Also, Eutelsat says "ELO" to IoT, Talkie and ADTRAN go beyond words, Comcast noticed when TiVo patents expired and CityFibre -- with help from its friends at Vodafone -- wrap Scottish city in fiber (not tartan).
Verizon and Calix reached 34 Gbps over fiber-optic cable using a bonded NG-PON2 optical network terminal (ONT) prototype on Verizon's fiber network, the partners announced today. Last year, Verizon and Calix successfully trialed the next-gen PON tech on the optical line terminal (OLT); this time, Verizon used Calix AXOS to deliver multiple Gbps to each of four wavelengths, then bond them together with software at the ONT. Bonding increased speeds beyond the capabilities of each individual wavelength, something Verizon envisions as a powerful service for data-intensive enterprise business customers. (See Verizon & Calix Deliver 34 Gbit/s Over Fiber via Bonded ONT Tech.)
Eutelsat Communications today announced ELO, a constellation of about 25 nanosatellites developed in partnership with IoT network operator and service provider Sigfox to ensure integration between terrestrial and satellite networks. A demo satellite will launch next year, and the constellation's first four satellites will be developed under the supervision of Loft Orbital (ELO 1 and 2) and Clyde Space (ELO 3 and 4). The first four satellites will enter commercial service once in orbit and, if the initiative is successful Eutelsat will add to the constellation to a max of 25 by 2022, it said. The constellation's investment costs are already included in the operator's current capex outlook and each satellite's cost will not exceed €1 million ($1.1 million), it said. Annual capex is about €400 million (about $440 million), according to investor reports.
All Along the Waterfront
Remote and coastal towns in eastern Maryland will be connected via high-speed fixed access infrastructure based on ADTRAN technologies and Talkie's expertise, the companies announced on Tuesday.
(Image by David Mark from Pixabay)
Talkie Communications chose ADTRAN as its partner on an all-fiber, XGS-PON communications backbone capable of delivering up to 10 Gbps. The network, which will run along Maryland's eastern shore, will connect underserved communities and is designed to improve the area's overall economic development as part of Governor Larry Hogan's five-year, almost $100 million plan to accelerate infrastructure investment. Twin brothers André and Andrew DeMattia co-founded the triple-play, fiber-only operator in 2012. (See ADTRAN & Talkie Partner on XGS-PON, All-Fiber Network.)
After two TiVo patents expired, Comcast restored a remote DVR recording function for video streaming apps for web browsers and mobile devices, reported Light Reading today. In November 2017, Comcast removed that function from its Xfinity Stream app after a ruling favored TiVo. This is only the latest in the ongoing legal saga between Comcast and TiVo: Undoubtedly, there's more to come.
CityFibre has completed more than half its full-fiber network deployment in the Scottish city of Stirling, the UK wholesale altnet said. Commercial partner Vodafone is expected to bring gigabit broadband to almost every home and business by summer 2020. Stirling is part of CityFibre's £2.5 billion (US$3.1 billion) "Gigabit City" program, designed to bring full fiber to 5 million UK homes and businesses by 2025 -- and pressure incumbents to hop to it by bumping up their own investments in high-speed broadband, especially in un- and under-served areas.
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