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ADTRAN Starts 2019 With More Revenue & Customers
Alison Diana  
4/18/2019   1 comment
First-quarter earnings show demand for range of ADTRAN products and services, including Gfast, VDSL, XGS-PON and professional services, CEO and President Tom Stanton told analysts.
Ireland's National Broadband Plan Delayed... Again
Alison Diana  
4/15/2019   3 comments
More than a half-million Irish residents expected to have fiber broadband by 2020. But Ireland's National Broadband Plan has not even begun — and government officials today postponed any agreement again.
Good Timing, Follow Up Can Keep Broadband Customers Happy
Alison Diana  
4/8/2019   7 comments
J.D. Power's most recent survey reveals that in-home technicians can keep customers happy by being on time, following through and communicating clearly.
Those Who Have the Least Pay the Most for Broadband: Report
Alison Diana  
4/2/2019   25 comments
In a new report and searchable database, Broadband Now discovered fiber is the is the least expensive technology powering subscribers' connections. But the poorest, most rural residents pay the most for connectivity, regardless of underlying infrastructure.
Clearfield CMO: Fiber Is an Economic Engine
Alison Diana  
4/1/2019   9 comments
Fiber is the tie that binds together current and future broadband demands, says Clearfield Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Morgan.
CSPs Support Connected Health's Growth Spurt
Alison Diana  
3/29/2019   14 comments
Service providers can play an invaluable role in remote-monitoring and telehealth solutions, a market that will reach more than 17 million Europeans by 2024, according to Berg Insight.
Vermont Seeks Rescue for Dial-Up Holdovers
Alison Diana  
3/28/2019   23 comments
Vermont's House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill to fund expansion of high-speed broadband to residents who still dial up for connectivity in 2019.
Broadband Forum Takes On Disaggregated BNG
Alison Diana  
3/27/2019   6 comments
A Broadband Forum group, led by David Sinicrope, with help from Geoff Burke, is working toward an architecture for disaggregated BNG that simplifies management and cuts costs for operators in a world of growing broadband demand.
CSPs Plug in to Electric SaaS with Shields Energy Solution
Alison Diana  
3/21/2019   14 comments
Shields Energy's cloud-based IoT subscription service monitors power usage for telcos. It's currently only available to service providers for internal use, but it's an offering CSPs ultimately could provide to their customers for differentiation, lower churn and more revenue.
CBTS, Cincinnati Bell's Integrator: Proprietary Service With Open Source Freedom
Alison Diana  
3/20/2019   5 comments
CBTS debuted a family of 10 Gbit optical networking solutions, coupled with off-the-shelf hardware and systems integration services designed to replicate the vendor experience of proprietary system days.
Sky Sends UK Wholesalers' Fiber-Filled Hearts Soaring
Alison Diana  
3/18/2019   5 comments
Sky recently began exploring altnet wholesalers' high-speed, high-reliability network offerings, the next step in the Comcast-acquired provider's move to be more agile and customer-centric.
D3.1 Delivers the Gigs – but Does Anyone Want Them?
Alison Diana  
3/14/2019   4 comments
MSOs now have widely deployed DOCSIS 3.1 across North America, yet only a small percentage of consumers have subscribed so far. Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick asks if it was worth the investment during this CNG2019 panel.
Analytics Carve MSO Profit From Home WiFi
Alison Diana  
3/13/2019   56 comments
Some consumers blame everything bad on WiFi, but analytics provide MSOs with insight that can prevent problems and improve the customer experience, said panelists here at CNG2019.
Wholesaler Group i3Forum Takes Disruptive Path to Partnership
Alison Diana  
3/12/2019   1 comment
Saudi Telecom is the most recent international wholesaler to join the organization, which soon plans to release a platform that allows carriers to anonymously compare themselves to competitors.
Spectrum Enterprise Provides SD-WAN as a White-Glove Managed Service: Parimi
Alison Diana  
3/11/2019   3 comments
To encourage customer adoption and hide the sophistication and complexity of wide-area network technologies, Spectrum Enterprise deployed its SD-WAN offering as an end-to-end managed service.
Telia Carrier Automates Wavelength Calcs – for a While
Alison Diana  
3/8/2019   7 comments
Telia Carrier participated in a successful live-network trial of Infinera's autonomous intelligent transponder (AIT) technology on its 1,500km (932-mile) international network.
Facebook Makes Fast Friends With W.Va
Alison Diana  
3/5/2019   9 comments
Governor Jim Justice says Facebook's plan to deploy about 275 miles of high-speed fiber optic cable through West Virginia gives the state an opportunity to partner and reach unserved residents at a fraction of the regular cost.
Broadband Map Gets Open Sourced via App
Alison Diana  
3/4/2019   20 comments
With a little help from its friends, a group of county government professionals built a mobile app to create a true picture of US broadband speeds and availability, especially in underserved and unserved areas.
5G Isn't Just for Mobile Operators: Ericsson
Alison Diana  
2/22/2019   45 comments
Whether they enter the wireless arena, focus on fiber for backhaul, form an IoT department or team up with mobile operators, fixed-access providers can play a big role in the next iteration of 5G IoT.
Verizon's NGPON2 Investment Starts to Pay Off
Alison Diana  
2/21/2019   20 comments
With its multi-year investment in next-generation PON beginning to show a return, Verizon's Intelligent Edge Network is now a reality, CEO Hans Vestberg told attendees of the Verizon 2019 Investor Meeting today.
US Digital Divide Shrinks a Lot, Says FCC – Really, Though?
Alison Diana  
2/20/2019   30 comments
In just 12 months, there's been more than a 25% decrease in the digital divide population, according to the Federal Communications Commission. But is that really true?
RLEC Lumos: SMBs Want Wired, Symmetrical, High-Speed Broadband
Alison Diana  
2/14/2019   9 comments
Rural service provider Lumos Networks taps ADTRAN's 10G solution to sate its Virginia SMB customers' hunger for high-speed symmetrical fiber-based broadband.
Feds Aim to Cut Rural Broadband Red Tape
Alison Diana  
2/13/2019   12 comments
In the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report out today, 20 federal agencies pledge to simplify and accelerate the process for service providers to deliver broadband into America's countryside.
VITAS Tests AR/VR Tech on 5G Networks
Alison Diana  
2/12/2019   9 comments
VITAS Healthcare is testing AR/VR to ease hospice patients' pain, using fiber infrastructure and 5G from AT&T, according to Maria Lensing, AT&T's vice president of Global Business Healthcare.
Spectrum Enterprise Survey Points to Better, Broadband-Powered Healthcare
Alison Diana  
2/11/2019   6 comments
A HIMSS Analytics survey, sponsored by Spectrum Enterprise, identifies five patient experience initiatives to where healthcare providers can boost the customer experience and bring in higher margins using advanced broadband networks.
Calix CEO: 'We're Going to Drive Over 50%'
Alison Diana  
2/6/2019   5 comments
Partner ecosystem is getting more diverse and Calix relies on broader base of service providers to sell, support and use its software- and cloud-based offerings, President and CEO Carl Russo tells analysts.
Gfast Brings High-Speed Broadband to KDDI MDU Customers
Alison Diana  
2/5/2019   6 comments
Japanese provider KDDI will use Nokia's Gfast solution to bring speeds of up to 830 Mbit/s to city dwellers.
Melita Imports Gigabit Broadband, Plume Smart Home to Italy
Alison Diana  
2/5/2019   2 comments
Subsidiary Melita Italia will use wholesaler Open Fiber's network to offer gigabit broadband and smart-home bundled services in four cities beginning this April, reaching more than 30 cities and 3,000 sales points by year-end 2021.
Shutdown an Unexpected Boon for Rural Broadband Providers?
Alison Diana  
2/5/2019   4 comments
The government shutdown did not impact CAF II funds and while it may impact the USDA's $600 million ReConnect Program, the extra time could benefit rural coops, municipalities and providers eligible for the monies, says ADTRAN's Gary Bolton.
Net Neutrality Advocates Predict Victory
Alison Diana  
2/1/2019   5 comments
Mozilla COO Denelle Dixon and petitioners start oral arguments in the D.C. Circuit Court on Feb. 1, and expect the diversity of laws cited to play a big role in the court's ruling.
Fiber Kicks Super Bowl Communications Out of the Stadium
Alison Diana  
2/1/2019   8 comments
Like Tom Brady, mobile gets most of the spotlight during the Super Bowl ramp-up. But don't underestimate the role of fiber optic cable, working steadily in the background to ensure the quarterback can make a touchdown.
Tonga Cable Outage Cuts Deep for Polynesian Kingdom
Alison Diana  
1/30/2019   23 comments
Ten days after an Internet outage hit Tonga, the island nation continues to rely on a satellite provider as Tonga Cable determines how to repair two cuts to its fiber-optic submarine cable.
Arvig Takes On Many Roles in Competitive Broadband Arena
Alison Diana  
1/29/2019   10 comments
Ben Wiechman, who heads network strategy at tier-three operator Arvig, delivers fiber-based gigabit services to enterprise customers, and uses a mix of fixed technologies to provide rural subscribers with high-speed connectivity.
Sky to Twinkle With Small Satellites-Powering Broadband
Alison Diana  
1/25/2019   16 comments
Up in the moonlit sky, entrepreneurs hope we soon will gaze upon thousands of inexpensive networked small satellites, meeting the needs of IoT, data collection, rural broadband and the armed forces.
Open Fiber Inks Nokia Deal to Close Digital Divide
Alison Diana  
1/24/2019   7 comments
Under agreement signed today, Nokia will provide fiber-based GPON products and services to Italian wholesaler for deployment of Gigabit Society broadband access network in rural regions.
ADTRAN's 2018 Earnings Set Up Strong Year
Alison Diana  
1/24/2019   2 comments
After posting year-end and fourth-quarter earnings, ADTRAN kicks off 2019 with strong demand across its product line, including Gfast, EPON, DOCSIS and fiber technologies, and continued work in NG-PON2 with Verizon.
Broadband Roads Lead to 5G Convergence
Alison Diana  
1/22/2019   8 comments
Wireless Broadband Alliance and Next Generation Mobile Alliance teamed up to ensure WiFi 6 and 5G converge in 3GPP specs.
Broadband Forum 2019: Focused on Services
Alison Diana  
1/17/2019   16 comments
The industry organization's major initiatives will address broadband differentiation based on quality of experience, global test labs for services, 5G, multi-access strategies and more, say CEO Robin Mersh and CMO Geoff Burke in an interview with BBWN.
AT&T's Zeto: Smart Cities Are Built on Platforms
Alison Diana  
1/15/2019   50 comments
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
BearingPoint Exec: 'CSPs, Don't Miss Out on Digital Transformation'
Alison Diana  
1/14/2019   6 comments
Angus Ward, CEO of Digital Platform Solutions at tech and management consulting firm BearingPoint, shares his thoughts on the opportunities, hurdles and strategies CSPs face in the year ahead.
Prysmian Group Ties Ribbon Around US-Made 6912 Fiber MassLink Cable
Alison Diana  
1/10/2019   13 comments
Fiber optic cable vendor Prysmian Group is now shipping its FlexRibbon Technology-based, US-sourced and made 6912 fiber MassLink Cable to service providers seeking densification for 5G or solutions for filled ducts.
Fixed Broadband Is Common Thread Between 4K, 8K TVs
Alison Diana  
1/7/2019   21 comments
This year will see the arrival of 8K television sets in the US. Whether your TV is 4K or 8K, both demand fiber fixed-broadband networks to get maximum performance.
The Oracles From Oracle Communications: 2019 Predictions
Alison Diana  
1/4/2019   25 comments
In a brief Q&A, Mayank Choudhary, director of Global Product Marketing for Oracle Communications looks into 2019's anticipated trends.
Ovum: 4 Broadband Trends for 2019
Alison Diana  
1/3/2019   29 comments
Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at Ovum, shares some of the major broadband trends she expects in the new year.
AT&T Business CMO: 3 Predictions for 2019
Alison Diana  
12/31/2018   16 comments
Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer for AT&T Business, shares some of this expectations for the year ahead.
Huawei's Woes Equal Competitors' Boon
Alison Diana  
12/20/2018   58 comments
Access network vendors like ADTRAN, Calix and Nokia are seeing sales increase as more operators buy their solutions and services due to government bans on Huawei.
AT&T's Scott Mair: Fiber Matters
Alison Diana  
12/19/2018   13 comments
Automation, databases and tooling dramatically increase fiber's return on investment and reduce the cost of deployment to new subscribers, says AT&T's President of Operations, Scott Mair.
Dose of mHealth Good for Telcos: Berg
Alison Diana  
12/18/2018   29 comments
The connectivity side of mHealth – or the use of telecommunications in medicine – is growing at a faster clip than other aspects of remote patient monitoring, according to researcher Berg Insight.
Digital Transformation Cuts Capex, Opex & Adds to Bottom Line – Report
Alison Diana  
12/17/2018   7 comments
Arthur D. Little report quantifies the benefits of telcos' own digital transformation -- and warns laggards it may be too late soon.
Fiber Connects More NA Homes Than DSL
Alison Diana  
12/11/2018   8 comments
While Tier 1 carriers make up the vast majority of those deploying fiber to North American homes, other provider types are making their mark, RVA's study for Fiber Broadband Association finds. Tier One ILECs primary providers for fiber deployment surge to North American homes, but
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First-quarter earnings show demand for range of ADTRAN products and services, including Gfast, VDSL, XGS-PON and professional services, CEO and President Tom Stanton told analysts.
More than a half-million Irish residents expected to have fiber broadband by 2020. But Ireland's National Broadband Plan has not even begun — and government officials today postponed any agreement again.
Rapidly growing MSO keeps bulking up by buying smaller cablecos in largely rural and exurban markets throughout the US.
J.D. Power's most recent survey reveals that in-home technicians can keep customers happy by being on time, following through and communicating clearly.
In a new report and searchable database, Broadband Now discovered fiber is the is the least expensive technology powering subscribers' connections. But the poorest, most rural residents pay the most for connectivity, regardless of underlying infrastructure.
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As Vice President of Global Healthcare at AT&T, Maria Lensing oversees the telecommunications operator's technology and professional services offerings across the spectrum of medical providers, from solo practitioners and walk-in clinics to giant hospital chains, medical-device vendors and consulting firms. Lensing also sees more interest from traditional service providers -- cable and telecom operators looking to expand or build relationships with their own medical communities, perhaps as an adjunct to smart-home successes or standalone.

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