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Content posted in February 2019
A Tale of Two Broadbands: Global Fiber Use Is Mixed
Alison’s Wonderland  
2/28/2019   8 comments
Nations' use of high-speed fiber accessed via fixed-broadband Internet grew to 25% versus 12%, OECD found, but there's huge disparity between countries.
Telefónica Demos Power of 10G PON
Broadband World News  
2/27/2019   20 comments
During MWC 2019, Telefónica showcased the next step of its infrastructure transformation, which converges services onto one network.
New Calix Service Halves Service Provider Resolution Time
Broadband World News  
2/26/2019   16 comments
After using Calix Managed Service, alarm numbers dropped and so did network incidents that required a technician's intervention, says Tim Bowlby, IT/Broadband supervisor at Valley Telecom Group.
Nokia Gets Friendlier With Facebook
Broadband World News  
2/25/2019   90 comments
Finnish vendor joins Facebook's Express Wi-Fi Technology Partner program, empowering it to build network hardware and software that's compatible with Facebook's Express Wi-Fi.
5G Isn't Just for Mobile Operators: Ericsson
Alison Diana  
2/22/2019   70 comments
Whether they enter the wireless arena, focus on fiber for backhaul, form an IoT department or team up with mobile operators, fixed-access providers can play a big role in the next iteration of 5G IoT.
Verizon's NGPON2 Investment Starts to Pay Off
Alison Diana  
2/21/2019   20 comments
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.
DAA Upgrades Could Bring Boon to Cable Vendors
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/21/2019   17 comments
Sales of cable broadband access infrastructure will rise to $2 billion in 2023, Dell'Oro predicts in a new broadband access network spending forecast.
Gfast, Now With More Fiber
Lincoln Lavoie  
2/21/2019   12 comments
It still doesn't go well with milk but with the profile update to 212MHz, Gfast service offerings are a lot more aligned with fiber-only connections, writes UNH-IOL's Lincoln Lavoie.
US Digital Divide Shrinks a Lot, Says FCC – Really, Though?
Alison Diana  
2/20/2019   30 comments
In just 12 months, there's been more than a 25% decrease in the digital divide population, according to the Federal Communications Commission. But is that really true?
Under the Hood of Telefónica's Optical Transport Disaggregation Project
Niall Hunt  
2/20/2019   5 comments
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   5 comments
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.
RLEC Lumos: SMBs Want Wired, Symmetrical, High-Speed Broadband
Alison Diana  
2/14/2019   9 comments
Rural service provider Lumos Networks taps ADTRAN's 10G solution to sate its Virginia SMB customers' hunger for high-speed symmetrical fiber-based broadband.
Feds Aim to Cut Rural Broadband Red Tape
Alison Diana  
2/13/2019   12 comments
In the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report out today, 20 federal agencies pledge to simplify and accelerate the process for service providers to deliver broadband into America's countryside.
VITAS Tests AR/VR Tech on 5G Networks
Alison Diana  
2/12/2019   9 comments
VITAS Healthcare is testing AR/VR to ease hospice patients' pain, using fiber infrastructure and 5G from AT&T, according to Maria Lensing, AT&T's vice president of Global Business Healthcare.
LeoSat Plots Plans for Orbital, High-Capacity Backbone
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/12/2019   16 comments
But startup will need to finalize its satellite design, secure more funding and cut through the regulatory red tape before its vision to rival terrestrial fiber networks can (literally) get off the ground.
Spectrum Enterprise Survey Points to Better, Broadband-Powered Healthcare
Alison Diana  
2/11/2019   6 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.
Orange Business Services' Isch With a Valentine for SD-WAN Lovers: BBWN Radio
Broadband World News  
2/8/2019   6 comments
Join John Isch, practice director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, and BBWN's Alison Diana and Light Reading's Mitch Wagner, on Feb. 14 at 11:00 AM ET/8:00 AM PT/4:00 PM UK for BBWN Radio on SD-WAN, virtualization, cloud and more.
Google Buries Louisville Fiber Plans
Alison’s Wonderland  
2/7/2019   60 comments
Search engine giant opts to leave Louisville, KY, rather than replace the entire network after nanotrenching technique creates nightmare experience for customers and residents.
T-Mobile Tilts Toward In-Home TV/Broadband Service Blend
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/7/2019   12 comments
Company's new, 'reimagined' pay-TV service and home wireless broadband efforts are starting out separately, but will eventually be fused into bundles.
Calix CEO: 'We're Going to Drive Over 50%'
Alison Diana  
2/6/2019   5 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.
Gfast Brings High-Speed Broadband to KDDI MDU Customers
Alison Diana  
2/5/2019   6 comments
Japanese provider KDDI will use Nokia's Gfast solution to bring speeds of up to 830 Mbit/s to city dwellers.
Melita Imports Gigabit Broadband, Plume Smart Home to Italy
Alison Diana  
2/5/2019   2 comments
Subsidiary Melita Italia will use wholesaler Open Fiber's network to offer gigabit broadband and smart-home bundled services in four cities beginning this April, reaching more than 30 cities and 3,000 sales points by year-end 2021.
Shutdown an Unexpected Boon for Rural Broadband Providers?
Alison Diana  
2/5/2019   4 comments
The government shutdown did not impact CAF II funds and while it may impact the USDA's $600 million ReConnect Program, the extra time could benefit rural coops, municipalities and providers eligible for the monies, says ADTRAN's Gary Bolton.
Metro Transport Is Overrunning Access
Daniel Grossman  
2/4/2019   4 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.




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The ongoing debate around GPON vs EPON can get as heated as discussions around politics and religion, but both technologies offer some advantages over the other depending on the needs your network is servicing.

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