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Very high-speed Internet access services over ultra-broadband (UBB) connections are critical to the sustainability and development of the global economy. Yet so much attention has been paid to the introduction of 4G LTE mobile services and the excitement ahead of 5G that the fixed broadband sector has often been reduced to second billing.

But UBB plays a starring role in its own right. Without reliable, quality broadband connections running at ultra-broadband speeds, the Gigabit Society will never reach its potential, smart cities won't be so smart, the Internet of Things (IoT) will be fragmented, 5G will be a flop (and miss the 2020 deadline now inextricably tied to its emergence) and exciting services video services such as Ultra HD and virtual reality will struggle to become mass market phenomena.

Gigabit broadband is the service that connects the cloud to businesses and individuals and provides the link between mobile access network infrastructure and the wider world with which it needs to have assured connectivity.

That's why developments in UBB technology and services think G.fast, DOCSIS 3.1, NG-PON2, dark fiber, vectored copper, gigabit broadband, the impact of virtualization on broadband access networks have never been more important.

And that's why the industry needs the Broadband World News community, which will track, analyze and report on all the major developments in the high-speed broadband communications market, identifying the key trends and talking to the movers and shakers who are transforming the sector and introducing next-generation technologies, services and strategies that will transform the global broadband market by 2020 (and beyond).

Light Reading and the Broadband World Forum (BBWF) have been tracking the development and evolution of the broadband sector, from ADSL to TWDM-PON, since 2002 and have a wealth of expertise and knowledge that has enabled us to identify and track trends, gain access to key decision makers and market movers and provide unrivalled analysis and insight into UBB developments.

So it makes sense that the community will be the online portal that provides year-round coverage of a market that meets at the annual Broadband World Forum event.

The community site will provide year-round coverage of the key topics explored at BBWF -- and there's a great deal to discuss, analyze and understand as network operators seek to build the networks and develop the services that will cater to the needs of an always-connected, video-hungry, cloud-oriented user base.

Topics and trends that will covered on Broadband World News include:

  • FTTx
  • G.fast
  • Vectoring
  • NG-PON2
  • XG-PON
  • DOCSIS 3.0/3.1
  • Fixed wireless broadband
  • Satellite/alternative broadband
  • Dark fiber
  • Gigabit services
  • SDN/NFV in the access network
  • Video service optimization
  • Home gateways
  • Networked home
  • OTT services
  • Net neutrality
  • Broadband regulation
  • Broadband specifications/standards
  • Ultra-broadband's role in 5G

Content will take a variety of formats, including daily news analysis, executive interviews, expert guest contributions, video reports, webinars, community polls, slideshows and infographics.

Latest Articles
Seventh-largest US MSO says it now offers its GigaOne service to more than 95% of the 1.6 million homes in its legacy footprint and will reach 100% coverage by year-end using DOCSIS 3.0 technology.
Wireline is the real deal when it comes to broadband, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proclaims.
Next 12 months promise growth as service providers of all sizes upgrade existing infrastructure and ADTRAN releases new solutions such as super vectoring products, CEO Tom Stanton says.
Milton Keynes becomes the first city to benefit from the broadband partnership announced in November.
Multi-media, multi-service access architectures have been maturing, but the time is now, says AT&T, to get this ready for prime time.
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Webinars
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
11am ET

Consumers have always looked to the consumer electronics industry for cutting edge technology. Moving forward, service providers must reverse this pattern and move from defense to offense with the impending wave of IoT devices headed towards their subscribers' homes.

This webinar will focus on how service providers must leverage the hard-won position in the home network to fight off the web-scale competitors intent on relegating them in to wholesalers wholesalers that would still bear the burden of the support calls.

Webinar speakers will highlight the new approaches that need to be taken in order to reduce the time required to get to market with new services and ensure always-on connectivity, including a managed WiFi offering, which provides a strong foundation and a springboard for the oncoming chaos of IoT.

In addition, the webinar will showcase what elements are required to give service providers an advantage in the in-home device battle to establish and own the strategic point of presence including:

  1. 802.11ax WiFi technology
  2. Leading low-power IoT protocol support (e.g., BlueTooth, Zigbee and Z-Wave)
  3. MU-MIMO
  4. Voice recognition technology
  5. Advanced security

Radio Shows
Listen to this archived radio show for a fascinating look into the world of SD-Access and the complementary technologies creating the digital revolution. Bring your questions and your curiosity to be part of the conversation.
Video
ZTE discusses the future of broadband networks and how we can be better prepared for the challenges they will bring.
What are the hot talking points in the fixed broadband sector right now? Gigabit over copper as well as fiber, software-defined access and more, ...
Light Reading's pro-European, Berlin-lovin' editors Ray Le Maistre and Iain Morris discuss some of the hot topics from BBWF 2017, including Gfast ...
The UBB2020 community has had a great first four months thanks to a market that's on the up!
Per-Olof Gustafsson, Deputy CEO at AB Stokab, the wholesale fiber access network operator in the city of Stockholm, talks about the business case ...
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