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Content posted in June 2018
Comcast Out, Weekend In
Alison Diana  
6/29/2018   49 comments
A fiber cut by a contractor created a Comcast outage impacting business and residential Internet, video and voice customers around the US and, potentially, other operators, the giant provider said on Friday afternoon. Bad news for profits, good news perhaps for local watering holes.
Cable Operators Continue Broadband Blitz
Broadband World News  
6/29/2018   71 comments
Cable operators continue to add broadband subscribers at the expense of telcos, the latest quarterly Leichtman Research report finds.
AT&T Expands Fiber & 5G Pilot Footprint
Alison Diana  
6/29/2018   20 comments
The operator launched full-fiber ultra-fast broadband and a fixed-mobile 5G trial in South Bend, Ind., bringing it up to 71 total metro regions nationwide, with plans to introduce mobile 5G services to 12 US cities by year-end.
Orange, AT&T Open Source Work Accelerates Optical Interoperability
Alison Diana  
6/28/2018   13 comments
Through their TransportPCE partnership, Orange and AT&T demonstrated an end-to-end path crossing network elements from different suppliers on a Proof of Concept (PoC) Platform in Orange Labs.
How Data Analytics Improves Business Performance & CX: Online Panel
Broadband World News  
6/27/2018   20 comments
On Thursday, BBWN Editor Alison Diana hosts a panel of experts from SAP, Turkcell and Heavy Reading to discuss the importance of big data and analytics to service providers.
Calix's Cloud Updates Have Clear Direction: Reduce Truck Rolls
Broadband World News  
6/26/2018   11 comments
Calix updated two members of the Calix Cloud portfolio — Calix Support Cloud and Calix Marketing Cloud — with features designed to improve subscriber experience and curtail costs.
Sensing New Fiber Optic Opportunities
Fiber Broadband Association  
6/26/2018   30 comments
In this month's column, Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold discusses how fiber optic sensing could reinvent business, government and personal lives — from early prediction of earthquakes and tsunamis to protecting the border, the environment and critical infrastructure.
NTT's PON Demo Cuts 5G & FTTH Latency
Alison Diana  
6/25/2018   4 comments
At Broadband Forum's second-quarter meeting, NTT demonstrated how Dynamic Broadband Allocation (DBA) software could optimize a future OLT and significantly reduce latency for 5G and FTTH.
High-Speed Broadband Blasting Through EU
Alison Diana  
6/25/2018   7 comments
About 80.1% of Europeans now have access to next-generation networks for broadband access, according to the latest annual report by IHS Markit and Point Topic for the European Commission in the countdown to 2020.
Google in 'The Case of the Minimal Microtrenching'
Alison Diana  
6/22/2018   46 comments
Savings money on micro trenching doesn't count if you have to come back and pay to repave neighborhood streets and replace fiber damaged by road construction.
Frontier CFO Resigns, Stock Price Drops
Broadband World News  
6/21/2018   19 comments
With the resignation of R. Perley McBride, Frontier stock drops to lowest point since February.
Sprint CTO: Rural Ripe for Disruption With Fixed Wireless
Alison Diana  
6/21/2018   28 comments
Using fixed wireless, a merged Sprint/T-Mobile could reach about 85% of those the FCC defines as unserved and underserved rural customers, Sprint Chief Technology Officer John Saw told attendees at the Wells Fargo 5G Forum in New York on Thursday.
San Jose Sets Sights on Smart City Status With AT&T
Broadband World News  
6/21/2018   29 comments
AT&T plans to deploy thousands of small cells throughout San Jose to support smart city infrastructure and future 5G deployments.
5G Creates Generation of Uber Productive, Remote Workers
Broadband World News  
6/21/2018   8 comments
With the arrival of 5G and ubiquitous high-speed broadband, remote employees will have access to an array of VR and AR tools that boost collaboration, regardless of location, writes Don MacLeod, Telecommunications Practice Director at TEKsystems.
Data Centers on the Edge: Stay Ahead of DCI
Broadband World News  
6/20/2018   3 comments
Ahead of NGON & DCI Europe 2018, BBWN features an interview with Africa's carrier-neutral Tier III co-location provider, Rack Centre Managing Director Ayotunde Coke.
Operators Win Smart City Hearts With Mix of Broadband Techs
Alison Diana  
6/20/2018   22 comments
To bridge metro areas' digital divides, some cities are mandating coverage areas for operators – but providers have an array of technologies from which to choose.
TDM Migration on Near Horizon: Analyst
Broadband World News  
6/20/2018   4 comments
Legacy maintenance costs, vendors disappearing or shifting their business models and operators' desire for business transformation mean the era of TDM migration really is nigh, says Heidi Adams, senior research director at IHS Markit.
ADTRAN Leads ONF's Future Open Network Plan
Alison Diana  
6/19/2018   1 comment
ADTRAN is now an Open Networking Foundation supply chain partner and strategic advisory board member, placing the vendor at the forefront of ONF's development of a new reference design process for future networks.
MobiTV Aims to Arm Broadband Providers With Live, Streaming Pay-TV
Alison Diana  
6/18/2018   4 comments
MobiTV will launch MobiTV Connect in July, a multi-tenant managed streaming service that already boasts delivery rights from more than 210 major networks and 35 service provider customers, says MobiTV CEO Charlie Nooney.
Cut Costs, Not Driveways, With Reverse-Powered Fiber-to-the-Curb
Alison Diana  
6/18/2018   17 comments
Australian wholesaler nbn eliminates costly and disruptive trenching of homeowners' driveways by using copper to deliver last-mile connectivity from sidewalk-based Distribution Point Units (DPUs) to subscribers.
Fiber & Cable for the Cloud: How to Deliver Reach & Speed
Broadband World News  
6/14/2018   8 comments
A challenge operators face is delivering sufficient capacity to allow customers to access data-heavy applications and services: Fiber with ultra-low loss (ULL) can help, according to the final report in NGON & DCI Europe's three-part series.
China's Telcos Spark PON Revenue Rebound
Alison Diana  
6/14/2018   4 comments
After five consecutive quarters of decline, overall PON revenue rebounded in the first quarter of 2018 thanks to Chinese demand for high-speed broadband, Dell'Oro reports.
Optical Networks Evolve Into High-Capacity Terabit Infrastructures
Broadband World News  
6/13/2018   3 comments
To economically and rapidly meet growing broadband demand, future optical networks will deploy high-capacity terabit infrastructures, says BT's Kevin Smith in a preview of his NGON & DCI Europe speech.
Radio: ADTRAN Exec on Tooling Up for MDUs
Alison Diana  
6/12/2018   3 comments
Join us on Tuesday, June 19, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, when Kurt Raaflaub, head of Strategic Solutions Marketing at ADTRAN, discusses how operators can use an array of tools to woo and win lucrative multi-dwelling unit contracts — a growing market around the world.
Open Source Is Reshaping SDOs
Carol Wilson  
6/12/2018   1 comment
ONAP's Beijing release is proof positive that standards development organizations are moving at the pace and in the manner of open source.
The Dumb Side of DIY Smart Homes
Alison’s Wonderland  
6/11/2018   42 comments
More consumers want do-it-yourself smart home devices. But that approach defeats the whole purpose of smart homes – spending more time with family and getting out of household chores.
Open Line Systems Gather Momentum
Adrian Pennington  
6/11/2018   1 comment
The trend toward disaggregation and open optical networking is starting to impact the broader communications equipment market.
BT CEO Gavin Patterson Let Go by Board
Alison Diana  
6/8/2018   13 comments
The board will replace current CEO Gavin Patterson this year, seeking a change of leadership to deliver BT's new strategy that shapes BT as a customer-centric, agile and lean provider of global managed services.
BT & Cisco SD-WAN: An Enterprise's Best Friends?
Alison Diana  
6/7/2018   2 comments
British telco giant unveils BT Connect Cisco SD-WAN, a global managed services offering targeted at enterprises, that aligns with BT's goals to deliver more revenue-rich solutions that integrate SDN, virtualization and other BT capabilities.
Taiwanese Cableco Upgrades OTT Capabilities
Broadband World News  
6/7/2018   8 comments
Taiwan Broadband Communications adds live TV on open devices and video-on-demand as part of the update to its over-the-top offering.
The State of the Optical & DCI Industry 2018
Broadband World News  
6/6/2018   Post a comment
The NGON & DCI Europe team surveyed key stakeholders and industry insiders worldwide to determine what next-generation optical networking looks like today and what to expect tomorrow.
Bluesky's Mile-High 3D View Saves Wireless, Fiber Deployment Time & Costs
Alison Diana  
6/6/2018   15 comments
A growing number of British service providers are starting to use Bluesky's aerial images, coupled with Esri's spatial analytics, to get three-dimensional insight that helps accelerate broadband and wireless deployment plans, thereby cutting costs and enhancing services.
Multi-Use Satellite RFP on Near Horizon for SES Networks
Alison Diana  
6/5/2018   9 comments
SES Networks is on a journey to launch a satellite that can be used for multiple communications needs, the service provider disclosed during a press event at Exploration Tower in Cape Canaveral, Fla., near SpaceX's launch pad and barge (pictured).
California Lawmakers Embrace Strong Net Neutrality Rules
Alan Breznick  
6/4/2018   7 comments
The California State Senate easily passed a strong net neutrality bill last week, sending the bill to State Assembly and likely touching off yet another legal battle with the feds.
MEF's SD-WAN Definition Push Speaks to Broadband Providers
Alison Diana  
6/1/2018   3 comments
Some of the latest MEF 3.0 initiatives, including SD-WAN orchestration integration and definitions, should help broadband providers become SD-WAN managed service providers, an option in growing demand from enterprise and government customers.




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