News & Views
Content posted in January 2018
Eir Drops Out of Ireland's Rural Broadband Plan
Alison Diana 1/31/2018 9 comments
Rural Ireland could remain unconnected as the National Broadband Plan, the country's ill-fortuned deployment of high-speed broadband to rural homes and businesses, has only one contender now that Eir is withdrawing from it.
East Asia Dominates FTTH Deployments
Alison Diana 1/31/2018 16 comments
No Great Wall can prevent China from implementing its fiber-to-the-home strategy, a policy that boosted East Asia to the top of the charts in third-quarter 2017 fixed broadband subscriber growth, according to a new report from Point Topic.
Corning Whips Up More Fiber
Broadband World News 1/26/2018 21 comments
Giant cabling manufacturer opens up new manufacturing facility in North Carolina, part of its process to hit $5 billion in fiber optic sales by 2020.
WOW Races to Wrap Up Gig Rollouts
Alan Breznick 1/25/2018 6 comments
Large US MSO rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 service to numerous more markets, including Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit, as it shoots for nearly 95% coverage of its footprint by the spring.
Leaked Trump Infrastructure Plan Shorts Broadband
Alison Diana 1/24/2018 14 comments
A leaked six-page document purportedly outlining President Trump's infrastructure plan is short on specifics – and broadband initiatives – although two projects allow state governors to spend unspecified funds on connecting residents.
How Service Providers Can Improve Smart-Home Customer Experience – Webinar
Alison Diana 1/24/2018 15 comments
Residential subscribers rely on service providers for home WiFi and connected IoT devices. New competitors are entering this lucrative market, and operators should leverage technology to enhance customer experience, accelerate new service deployment and cement their strong relationships, says Calix's Greg Owens in a webinar on January 30.
Verizon Fios Slows Growth Pace
Alan Breznick 1/23/2018 31 comments
Big US telco adds 47,000 Fios Internet subscribers in the fourth quarter, down from its third quarter and year-ago gains and not enough to wipe out its DSL sub losses.
How Ammon Reshaped Its Broadband Market
Alison Diana 1/22/2018 4 comments
When Ammon became dissatisfied with its high-speed broadband costs, the Idaho city built its own infrastructure using fiber and SDN to serve government institutions and a growing number of residences, then lease access to operators.
Cable One Goes Gaga Over Gig
Alan Breznick 1/19/2018 11 comments
Seventh-largest US MSO says it now offers its GigaOne service to more than 95% of the 1.6 million homes in its legacy footprint and will reach 100% coverage by year-end using DOCSIS 3.0 technology.
Gfast Comes of Age: Heavy Reading Report
Broadband World News 1/18/2018 10 comments
In a new study, ‘Gfast Rollout Starts With Amendment 3 Chipsets,’ Heavy Reading analyst-at-large Simon Stanley addresses the technological advances and business drivers propelling demand for the coax- and copper-line gigabit solution.
Despite Tough Q4, ADTRAN Grows in 2017
Alison Diana 1/18/2018 3 comments
Next 12 months promise growth as service providers of all sizes upgrade existing infrastructure and ADTRAN releases new solutions such as super vectoring products, CEO Tom Stanton says.
Could $500M Close Rural Broadband Divide?
Alison Diana 1/17/2018 6 comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposes an additional $500 million in funding for co-ops and small providers to deliver broadband to rural areas, an amount that more than compensates for last year's cuts to federal programs.
Amazon Boasts NFL Streaming Gains
Alan Breznick 1/16/2018 5 comments
In its first year of streaming NFL Thursday night games, Amazon said its Prime Video unit drew 17% higher game viewership than Twitter's similar offering last season.
Republican SubCommTech Members Tackle Broadband
Alison Diana 1/11/2018 10 comments
The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), says its resolutions are the foundation for new broadband rules designed to improve coverage and accessibility around the United States.
Cox Revs Up Gigabit Rollout
Alan Breznick 1/10/2018 9 comments
At CES, Cox announces that it now offers gigabit broadband service to 40% of its customers in its footprint as its DOCSIS 3.1 rollout starts to take off.
O2 UK Forecloses Smart Home Biz
Alison Diana 1/10/2018 7 comments
After a year of disappointing results, Telefónica-owned provider O2 UK closes the door to its smart-home services, but will keep other IoT projects alive.
Layoff Report: Comcast Axes 500, CWA Sues AT&T, Who's Next?
Alison Diana 1/5/2018 25 comments
Comcast terminated about 500 Southeastern employees in mid-December, and asked them to sign NDAs in order to receive severance packages; powerful union sues AT&T over its late-2017 layoffs. With so much invested in automation, surely more workforce reductions are ahead.
Service Providers: Softwarization Is Job One
Alison Diana 1/4/2018 1 comment
If providers had a magic wand, they'd use it to instantly turn hardware into lines of code. Since they don't, they're relying on software-defined networking, NFV and other tools to remove hardware cost and complexity from their networks.
Building on Broadband: AT&T Cloud Melds AI, Security, Data
Alison Diana 1/3/2018 6 comments
Cloud is one major reason enterprises demand gigabit broadband from telco and cableco providers, and with high-speed connectivity more readily available businesses now seek new capabilities from their cloud investments, AT&T Business's David Ohrn tells BBWN.
2018: Broadband Investments Pay Dividends
Alison Diana 1/2/2018 1 comment
Having dipped their toes into multiple broadband technology pools last year, cablecos and telcos are overwhelmingly expected to dive right in to high-speed connectivity, software-defined access and virtualization to support new services and revenue streams in 2018.
Welcome to Broadband World News!
Alison Diana 1/2/2018 8 comments
The name has changed but we will continue to focus on the vital, global fixed broadband sector and the many technological, business and service transformations it's undertaking.
Findings from university researchers and The Wall Street Journal indicate that many US homes are overpaying for broadband.
As cable operators weigh construction costs, the potential for service disruptions, training needs and network maintenance, the decision on which path to take isn't so straightforward anymore.
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.
In a provocative new BBWN webinar, Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton will delve into cable's next-gen HFC architecture plans and explain why going all-fiber may make more sense for operators right now.
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.
Five years ago, NOS board member Manuel Ramalho Eanes banked big on smart homes and smart cities.
Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic Chief Technology and Information Officer Branimir Maric is using his more than two decades' experience in telco, including 15 years in various ...
Operators cannot protect networks -- their own or their customers -- by building a hard shell around the infrastructure, given the sensitive data dwelling and being sent to and from edge ...
All Broadband World Forum Perspectives
Communications service providers have long talked about improving the day-to-day experience of their customers, but have not always backed up their words with actions and resources.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.
Ronan Kelly, ADTRAN CTO, EMEA & APC, shares his thoughts on industry operators leveraging virtualization, disaggregation and open SDN control, ...
Network slicing promises to be a panacea, but the biggest hurdles are not technological. The grand ambition of enabling intelligent, adaptive, ...
F-Secure has been providing security for endpoints for 30 years, and using AI and machine learning algorithms, for example in the labs to automate ...
Fahri Diner, CEO and Co-founder of Plume, unveiled a new open source initiative, OpenSync, at Broadband World Forum 2018. Announced together with ...
Talking to Light Reading's Iain Morris, Sebastian Richter from devolo explains why operators have to think beyond delivering high bandwidth and ...
More Industry Announcements
- Utility Providers Flow to ADTRAN for Fiber Broadband Services
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
- SmartRG Clears Up WiFi Mess With Intellifi Carrier-Grade Home WiFi Mesh Solution
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
- ADTRAN Expands Fiber Broadband Portfolio With New ONTs
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
- Calix Adds New 10G PON Solutions to AXOS, EXOS Platforms
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
- SmartRG Tools Supercharge ADTRAN Mosaic
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
- Calix Joins prpl Foundation for IoT, Smart Homes
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
- Alta Devices' Solar Techs Cut LEO Satellite Costs
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
- What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
- The importance of offering Managed Wi-Fi and its connection to Wi-Fi 6
- How you can elevate your brand and gain a strong foothold in the home network.
Alternative UK fixed-broadband network operator Community Fibre is deploying ADTRAN gear to take 10 Gbit/s to London users at aggressive prices.
At Broadband World Forum 2018 there's a lot of chat about the shift towards software-defined access networks, but how tough and how expensive ...
What are the hot talking points in the fixed broadband sector right now? Gigabit over copper as well as fiber, software-defined access and more, ...
Light Reading's pro-European, Berlin-lovin' editors Ray Le Maistre and Iain Morris discuss some of the hot topics from BBWF 2017, including Gfast ...
The UBB2020 community has had a great first four months thanks to a market that's on the up!