Increased investment in ultra-fast broadband, 5G trials, fixed mobile convergence and more connected devices across Europe have accelerated consumer digitization. They also pressure service providers to expedite crucial investment decisions that will impact their businesses well into the future.
These trends also have been good for service provider operations, according to according to Broadband World Forum's 2018 Gigabit Survey. More than half those polled maintained business had "improved a little" since 2017; 19% said business had rocketed, the research found.
Yet in this age of digital acceleration, small improvements aren’t enough. Indeed, for many operators, by upgrading their networks to gigabit speeds they appeal both to tech-savvy, high-spending business and consumer subscribers, set a foundation for new services and earn a premium over lower-speed tiers.
To get there, service providers must decide which of the new or emerging technologies will best support their business models. From artificial intelligence to 5G, IoT to fixed wireless access and NFV to edge computing, every technology advocates itself as the best way operators can advance their networks towards that gigabit future and delivering on consumer demands.
To shine some light on the topic, join Broadband World Forum's free webinar, "Gigabit Realities: Disaggregating Fact from Fiction," on June 12 at 3:00 p.m. BST (UK), 10:00 a.m. EST and 7:00 a.m. PST. A panel of experts, including Patrice Slupowski, senior vice president of Digital Innovation at Orange; Paul Hjul, director of Hjul Consulting; and Julie Kunstler, principal consultant of Broadband Access at
Ovum, will share what works today and the future directions organizations should explore and test.
Unpacking buzzwords to talk about the technologies that make a difference on the ground, panelists will address topics ranging from lab bench to practical applications, creating realistic implementation roadmaps, and identifying where to invest and when, as well as the technologies that operators use today to improve bottom lines and subscriber satisfaction scores.
In addition to delivering gigabit broadband to homes and business, millimeter wave (mmWave) fixed wireless has emerged as a key fiber extension technology and enabler of 5G backhaul and access. Most of the mmWave discussion centers on licensed spectrum, but there also exists a promising unlicensed band in the 60 GHz range.
Join Jonathan Brady, Director of Sales for North America, CCS and Michael Kletchko, Head of Market Development, ADTRAN as they provide an overview of the unlicensed 60 GHz technology including:
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.