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Fiber Connects More NA Homes Than DSL
Alison Diana  
12/11/2018   3 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
What's the Deal With WiFi 6 & Broadband?
Alison Diana  
12/6/2018   6 comments
Many traditional telco vendors are incorporating WiFi 6 in their products – and that's good news for service providers targeting residential customers, smart cities and other markets.
Brazil's Oi: Reusing Fiber for FTTH & 5G
Alison Diana  
12/5/2018   3 comments
Thanks to a new strategy and partnerships, one of Brazil's top service providers is ready to meet the country's anticipated surge in demand for fixed and mobile broadband connectivity.
Microsoft: Half the US Has no Internet at Broadband Speed
Alison Diana  
12/4/2018   5 comments
The FCC's unscientific measures under-represent the number of Americans without broadband, making it imperative for the public and private sectors to work together on bridging the digital divide, says Microsoft President Brand Smith.
FTTH Council Tells EU 'No Fake Fiber Ads'
Alison Diana  
12/3/2018   7 comments
Misleading advertisements confuse consumers, who typically don't know which access technologies support their home networks or Internet access.
Service Provider Finds Healthy Way to Use Gigabit Broadband
Alison Diana  
11/29/2018   33 comments
Having met telehealth provider Docity at a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities event, Chattanooga provider EPB began a pilot program with some local clinics and found the solution was just what the doctor ordered.
Vodafone Study: Digital Transformation Boosts Business Growth, Margins
Alison Diana  
11/28/2018   34 comments
Vodafone UK uses new research to quantify the benefits of digital transformation for small to large businesses.
Cisco VNI: A Map to Many Operator Opportunities
Alison Diana  
11/27/2018   10 comments
Within today's Cisco Visual Networking Index, service providers find insight that supports new lines of business or market opportunities.
FCC Plan: Faster Speeds for Rural Residents
Alison Diana  
11/26/2018   15 comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to change the rules — and speeds — for at least one rural fixed-broadband plan, expecting the move will add value for providers and subscribers.
Fujitsu's Rundberget Talks Frankly About Open Source
Alison Diana  
11/16/2018   14 comments
Kirsten Rundberget, open strategy lead at Fujitsu Network, discusses the industry's advances — and challenges — in the complex yet beneficial area of open technologies, and why service providers should get involved, even if they don't yet plan to deploy.
Vendors Attack Broadband Cable's Power Costs
Alison Diana  
11/9/2018   8 comments
By thinking green, vendors can help save the environment and reduce operators' energy bills – perhaps by a lot.
Coal Miners Strike Gold With Fiber Optics
Alison Diana  
11/8/2018   18 comments
When Lightworks Fiber & Consulting increasingly won bids from the local utility, it began training laid-off miners in fiber deployment – a win for everyone in the town of Frederick, Colo.
Slice of Altice Fiber Could Cut Operator's Debt
Alison Diana  
11/7/2018   3 comments
Operator is selling up to 50% of its fiber network in France, a move that's raising investors' interest and, Altice hopes, billions of euros.
Mr. Broadband Heads to Washington
Alison Diana  
11/7/2018   4 comments
Dusty Johnson, VP of consulting at Vantage Point in South Dakota, will soon head to DC as the state's sole member of the House of Representatives, bringing with him knowledge of the digital divide, rural America and broadband.
Calix Adds New Customers, Shows Earnings Growth
Alison Diana  
11/6/2018   4 comments
After seven years of research, development and investment, Calix's transformation to a platform and software vendor focused on cloud-based, open systems for service providers appears to strike a successful chord with operators.
With Amazon Alexa, Calix Translates Smart Home Opp Into Reality
Alison Diana  
10/31/2018   13 comments
Calix released two GigaSpire models powered by EXOS, one with built-in Amazon Alexa, designed to give operators the platform-based foundation to build a services-oriented smart homes business.
Calix Dulls Sharp Network Edge With Intelligent Access
Alison Diana  
10/31/2018   2 comments
With the release of the AXOS Intelligent Access Edge solution, Calix cuts out complexity, adds flexibility to bring Layer 3 functionality, including MPLS, to Layer 2 access networks.
How Verizon & Calix Unlocked NGPON2
Alison Diana  
10/30/2018   22 comments
At Calix ConneXions in Las Vegas, Lee Hicks of Verizon announced it now has an 8Gbp/s NGPON2 production network and already is enjoying the benefits this integrated solution provides.
ADTRAN CTO Shares Five Pillars of Networking: BBWN Radio
Alison Diana  
10/30/2018   7 comments
Recently returned from Broadband World Forum in Berlin, ADTRAN CTO, EMEA & & APAC Regions, Ronan Kelly will share highlights of his keynote and the 'Five Pillars of Networking,' the foundation of operator transformation via open source, SD-Access and more.
Verizon: NG-PON2 Network Is in Production
Alison Diana  
10/29/2018   3 comments
The former commercial test network in Tampa now provides subscribers with about 8 Gbit/s, Lee Hicks, vice president of network planning at Verizon, told the Calix ConneXions audience in a keynote today.
CSPs Can Give Enterprises New Digital Service Possibilities With 5G
Alison Diana  
10/22/2018   16 comments
Service providers' brand recognition, customer relationships and infrastructure spending bode well for their role in enterprise's digital transformation, a recent survey by Oracle Communications finds.
ISPs Sue Vermont Over Net Neutrality Rules
Alison Diana  
10/19/2018   15 comments
Two weeks after taking California to court, industry groups American Cable Association, NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, USTelecom and CTIA have Vermont in their sights.
Smart Home Residents Tend to Have Some Security Savvy
Alison Diana  
10/18/2018   9 comments
A study by Internet firewall vendor Cujo AI underscores residential IoT subscribers' interest in keeping their smart homes secure.
ADTRAN's 'Single Biggest EPON Award' Sets Stage for Growth
Alison Diana  
10/17/2018   7 comments
Networking vendor beats analysts estimates, in part due to new 10-Gig EPON deal with large MSO, super vectoring sale to tier two provider and continued success in rural America, among others.
Coop Gives a Damn About Infrastructure
Alison Diana  
10/16/2018   2 comments
Beaver Creek Cooperative Telephone Co. needs to replace its legacy system with a future-proof solution that integrated with its enterprise Ethernet offering, had available professional services – but did not break the bank.
Nokia: Network Slicing, FWA & GPON Interop for Starters
Alison Diana  
10/11/2018   11 comments
Nokia kicks off a busy October by announcing a fixed access network slicing solution, PON interoperability approach and antennas that make a sound business case for 4G fixed wireless residential service.
ADTRAN Adds 2nd-Gen Gfast Chips to SD-Access Portfolio
Alison Diana  
10/10/2018   18 comments
With the availability of SD-Access products that leverage Amendment 3 Gfast capabilities like 212 MHz spectrum, DTA support and ability to deliver symmetric gigabit speeds, operators can quickly sate the needs of gigabit-hungry customers.
DT Expands Fiber Foothold With AI, Backhaul
Alison Diana  
10/8/2018   3 comments
Telefónica Deutschland will use Deutsche Telekom's fiber-optic cable network to connect at least 5,000 mobile base stations to support 3G and LTE networks and prepare for 5G; to accelerate rollouts, DT will use artificial intelligence on some future fiber deployments.
Angola Cables: Surfing the Waves of Disruption
Alison Diana  
10/5/2018   4 comments
With its recently opened South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), Angola Cables CEO António Nunes realized a personal goal — and connected Angola to North and South America, along with a world of new opportunities for the telco wholesaler and the continent it calls home.
ISPs vs. California: Net Neutrality Battle Heads West
Alison Diana  
10/4/2018   15 comments
After California enacted its own net neutrality law on Tuesday, heavy-hitting trade groups struck back Wednesday, filing a lawsuit to throw out a rule they claim extends beyond California and beyond the 2015 Order.
IBM Cloud, SES Networks Bring Broadband to Disconnected Businesses
Alison Diana  
10/4/2018   4 comments
Satellite operator SES Networks is now an IBM Cloud partner, bringing cloud and IBM Watson capabilities to the 'fiber-like' speeds it provides enterprises in far-flung lands.
Atlantic Broadband Finalizes Fiber Buy in Sunshine State
Alison Diana  
10/3/2018   17 comments
Now that the acquisition of FiberLight's South Florida fiber assets is complete, Atlantic Broadband owns another 350 miles of fiber in the Sunshine State.
Chorus CEO: In Sync With High-Speed Broadband
Alison Diana  
9/28/2018   15 comments
Kate McKenzie, Chorus CEO, says the New Zealand wholesaler expends about 80% of its investments into fiber but continues to see demand for copper-based VDSL in some areas, topics she may discuss during her keynote at Broadband World Forum next month.
FCC No Longer Requires Cable Data Under Oath
Alison Diana  
9/27/2018   17 comments
This week the FCC did away with Form 325, an annual data-collection tool the Commission rarely used. Public interest groups question whether the FCC should have, instead, figured out how to best use the data.
You Got Fiber, but No Cupcakes or Unicorns
Alison Diana  
9/26/2018   11 comments
The communications industry has done a great job of selling the public on fiber's capabilities. It's now up to those operators actually deploying fiber to manage subscribers' expectations and bring new fiber users' feet back on the ground.
Mobile Operators Get Fiber Fix for 5G
Alison Diana  
9/19/2018   37 comments
Just as some cable operators are entering the world of wireless services, a growing number of mobile carriers are heavily investing in fiber to support 5G, video and other data-intensive services.
FCC's Pai Declares California's Net Neutrality Law Illegal
Alison Diana  
9/18/2018   14 comments
During prepared comments to a conservative group in Maine, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outlined his concerns with several states' independent moves to reinstate the 2015 laws governing the Internet.
DT & EU Org Aim to Expand Smart Cities Across Europe
Alison Diana  
9/17/2018   18 comments
Under a partnership announced today, Deutsche Telekom and United Smart Cities will help metro leaders with smart-city projects, ultimately leading to integrated solutions and a shareable database equipped with analytics tools for deep dives.
Comcast: No More Cable Company
Alison Diana  
9/14/2018   40 comments
The MSO has pivoted from being a traditional cable operator into a connectivity provider, said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York this week.
AT&T AirGig Project Powers from Strength to Strength
Alison Diana  
9/11/2018   19 comments
AT&T is closer to deploying AirGig, following successful trials, and now seeks vendor partners to work on technologies that it believes will bring broadband closer to rural customers across power lines.
Ex-Calix Exec Lands Broadband Forum CMO Role
Alison Diana  
9/10/2018   10 comments
Geoff Burke, who most recently was director of corporate marketing at Calix, expands Broadband Forum's executive leadership team as chief marketing officer, responsible for areas such as expanding the standards group's workshops, smart home and cloud initiatives.
NG-PON2 Powers Converged Networks
Alison Diana  
9/7/2018   6 comments
NG-PON2 component costs are dropping, but even if volume prices never reach a certain threshold the ROI of this optical technology is too valuable to skip.
UNH-IOL Pushes Ethernet Testing to 400G
Alison Diana  
9/7/2018   3 comments
After heavily investing in new lab equipment, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) on Thursday unveiled a new Ethernet testing capability, designed to address optical and electrical conformance testing of up to 400 Gbit/s and meet the ever-growing demand for high bandwidth.
Calix Takes HQ to Silicon Valley From Telecom Valley
Alison Diana  
9/6/2018   3 comments
By moving its headquarters to San Jose, Calix puts the final piece of its transformation into a software platform company in place, CEO Carl Rus tells Broadband World News.
Is FWA the X Factor in 5G? – Webinar
Alison Diana  
9/5/2018   4 comments
In a webinar on Thurs., Sept. 6, ADTRAN Director Portfolio Management Access & Aggregation Hossam Salib shares how innovations in fixed access and fixed wireless technologies plus SD-Access architectures let mobile carriers focus less on 5G network challenges.
Britain's £95M Boost for Local FTTH, 5G
Alison Diana  
8/31/2018   10 comments
Having set aside £95 million ($123 million) of its Local Full Fibre Networks Investment Panel, the UK government this week began seeking proposals for ways to best deploy fiber for rural, public works, 5G and market development applications.
Telcos Stand Alone in Security & That's Not Good
Alison Diana  
8/30/2018   12 comments
Service provider networks are often the first place that malware, viruses and malicious spam will surface, but those firms rarely share information about their encounters with such security threats, according to Lastline's Threat Alert: Telecom.
ADTRAN Plows Resources Into Serving Rural Coops
Alison Diana  
8/29/2018   14 comments
Executives from four electric coops, including Steve Foshee of Tombigbeewill and NAEC's Bruce Purdy, said they will buy ADTRAN access solutions and FiberRise engineering services to deliver gigabit broadband to their rural customers.
Calix Takes Intelligence to the Edge
Alison Diana  
8/28/2018   9 comments
In a webinar on Aug. 28 at noon ET, Calix Senior Director of Solutions Marketing Teresa McGaughey outlines the risks -- and opportunities -- of today's intelligent edge.
Zero-Carbon Mayors Endorse Smart City Opportunities
Alison Diana  
8/27/2018   70 comments
Late last week, 19 mayors from major worldwide cities signed a pledge to ensure new buildings in their cities will operate at net-zero carbon by 203 and all buildings meet this mandate by 2050 — goals that demand high-speed infrastructure and smart-city solutions.
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