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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/23/2017
Scott Mair, senior vice president of technology planning and engineering at AT&T, spoke this month at the Wells Fargo Securities 5G Forum in New York, on topics ranging from FirstNet to the importance of fiber to next-generation wireless communications.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/22/2017
Three British broadband providers have asked the nation's advertising authority to stop competitors from describing DSL and cable services as "fiber."
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/21/2017
Operators are banking that virtual reality (VR) solutions will deliver cold hard cash into their revenue streams.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/20/2017
With XGS-PON, operators can reuse existing FTTH or FTTB deployments to meet the latency constraints and capacity demands for mobile transport in 4G, 5G and Internet of Things networks, according to a proof-of-concept by Nokia Bell Labs.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/19/2017
With an eye squarely focused on ultra-broadband connectivity, the Finnish metropolis of Tampere's fiber-friendly approach to construction is the foundation of its evolution into a smart city.
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Lynn Greiner, Business and Technology Journalist, 6/16/2017
Twenty years ago, infrastructure was all about the pipe. Today, it's all about value.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/15/2017
Even as technological developments combat the speed, latency and cost challenges operators face, old-fashioned bureaucracy, confusion and greed can delay customers' access to ultra-broadband.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/14/2017
After spending recent months experimenting on ways to reduce rollout costs and accelerate deployment, Google Fiber expects to introduce its service to more cities later this year, the company's recently named CEO told Fiber Connect 2017 attendees this morning.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/13/2017
Looking to meet service providers' demand for interoperable technologies and reduce the resources and time dedicated to internal compatibility testing, the Broadband Forum on June 13 unveiled a G.fast certification program in partnership with University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL). The Forum also launched the Gfast Council.
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Global communications service providers continue to evolve their networks to deliver the user-driven service models and higher bandwidths demanded by consumers. At the same time, 5G densification initiatives are top of mind around the globe, with hundreds of thousands of 5G small cells needing an open, programmable and highly scalable access technology to fuel the growing demand for connectivity. As a result, 5G densification projects will demand fixed-access networks, supporting fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications that provide:

  • Service agility by applying modern data center principles aligned with DevOps service creation and deployment
  • Hardware and facilities redundancy offering unprecedented business continuity
  • Low latency supporting the rigid specifications of the 5G standard
  • Network elasticity to support service growth to not just multi-gigabit, but multi-10Gbit/s levels
  • Cost sensitivity supporting mass market services further enabled by Fixed Access Network Sharing (FANS)
With the current maturation of 10G broadband technologies, and the heightened demand for high-speed fixed and mobile connectivity, 2017 is promising to be the year mass-market, multi-gigabit 10Gbit/s fiber services become commercially viable.

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NG-PON2 broadband access technology is already in trials with multiple major network operators but is it too early for the commercial deployment of this next generation ultra-broadband technology? In this UBB2020 live radio show, ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub provides an update on NG-PON2 developments and chats to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about how this technology could play a role in production access networks in 2017.
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