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Content posted in May 2019
Want a Smart City? Build a Fiber Backbone
Fiber Broadband Association  
5/31/2019   18 comments
Fiber future-proofs city networks, is fast and reliable and research shows a strong correlation between fiber deployment and small cell activity – all essential for smart-city development.
BBWN Bites: FCC Report Exaggerates Rural Broadband Progress
Broadband World News  
5/31/2019   10 comments
Also in today's news roundup: Telefónica Spain looks for rural connectivity options and Loon provides aid in Peru.
BBWN Bites: Water, Water Everywhere, but Nowhere to Connect
Broadband World News  
5/30/2019   15 comments
Comcast ponders the stress points of moving house, while CityFibre and partner Bamboo, as well as Cyprus's Cablenet, roll out new infrastructure.
Rural Is Central to Frontier's $1.35B Broadband Sale
Alison’s Wonderland  
5/29/2019   6 comments
The operator is selling its wireline network across four mainly rural states, areas in which it has invested federal CAF II funds to bridge the digital divide.
Gigabit Realities: Disaggregating Fact From Fiction – Webinar
Broadband World News  
5/29/2019   4 comments
A June 12 webinar will address how operators can choose the best-suited technologies to deliver gigabit speeds to customers and improved revenue and profits to their stakeholders.
BBWN Bites: That's One Way to Cut the Cord
Broadband World News  
5/29/2019   8 comments
Also in BBWN Bites: Technological advances empowered Italy's TIM to high mega-high speeds on its fiber-based backbone.
MEF Releases SD-WAN Definitions to Boost Adoption
Alison Diana  
5/28/2019   16 comments
MEF made the final draft standard of SD-WAN service and attributes publicly available, with plans to release the final version in July.
BBWN Bites: Aussie's NBN Upgrades Some FTTN Subs
Broadband World News  
5/28/2019   13 comments
In addition, Netplus upgrades with Nokia, Telefónica rides up the IoT escalator, security households still prefer monitoring (but perhaps not for much longer) and anyone for 8K tennis?
DT's Fiber Invasion, One Partner at a Time
Alison Diana  
5/24/2019   9 comments
Deutsche Telekom just signed an infrastructure project with the Gigabit Region Stuttgart, home to 174 municipalities and almost 3 million people, one of many partnerships the German operator has inked in its bid to grow revenue and business.
BBWN Bites: The Law & Order Episode
Broadband World News  
5/24/2019   5 comments
Trump's 'calm' walkout – a.k.a. 'tantrum' – will impact investment in connectivity spending, US legislators want to fund smaller operators' need to rip and replace Huawei gear, Rovi/Tivo vs. Comcast again and UK regulator Ofcom makes Openreach play nicer with enterprise-focused operators.
SpaceX Blasts Into Broadband History Tonight
Broadband World News  
5/23/2019   13 comments
SpaceX's Falcon 9 is on the launch pad loaded with 60 Starlink satellites. The weather forecast is good and road traffic is heavy.
Telcos Top Managed SD-WAN Services Market Share: Report
Alison Diana  
5/23/2019   8 comments
Mobile and cable operators represented half the managed SD-WAN services market share in this fast-growing space, while other broadband providers such as ISPs and satellite operators also appeared on Vertical Systems Group's ranking.
BBWN Bites: Subs Say So Long to HBO, SpaceX Tries Big Broadband Shot Tonight
Broadband World News  
5/23/2019   25 comments
In addition, Gavin Patterson takes a pay cut, union accuses BT of ageism, Telia Norway cuts headcount and TalkTalk rakes in the quid and rolls out the fiber.
BBWN Bites: ARM & BT Guard Against Huawei Ban
Broadband World News  
5/22/2019   7 comments
British heavyweights ARM and BT opt to shut out Huawei: BT will not include the Chinese vendor in EE's core network and ARM will no longer supply Huawei with components.
Broadband Forum Opens Connected Home to Standards
Alison Diana  
5/21/2019   9 comments
Organization extends popular TR-069 standard for use in smart homes, looking to simplify and standardize market for vendors, operators and end users.
BBWN Bites: From France to Tonga to Iowa, Broadband Investments Rise
Broadband World News  
5/21/2019   5 comments
French operator fiber investments grew, Tongans' access to broadband is on the rise and rural Iowans can expect enhanced connectivity as a new law (and funding) go into effect.
BBWN Bites: Dish Network Eats Up More of EchoStar
Broadband World News  
5/20/2019   3 comments
Also in today's roundup: Google has stopped supporting Huawei's Android efforts, traffic congestion tech could be a money spinner and carriers keep blaming 5G delays on city bureaucracies.
ADTRAN Aims New Super Vectoring Gateway at MDUs
Broadband World News  
5/17/2019   2 comments
ADTRAN's SmartRG 652ac carrier-grade router uses bonded super-vectoring technology to deliver high-speed broadband – and a path to FTTH – to MDUs.
BBWN Bites: BT Shares With Employees
Broadband World News  
5/17/2019   7 comments
Also in today's roundup of broadband happenings is news from the FCC, and more German residents will get high-speed broadband in 2019 from NetCologne.
BBWN Bites: UK Conservatives Rail Against Huawei
Broadband World News  
5/16/2019   36 comments
Also in today's roundup: Windstream, Bouygues Telecom, Millicom, Clearfield, FirstLight and Telia Carrier share positive news. And we're keeping our eyes peeled for the next SpaceX launch.
Unlicensed CBRS Spectrum Dials Into Rural FWA – Report
Broadband World News  
5/16/2019   10 comments
An unlicensed spectrum sharing model from Citizens Band Radio Service could be the right technology to affordably deploy broadband via fixed wireless access to rural regions, finds a new report from CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Research Center.
Broadcom Ups Gfast Ante
Broadband World News  
5/15/2019   4 comments
With this production release, Broadcom targets highly densified areas, as well as the MDUs that make up the typical Gfast market.
BBWN Bites: Small MSOs Gird for China Ban, Arris Exec Shuffle Starts
Broadband World News  
5/15/2019   5 comments
At least one top executive moves on from Arris, the president's expected ban of Huawei will hit smaller operators first and hardest and UK providers must give consumers a lot of info to prevent the 'loyalty penalty.'
How Amazon & SpaceX Could Reshape Broadband Competition – Report
Alison Diana  
5/15/2019   11 comments
By slashing subscriber pricing by more than $30 billion annually, Low Earth Orbit satellite companies led by Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk as well as OneWeb have the potential to usher in a whole new era of broadband.
Liberty Global Bets on Beefier Broadband
Alan Breznick  
5/14/2019   9 comments
While it continues to pull back from the European continent, Liberty Global is rolling out faster broadband speeds and next-gen WiFi and mobile services to beef up its market position.
Disney Takes the Wheel at Hulu
Broadband World News  
5/14/2019   9 comments
Also in today's roundup: AT&T's big network pledge, Arista's new 400G routers, SES demos 8K video and the US government moves more paper around.
BBWN Bites: Cable One Revels in ARPU
Broadband World News  
5/13/2019   7 comments
Also in the news: Vodafone sheds its New Zealand unit, Vodacom and Arris post earnings and Telia's Bonnier acquisition gets more scrutiny.
BSO Acquires IX Reach to Bolster Wholesale Services
Alison Diana  
5/13/2019   6 comments
Acquisitive private network, cloud and hosting provider BSO expands worldwide customer base of wholesale service providers, ISPs, content providers and networks with purchase of IX Reach.
DASAN Zhone Credits Breadth of Products for Strong Q1
Alison Diana  
5/13/2019   1 comment
Ability to deliver copper- and fiber-based technologies to service providers around the world helped DZS beat expectations and boost revenue to start 2019.
BBWN Bites: TiVo Goes Halvsies, Senators Seek Better Broadband Map
Broadband World News  
5/10/2019   39 comments
End your week by catching today's updates from CityFibre and Excalibur, hot new NPD Group smart home stats, how a trial from DT and Ericsson fared against fiber speeds, and what one Light Reading editor may stream this weekend.
BT Openreach to Ramp Up Fiber Rollout
Alison Diana  
5/9/2019   1 comment
Openreach will increase fiber rollouts by one-third within the next 18 to 24 months and 50% by the mid-2020s, said BT CEO Philip Jansen.
BBWN Bites: CenturyLink Considers Consumer Biz Fate, Mid-Eastern Moves
Broadband World News  
5/9/2019   24 comments
From US-based CenturyLink to the Middle East, today's BBWN Bites includes stops in Oman, Iran and Egypt, before heading to the UK for an upbeat, non-profit fiber tale. And don't miss insight into the ongoing, global smart-speaker battle.
Network Operator Zayo Acquired by Equity Firms in $14.3B Deal
Alison Diana  
5/8/2019   2 comments
In a cash deal valued at $14.3 billion, investment firms Digital Colony and the EQT Infrastructure IV fund acquire dark fiber and network services firm Zayo and take it private.
BBWN Bites: Pay-TV Providers Frown, but Irish Eyes Smile at Broadband Deal
Broadband World News  
5/8/2019   1 comment
Lots of good fiber news in Europe – including Irish government officials' plan to advance its National Broadband Plan, but the same cannot be said for pay-TV providers in the US.
BBWN Bites: Senators Ask for Better Broadband Measurement
Broadband World News  
5/7/2019   6 comments
Also in today's news roundup: Vodafone strikes a wholesale deal, former France Telecom execs stand trial for harassment.
Light Reading Awards Broadband's 'Leading Lights'
Broadband World News  
5/7/2019   1 comment
A look at some of the many Leading Lights Award winners announced in Denver last night, on the eve of the Big 5G Event.
BBWN Bites: BT Amps Up Fiber Appetite
Broadband World News  
5/6/2019   1 comment
Fiber is the main course for BT, OTT providers are beating out traditional pay-TV providers' content bundles, as today's BBWN Bites discovers.
GoSEMO's Fiber Broadband Extends Life Beyond Field of Dreams
Alison Diana  
5/6/2019   2 comments
Rural Missouri electric utility creates broadband co-op and learns from other co-op companies how best to build a reliable network to keep rural residents connected.
Casa's Broadband Business Crashes in Q1
Alan Breznick  
5/2/2019   2 comments
Cable and wireless network access vendor reports revenues plunged by nearly 60% in Q1 as cable operators cut back sharply on network upgrade orders.
BBWN Bites: Alaska Joins the Broadband Union, Comcast Buys WiFi Guys
Broadband World News  
5/2/2019   12 comments
Don't miss news about Huawei Australia's new CEO, Emtelle and CityFibre, Germany's broadband landscape, Hulu's surging subs and what Keymile's up to these days.
DZS 10G ONTs Designed to Bridge NG-PON2 Price Gap
Broadband World News  
5/1/2019   Post a comment
Dasan Zhone 5200 family of multi-protocol smart gateways helps service providers future-proof their networks.
Calix's Revenue Dinged by Supply Chain, but Strategy Paying Off
Alison Diana  
5/1/2019   1 comment
Problems with supply chain hurt Calix Q1 revenue, but other metrics demonstrated the company is on the right transformational path, said CEO and President Carl Russo.
BBWN Bites: Huawei Plans 8K 5G TV, UK OTT Subs Rise
Broadband World News  
5/1/2019   44 comments
In other news, the UK government wants to write new laws to protect IoT consumers, Caavo simplifies smart-home controls and Charter considers dual SIMs.




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