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Content posted in July 2019
Cloud-Based Apps Power 10G PON
Alison Diana  
7/31/2019   6 comments
Residential and enterprise demand for cloud-based apps and the need for more storage are driving operator investment in 10G PON, says Ovum analyst Julie Kunstler.
BBWN Bites: Casa Gets Downgraded
Broadband World News  
7/31/2019   7 comments
Raymond James analyst downgrades Casa Systems' stock, based on industry's growing adoption of virtualization and competitor's success with customers like Comcast and Liberty Global.
Summer Heats Up & So Does Fiber Industry
Fiber Broadband Association  
7/30/2019   19 comments
Fiber is not only fast and reliable, it also broadly benefits the people and communities in which it's available, according to two recent reports financed in part by the Fiber Broadband Association.
BBWN Bites: Charter Promotes Finance Whizzes, Operators Rock Out in Romania
Broadband World News  
7/29/2019   9 comments
As Charter grows, so do its financial executives' responsibilities. And in Romania, investments and mergers should disrupt broadband infrastructure.
Charter Bets Bigger on Broadband
Alan Breznick  
7/26/2019   21 comments
Second-largest US cableco corrals another 258,000 high-speed data subscribers in the second quarter, boosting its total broadband base to nearly 26 million subs.
BBWN Bites: Nearly 1/3 of US Lacks High-Speed Broadband – Report
Broadband World News  
7/26/2019   41 comments
Despite billions of public and private funds spent on rural and urban broadband infrastructure, almost one-third of primarily rural residents still cannot access speeds of at least 25Mbps, new NPD Group research finds.
Comcast Rides Broadband Wagon Again
Alan Breznick  
7/25/2019   19 comments
No. 1 US cable and broadband provider racks up another strong quarter of steady broadband and mobile subscriber growth as it gears up for new streaming video service.
Broadband Networks Always Hungry for More Bandwidth: Report
Broadband World News  
7/25/2019   23 comments
More than 4 in 10 tech professionals predict bandwidth demands could double by 2021, Viavi's annual State of the Network finds.
BBWN Bites: Virgin Media Plans Speedy Rollout of Gig Broadband
Broadband World News  
7/25/2019   11 comments
Also, Canada looks to Telesat to span its digital divide, Northern Ireland's broadband plan advances and new research ponders next-gen optical networks.
AT&T: Fiber Up but Broadband Still Down
Alan Breznick  
7/24/2019   22 comments
Despite netting more than 300,000 FTTH subscribers, AT&T still suffered an overall loss of broadband customers in Q2.
Diversity Will Soon Lead Calix Back to Profitability: CEO Russo
Alison Diana  
7/24/2019   17 comments
Calix continues to diversify its customers and solutions, extend the market for its more profitable platform and services and has almost transferred its supply chain from China, CEO Carl Russo tells investors.
BBWN Bites: Arkansas Appoints a Broadband Czar
Broadband World News  
7/24/2019   14 comments
Also today: gigabit broadband access passes nearly 1 in 5 people in the US, Roku and Amazon split the streaming media device market and Ofcom finds most subscribers are satisfied.
Rogers Aims to Ignite Broadband Growth
Alan Breznick  
7/23/2019   8 comments
Big Canadian cableco still sees ample room for broadband growth as it prepares to launch next-gen home WiFi products syndicated from Comcast.
CenturyLink Digs Today's Fiber
Broadband World News  
7/23/2019   3 comments
CenturyLink is expanding on its legacy of fiber, using new cable technologies from Corning to add 4.7 million miles in 50 US cities.
BBWF Interview: Deutsche Telekom's Thomas Henze on Innovation & Automated Connectivity
Broadband World Forum Perspectives  
7/23/2019   6 comments
Thomas Henze, program director of Zero Touch Connectivity at Deutsche Telekom, discusses ecosystem development, customer experience, and why 'not moving forward means falling backwards.'
OneWeb Satellites Takes One More Giant Leap for Broadband
Alison Diana  
7/23/2019   2 comments
Joint venture between OneWeb and Airbus opens facility that can make two satellites per day at one-fiftieth the cost of traditional factories that produce one satellite a year, boasts OneWeb Satellites.
BBWN Bites: Liberty Global Wants to Stir Up UK Wholesale Market
Broadband World News  
7/22/2019   9 comments
Cable operator wants new partnership to create wholesaler that would allow its Virgin Media business, plus other providers, to deliver fiber broadband to non-urban regions of UK, report says.
BBWN Bites: Brits' Broadband Agenda Blurs
Broadband World News  
7/19/2019   12 comments
A once ambitious deadline disappears from an official document, days before a new PM is named – but altnets continue to disrupt and deploy high-speed infrastructure.
ADTRAN's Diversification Adds Up to $156.4M in Q2 Revenue
Alison Diana  
7/19/2019   5 comments
Vendor expands focus into MSOs and utilities, increases fiber sales and extends efforts in global territories, as part of initiative to decrease reliance on CSPs.
BBWN Bites: Subscribers Freeze Out Netflix
Broadband World News  
7/18/2019   24 comments
The heavyweight in the streaming-video market it helped create, Netflix finds itself without Friends and with plenty more nimble competitors.
DOCSIS 3.1 Gains New Ground
Alison Diana  
7/17/2019   7 comments
Some operators expand existing D3.1 infrastructure, while others discover fiber-only is too slow and expensive to meet subscribers' needs quickly enough to keep them happy.
BBWN Bites: Google, Microsoft & WISPA: Fixed Wireless Can Bridge Digital Divide
Broadband World News  
7/17/2019   1 comment
Google, Microsoft and WISPA hope the FCC agrees that by allowing FWA operators to share C-Band, 80 million unserved Americans will get connected.
Piracy to Swipe $12.5B in Video Revenue by 2024 – Report
Alison Diana  
7/16/2019   30 comments
Piracy and account sharing are taking a sizable bite from operators' content revenue, with incumbents and OTT startups feeling the financial hurt.
BBWN Bites: Shaw Broadband Subs Arc Up With BlueCurve
Broadband World News  
7/16/2019   4 comments
Canadian MSO credits its Xfinity-like solution for growing broadband subs and more equipment self-installation.
BBWN Bites: India's MSOs Invest in Fiber
Broadband World News  
7/12/2019   16 comments
Both Reliance Jio and Airtel plan to deploy fiber-to-the-home to millions of premises across India.
Pai: FCC Must Crowdsource Broadband Map
Broadband World News  
7/12/2019   6 comments
Crowdsourcing can ensure service providers don't fudge on broadband claims, FCC boss says.
BBWN Bites: BT Explores Fiber Funding Options
Broadband World News  
7/11/2019   5 comments
In the face of more competition and demand, UK incumbent considers how it can pay to deploy full-fiber broadband to 15 million homes by mid-decade.
FCC Seeks to Streamline Satellite Regs as Bezos & Musk Ready for Space Battle.
Alison Diana  
7/10/2019   4 comments
The FCC drafts changes to accelerate its satellite review process about a week after Amazon's Project Kuiper files an application with the agency in the fast-moving space broadband race.
FCC Explores MDU Broadband Regulation
Alison Diana  
7/10/2019   2 comments
Federal agency suggests that mandating competition and infrastructure sharing will discourage MDU buildouts and perpetuate the digital divide.
BBWN Bites: Comcast to Invest $175M in Access Network Virtualization
Broadband World News  
7/10/2019   3 comments
Comcast to pay Harmonic $50 million this year as part of a four-year contract for the vendor's CableOS solution.
BBWN Bites: Microsoft Extends Broadband to New Markets
Broadband World News  
7/9/2019   3 comments
Also in this roundup: Michigan offers millions in broadband grants, the EU penalizes Belgian broadband plan, and WISPA adds new directors.
Amazon Files With FCC to Launch Satellites for Global Broadband
Alison Diana  
7/9/2019   5 comments
Subsidiary Kuiper Systems, led by Jeff Bezos, requests FCC permission to launch 3,236 satellites slated to beam broadband service to most of the under- and unserved parts of the world.
BBWN Bites: Sony Goes Orange for Security
Broadband World News  
7/8/2019   12 comments
The operator will build Sony Group's new communications infrastructure atop the Orange Flexible SD-WAN solution to enhance Sony's performance, security and scalability.
BBWN Bites: Mega IoT Security Breach, KCOM Jilted
Broadband World News  
7/5/2019   4 comments
An IoT vendor's data on about 2 billion devices has been available online since 2011, one more reason security is a good (and seemingly much-needed) business for operators.
NBN Moves Goal Post for Rollout Victory
Alison Diana  
7/3/2019   5 comments
Australian broadband operator met lowered targets for premises passed and activated accounts for its fiscal year and most recent quarter.
BBWN Bites: Inmarsat Blasts Arctic With Satellite Broadband
Broadband World News  
7/3/2019   12 comments
Also in today's news roundup: NBN reaches more than forecasted, Eutelsat's latest venture, 5G in rural Japan and Google's new subsea cable.
Openreach Bumps Up Gfast Download Specs
Alison Diana  
7/2/2019   19 comments
British wholesaler Openreach increases its minimum-mandated Gfast download speed to 120 MHz.
BBWN Bites: Charter Pitches Idea of C-Band Auction
Broadband World News  
7/2/2019   4 comments
Intelsat and SES, plus Intel, recommended use of C-band for wireless carriers to FCC, but Charter now suggests a C-band auction that could cost providers billions.
BBWN Bites: Openreach Swaps Some VDSL2 Cabinets, Intelsat Soars Into Indonesia
Broadband World News  
7/1/2019   6 comments
Cable One adds TierPoint exec to board, Safaricom CEO loses battle with cancer, ETSI adds 5G and networking features, and BT preps for mass layoffs.




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