Happy new year -- and happy new name here at Broadband World News!
Over my years of covering technology -- going from the indirect computer channel such as system integrators and consultants to interviewing CIOs, CISOs and other C-levels at enterprises and healthcare, then onto high-performance computers, and now telcos and cablecos -- I've rarely been able to explain my job to non-industry friends or family. Sometimes even the titles of the publications were inexplicable, jargon-laden names that "outsiders" struggled with.
I assure you my parents' inability to understand the meaning of UBB2020 was not behind the name change! But greater transparency and a step away from industry lexicon is welcome. Our new name also more accurately reflects our charter of providing global coverage of broadband news.
The name Broadband World News more closely reflects the publication's close relationship with Broadband World Forum and the annual BBWF event.
Sure, our moniker has changed but our focus on the critically important world of fixed-broadband remains constant. Throughout the year, you'll continue to see content on the topics we've always covered: vital technologies such as Gfast, fiber, XGS-PON, NG-PON2, vectoring and VDSL, for example. You'll still see insight from leading vendors about things like their new products, the supply chain and how they want to differentiate themselves in an era of open source, interoperability and standards.
We'll also carry on sharing operators' stories about implementations, cross-vendor testing and challenges, recruitment and retention strategies, winning sales approaches and powerful partnerships. And of course you'll find analysis of data from analyst firms, including sister companies such as Heavy Reading and Ovum, to help drive your decision making and spot trends that affect your organization.
In 2018 we shall begin experimenting with some different content, including new contributed articles from industry executives, more video, radio shows with service provider executives as guests and more.
Welcome to Broadband World News. We're delighted you're here and look forward to sharing some of this exciting new year with you.
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.
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?
Learn how and why service providers are using virtualization to transform their networks. This webinar will look at how providers are leveraging virtualization to create more flexible and agile networks while also providing a better customer experience. Expert speakers from netElastic and Heavy Reading will address the industry drivers for network virtualization, the benefits that can be realized, the challenges to face and the results of virtualization being achieved by providers today.
Key topics will include:
Current network infrastructure and the move to virtualization
Benefits and challenges of network virtualization
How providers can get started
Service provider success stories: the decision to virtualize, the solution, and results