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Content posted in July 2017
Service Providers Primp for Acquisition Attention
Alison Diana  
7/31/2017   14 comments
Fiber-rich operators that have deployed next-generation ultra-broadband infrastructure are often the most attractive targets for mergers and acquisitions.
Services Boost Access Vendors' Sales, Customer Relationships
Alison Diana  
7/28/2017   11 comments
Next-generation network access vendors such as ADTRAN and Calix see growing demand for their services, as operators try to cut costs, accelerate deployment and leverage their partners' technological expertise.
AT&T & FTTP: Reaching 14M by 2019
Alison Diana  
7/27/2017   32 comments
AT&T's expanding fiber-to-the-premises footprint will allow the operator to more easily compete against bundles and extend its 5G offerings, CFO John Stephens tells investors in Q2 earnings call.
UBB & Automation: Solutions to the CX Challenge?
Alison Diana  
7/26/2017   34 comments
Access technologies like Gfast, XGS and NG-PON2, coupled with predictive analytics and artificial intelligence, will automate many processes that drag down operators' customer satisfaction rankings.
The CX Journey & UBB: Houston, We Have a Problem
Alison Diana  
7/26/2017   14 comments
A look at why service providers perform poorly in customer service rankings despite huge technological gains and how new ultra-broadband technologies could help improve satisfaction, stickiness and performance.
Openreach Builds Greenfield Fiber With Contractors
Alison Diana  
7/25/2017   15 comments
Through a partnership with Openreach, British developer Berkeley Group delivers FTTP ultra-broadband to new homes.
Stop Going Dotty for Gfast
Alison Diana  
7/24/2017   19 comments
The ITU and Broadband Forum agree to (finally) drop the dot in G.fast and refer to the broadband access technology as Gfast.
With FastReach, Huawei Looks to Cut Fiber Costs, Time
Alison Diana  
7/21/2017   13 comments
During its ninth Huawei User Group Meeting, the vendor unveiled FastReach, a solution designed to reduce operators' fiber deployment costs by up to 70% by accelerating implementation and reducing time to ROI.
Netflix, Coming Soon to a Cable Operator Near You?
Alison Diana  
7/20/2017   79 comments
Buoyed by the apparent success of agreements with Altice and Comcast, Netflix will pursue similar partnerships with other cable operators, Reed Hastings said during the company's latest earnings call.
Exec Summary: Market Report on Broadband in Europe
Pam Baker  
7/20/2017   18 comments
A new Broadband World Forum market report looks at the state of broadband in Europe now and the opportunities ahead.
DT, ADTRAN Lab Test Super-Speedy G.fast
Alison Diana  
7/19/2017   13 comments
Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN are testing a combination of the G.fast standard 212Mhz and coordinated dynamic time allocation (cDTA) designed to deliver high-speed and gigabit broadband via existing cable and phone lines.
ADTRAN Enjoys Record 2Q Earnings
Alison Diana  
7/19/2017   6 comments
Domestic and international operators' demand for software-defined networks drove ADTRAN to another successful quarter.
Google Fiber: Disruptor Is Disrupted (Again)
Alison Diana  
7/18/2017   27 comments
Five months into his job, CEO Gregory McCray leaves Google Access and Google Fiber without a chief executive.
President Macron: Vive le Broadband!
Alison Diana  
7/18/2017   34 comments
French president Emmanual Macron will use incentives and penalties to encourage ultra-broadband deployment across the European nation by 2020.
AT&T's Rice: Open Source Paves Way to Automation
Alison Diana  
7/17/2017   23 comments
Having successfully tested a multi-vendor open source white box switch carrying customer traffic, AT&T soon will expand into other network equipment as part of its goal of using machine learning and automation for business and network services, said Chris Rice, senior vice president, network architecture and design at AT&T.
AT&T's Donovan Gets Bigger Role in Post-TWX Org: Reports
Alison Diana  
7/14/2017   11 comments
If AT&T acquires Time-Warner Cable, the service provider will restructure under a 'Comcast-like' organization, according to published reports.
DT, EWE to Share Ultra-Broadband Networks
Alison Diana  
7/14/2017   11 comments
Partnership between Deutsche Telekom and EWE allows reciprocal use of their networks, a move designed to accelerate network upgrades and cut costs, and to provide customers with faster Internet links.
Verizon Advances NG-PON2 With OpenOMCI Spec
Alison Diana  
7/13/2017   3 comments
Verizon, along with its vendor partners, says it has proven interoperability based on its OpenOMCI specification, a step that makes OMCI and ONT vendor selection more flexible and cost effective.
DQE CEO: In a Pittsburgh State of Mind
Alison Diana  
7/12/2017   6 comments
By zeroing in on Pittsburgh and evolving its services to meet customers' growing needs, privately held DQE has navigated two decades of providing fiber broadband offerings to enterprise and government clients.
Microsoft: Rural Broadband Uses White Spaces, Not Fiber
Alison Diana  
7/11/2017   23 comments
Microsoft wants to use a combination of satellite, TV white spaces, fixed wireless and (very little) fiber to bring broadband to less populated parts of the country.
Acquisition Alert: ABB Buys MetroCast, Cincinnati Bell Acquires Hawaiian Telecom, OnX
Alison Diana  
7/10/2017   10 comments
Cogeco Communications' subsidiary Atlantic Broadband's will acquire Harron Communications' MetroCast for $1.4 billion, while Cincinnati Bell will purchase Hawaiian Telecom for $650 million and buy OnX Enterprise Solutions for about $201 million.
Time Is Right for Telcos & Smart Homes
Thomas Rockmann  
7/10/2017   19 comments
Thomas Rockmann, who oversees Deutsche Telekom's Connected Home initiative, shares his insight into why service providers should wholeheartedly embrace the smart home opportunity.
Down on the (Connected) Farm
Alison Diana  
7/7/2017   21 comments
Agriculture already relies extensively on technology, and access to ultra-broadband offers a huge opportunity for both farms and service providers.
High Demand Creates Fiber Shortage in US
Alison Diana  
7/6/2017   21 comments
Global need for ultra-broadband is creating a deficit of fiber, resulting in price increases in some regions such as the US. Providers use better planning and technologies like NG-PON2 to work around shortages.
Everstream CEO: The One With the Most Fiber Wins
Alison Diana  
7/5/2017   11 comments
Everstream's focus on dense fiber networks in metro Michigan and Ohio is delivering double-digit growth from a base of enterprise, data center and wholesale customers, says President and CEO Brett Lindsey.
G.fast Enters Middle East
Alison Diana  
7/5/2017   6 comments
Omantel of Oman taps Huawei for what's being described as the region's first G.fast network.
Deloitte: Invest $150B in Deep Fiber or Else
Alison Diana  
7/3/2017   15 comments
If the US doesn't spend about $150 billion on fiber over the next seven years, the economic, educational and technological impact could devastate the nation, warns Deloitte.




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