Buoyed by the mutual dependency of wireless and wireline technologies, growing adoption of open source and operators' quest for flexible, cost-effective and efficient networks, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) continues to garner new members and open additional labs for collaboration.
On Wednesday, three communications organizations unveiled community labs: CableLabs and TIP opened a TIP Community Lab at CableLabs' Louisville, Colo.-based headquarters; Deutsche Telekom debuted its lab in Berlin, and Bharti Airtel said it will launch a facility in India. In October, BT and SK Telecom unveiled TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centers (TEACs) in their respective headquarters of London and Seoul, joining existing TEACs operated by DT in Berlin and Orange in Paris.
So what's driving these investments from wireless and wireline providers and organizations? The impending arrival of 5G demands densification -- which in turn requires more fiber, as demonstrated by the recent partnership between Sprint and Altice -- is certainly one motivator and the impetus behind CableLabs' debut project. (See Altice USA & Sprint Sign MVNO Pact.)
CableLabs' first project will focus on virtualizing the radio access network (RAN) for non-ideal fronthaul links, wrote Joey Padden, principal architect, wireless, at the organization. Because it's too expensive to pull fiber to every small cell to densify for 5G, the lab will explore technologies such as DOCSIS, Gfast, Ethernet and microwave as cost-effective fronthaul approaches, Padden said.
CableLabs joined TIP about 12 months ago and is part of the TIP Technical Committee. Facebook launched TIP in 2016, and the organization now includes a Who's Who of vendors, operators, integrators and end customers.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
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