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, Telefσnica-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.
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 is working for a government-owned Mexican company to connect remote regions of the country with high-speed broadband.
The lack of an accurate broadband map means states and counties are tackling this issue themselves and sometimes finding big disparities in the data before spending their residents' money on deploying infrastructure.
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.
Public-private partnerships, investor interest, self-help in rural areas and incumbents' return set the scene for a busy year of broadband deployment in the US countryside in 2020, writes Analyst Dan Grossman.
Ronan Kelly, ADTRAN CTO, EMEA & APAC, shares his thoughts on the regulatory and government policy, technology adoption and consumer services ...
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 ...
At the recent Broadband World Forum, Alzbeta Fellenbaum, a principal analyst and manager of research at IHS Markit, discusses the broadband speed ...
At the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, Michael Philpott, senior practice leader of Ovum's Consumer Services team, outlines the key ...
At the recent Broadband World Forum 2019 event, Lincoln Lavoie from the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) gives an update ...
At the Broadband World Forum 2019 in Amsterdam, Light Reading's Iain Morris and Ray Le Maistre discuss some of the industry's hot developments, ...
Alternative UK fixed-broadband network operator Community Fibre is deploying ADTRAN gear to take 10 Gbit/s to London users at aggressive prices.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
12:00 p.m. New York / 5:00 p.m. London
It wasn't long ago that TV was ranked by subscribers as the most important service in the bundle provided by their communications service provider (CSP). Recent research indicates that for nearly three quarters of subscribers, broadband is now the most important service. Broadcast TV is the most important service to only 15% of North American consumers, replaced by OTT video streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+. In addition, many different competitors are moving aggressively to stake a claim in consumers' homes.
In 2020, CSPs need to fight back by transforming their business models, which are becoming more reliant on a single source of revenue: fixed broadband services.
This webinar will focus on helping CSPs transform their business models by placing a firm focus on delivering a sensational subscriber experience and by offering compelling new services that generate value for subscribers. These actions will reinforce the CSP's strategic position in the home network and position themselves for growth in the next decade.
Key topics include:
- Being the first to market with WiFi 6 technology, in response to consumer purchases of new devices over the holidays;
- Having the insights needed to proactively resolve issues, often before your subscribers even know that there are issues;
- Providing help desk agents with the visibility they need to resolve common subscriber issues more quickly;
- Delivering a mobile app, in response to consumer demands for the ability to do some things themselves, rather than having to call technical support; and
- Addressing consumer concerns around device security, privacy and control with enhanced security and parental controls.
More Industry Announcements
- Fastly Unveils 'Origin Connect' to Give Media More Streaming Reliability & Affordability
Friday, January 17, 2020
- OneWeb Signs Distribution Partnership With Alaska's PDI
Thursday, January 16, 2020
- South Central Utah Communications Adopts Calix Revenue EDGE for Managed WiFi
Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Connected Nation Carries On Education Super Highway E-Rate Mission
Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Ingram Micro to Distribute Viavi Test Solutions for Fiber, Cable
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- EarthLink Consumer Unveils Comprehensive Online Protection Programs
Monday, January 13, 2020
- Zayo Increases Denver Public Schools' Bandwidth by 500%
Monday, January 13, 2020
As the Senior Digital Experience Strategist at Canadian operator Rogers Communications, Lindsey Omelon build on her years of marketing experience to approach her strategy with a hybrid ...
There's certainly no shortage of hype around the use of AI in the telecoms sector, but fewer instances of real-world deployments. South Korean national operator KT is one of those ...
Do a Google search of 'artificial intelligence broadband' and you'll get more than 9 million results in less than a second: The sheer volume of content out there shouldn't surprise anyone ...
Comcast, like any other major communications service provider, is undergoing significant changes in the way it grows its business, how it runs its business and the technologies it uses to ...
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.