Also, Atlantic Broadband strides into more gigabit country, NBN rejoices over HFC trial, UK agency reviews Inmarsat deal and a three-way partnership forms to advance cable in smart homes.
Google, Microsoft and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) want the FCC to allow incumbents to share C-band spectrum -- especially 3700 MHz and 4200 MHz -- a move that would bring broadband to up to 80 million more Americans, they said. This would enable fixed-wireless operators to use the spectrum band currently limited to incumbents, mainly satellite operators. Requests for spectrum-sharing are growing, but this proposal seeks to have new and existing providers in different geographies to use the same spectrum. Other spectrum-sharing approaches, like Microsoft's TV white spaces, grant fixed-wireless access by assigning gear to different channels within a band.
Private equity group Connect Bidco's planned $3.4 billion acquisition of satellite provider Inmarsat is being scrutinized by Britain's Competition and Markets Authority. The deal could raise public interest concerns, according to the CMA.
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE) and the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) are teaming up to drive standards creation and adoption, plus offer educational opportunities around cable network capabilities, smart home, smart cities and IoT services. By selecting cable's 10G as the basis of new construction, members get the high speed, low latency, highly reliable and highly secure services that make the "heart of intelligent buildings," said Chris Bastian, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering SCTE•ISBE.
In a one-on-one interview with Broadband World News, ADTRAN Chairman and CEO Tom Stanton speaks about the vendor's success with a new breed of broadband providers, today's competitive environment and, yes, Verizon and NG-PON2.
In a provocative new BBWN webinar, Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton will delve into cable's next-gen HFC architecture plans and explain why going all-fiber may make more sense for operators right now.
Five years ago, NOS board member Manuel Ramalho Eanes helped steer the Portuguese service provider toward a future heavily reliant on smart homes and cities. It's a decision the provider is glad it made.
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.
Wi-Fi is the foundation of the connected home for consumers; yet, it’s often a source of frustration. With the imminent release of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard – combined with a strong Managed Wi-Fi offer – service providers can reverse subscriber frustration while tapping into new revenue streams.
Key topics include:
What’s different about Wi-Fi 6 and why it matters to your subscribers
The importance of offering Managed Wi-Fi and its connection to Wi-Fi 6
How you can elevate your brand and gain a strong foothold in the home network.