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Charter starts to book RDOF revenues
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/29/2022   Post a comment
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.
AT&T lights up multi-gig fiber speeds in dozens of US markets
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/24/2022   Post a comment
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.
Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/30/2021   Post a comment
Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical co-op don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.
Consolidated boots up 'Fidium Fiber' brand as network upgrades expand
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/15/2021   Post a comment
Launched in parts of northern New England, the new brand offering features symmetrical 1-Gig service starting at $70 per year paired with a whole-home Wi-Fi platform powered by Plume.
Frontier's fiber build ramps to a record, but revenues fall short in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/3/2021   Post a comment
Frontier added a record 185,000 new fiber locations in Q3. The company's stock rose despite a revenue miss, illustrating the weight investors are putting into Frontier's aggressive FTTP buildout strategy.
Google Fiber rolls 2-Gig broadband to San Antonio
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/20/2021   Post a comment
Expansion in that market makes the $100 per month offering available to all of Google Fiber's FTTP markets. Google Fiber's fixed wireless 'Webpass' markets still max out at 1 Gbit/s.
Vecima first out of the chute with standardized 'GAP' node
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/18/2021   Post a comment
The Entra EN9000, a node based on SCTE standards for the Generic Access Platform, will be ready for lab tests in 1H 2022. GAP nodes will enable MSOs to snap in service modules for HFC, PON and wireless access services.
Comcast touts progress on DOCSIS 4.0
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/12/2021   Post a comment
With a near-term focus on integration, Comcast engineering exec Rob Howald says the operator's virtual CMTS now 'speaks' DOCSIS 4.0 as the company pushes ahead with deployments of a distributed access architecture.
Facebook touts advancements in connectivity
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/7/2021   Post a comment
Facebook Connectivity provided updates on a set of projects, including the deployment of subsea cables, its 'Bombyx' fiber-building robot and Terragraph, a fixed wireless system that uses unlicensed millimeter wave spectrum.
Frontier, Ziply Fiber secure more funds for fiber buildouts
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/4/2021   Post a comment
Frontier announced plans to offer $1 billion in notes to back its ambitious fiber build just days after Ziply Fiber raised $350 million in debt funding to do pretty much the same.
Frontier sees long upgrade path for XGS-PON
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/24/2021   Post a comment
The XGS-PON platform Frontier selected from Nokia is upgradable to 25-Gig PON 'with basically an optics change,' says Scott Mispagel, Frontier's SVP of national architecture and engineering.
Frontier sizes up 10-Gig future with XGS-PON rollout
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/23/2021   Post a comment
Frontier has hooked up with Nokia to connect about 100,000 homes to XGS-PON technology amid a grander plan to have FTTP deployed to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.
AT&T may go even bigger with fiber
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/22/2021   Post a comment
AT&T CEO John Stankey has challenged his execs to explore what it would take to expand AT&T's plan to build FTTP to 30 million locations by 2025. 'Execution and performance' is all that stands in the way, he says.
Infrastructure bill presents 'monumental and transformative' phase for DZS, CEO says
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/23/2021   Post a comment
While the minimum speeds supported by the broadband piece of the $1 trillion US infrastructure bill sets the bar too low, it will power a new wave of fiber-based services, Charlie Vogt says.
Frontier unleashes faster fiber buildout plan
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/6/2021   Post a comment
After ending 2021 with 4 million fiber locations passed, a new 'Wave 2' plan will have Frontier deploy FTTP to another 6 million locations by the end of 2025. But the company is not yet fully funded to pull it off.
Adtran wrestles with supply and demand conundrum
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/5/2021   Post a comment
Orders are flowing, but ongoing supply chain constraints are applying pressure on the speed at which product can be shipped. 'It's all about supply. It's not about demand,' says Adtran CEO Tom Stanton.
DZS's record Q2 sales tempered by near-term supply chain headwinds
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/3/2021   Post a comment
But supply chain constraints won't impair company's long-term biz model and margin targets as DZS fields an influx of RFPs for fiber, mobile transport and network orchestration products, CEO Charlie Vogt says.
Govt.-backed broadband programs will drive big bucks, but take time, Calix CEO says
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/27/2021   Post a comment
Proposed infrastructure bills along with RDOF are poised to 'uplift our entire model' rather that serve as a simple 'pull forward of boxes,' Carl Russo says.
Study sizes up price tags to help bridge the broadband gap
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/14/2021   Post a comment
A budget of $61 billion to $118 billion would enable the US to bring 1-Gig to all locations that get less than 100/20 Mbit/s service that aren't tied to RDOF phase I, ACA Connects/Cartesian study finds.
Cable ops sizing up upstream 'sweet spot' for DOCSIS 4.0
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/9/2021   Post a comment
As operators mull plans for future DOCSIS 4.0 deployments, many are considering expanding the upstream to 396MHz, a move that would deliver upstream speeds of about 3 Gbit/s, CommScope exec says.
DZS ready to play 'long ball' on network convergence
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/13/2021   Post a comment
With integrations and recent acquisitions now behind it, DZS outlines a vision touching mobile transport, broadband access and network virtualization.
CommScope says DAA is ready to roll
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/5/2021   Post a comment
Cable tech supplier says new edge device that supports both remote PHY and remote MACPHY operation is set for field deployments as operators start to mull over network moves ahead of the DOCSIS 4.0 transition.
Nokia, NCTC forge fiber deal as RDOF buildouts loom
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/15/2021   Post a comment
They claim deal provides 'tailored' fiber solutions and access to premier service programs for tech that can support multi-gigabit network, and the potential to add wireless networking to the mix.
Former AT&T exec joins Frontier as chief network officer
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/13/2021   Post a comment
Veronica Bloodworth tapped to oversee company's network operations, including elements tied to Frontier's 'modernization plan.'
ADTRAN's compact fiber cabinet targets RDOF bonanza
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/31/2021   Post a comment
Vendor says it already has commitments for the Total Access 5004 Micro-Cabinet, a product with big rural broadband ambitions.
Comcast earmarks $1B in bid to narrow the digital divide
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/24/2021   Post a comment
Comcast's new ten-year investment plan to reach 50 million low-income households through community Wi-Fi projects, equipment donations and grants arrives on the ten-year anniversary of its Internet Essentials program.
ATX starts to pick up where Cisco left off
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/23/2021   Post a comment
In wake of amplifier licensing deal with Cisco, vendor has notched deals with Midco and Portugal's NOS – two operators in pursuit of 1.2GHz network capacity upgrades.
Pressure builds for FCC to bring back net neutrality rules
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/9/2021   Post a comment
Network neutrality advocates want the FCC to open a proceeding to reinstate broadband as a Title II service amid a pandemic that has amplified the need for broadband connectivity, particularly for low-income households.
Comcast doubles download speeds for 'Internet Essentials'
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/2/2021   Post a comment
Downstream speeds for broadband offering for low-income households rise to 50 Mbit/s, while upstream increases to 5 Mbit/s. Comcast will also accelerate rollout of Wi-Fi 'Lift Zones' for students.
Rogers posts cable, IPTV sub gains in Q4
Alan Breznick  
2/1/2021   Post a comment
Big Toronto-based cable and wireless provider continued to add more broadband and IPTV customers in Q4 to at least partly offset weaknesses in its wireless and media units.
Mass. lawmakers seek temporary ban on data caps, service shutoffs
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/28/2021   Post a comment
Bill would prevent ISPs from turning off service for customers facing hardships, raising fees and implementing data caps for up to 60 days after the pandemic.
US ISPs tacked on 1.1M subs in Q4 2020 – analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/25/2021   Post a comment
Broadband subscriber additions for Q4 2020 beat year-ago numbers, but slowed down from a blowout, pandemic-fueled Q3, according to Evercore ISI.
DZS snaps up Optelian to shore up mobile transport play
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/20/2021   Post a comment
The first acquisition for DZS under new CEO Charlie Vogt will add in coherent optics tech and pave a path to 200-Gig and 400-Gig transport capabilities.
Charter yanks petition to drop ban on data caps
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/20/2021   Post a comment
Large US cable operator has dropped an FCC petition to put an early end to condition that bans Charter from implementing usage-based data policies and cutting paid peering deals.
FCC OKs Frontier's Chapter 11 restructuring plan
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/15/2021   Post a comment
Frontier expects to emerge from Chapter 11 in early 2021.
ISPs catch heat about data caps, price increases
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/13/2021   Post a comment
Democratic lawmakers in the House Energy & Commerce committee are pressing the likes of Comcast, Altice USA, Charter, Cox and T-Mobile to detail their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hitron's DOCSIS sensor designed to streamline self-installs, cut capex
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/8/2021   Post a comment
Vendor says low-cost coax testing device enables customers to verify a coax outlet before calling tech support and should help operators reduce unnecessary truck rolls and service calls.
Viasat seeks review of Starlink
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/7/2021   Post a comment
Viasat urges FCC to take a close look at the potential environmental impact posed by Starlink's plans to deploy thousands of broadband satellites.
US ISPs add 1.32M subs in Q3 2020
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/16/2020   Post a comment
Cable once again led growth in the quarter, but a top industry analyst expects the rate of broadband sub growth to slow in 2021.
CommScope launches cable network upstream booster
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/14/2020   Post a comment
New transmitter and receiver support 'high-split' upgrades that raise the HFC network's upstream capacity to 204MHz, setting a path for cable operators to deliver symmetrical 1-Gig on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.
Mediacom sues West Des Moines over Google Fiber deal
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/11/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator alleges that the city council improperly used taxpayer-backed bonds to build a multi-million conduit network for the exclusive use of Google Fiber.
Verizon and CFU lead as Frontier and AT&T lag the field in online gaming
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/10/2020   2 comments
New PCMag study shows which ISPs – both big and small – are tops in latency and jitter performance.
RDOF round one: Winners and losers
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/8/2020   Post a comment
Auction results were 'quite bad' for incumbent telcos as Charter and SpaceX cleaned up, analyst says.
Comcast extends COVID-19 commitments through June 2021
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/7/2020   Post a comment
Cable op will continue to provide 60 days of free access to new Internet Essentials customers, along with free access to 1.5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots through mid-2021.
Comcast to go national with broadband cap
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/23/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator is bringing its usage-based residential broadband data policies and unlimited data option to the northeast, where it grapples with Verizon's cap-free Fios service in certain markets.
NCTC, Adtran strike FTTP deal for indie cable ops and telcos
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/12/2020   Post a comment
Partnership gives Adtran additional exposure to small and midsized cable operators and telcos as they tap FTTP for network upgrades, greenfield buildouts and, potentially, RDOF-related projects.
Shaw unleashes 1.5 Gig on HFC
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/9/2020   Post a comment
Canadian cable op says new 'Fibre+ Gig 1.5' tier is geared for content creators and 'super streamers' that are also looking to connect a bunch of devices in the home.
Viasat: Lower-latencies nice, but not 'decisive' driver for satellite broadband
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/6/2020   Post a comment
Viasat execs see no surprises in Starlink's small-scale beta test and believe the satellite broadband company is well positioned to compete on speed, capacity and price.
Fiber fuels AT&T's broadband growth in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/23/2020   Post a comment
Additions of 357,000 FTTP subs offset DSL and IP 'non-fiber' losses in the period.
DZS gets amped for RDOF
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/15/2020   Post a comment
Meanwhile, Starlink, Hughes and Viasat, along with a batch of cable operators, have come through as qualified bidders for the RDOF sweepstakes.
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