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Content posted in January 2018
Google Fiber Exits Beantown
Mari Silbey  
1/31/2018   14 comments
Google Fiber withdraws its Webpass wireless broadband service from the Boston market.
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.
Atlantic Broadband Plans Florida Fiber Feast
Alan Breznick  
1/30/2018   5 comments
In latest expansion move, midsize US cable overbuilder plans to use newly purchased South Florida fiber network to boost its business services efforts.
Verizon, Calix Deploy Commercial NG-PON2
Alison Diana  
1/30/2018   3 comments
Verizon will launch a commercial deployment of NG-PON2 using Calix AXOS family of products to create software-defined, single fiber-based access 'Intelligent Edge Network.'
Smart Home Devices Ring Up Support Calls
Alison Diana  
1/29/2018   35 comments
In 2020, smart home devices will generate 13.5 million support requests in the US, compared to 11 million this year, Parks Associates finds.
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.
Verizon CEO: Fiber Expansion Will Be Organic
Alison Diana  
1/25/2018   15 comments
Verizon will feed its fiber hunger organically rather than via mergers and acquisitions, Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam told financial analysts.
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.
Comcast Closes In on Full Gig Coverage
Alan Breznick  
1/24/2018   14 comments
No. 1 US cable operator says it now offers 1 Gig speeds to 80% of its service footprint, with plans to reach 100% coverage by year-end.
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.
Unleashing the Power of the Single Access Network: Ovum
Alison Diana  
1/23/2018   4 comments
PON, fiber and faster return on investment accelerate operators' quest for One Network, says Julie Kunstler, principal consultant for Broadband Access at Ovum.
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.
FCC: Mobile Broadband 'No Substitute' for Fixed Service
Alison Diana  
1/18/2018   16 comments
Wireline is the real deal when it comes to broadband, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proclaims.
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.
Vodafone, CityFibre Take Their Gig to Concrete Cowland
Iain Morris  
1/18/2018   9 comments
Milton Keynes becomes the first city to benefit from the broadband partnership announced in November.
AT&T: SW-Defined Access Gets Real in 2018
Carol Wilson  
1/17/2018   9 comments
Multi-media, multi-service access architectures have been maturing, but the time is now, says AT&T, to get this ready for prime time.
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.
Fiber Forecast Goes From Strength to Strength
Alison Diana  
1/16/2018   4 comments
Many signs determine why fiber deployment in the US will continue surging over the next five years, a new Heavy Reading report finds.
CORD Promising 'Exciting' 2018
Carol Wilson  
1/16/2018   2 comments
Open source project claims it's nearly the de facto standard for telcos deploying edge computing, a $300 billion market opportunity.
Quika's Ad-Based Satellite Service Aims to Bring Internet to Africa
Alison Diana  
1/16/2018   3 comments
Funded largely by Talia, start-up Quika expects to debut its consumer satellite service to under- and unserved areas including Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan, supporting the complementary service via ads and its business services, CEO Alan Afrasiab tells BBWN.
Cellular Networking So Simple Even a Fry Cook Can Set It Up
Mitch Wagner  
1/16/2018   5 comments
Cradlepoint is introducing new pricing and hardware for its 4G LTE WAN solutions.
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.
Partners Unveil €375M Plan to Build FTTH Network in Rome
Ray Le Maistre  
1/15/2018   1 comment
Italian utility firm Acea and Open Fiber strike five-year, €375 million investment deal to roll out FTTH access network in the capital.
T-Mobile Czech Republic Plans €600M Investment in Fiber
Iain Morris  
1/15/2018   9 comments
Operator controlled by Germany's Deutsche Telekom says it will invest up to €600 million in fiber networks in next five years.
ADTRAN Mosaic Aces Verizon NG-PON2 Interop Trial
Alison Diana  
1/15/2018   1 comment
In the latest step toward NG-PON2 deployment across Verizon, ADTRAN successfully completed interoperability testing with its Mosaic family.
Deutsche Telekom Predicts Even Stronger Growth for 2018
Broadband World News  
1/12/2018   2 comments
After deploying a record amount of fiber in 2017, DT plans to roll out 60,000 km – or 37,000 miles – over 2018.
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.
Tivo Files New Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Comcast X1
Alison Diana  
1/11/2018   10 comments
Tivo company Rovi today filed eight new patent infringement lawsuits against Comcast's X1 platform, a move the DVR vendor hopes will encourage the cableco to renew its long-lapsed contract.
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.
CenturyLink's New Year's Resolution: Exploration & Investment
Alison Diana  
1/10/2018   3 comments
Having finalized its acquisition of Level 3, CenturyLink looks ahead to a year replete with enterprise and services revenue, and continued testing and deployment of next-generation network and broadband technologies, says SVP Pasha Mohammed.
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.
Cisco DOCSIS Licensing Improves Cablecos' Fight Against FTTH
Alison Diana  
1/9/2018   4 comments
At CES, Cisco deployed a licensing model for its Converged Broadband Router (cBR-8) designed to cut costs and management headaches so cablecos can more efficiently compete against FTTH.
FCC to Shrink Digital Divide – Without Expanding Broadband
Alison Diana  
1/8/2018   29 comments
The Federal Communications Commission's plan to include wireless broadband's slow Internet speed will eliminate digital divide – and funding – without improving rural and under-served residents' connectivity needs.
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.




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