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NBN Network Supports Seven-Fold Increase in Video Use
Niall Hunt 10/26/2018 120 comments
Over the last six years, video demand has surged but NBN's investment in fiber, FTTC and DOCSIS 3.1 allowed the national Australian wholesaler to keep up with today's – and future – needs, CTO Ray Owen told a Broadband World Forum audience.
CES 2019: Three Big Trends, One Silent Star
Fiber Broadband Association 1/28/2019 94 comments
In this month's blog, Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers shares the one common thread holding together all CES and 5G technologies – from smart toilets and baby monitors to next-gen communications solutions and AI.
Next-Generation Networks Must Be Smart
Niall Hunt 10/19/2018 82 comments
In order to meet customers' current and future needs, operators are investing in future-proof, flexible and smart networks that leverage open source and standards-based software, reports BBWF's Niall Hunt.
Zero-Carbon Mayors Endorse Smart City Opportunities
Alison Diana 8/27/2018 70 comments
Late last week, 19 mayors from major worldwide cities signed a pledge to ensure new buildings in their cities will operate at net-zero carbon by 203 and all buildings meet this mandate by 2050 — goals that demand high-speed infrastructure and smart-city solutions.
5G Isn't Just for Mobile Operators: Ericsson
Alison Diana 2/22/2019 70 comments
Whether they enter the wireless arena, focus on fiber for backhaul, form an IoT department or team up with mobile operators, fixed-access providers can play a big role in the next iteration of 5G IoT.
Consumers Pick Security Options in Smart Home Menu
Alison Diana 9/14/2017 67 comments
When offered the choice of selecting individual components of a smart home solution, European and US broadband users both chose fire alerts and emergency notifications as the most important options, a Strategy Analytics study finds.
Pay-TV Providers: Dial In to Innovation, Report Says
Alison Diana 9/7/2017 65 comments
To successfully compete against OTT, consumers' growing demands for multiscreen and flexible bundles, as well as increased piracy across the world, pay-TV providers need to innovate – fast, according to a new report from NAGRA and MTM.
Google Buries Louisville Fiber Plans
Alison’s Wonderland 2/7/2019 60 comments
Search engine giant opts to leave Louisville, KY, rather than replace the entire network after nanotrenching technique creates nightmare experience for customers and residents.
Cost to Deploy US Rural Broadband? $20B
Alison Diana 2/19/2018 57 comments
It will cost less than $20 billion to connect unserved US anchor institutions with fiber, a step that will deliver fiber-based broadband to 95% of the population, a cost analysis conducted for the SHLB Coalition said.
Why Fiber Matters for the Modern Home
Fiber Broadband Association 11/5/2018 55 comments
In her debut column for Broadband World News, FBA President and CEO Lisa R. Youngers discusses the multiple roles fiber supports – from teleworker to entrepreneur – for today's residential users.
AT&T's Zeto: Smart Cities Are Built on Platforms
Alison Diana 1/15/2019 50 comments
Mike Zeto, GM of AT&T's Smart Cities division, expects metro areas to adopt platforms to manage multi-departmental IoT solutions once internal processes are aligned and more agencies are involved in smart city applications.
Broadband Boosts Australia's Economy
Niall Hunt 10/24/2018 49 comments
The NBN deployment of wholesale broadband infrastructure throughout most of the nation should propel Australia from the bottom ten to the top ten OECD countries, according to the 2018 'Connecting Australia' report.
Pay-TV Partnerships Could Ease OTT Overload
Alison Diana 5/25/2018 49 comments
With more than 200 OTT services now available and a growing number of households equipped with high-speed broadband, US consumers face video-choice meltdown, and that could generate opportunities for savvy cablecos.
Comcast Out, Weekend In
Alison Diana 6/29/2018 49 comments
A fiber cut by a contractor created a Comcast outage impacting business and residential Internet, video and voice customers around the US and, potentially, other operators, the giant provider said on Friday afternoon. Bad news for profits, good news perhaps for local watering holes.
2017: A Year of Toolkits & Software-Defined Networks
Alison Diana 12/22/2017 48 comments
In the last 12 months, operators opted to choose from the growing array of access network technologies available to them, while simultaneously investing in more virtualization, SDNs and software-defined access for internal infrastructure.
Operators Unlock Millennials' Smart Homes
Alison Diana 3/28/2018 46 comments
Millennials are, unsurprisingly, enthusiastic about smart home technologies, but devices' interoperability could derail IoT popularity unless service providers send the right marketing message.
Q1 Subscriber Update: Cable Wins, Telecoms Lose
Alison Diana 5/23/2017 45 comments
During the first quarter of 2017, cable operators gained about 1 million subscribers in this period, while the top telephone companies lost approximately 45,000 subscribers, according to a recent study by Leichtman Research Group.
The Dumb Side of DIY Smart Homes
Alison’s Wonderland 6/11/2018 42 comments
More consumers want do-it-yourself smart home devices. But that approach defeats the whole purpose of smart homes – spending more time with family and getting out of household chores.
Build-Your-Own Bundle Builds Momentum
Alison Diana 6/29/2017 42 comments
After reaching a peak this year, operators' pre-packaged bundles will slowly make way for DIY bundles, where consumers build on ultra-broadband as the basis for self-selected OTT and VoIP services, says Ovum.
Comcast: No More Cable Company
Alison Diana 9/14/2018 40 comments
The MSO has pivoted from being a traditional cable operator into a connectivity provider, said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York this week.
Ultra-Broadband Can Heal Telehealth's Wounds
Alison Diana 4/24/2017 40 comments
Telehealth should be worth $30 million by 2020, but that's only if all providers can access the ultra-broadband speeds and latency performance bandwidth-hungry applications like imaging and radiology need.
Mobile Operators Get Fiber Fix for 5G
Alison Diana 9/19/2018 38 comments
Just as some cable operators are entering the world of wireless services, a growing number of mobile carriers are heavily investing in fiber to support 5G, video and other data-intensive services.
Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will present our Cable Next-Gen Europe conference as a free digital symposium on June 21.
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.