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
Today’s access network architecture is under mounting pressure due to a continued surge in the number of connected devices, a proliferation of bandwidth-intensive customer applications and dramatic shifts in usage patterns related to the pandemic, such as work-from-home and e-learning.
Learn why now is the right time for cable operators to build greenfield networks or expand their existing networks with 10G PON, arming customers with high-speed symmetrical broadband. Gain a clear understanding of the drivers impacting the access network and the various approaches being considered to deliver higher speed services. Plus, find out the best practices that operators are employing as they leverage the latest in passive optical technology to future-proof their networks.
Topics to be covered include:
Node + 0 (Fiber Deep)
DOCSIS 3.1, DOCSIS 4.0 (FDX/ESD)
FTTP and 10G PON
Provisioning 10G PON within a DOCSIS B/OSS environment