Gigabit Broadband Reaches 5% of Global Population: Report
Also today, NBN Co cost Aussies millions in lost time, CableLabs and Buckeye Broadband settle their differences, Sagemcom gets WiFi 6 stamp of approval and Connecticut judge okays municipal broadband.
Gigabit Internet is now available to about 354 million people in 51 countries, representing 5% of the global population, according to Viavi's latest "Gigabit Monitor." The US leads the way, with gigabit Internet available to 68.5 million individuals, up 4 million from August 2018. China overtook South Korea: 61.5 million people now have access to gigabit Internet in China, an increase of 41 million since August 2018. (See Gigabit Internet Now Available to 5% of People Globally.)
NBN Co missed an average 320 appointments daily, costing Australian consumers more than A$15 million (US$10.2 million) in lost time, the Australian Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) reported this month. Between July 1, 2018, and February 20, 2019, NBN said technicians missed 114,093 appointments, an average 469 each day; ACCAN determined one-third of appointments were met that day at a different time, reducing the missed-appointment figure by one-third. Because it's a wholesaler, however, delay or cancellation notifications must go through its customers, such as Vodafone, Telstra, Optus and TPG.
CableLabs and Buckeye Broadband settled an almost year-old lawsuit that alleged the Ohio-based operator was delinquent in its dues to the R&D organization, Light Reading reports today. Louisville, Colo.-based CableLabs argued Buckeye's contract required "at least three years' notice before termination becomes active," meaning the operator's membership was active through January 14, 2021, wrote LR's Jeff Baumgartner. The case was dismissed on November after both parties attended a settlement meeting in September; each agreed to bear its own costs and attorney fees.
The Wi-Fi Alliance bestowed Wi-Fi 6 certification on Sagemcom's 10G PON fiber gateway, F@ST 5688AX. The home gateway delivers up to 10Gbit/s symmetrical to fiber-served homes, the French vendor said.
A 2013 law stating municipalities can use space on utility poles "for any purpose" was crystal clear, said Connecticut Superior Court Judge Joseph Shortall, in a ruling against the state's Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, CTNewsJunkie wrote. In May, PURA ruled municipalities could not use utility poles for fiber or broadband deployment, deciding "preferential access" would go against the FCC's mandates requiring operators get "nondiscriminatory access" to poles. Municipalities may now consider their own broadband infrastructures, but operators or others might also file lawsuits, the news site reported.
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