Also in this broadband sector roundup: European operators ask for the improbable; Calix boasts new deals; US firms react to COVID-19; UK new builds to get Gigabit minimum.
With a bid worth $2.9 billion, Macquarie Infrastructure Partners (MIP) delivered a sucker punch to bidding rival Brookfield Infrastructure and won the fight to acquire Cincinnati Bell, a broadband, video and voice service provider that has operations in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, and parts of Hawaii. (See Cincinnati Bell agrees to Macquarie's $2.9B bid .)
The UK government is to pass legislation that will force construction companies to include a Gigabit broadband connection into every new home built. Currently, according to the UK government, only 20% of new builds come with a built-in Gigabit connection that can be activated by a service provider. For more details, see this announcement. Of course, this is the same government that has pledged to pump billions into rural broadband rollouts and have the entire nation within reach of a high-speed fiber broadband connection by 2025, so seeing will be believing. (See Brits show love for fiber in a time of COVID-19.)
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, special to Broadband World News
Over the next two years, approximately 60% of service providers (both large and small) will adopt virtualization on a wide scale across their networks, according to the latest survey report from Ovum. Why are providers making these moves? Is there an easy way to start?
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