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Cable access market bounces back in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/2/2020   Post a comment
Pickup in the cable access network segment helped to drive total broadband access equipment spending to $3.1 billion in the period, according to Dell'Oro Group.
Comcast to go national with broadband cap
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/23/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator is bringing its usage-based residential broadband data policies and unlimited data option to the northeast, where it grapples with Verizon's cap-free Fios service in certain markets.
Subs on 1-Gig speed tiers spike in Q3 – OpenVault
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/16/2020   Post a comment
Power users – those who chew up at least 1 terabyte per month – are also on the rise.
NCTC, Adtran strike FTTP deal for indie cable ops and telcos
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/12/2020   Post a comment
Partnership gives Adtran additional exposure to small and midsized cable operators and telcos as they tap FTTP for network upgrades, greenfield buildouts and, potentially, RDOF-related projects.
Shaw unleashes 1.5 Gig on HFC
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/9/2020   Post a comment
Canadian cable op says new 'Fibre+ Gig 1.5' tier is geared for content creators and 'super streamers' that are also looking to connect a bunch of devices in the home.
Viasat: Lower-latencies nice, but not 'decisive' driver for satellite broadband
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/6/2020   Post a comment
Viasat execs see no surprises in Starlink's small-scale beta test and believe the satellite broadband company is well positioned to compete on speed, capacity and price.
Starlink speeds blow by Hughes and Viasat – study
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/4/2020   Post a comment
As Starlink inches towards commercial launch, recent speed tests from Ookla show that the emerging satellite broadband service is averaging 79.5 Mbit/s down and 13.8 Mbit/s up.
Fiber fuels AT&T's broadband growth in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/23/2020   Post a comment
Additions of 357,000 FTTP subs offset DSL and IP 'non-fiber' losses in the period.
Azure's cloud rolls into space
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/20/2020   Post a comment
SpaceX's Starlink and SES are two key partners for Azure Space, a new, globally focused, integrated cloud platform that taps into both satellite and ground-based connections.
DZS gets amped for RDOF
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/15/2020   Post a comment
Meanwhile, Starlink, Hughes and Viasat, along with a batch of cable operators, have come through as qualified bidders for the RDOF sweepstakes.
Hitting the DOCSIS 'sweet spot'
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/14/2020   Post a comment
Cisco's John Chapman analyzes the options available to cable operators as they consider how to proceed with DOCSIS 3.1 today and, later, with DOCSIS 4.0.
AT&T looks to lure fiber subs with new pricing, unlimited data
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/2/2020   1 comment
Updated pricing on unbundled AT&T Fiber service also bakes in unlimited data and enters the picture after top exec proclaims there's an 'easy path' for AT&T to consider expanding its fiber footprint.
Cox commits millions to help bridge online education gap
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/29/2020   Post a comment
Cable op launches 'Cox CARES Act Solution for Education' along with pledge to spend $60 million over the next year to support digital learning.
Rogers tries to sweeten its play for Cogeco
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/28/2020   Post a comment
Canadian operator intends to keep the Cogeco brand as it proposes multi-year plan to invest $3B n Quebec focused on accelerated 5G rollouts, network investments and rural broadband expansions.
Comcast rolls free Wi-Fi to low-income students
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/21/2020   Post a comment
In conjunction with nonprofits, Comcast has launched a multiyear initiative to deploy more than 1,000 Wi-Fi 'Lift Zones' in local community centers.
Global broadband access equipment revenues rebound in Q2
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/18/2020   1 comment
PON sales remain strong, particularly in Europe, while cable access purchases slipped 8%, according to Dell'Oro Group.
Google Fiber's 2-Gig move pressures cable to upgrade upstream
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/15/2020   Post a comment
Google Fiber is testing a $100 per month, 2Gbit/s service in two markets next month, with plans to offer it more broadly in early 2021.
Flurry of factors fuels cable's broadband surge
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/10/2020   Post a comment
General consumer demand during the pandemic, accelerating footprint expansions and a spike in new household formation are all contributing, analyst says.
Altice USA stays on the hunt for Cogeco
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/10/2020   Post a comment
Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei will continue to seek an 'end game' resulting in the acquisition of Cogeco's US subsidiary, Atlantic Broadband.
Altice USA, Rogers try to divvy up Cogeco
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/2/2020   Post a comment
Under a $7.8 billion deal, Altice USA makes a play to acquire Cogeco's US-based Atlantic Broadband division, and then sell Cogeco's Canadian assets to Toronto-based Rogers Communications.
DOCSIS 4.0 gets ready to roll
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/28/2020   Post a comment
Operators and suppliers start to prep the network for the new, speedier platform as the modems and other key pieces of the DOCSIS 4.0 product ecosystem are in development.
Dasan Zhone becomes DZS, outlines plan under new CEO
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/19/2020   Post a comment
As DZS, company aims to unify recent acquisitions and focus its pursuit of markets such as 5G transport, next-gen fiber access, passive optical LAN and the connected home/business.
Broadband competition MIA for millions of US homes – study
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/13/2020   Post a comment
Almost 50 million people in the US are in areas with only one choice of a true broadband service, the Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR) finds.
Data demands drop but stay ahead of pre-pandemic levels
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/11/2020   Post a comment
Upstream consumption climbed 5.3% even as overall usage dropped by 5.5%, according to OpenVault.
Broadband access equipment to dip 7% in 2020 – Dell'Oro
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/3/2020   Post a comment
While cable can expect a topsy-turvy year, the road ahead for the global PON market should be much smoother.
MaxLinear nears finish line on Intel buy
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/28/2020   Post a comment
Anticipating a strong Q3 driven by cable data 'tailwinds,' the chipmaker also expects to wrap up its acquisition of Intel's home gateway biz in the period.
Frontier forks over $750K to settle complaint with Minnesota AG
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/14/2020   Post a comment
Frontier, now in the middle of a bankruptcy reorganization, has also agreed to reform sales and ad practices and invest $10 million in broadband network improvements in the state.
Charter's RDOF plan could target 2.5M homes
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/13/2020   Post a comment
By participating in the RDOF auction, the cable op is poised to broaden its footprint to adjacent rural areas and apply pressure on telcos such as CenturyLink and Frontier.
Frontier pays for probe into hidden fees, 'misrepresentation' of Internet speeds
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/10/2020   Post a comment
Already in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the telco will fork over $900,000 to resolve an investigation by the Washington state Attorney General's office.
Emergency Broadband Connections Act enters frame as pandemic drags on
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/30/2020   Post a comment
New bill arrives as FCC Chairman's voluntary connectivity pledge with ISPs reaches its expiration date.
Comcast uses AI smarts to boost cable network performance
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/29/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator has accelerated the rollout of an AI-powered system called 'Octave' to improve the efficiency of its access network.
Cox Business rises to the remote workforce challenge
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/24/2020   Post a comment
Like Comcast and AT&T, Cox's business services unit has tailored its commercial offerings to suit customers that have been forced to support a growing remote workforce during the pandemic.
Cable's upstream still getting a workout during pandemic
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/18/2020   Post a comment
Overall peak usage on US cable networks continues to flatten out and even decline slightly, but sustained higher levels of usage on the upstream path have persisted, according to the latest data from the NCTA.
Cable to blaze a long trail to its DAA future
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/16/2020   Post a comment
Cable adoption of a distributed access architecture has slowed during the pandemic, but execs believe DAA fits well with the long-term success of the HFC networks.
Global broadband access market takes a dive in Q1
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/9/2020   Post a comment
Revenues for the total sector dropped 15% in the pandemic-impacted period, coupled with a 22% decline in cable access 'concentrator' revenues, according to Dell'Oro Group.
Starry secures foothold in US broadband market
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
Fixed wireless startup is taking a slow path to success, but Starry's base is growing by 10% per month and is poised to end 2020 with about 100,000 subs, an industry analyst says.
Viasat tees up LEO satellite broadband plan to reach rural US
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/2/2020   Post a comment
It faces an uphill climb, but Viasat is exploring a plan to build 300 low-earth orbit satellites that could deliver low-latency broadband service and qualify for the US Rural Digital Opportunities Fund.
US cable still 'punching above its weight' against FTTH competition – analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/28/2020   Post a comment
Cable ops continued to gain ground against broadband rivals in Q1 2020 amid the early stages of the pandemic and a recent surge in new household formation.
Comcast confirms commitment to Full Duplex DOCSIS
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/21/2020   Post a comment
The pandemic has caused the operator to redeploy some of its network engineering resources, but Comcast says it remains bullish on its FDX initiative.
'NextGen TV' poised to become a new broadband pipe
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/20/2020   Post a comment
FCC's Brendan Carr is proposing to remove regulatory overhangs that will help establish ATSC 3.0 as a 'Broadcast Internet' platform that can beam out 25 Mbit/s data streams.
How broadband networks could make room for 8K video
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/19/2020   Post a comment
Video engineers are already noodling on tools and encoding techniques that can lessen the strain on networks when pixel-packed 8K video comes on the scene in a much bigger way.
C Spire's rural broadband initiative casts its eyes on the skies
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/14/2020   Post a comment
Telesat has joined C Spire's initiative as it prepares to launch a network of hundreds of low Earth orbit satellites designed to deliver high-speed, low-latency broadband service.
Cable One gets a fix on wireless
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/12/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator says it has invested in two wireless ISPs to help it beam broadband service beyond the reach of its wired networks.
Broadband usage surged 47% in Q1 to 402.5 GB per user – OpenVault
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/4/2020   Post a comment
Data collected from ISPs during the pandemic also shows an exponential rise in power users that consume at least 1 terabyte per month.
COVID-19 data surge is wake-up call for cable's weak upstream
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/29/2020   Post a comment
Cable's lithe upstream pipe survived recent data spikes, but the increased demand is accelerating discussions about 'mid-splits' and other moves that would expand and augment the HFC upstream, CommScope exec says.
Comcast sees spike in 'xFi' usage
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/23/2020   Post a comment
During the pandemic, cable op said it's seen a 57% increase in people tapping into a digital dashboard that helps broadband customers manage – and even pause – their home Wi-Fi network.
Comcast: Network peak usage has plateaued in most markets
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/16/2020   Post a comment
New data fits in with what other US cable operators are seeing following initial spikes caused by increased residential broadband usage as millions hunkered down at home.
Frontier hopes to slash $10B in debt as it flips to Chapter 11
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/15/2020   1 comment
Struggling company says it has $1.1 billion in liquidity heading into pre-arranged restructuring.
Technicolor leans on lessons to strengthen supply chains during pandemic
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4/14/2020   Post a comment
Use of C.A.R.T. principles, lessons from recent component shortages and trade wars have helped the key CPE vendor prepare for the supply chain challenges wrought by the COVID-19 crisis.
Peak upstream and downstream demand climbs at Charter
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/13/2020   Post a comment
Daytime Internet traffic in some homes has doubled or tripled from pre-pandemic levels, according to CTO Stephanie Mitchko-Beale.
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