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Netflix Streams to Success in Middle East, Africa
Broadband World News  
3/30/2018   18 comments
Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are propelling the online video subscription market to almost 13 million subscribers, according to Ovum.
Pay-TV Subs (& Cablecos) Love OTT Partnerships
Alison Diana  
3/29/2018   24 comments
About one fifth of pay-TV subscribers bought OTT services via their service providers in 2017, a 110% increase compared with 2016, Parks Associates found.
Fiber Is Key to Becoming 5G Ready
Fiber Broadband Association  
3/28/2018   Post a comment
In the debut monthly column from Fiber Broadband Association executives and members, President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold shares the tangible value fiber plays to cities as they prepare for 5G.
To 400G & Beyond
Adrian Pennington  
3/28/2018   1 comment
The 400G era has arrived, allowing network operators to squeeze yet more bits from their network assets.
Operators Unlock Millennials' Smart Homes
Alison Diana  
3/28/2018   46 comments
Millennials are, unsurprisingly, enthusiastic about smart home technologies, but devices' interoperability could derail IoT popularity unless service providers send the right marketing message.
Shaw SVP: Imitate Competitors to Win
Alison Diana  
3/27/2018   20 comments
At Cable Next-Gen, Shaw Communications' SVP of Product Development & Strategic Programs Dennis Stevens discussed how cable operators must become more agile to compete in an IP-based, OTT world.
Q&A: Broadband Law Group Partner Talks FCC, M&As & ROI
Alison Diana  
3/26/2018   2 comments
At the Broadband Law Group, former NTIA attorney Cynthia Schultz spearheads federal regulatory compliance, broadband, appeals and audits, as well as grants management and public-private partnerships, plus FCC and Rural Utilities Services federal technology programs.
How Home-Tech Waiting Game Costs Providers
Alison Diana  
3/23/2018   9 comments
Debut J.D. Power study on subscribers' perceptions of installation and post-installation service for residential wireline services demonstrates clear reasons why providers' customer experience, full-home WiFi and scheduling investments are critical for success.
For Cablecos, IoT Is the Place to Be
Alison Diana  
3/22/2018   38 comments
The Internet of Things provides cable operators with a treasure trove of opportunities across an array of vertical and horizontal markets, Cable Next-Gen panelists such as Dale Turner of Shaw Communications (left) and Doug Blue of Calix (right) agreed.
Gigabit Speeds: The Lamborghini of Broadband
Alison Diana  
3/21/2018   7 comments
Between 10% and 20% of new Mediacom subscribers choose the operator's gigabit service, despite any clear-cut use cases. And that's okay with consumers, says Mediacom CTO and SVP JR Walden during a Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies panel in Denver.
ADTRAN Buys Cable Market Share With Sumitomo EPON Acquisition
Alison Diana  
3/20/2018   12 comments
ADTRAN acquires EPON technology and North American personnel from Sumitomo Electric, although Japanese vendor retains rights to Asian market and becomes full distributor for all ADTRAN solutions, in a deal for undisclosed terms.
Will Operators Buy vBNG Software From Router or Broadband Manufacturers?
Michael Howard  
3/19/2018   3 comments
A new battleground has emerged over who will supply broadband network gateway (BNG) subscriber management software – traditional router vendors or broadband equipment manufacturers, writes IHS Markit's Michael Howard.
Testing Vendors Move to Automate the Entire Network
Alison Diana  
3/16/2018   1 comment
Without end-to-end automation of the network, service providers cannot help customers – enterprise, government, manufacturing, healthcare – succeed and that's something testing vendors recognize and are acting upon.
Cable Beats Telcos in Broadband Market
Alison Diana  
3/15/2018   28 comments
US operators added 2.7 million broadband subscribers in 2017 while telcos lost about 625,000, according to Leichtman Research Group.
California Takes Hard Line on Net Neutrality
Mari Silbey  
3/15/2018   13 comments
New bill would ban blocking, throttling, paid prioritization and most zero-rating practices.
BT Innovation Exec: Let's Lay the Foundation for Optical Standardization
Broadband World News  
3/14/2018   1 comment
Kevin Smith, Transmission Futures and Innovation at BT, shares his views on the main challenges the industry has been facing, predictions for the next 2 to 5 years, the key technologies enabling scalable optical transmission and much more.
Asian Broadband Market: One Size Does Not Fit All
Broadband World News  
3/14/2018   15 comments
There is much disparity in broadband deployment across Asia, depending on government support, fiber availability and competitive pressure, among other factors.
Britain Drops £95M Into Fiber Deficit
Alison Diana  
3/14/2018   6 comments
The UK government unveiled the first 13 recipients of half the £190 million allotted for fiber-to-the-premise projects designed to deliver gigabit speeds around the country.
Fiber From the Factory: New Indian Facility Opens in 2019
Alison Diana  
3/13/2018   7 comments
There's no end in sight for the fiber frenzy, so Himachal Futuristic Communications Ltd. (HFCL) is building a new factory capable of making 4 million miles of fiber optic cable each year.
CenturyLink CEO Switch Moves Up 7 Months
Broadband World News  
3/12/2018   9 comments
Originally scheduled to retire at the end of 2018, CEO Glen Post now says he'll step down on the day of the company's annual shareholder meeting in May to make room for Jeff Storey to take over the large service provider's reins.
Pay-TV Subscriptions Fall but Providers Not Worried
Alison Diana  
3/12/2018   8 comments
There seems no end in sight for for plunging pay-TV revenue; from a two-year high of $101.71B, pay-TV revenues will decline to $75.13B by 2023, Digital TV Research predicts.
CableLabs Boosts Optical Fiber Efficiency
Broadband World News  
3/9/2018   1 comment
CableLabs' most recent work, called Full Duplex Coherent Optics, is designed to improve operators' efficiency when they deploy coherent optics in the access network.
Gfast Munches Up DSL Sales
Alison Diana  
3/9/2018   2 comments
Even though Gfast Amendment 3 solutions are not widely available, the promise of symmetric gigabit Gfast is tempting service providers away from DSL and into Gfast testing and trials, a recent Dell'Oro Group report finds.
Can Feds Finally Get 'Dig Once' Done?
Alison Diana  
3/8/2018   7 comments
The US is expected to finally approve a Dig Once policy that would incorporate fiber conduits in federally funded highway construction projects, simplifying and accelerating broadband deployment across the country.
Clearfield's Compact Cabinet Expedites Carriers' FTTx Deployment
Broadband World News  
3/8/2018   1 comment
Clearfield's new FieldSmart Fiber Distribution Hub 144-port cabinet extends FTTx deployments.
NG-PON2 Success Depends on Dropping Price of Tunable Optics: Ovum
Alison Diana  
3/7/2018   Post a comment
Shipments of optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network terminals (ONTs) are increasing, as the vendor supplier base grows alongside news of NG-PON2 equipment deployments, but the price of tunable optics must drop to encourage more NG-PON2 adoption.
Improving the Subscriber's Quality of Experience
Lincoln Lavoie  
3/7/2018   7 comments
WiFi performance a key driver of their subscribers' quality of experience (QoE).
Telecom Italia Will Do Splits
Iain Morris  
3/7/2018   Post a comment
Italian phone incumbent approves plans to spin off fixed-line business and says it will spend €12 billion in Italy and Brazil over next three years.
Rural Hospitals Happy With Fiber – for Now
Carol Wilson  
3/6/2018   3 comments
Research commissioned by Spectrum Enterprise show vast majority of rural healthcare facilities are content with current networks but may not be prepared for what's to come.
Nokia Builds Up Smart Home Portfolio With Mesh WiFi
Broadband World News  
3/5/2018   9 comments
Nokia WiFi, slated for June availability, uses beacons to form a mesh network and connects to residential customers' fiber to ensure whole-home, high-speed broadband coverage.
AT&T's Donovan: Tax Cut Funds Fiber Feast
Alison Diana  
3/2/2018   8 comments
AT&T will spend a large chunk of its tax-cut windfall on fiber that'll go toward serving 3 million homes this year and the service provider's 5G infrastructure, CEO John Donovan told Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference attendees this week.
Altice USA Revs Up for Broadband Battle
Alan Breznick  
3/1/2018   20 comments
Fourth-biggest US cable operator is now deploying both FTTH networks and, more quietly, DOCSIS 3.1 technology to offer gigabit speeds to nearly 30% of its data subscribers.
IPTV Benefits From Broadband Investments
Alison Diana  
3/1/2018   12 comments
Over the last 18 months, white-box IPTV vendor MobiTV sees uptick in sales and interest from cablecos, municipalities and utilities, as operators compete head-on with OTT providers and look to enhance customer experience.




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