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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 3/24/2017
Telecom Italia (TIM) will form a separate company to focus on ultra-broadband deployment across rural and under-served regions of Italy, part of the service provider's strategy to deliver almost ubiquitous coverage across the nation's population.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 3/23/2017
By delivering broadband DSL over a CORD network, CenturyLink is advancing toward its goal of virtualizing its access network and central offices, an infrastructure transformation slated to end in 2019 with the arrival of complete global virtualization coverage across its IP core network.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 3/22/2017
Despite an influx of Internet-connected products ranging from refrigerators and thermostats to light fixtures and televisions, only 10% of households have connected-home solutions -- and that could make it challenging for service providers to earn revenue from their broadband investments.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 3/21/2017
Service providers are leveraging their investments in transformative infrastructure to improve customer satisfaction beyond rocket-fast broadband speeds.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 3/20/2017
In his first major policy speech as Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Ajit Pai outlined how he plans to bring the "benefits of the digital age to all Americans."
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 3/17/2017
As a group, cable operators appear to be winning the battle for ultra-broadband business.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 3/16/2017
The increasing need for densification of small cells is intensifying efforts to fully leverage the benefits of virtualization, open source and standards to empower efficiencies, new business opportunities and streamlined solutions.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 3/15/2017
Colt this month grew its Dedicated Cloud Access (DCA) on-demand service via connectivity to Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, one of several moves the service provider is making to address enterprise ultra-broadband needs in its European, Asian and African markets.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 3/14/2017
ADTRAN says it has shipped more than 10 million vectoring ports since it began commercial deployment about three years ago.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017
12pm EST

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.

The UBB2020 community has had a great first four months thanks to a market that's on the up!
Per-Olof Gustafsson, Deputy CEO at AB Stokab, the wholesale fiber access network operator in the city of Stockholm, talks about the business case ...
This informative interview with Robert Conger, AVP, ADTRAN, highlights the reasons global service providers and cable network operators are ...
BT's Head of Research & Innovation, Prof. Tim Whitley, discusses 'Purposeful Innovation' and the future of communications.
Chris Mulley, Principal Architect at ZTE's CTO Group, discusses trends and innovation in fixed broadband access.
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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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