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Filip De Greve, SDN/NFV Marketing Manager, Fixed Networks, Nokia, 10/20/2017
From increased agility and faster time to market to cost savings and additional revenue, the promise of virtualization is huge. This is especially true of software-defined access networking (SDAN). In fixed access networks, SDN is ready to move from trials and small-scale deployments to become part of operators' long-term plans. The technology is now ...
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 10/19/2017
When AT&T released VOLTHA 1.0 this month, the optical access system architecture marked a new approach for the service provider. Not only did AT&T partner with Open Networking Foundation, but the SDN/NFV-based technology also incorporated disaggregation, open interfaces and abstract APIs to support a vendor-neutral, software ecosystem.
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Chris Wheal, Business and Finance Journalist, 10/18/2017
Operators' investment in fiber is paying off today -- and will continue to reap dividends as enterprise and consumer needs change with the arrival of 5G -- unless service providers allow "fake news" and misinformation about the next-generation network to plague potential customers, creating false promises and elevated expectations.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 10/18/2017
Tiny Rhode Island outperforms other US states' broadband speeds, while Montana has the country's slowest broadband, according to analysis of data compiled and researched by Cable.co.uk this month.
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Steve Collins, Chief Technology Officer, NetComm Wireless, 10/17/2017
Perhaps the defining trait of broadband deployment is how operators have turned to a mix of technologies to bring fast broadband to all.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 10/16/2017
While operators roll out modern, future-capable architectures, they cannot simply abandon extensive investments in DOCSIS-based OSS and IT systems. With the recent release of its 10G-EPON virtual Remote OLTs (virtual R-OLTs), ADTRAN allows MSOs to advance their 10-Gbit/s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), software-defined access and automation strategies while ...
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 10/13/2017
Beyond generating local headlines in cities where it's deploying broadband, Google Fiber has been pretty low-key since the sudden departure of its CEO -- a.k.a. Chief Exiting Officer as Light Reading's resident haiku posited. Gregory McCray left the building after only five months at the helm.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 10/12/2017
When it comes to communications, webscale giants such as Google and Facebook are better off collaborating, not disrupting industry leaders, a new report by ABI Research suggests.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 10/11/2017
Nokia this week unveiled several new offerings designed to support providers' ongoing implementation of virtualization as a way to reduce costs, simplify operations and improve flexibility.
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
11:00 a.m New York/ 4:00 p.m. London

5G promises connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latencies less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as tactile Internet useable over mobile networks for the first time. However, mobile operators will need to deploy ten times as many radio sites, each with highly reliable plug-and-go multi-gigabit connections, to achieve that level of performance.

In this UBB2020 webinar, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown and ADTRAN's Ryan McCowan will:

  1. Discuss 5G densification strategies and their network impact
  2. Outline the different requirements for backhaul and fronthaul needed to support 5G densification strategies
  3. Explore next-generation PON-fixed access technologies and software defined networking principles as emerging solutions to accelerate 5G densification
  4. Outline how NG-PON2, the next-generation multi-gigabit fiber technology, supports the x-haul (fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications) requirements of 5G

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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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