthcare providers can boost the customer experience and bring in higher margins using advanced broadband networks.
Calix CEO: 'We're Going to Drive Over 50%'
Alison Diana  
2/6/2019   4 comments
Partner ecosystem is getting more diverse and Calix relies on broader base of service providers to sell, support and use its software- and cloud-based offerings, President and CEO Carl Russo tells analysts.
Metro Transport Is Overrunning Access
Daniel Grossman  
2/4/2019   3 comments
The boundary between the two market segments is blurring, most apparently in cable, where DAA and fiber-deep are reshaping the access network.
Net Neutrality Advocates Predict Victory
Alison Diana  
2/1/2019   5 comments
Mozilla COO Denelle Dixon and petitioners start oral arguments in the D.C. Circuit Court on Feb. 1, and expect the diversity of laws cited to play a big role in the court's ruling.
Fiber Kicks Super Bowl Communications Out of the Stadium
Alison Diana  
2/1/2019   8 comments
Like Tom Brady, mobile gets most of the spotlight during the Super Bowl ramp-up. But don't underestimate the role of fiber optic cable, working steadily in the background to ensure the quarterback can make a touchdown.
CES 2019: Three Big Trends, One Silent Star
Fiber Broadband Association  
1/28/2019   27 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.
Open Fiber Inks Nokia Deal to Close Digital Divide
Alison Diana  
1/24/2019   7 comments
Under agreement signed today, Nokia will provide fiber-based GPON products and services to Italian wholesaler for deployment of Gigabit Society broadband access network in rural regions.
ADTRAN's 2018 Earnings Set Up Strong Year
Alison Diana  
1/24/2019   2 comments
After posting year-end and fourth-quarter earnings, ADTRAN kicks off 2019 with strong demand across its product line, including Gfast, EPON, DOCSIS and fiber technologies, and continued work in NG-PON2 with Verizon.
Broadband Forum 2019: Focused on Services
Alison Diana  
1/17/2019   16 comments
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
Why Did FCC Kill NTIA's Broadband Map?
Alison’s Wonderland  
1/16/2019   5 comments
After NTIA asked for public comments on map improvements in October 2018, the FCC decommissioned the agency's broadband map in early December but did not say whether it will use any of the public's great ideas on its own (largely panned) map.
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.
Net Neutrality: It's Not Dead Yet
Alison’s Wonderland  
1/9/2019   23 comments
The case of Mozilla v. FCC is slated to begin in the D.C. Circuit Court on Feb. 1, marking what's expected to be the beginning of a protracted legal battle that may continue well into the 2020 presidential race.
The Oracles From Oracle Communications: 2019 Predictions
Alison Diana  
1/4/2019   25 comments
In a brief Q&A, Mayank Choudhary, director of Global Product Marketing for Oracle Communications looks into 2019's anticipated trends.
Ovum: 4 Broadband Trends for 2019
Alison Diana  
1/3/2019   29 comments
Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at Ovum, shares some of the major broadband trends she expects in the new year.
Nokia Creates Motley Crew at Fixed Networks Unit
Ray Le Maistre  
12/31/2018   11 comments
Sandra Motley will be President of Nokia's Fixed Networks Business Group starting January 1.
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.
Digital Transformation Cuts Capex, Opex & Adds to Bottom Line – Report
Alison Diana  
12/17/2018   7 comments
Arthur D. Little report quantifies the benefits of telcos' own digital transformation -- and warns laggards it may be too late soon.
FCC Finally Defines Broadband for All
Alison’s Wonderland  
12/14/2018   12 comments
At its meeting, the Federal Communications Commission increased the speed of acceptable rural broadband and increased funding for providers, delivering it to households and businesses in the countryside.
What's the Deal With WiFi 6 & Broadband?
Alison Diana  
12/6/2018   19 comments
Many traditional telco vendors are incorporating WiFi 6 in their products – and that's good news for service providers targeting residential customers, smart cities and other markets.
Brazil's Oi: Reusing Fiber for FTTH & 5G
Alison Diana  
12/5/2018   4 comments
Thanks to a new strategy and partnerships, one of Brazil's top service providers is ready to meet the country's anticipated surge in demand for fixed and mobile broadband connectivity.
Microsoft: Half the US Has no Internet at Broadband Speed
Alison Diana  
12/4/2018   10 comments
The FCC's unscientific measures under-represent the number of Americans without broadband, making it imperative for the public and private sectors to work together on bridging the digital divide, says Microsoft President Brand Smith.
Cisco VNI: A Map to Many Operator Opportunities
Alison Diana  
11/27/2018   11 comments
Within today's Cisco Visual Networking Index, service providers find insight that supports new lines of business or market opportunities.
FCC Plan: Faster Speeds for Rural Residents
Alison Diana  
11/26/2018   15 comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to change the rules — and speeds — for at least one rural fixed-broadband plan, expecting the move will add value for providers and subscribers.
Nokia Set for New Fixed Networks Chief
Ray Le Maistre  
11/13/2018   2 comments
Nokia's long-time head of fixed networking gear has been given a new role at the vendor, but his replacement hasn't been named.
Vendors Attack Broadband Cable's Power Costs
Alison Diana  
11/9/2018   8 comments
By thinking green, vendors can help save the environment and reduce operators' energy bills – perhaps by a lot.
BBWF: All Broadband Led to Berlin
Niall Hunt  
11/2/2018   9 comments
A snapshot of Broadband World Forum 2018 highlights and trends, as captured by Niall Hunt in words and photos.
With Amazon Alexa, Calix Translates Smart Home Opp Into Reality
Alison Diana  
10/31/2018   13 comments
Calix released two GigaSpire models powered by EXOS, one with built-in Amazon Alexa, designed to give operators the platform-based foundation to build a services-oriented smart homes business.
Calix Dulls Sharp Network Edge With Intelligent Access
Alison Diana  
10/31/2018   2 comments
With the release of the AXOS Intelligent Access Edge solution, Calix cuts out complexity, adds flexibility to bring Layer 3 functionality, including MPLS, to Layer 2 access networks.
How Verizon & Calix Unlocked NGPON2
Alison Diana  
10/30/2018   33 comments
At Calix ConneXions in Las Vegas, Lee Hicks of Verizon announced it now has an 8Gbp/s NGPON2 production network and already is enjoying the benefits this integrated solution provides.
ADTRAN CTO Shares Five Pillars of Networking: BBWN Radio
Alison Diana  
10/30/2018   7 comments
Recently returned from Broadband World Forum in Berlin, ADTRAN CTO, EMEA & & APAC Regions, Ronan Kelly will share highlights of his keynote and the 'Five Pillars of Networking,' the foundation of operator transformation via open source, SD-Access and more.
Verizon: NG-PON2 Network Is in Production
Alison Diana  
10/29/2018   3 comments
The former commercial test network in Tampa now provides subscribers with about 8 Gbit/s, Lee Hicks, vice president of network planning at Verizon, told the Calix ConneXions audience in a keynote today.
Broadband Boosts Australia's Economy
Niall Hunt  
10/24/2018   41 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.
BT CTIO: Collaborate to Improve Customer Service
Niall Hunt  
10/24/2018   15 comments
Service provider collaboration must go beyond standards bodies, BT CTIO Howard Watson told a packed keynote session on Wednesday morning. CSPs must share results from trials and more to improve customer experience, he said.
Chorus Hits High Notes With Commitment & Culture
Niall Hunt  
10/23/2018   10 comments
During her keynote at Broadband World Forum today, Chorus CEO Kate McKenzie discussed the New Zealand market, fiber deployments, digital divide and what makes the wholesaler stand out.
ISPs Sue Vermont Over Net Neutrality Rules
Alison Diana  
10/19/2018   15 comments
Two weeks after taking California to court, industry groups American Cable Association, NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, USTelecom and CTIA have Vermont in their sights.
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.
Smart Home Residents Tend to Have Some Security Savvy
Alison Diana  
10/18/2018   9 comments
A study by Internet firewall vendor Cujo AI underscores residential IoT subscribers' interest in keeping their smart homes secure.
ADTRAN's 'Single Biggest EPON Award' Sets Stage for Growth
Alison Diana  
10/17/2018   7 comments
Networking vendor beats analysts estimates, in part due to new 10-Gig EPON deal with large MSO, super vectoring sale to tier two provider and continued success in rural America, among others.
Coop Gives a Damn About Infrastructure
Alison Diana  
10/16/2018   2 comments
Beaver Creek Cooperative Telephone Co. needs to replace its legacy system with a future-proof solution that integrated with its enterprise Ethernet offering, had available professional services – but did not break the bank.
Nokia: Network Slicing, FWA & GPON Interop for Starters
Alison Diana  
10/11/2018   11 comments
Nokia kicks off a busy October by announcing a fixed access network slicing solution, PON interoperability approach and antennas that make a sound business case for 4G fixed wireless residential service.
A Personal Coach to Improve Your Firm's Fitness
Partner Perspectives  
10/10/2018   9 comments
Given their complexity and the number of high-speed demands placed on them, operators could use a "medical checkup for the network," writes Eddy Vergauwen, who leads global services marketing activities for Nokia's Fixed Networks.
ISPs vs. California: Net Neutrality Battle Heads West
Alison Diana  
10/4/2018   15 comments
After California enacted its own net neutrality law on Tuesday, heavy-hitting trade groups struck back Wednesday, filing a lawsuit to throw out a rule they claim extends beyond California and beyond the 2015 Order.
FCC No Longer Requires Cable Data Under Oath
Alison Diana  
9/27/2018   17 comments
This week the FCC did away with Form 325, an annual data-collection tool the Commission rarely used. Public interest groups question whether the FCC should have, instead, figured out how to best use the data.
As Remote PHY Nears, No Time to Spare
Jim Walsh  
9/20/2018   13 comments
As MSOs add networking equipment to support the growing number of node counts, rack space and power-cooling capacities at hub sites, DAA technologies such as Remote PHY become even more attractive, writes Viavi's Jim Walsh.
Mobile Operators Get Fiber Fix for 5G
Alison Diana  
9/19/2018   38 comments
Just as some cable operators are entering the world of wireless services, a growing number of mobile carriers are heavily investing in fiber to support 5G, video and other data-intensive services.
DT & EU Org Aim to Expand Smart Cities Across Europe
Alison Diana  
9/17/2018   18 comments
Under a partnership announced today, Deutsche Telekom and United Smart Cities will help metro leaders with smart-city projects, ultimately leading to integrated solutions and a shareable database equipped with analytics tools for deep dives.
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.
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