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Vecima first out of the chute with standardized 'GAP' node
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/18/2021   Post a comment
The Entra EN9000, a node based on SCTE standards for the Generic Access Platform, will be ready for lab tests in 1H 2022. GAP nodes will enable MSOs to snap in service modules for HFC, PON and wireless access services.
Comcast takes another step toward DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G'
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/14/2021   Post a comment
Comcast says it has tested a 'network to modem' connection of DOCSIS 4.0 technology that had its virtual CMTS speaking to a DOCSIS cable modem configured to operate in the Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) band.
Comcast touts progress on DOCSIS 4.0
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/12/2021   Post a comment
With a near-term focus on integration, Comcast engineering exec Rob Howald says the operator's virtual CMTS now 'speaks' DOCSIS 4.0 as the company pushes ahead with deployments of a distributed access architecture.
FCC releases another $163M for RDOF as 'clean up' continues
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/8/2021   Post a comment
RDOF bids spanning another 42 providers across 21 states were included in a second wave of funding authorization tied to phase I of the FCC's program.
Facebook touts advancements in connectivity
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10/7/2021   Post a comment
Facebook Connectivity provided updates on a set of projects, including the deployment of subsea cables, its 'Bombyx' fiber-building robot and Terragraph, a fixed wireless system that uses unlicensed millimeter wave spectrum.
Frontier, Ziply Fiber secure more funds for fiber buildouts
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/4/2021   Post a comment
Frontier announced plans to offer $1 billion in notes to back its ambitious fiber build just days after Ziply Fiber raised $350 million in debt funding to do pretty much the same.
CableLabs unit adds new twist to DOCSIS device testing
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/30/2021   Post a comment
CableLabs subsidiary Kyrio has introduced FlexTest, a service that enables DOCSIS modems and gateways vendors to run more granular, individual tests during various phases of the product development cycle.
Frontier sees long upgrade path for XGS-PON
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/24/2021   Post a comment
The XGS-PON platform Frontier selected from Nokia is upgradable to 25-Gig PON 'with basically an optics change,' says Scott Mispagel, Frontier's SVP of national architecture and engineering.
Frontier sizes up 10-Gig future with XGS-PON rollout
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/23/2021   Post a comment
Frontier has hooked up with Nokia to connect about 100,000 homes to XGS-PON technology amid a grander plan to have FTTP deployed to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.
AT&T may go even bigger with fiber
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/22/2021   Post a comment
AT&T CEO John Stankey has challenged his execs to explore what it would take to expand AT&T's plan to build FTTP to 30 million locations by 2025. 'Execution and performance' is all that stands in the way, he says.
'GAP' node standards are cleared for takeoff
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9/21/2021   Post a comment
SCTE, the cable industry's standards-setting organization, has approved standards for enclosures and modules for Generic Access Platform (GAP) nodes designed to support DOCSIS, PON and wireless access technologies.
FCC stamps another 466 winning RDOF bids
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9/17/2021   Post a comment
Financial support for winning bids from more than a dozen smaller broadband players will be disbursed in 120 monthly payments, starting at the end of this month.
Comcast shares slip on broadband growth warning
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9/14/2021   Post a comment
The cable operator is seeing a 'little bit of a slowdown in the net adds in the cable business' in the current quarter, but still expects 2021 growth to beat pre-COVID 2019 levels, CFO Mike Cavanagh told investors.
Amazon to FCC: Make SpaceX follow the rules
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9/13/2021   Post a comment
Kuiper Systems, Amazon's satellite broadband unit, counters that concerns about SpaceX's 'Gen2' plan for Starlink has nothing to do with slowing competition, but is about holding SpaceX to FCC rules.
AT&T connects with OneWeb
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9/8/2021   Post a comment
Providing OneWeb with a big-name tenant, AT&T plans to tap into OneWeb's developing low-Earth orbit satellite broadband platform to serve businesses in remote parts of the US.
Amazon, SpaceX wage war over Starlink's 'Gen2' system
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9/3/2021   Post a comment
Amazon's Kuiper Systems wants the FCC to dismiss SpaceX's next-gen satellite broadband plans while SpaceX calls the complaint a delay tactic to slow competition and help Kuiper can catch up.
Mediacom sheds light on new 'Bolt'-branded, CBRS-powered fixed wireless service
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/1/2021   Post a comment
Currently offered in parts of Alabama, Iowa and Florida, Mediacom Bolt features three speed tiers and is underpinned by 4G and 5G RAN products from Ericsson.
Frontier set to weather the supply chain storm analyst
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8/31/2021   Post a comment
The markets for material and labor should respond to handle demand, particularly by the time Frontier 'reaches its peak deployment cadence' for FTTP upgrades in the 2023-2025 timeframe, analyst predicts.
Cable vet Jay Rolls gets in on the broadband transaction action
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8/25/2021   Post a comment
Rolls, a former CTO at Cox and Charter, has joined Broadband Success Partners as senior advisor, where he'll help the firm provide tech-focused due diligence on proposed deals involving network operators.
Starlink terminal shipments pass the 100K mark
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8/24/2021   Post a comment
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk notes that Starlink's satellite broadband service reaches parts of 14 countries, with license applications pending 'in many more countries.'
Infrastructure bill presents 'monumental and transformative' phase for DZS, CEO says
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8/23/2021   Post a comment
While the minimum speeds supported by the broadband piece of the $1 trillion US infrastructure bill sets the bar too low, it will power a new wave of fiber-based services, Charlie Vogt says.
SpaceX sizes up more powerful 'Gen2' system for Starlink
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8/20/2021   Post a comment
Elon Musk's SpaceX says the next-gen system, to be delivered into orbit via the company's Starship rocket, will substantially increase capacity and reach using a constellation of almost 30,000 satellites.
Reach of low-priced broadband plans hits record high in Q2 study
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/19/2021   Post a comment
Some 87% of Americans had access to 'affordable' wired broadband in the second quarter of 2021, up from 77% in Q1 2021, according to a fresh report from BroadbandNow.
SES's new 1-Terabit satellite constellation takes a step toward the launchpad
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/18/2021   Post a comment
SES showed off its new high-capacity, medium-Earth orbit satellite, which will form its 11-satellite O3b mPower constellation. SES plans to hook into Microsoft Azure to establish an aggregated, multi-orbit network.
T-Mobile, Pilot Fiber appear to connect on Manhattan fiber broadband project
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8/13/2021   Post a comment
T-Mobile is conducting a small fiber-based pilot in NYC that delivers symmetrical speeds of 940 Mbit/s. T-Mobile stresses that its fixed wireless service is still its 'flagship home Internet offering.'
CableLabs sets first wave of DOCSIS 4.0 interops
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8/12/2021   Post a comment
Taking a step toward full certification and qualification testing, CableLabs has set plans to run DOCSIS 4.0 interoperability tests in October and December of 2021, and ten more in 2022.
Senate blesses $1T infrastructure bill
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/10/2021   Post a comment
Bipartisan bill, which earmarks $65 billion for broadband, now heads to the House.
Cable One: Most Emergency Broadband Benefit participants upgrade to faster speeds
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8/10/2021   Post a comment
Just 10% of the customers enrolled in the FCC's EBB program, which offers temporary discounts on household Internet bills during the pandemic, are new to Cable One, says CEO Julie Laulis.
Viasat looks for new global satellite fleet to beef up bandwidth
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/9/2021   Post a comment
Residential fixed satellite broadband subs dipped in Q2 2021 but customers continue to consume capacity as they move to faster tiers.
Frontier unleashes faster fiber buildout plan
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/6/2021   Post a comment
After ending 2021 with 4 million fiber locations passed, a new 'Wave 2' plan will have Frontier deploy FTTP to another 6 million locations by the end of 2025. But the company is not yet fully funded to pull it off.
Adtran wrestles with supply and demand conundrum
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/5/2021   Post a comment
Orders are flowing, but ongoing supply chain constraints are applying pressure on the speed at which product can be shipped. 'It's all about supply. It's not about demand,' says Adtran CEO Tom Stanton.
Starlink's median download speeds start to flirt with fixed-line levels, Ookla finds
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8/5/2021   Post a comment
Median download speeds for the satellite broadband service hit 97.2 Mbit/s in the US, up from 65.7 Mbit/s in Q1 2021, according to Ookla's Q2 2021 Speedtest data.
DZS's record Q2 sales tempered by near-term supply chain headwinds
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/3/2021   Post a comment
But supply chain constraints won't impair company's long-term biz model and margin targets as DZS fields an influx of RFPs for fiber, mobile transport and network orchestration products, CEO Charlie Vogt says.
Govt.-backed broadband programs will drive big bucks, but take time, Calix CEO says
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/27/2021   Post a comment
Proposed infrastructure bills along with RDOF are poised to 'uplift our entire model' rather that serve as a simple 'pull forward of boxes,' Carl Russo says.
GCI touts solid take rate for 1-Gig
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/15/2021   Post a comment
Alaska operator says nearly 41% of its broadband subs are getting speeds of 1 Gbit/s, or four times the national adoption rate uncovered by a recent study from OpenVault.
Study sizes up price tags to help bridge the broadband gap
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/14/2021   Post a comment
A budget of $61 billion to $118 billion would enable the US to bring 1-Gig to all locations that get less than 100/20 Mbit/s service that aren't tied to RDOF phase I, ACA Connects/Cartesian study finds.
Starlink flirts with in-flight broadband market
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6/10/2021   Post a comment
Satellite-powered broadband service provider is in talks with 'several' airlines about providing connectivity for in-flight W-Fi services.
Cable ops sizing up upstream 'sweet spot' for DOCSIS 4.0
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/9/2021   Post a comment
As operators mull plans for future DOCSIS 4.0 deployments, many are considering expanding the upstream to 396MHz, a move that would deliver upstream speeds of about 3 Gbit/s, CommScope exec says.
First ViaSat-3 satellite takes a step toward launch
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/7/2021   Post a comment
Set for launch in early 2022, ViaSat-3 will cover the Americas and represent the first in a set of new satellites that will eventually deliver global coverage.
DZS ready to play 'long ball' on network convergence
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/13/2021   Post a comment
With integrations and recent acquisitions now behind it, DZS outlines a vision touching mobile transport, broadband access and network virtualization.
CommScope says DAA is ready to roll
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/5/2021   Post a comment
Cable tech supplier says new edge device that supports both remote PHY and remote MACPHY operation is set for field deployments as operators start to mull over network moves ahead of the DOCSIS 4.0 transition.
Frontier to exit Chapter 11 on April 30
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/28/2021   Post a comment
Frontier execs also on tap this week to discuss vision for the company as analysts continue to view Frontier as a tale of two markets its 3 million FTTP homes and its 11 million copper homes.
Frontier headed for stability, not stardom
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/19/2021   Post a comment
As it nears a Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit armed with a fiber upgrade plan, Frontier is poised to produce modest, rather than explosive, growth in the coming years, according to a new analyst report.
Nokia, NCTC forge fiber deal as RDOF buildouts loom
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/15/2021   Post a comment
They claim deal provides 'tailored' fiber solutions and access to premier service programs for tech that can support multi-gigabit network, and the potential to add wireless networking to the mix.
Former AT&T exec joins Frontier as chief network officer
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4/13/2021   Post a comment
Veronica Bloodworth tapped to oversee company's network operations, including elements tied to Frontier's 'modernization plan.'
Starlink's speed performance erratic of late
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/7/2021   Post a comment
According to a new batch of Ookla Speedtest data, median speeds for the satellite broadband service temporarily dipped then climbed again. Meanwhile, the service's burst speeds appear to be on the rise.
Upstream consumption rocketed 63% in 2020 study
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/2/2021   Post a comment
Upstream consumption climbed 63% last year as peak usage shifted to business hours and away from a pre-pandemic surge typically seen during prime time. The nature of upstream usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says.
ADTRAN's compact fiber cabinet targets RDOF bonanza
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/31/2021   Post a comment
Vendor says it already has commitments for the Total Access 5004 Micro-Cabinet, a product with big rural broadband ambitions.
Comcast earmarks $1B in bid to narrow the digital divide
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/24/2021   Post a comment
Comcast's new ten-year investment plan to reach 50 million low-income households through community Wi-Fi projects, equipment donations and grants arrives on the ten-year anniversary of its Internet Essentials program.
ATX starts to pick up where Cisco left off
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/23/2021   Post a comment
In wake of amplifier licensing deal with Cisco, vendor has notched deals with Midco and Portugal's NOS – two operators in pursuit of 1.2GHz network capacity upgrades.
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The Entra EN9000, a node based on SCTE standards for the Generic Access Platform, will be ready for lab tests in 1H 2022. GAP nodes will enable MSOs to snap in service modules for HFC, PON and wireless access services.
Comcast says it has tested a 'network to modem' connection of DOCSIS 4.0 technology that had its virtual CMTS speaking to a DOCSIS cable modem configured to operate in the Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) band.
With a near-term focus on integration, Comcast engineering exec Rob Howald says the operator's virtual CMTS now 'speaks' DOCSIS 4.0 as the company pushes ahead with deployments of a distributed access architecture.
RDOF bids spanning another 42 providers across 21 states were included in a second wave of funding authorization tied to phase I of the FCC's program.
Facebook Connectivity provided updates on a set of projects, including the deployment of subsea cables, its 'Bombyx' fiber-building robot and Terragraph, a fixed wireless system that uses unlicensed millimeter wave spectrum.
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