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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.

Table 1: 2019 Broadband World News Editorial Calendar

January 2019 Automation & CX
February 2019 PON
March 2019 Smart Planet
April 2019 Gfast
May 2019 5G and Fiber
June 2019 WiFi
July 2019 Selling Cloud Services
August 2019 Advances in Fiber-Optic Cable
September 2019 DOCSIS
October 2019 SD-WAN
November 2019 Mobile
December 2019 Security

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More than a half-million Irish residents expected to have fiber broadband by 2020. But Ireland's National Broadband Plan has not even begun — and government officials today postponed any agreement again.
Rapidly growing MSO keeps bulking up by buying smaller cablecos in largely rural and exurban markets throughout the US.
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Webinars
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m London

Just when you thought the answer to your next technology direction question was clear, the noise around multiple new technology options fills the Internet and airwaves. Multiple 5Gs are being deployed; there's CableLabs' 10G initiative; the ITU and IEEE are toiling around 50G PON – and we haven’t even talked about Wi-Fi6 yet! Is any of this real, do you have to pay attention or can you just let the dust settle and then decide?

Since waiting is often not the best option, let’s demystify technology options, their impact on your business, and how to prepare for whatever the future brings.

In this webinar, Service Providers will learn:

  • Current state of 5G and how it affects everyone, not only mobile network providers.
  • Latest technologies being developed and how they will benefit their networks and subscribers.
  • How to prepare their networks for the future – whatever it may hold.

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Alternative UK fixed-broadband network operator Community Fibre is deploying ADTRAN gear to take 10 Gbit/s to London users at aggressive prices.
At Broadband World Forum 2018 there's a lot of chat about the shift towards software-defined access networks, but how tough and how expensive ...
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!
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