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AT&T SVP: Fiber Is Essential to 5G
Alison Diana  
6/23/2017   1 comment
During the Wells Fargo Securities 5G Forum, Scott Mair, senior vice president of technology planning and engineering at AT&T, discussed the CSP's FirstNet contract, fiber networks and the vital role fiber plays in 5G.
When Is Fiber Not Fiber?
Alison Diana  
6/22/2017   2 comments
Three British providers ask UK's advertising authority to stamp out 'misleading' use of fiber in promotions.
There's Nothing Make-Believe About Virtual-Reality Revenue
Alison Diana  
6/21/2017   11 comments
The VR market could generate $48.5 billion by 2025 – but only if the underlying ultra-broadband network is powerful enough to support VR apps.
Nokia Bell Labs Demos 10G PON for Mobile Fronthaul
Alison Diana  
6/20/2017   2 comments
In a proof-of-concept demonstration, Nokia Bell Labs showed how operators can reuse existing FTTH/B deployments to meet the latency constraints and capacity demands for mobile transport in 4G, 5G and IoT networks, and support the one network goal.
Fiber-Friendly Tampere Gets Smart
Alison Diana  
6/19/2017   14 comments
Tampere recently began a smart city initiative with partners such as CSP Elisa, leveraging and expanding its fiber infrastructure to use ultra-broadband as the foundation of new digital services around the Finnish metropolis.
CSPs Pour More Value From the Pipe
Lynn Greiner  
6/16/2017   17 comments
The broadband industry has come a long way since the days when a pipe was just a pipe. Today operators and CSPs are coming up with bold new strategies to generate value – and revenue – from their infrastructure investments.
Operators Still Battle the Permitting Process
Alison Diana  
6/15/2017   19 comments
Bureaucracy and unreasonable pricing can add months, even more than a year, to fiber and ultra-broadband deployments. Stakeholders such as operators, the FCC and customers want that to change.
Google Fiber CEO: Micro Trenching Initiatives Ahead
Alison Diana  
6/14/2017   25 comments
In a conversation with Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold, Google Fiber CEO Greg McCray discusses how the ISP is reducing the cost and time of fiber deployment with approaches such as micro trenching.
Broadband Forum Creates G.fast Certification Program
Alison Diana  
6/13/2017   13 comments
Designed to accelerate deployment by reducing operators' internal interoperability testing, the G.fast certification and a new G.fast Council mark the Forum's newest area of focus.
Verizon CNO: 'Fiber Is Sexy Again'
Alison Diana  
6/13/2017   14 comments
Fiber is going to be the backbone of the network of the future, Kyle Malady, senior vice president and chief network officer at Verizon Wireline, told Fiber Connect 2017 attendees in Orlando on Tuesday.
CSP Execs: NG-PON2 Delivers
Alison Diana  
6/12/2017   10 comments
Executives from Verizon, SK Telecom, NTT and Chunghwa Telecom discussed their NG-PON2 work during this week's NG-PON2 Forum workshop at Fiber Connect 2017.
China Mobile Goes All-Fiber With Nokia
Alison Diana  
6/12/2017   16 comments
China Mobile will deploy Nokia ONT gateways to more than 30 million homes across 29 provinces.
Cisco VNI Report: UBB Drives Higher Internet Use
Alison Diana  
6/9/2017   8 comments
In its annual Visual Networking Index, Cisco finds FTTx households use more broadband than other connected residences - and video will rule the world.
Spend Sunday Immersed in NG-PON2
Alison Diana  
6/9/2017   5 comments
The NG-PON2 Council Workshop on Sunday, June 11 features an afternoon of expert presentations on a wide array of NG-PON2 topics, a great way to kick off Fiber Connect 2017 in Orlando.
FTTH Council Europe to EU Parliament: Put Pedal to the Metal on UBB
Alison Diana  
6/8/2017   6 comments
In an open letter to telecom ministers gathering to discuss the European Electronic Communications Code at the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council Meeting, FTTH Council Europe urged ministers to support high-speed broadband and spending.
Google Fiber Pours Gigabit Ethernet Into Seattle
Alison Diana  
6/7/2017   9 comments
Google Fiber Webpass will soon offer 1 Gbit/s service for $60 per month to tenants of a 40-story residential building, with an anticipated 99 more Seattle buildings to follow this year.
BT Sends CIOs to the Rescue
Alison Diana  
6/7/2017   4 comments
The British communications service provider created a team of super-CIOs that will work with government, defense and enterprise customers.
The Death of a Small ISP
Alison Diana  
6/6/2017   10 comments
The demise of Britain's TenTel demonstrates the challenges smaller ISPs, CSPs and operators face in today's consolidating industry, especially at a time they're charged with investing in new infrastructure and services.
US: We're on the Road to Gigabit
Alison Diana  
6/2/2017   11 comments
Service providers' billions in investment start to pay off, as the US sees average broadband speeds increase 28% – but the nation is nowhere near gigabit-wide adoption.
ADTRAN CFO on Fiber, NG-PON2 & 5G
Alison Diana  
6/1/2017   1 comment
In a wide-ranging conversation, ADTRAN's top finance exec Roger Shannon discussed fiber's longevity, unifying legacy and open systems and the role of NG-PON2 in 5G.
Surprise! Cost Causes Most Consumer Cord-Cutting
Alison Diana  
5/31/2017   13 comments
In her annual Internet Trends Report, KPCB's Mary Meeker points to consumers' budgetary concerns as the main cause of cable defection.
How 'Softwarization' Changes the CSP Landscape
Anuradha Udunuwara  
5/31/2017   10 comments
Using softwarization -- including cloud, SDN and NFV -- as a basis for their transformative approach to tech and business, CSPs can evolve into digital service providers, writes Sri Lanka Telecom Senior Engineer Anuradha Udunuwara.
Denmark's Stofa Decides on DOCSIS 3.1
Niall Hunt  
5/30/2017   9 comments
Danish TV and broadband provider Stofa chooses ARRIS to help deliver gigabit broadband speeds and enhanced services, such as streaming UHD TV and apps, based on DOCSIS 3.1.
European CSPs Warn Of Over-Regulation's Costs
Alison Diana  
5/26/2017   18 comments
CSP executives submitted a letter to the European Parliament, cautioning about the negative cost and long-term implications proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Code and ePrivacy Regulation will have on both telecom and the continent.
Frontier Uses G.fast for MDU Broadband
Alison Diana  
5/25/2017   15 comments
The service provider is using Nokia's G.fast technologies to deliver ultra-broadband speeds to residents of apartments and multi-unit dwellings in Connecticut.
Finnish Cable Operator Completes DOCSIS 3.1 Upgrade
Alison Diana  
5/25/2017   12 comments
Within a year, DNA deploys upgraded network to support customers in southern Finland with 1Gbit/s broadband.
CableOne: Putting Broadband First
Alison Diana  
5/24/2017   18 comments
The cable operator, which recently finalized its acquisition of NewWave Communications, sees continued growth from high-speed data and business services powered by fiber-based ultra-broadband, executives told a financial conference this week.
Mediacom Wraps Illinois in Ultra-Broadband
Alison Diana  
5/24/2017   9 comments
The cable operator leverages DOCSIS 3.1 investment to expand 1Gbit/s service to the Lincoln state.
Q1 Subscriber Update: Cable Wins, Telecoms Lose
Alison Diana  
5/23/2017   43 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.
AT&T Expands Virtualization Access for Broadband
Alison Diana  
5/22/2017   21 comments
AT&T today expanded its broadband options with new availability of its FlexWare on-demand network services in 200 countries and a recently inked customer agreement with Ericsson.
Orange to Expand Analytics, Digital Transformation Services
Alison Diana  
5/19/2017   8 comments
With its $69.7 million acquisition of Business & Decision, Orange Business Services builds on its broadband investments to open up new geographic markets and complementary offerings to enterprises.
Liberty Global: It's a Quad-Play Market
Alison Diana  
5/18/2017   11 comments
To reduce customer churn and improve profits, operators must deliver four services to consumers, says Liberty Mutual executive during investor conference.
FCC Revisits Net Neutrality, Rural Fees, Satellite Red Tape
Alison Diana  
5/17/2017   11 comments
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission meeting could be contentious as Chairman Ajit Pai (standing) and other members address topics that promise to dramatically reshape broadband in the US.
Comcast Business Tests SD-WAN Service
Alison Diana  
5/16/2017   6 comments
Cable operator steps into sizzling-hot SD-WAN market in partnership with Versa Networks, expanding its enterprise offerings and broadening service horizons.
Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth
Rick Schadelbauer  
5/16/2017   9 comments
Telehealth holds tremendous potential to improve the quality, cost and availability of healthcare in rural areas, but only if these regions have access to ultra-broadband, writes NTCA's Rick Schadelbauer.
High-Fiber Submarine Cables Dive Deeper Into Broadband
Alison Diana  
5/15/2017   35 comments
Crosslake Fibre is one of several businesses bringing dark fiber to service providers seeking more broadband power and reduced latency.
Is Charter Getting Skinny?
Alison Diana  
5/15/2017   13 comments
Despite recent comments to the contrary by company President and CEO Tom Rutledge, Charter is considering an inexpensive OTT bundle, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Mr. CTO, Tear Down That Wall
Alison Diana  
5/12/2017   9 comments
By working together, service providers' operations and IT departments accelerate adoption of virtualization, cloud and other technologies -- and can save money, too.
Zoom Britannia
Alison Diana  
5/11/2017   10 comments
In a leaked version of its political manifesto, Britain's Labour Party promises 30Mbit/s ultra-broadband for all.
Starman Launches 10G EPON Network in Europe
Alison Diana  
5/10/2017   13 comments
Cable operator Starman is eschewing a move to DOCSIS 3.1 in favor of installing FTTH and 10-Gbit/s EPON to support customers' growing ultra-broadband needs, says Jaanus Erlemann, Starman CTO for Starman (on left)
Verizon Inks 2nd Fiber Purchase Order
Alison Diana  
5/9/2017   9 comments
Just weeks after a $1.03 billion deal with Corning, Verizon plans to spend $300 million over three years on fiber from Italian energy and telecom cables systems provider Prysmian.
MaxxSouth: Think Local, Act Like a National
Alison Diana  
5/8/2017   10 comments
Mississippi cable operator rolls out gigabit services via DOCSIS 3.1 and FTTH
Ambitious SpaceX Broadband Plan Blasts Off
Alison Diana  
5/5/2017   26 comments
Patricia Cooper, vice president of satellite government affairs at SpaceX, recently told the US Senate about the company's plans to use its Falcon9 to launch thousands of satellites designed to deliver worldwide ultra-broadband coverage.
FTTH Group Woos EU Parliament With Fiber Lunch
Alison Diana  
5/4/2017   15 comments
FTTH Council Europe wines and dines European Union in its bid to spread fiber net across continent.
Ex-FCC Chair Takes Advisory Role
Alison Diana  
5/4/2017   5 comments
Tom Wheeler, who headed the Federal Communications Commission under President Barack Obama, joins an advisory board for mobile ID authentication startup Confirm.
NG-PON2: The Importance of Being Standard
Alison Diana  
5/3/2017   4 comments
It's important to tie in standards development with specific use cases to accelerate the agenda and time frame, says Vincent O'Byrne, Verizon's director of technology.
Broadband Forum, SDN/NFV Alliance Partner on Open Broadband in Asia
Alison Diana  
5/2/2017   3 comments
The Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry Alliance unveiled an alliance for an Open Broadband Laboratory Asia and plans to work together on network transformation and cloud evolution.
AT&T: Using High-Speed Broadband to Boost Customer Service
Alison Diana  
5/1/2017   9 comments
The service provider is leveraging open source, software-defined networking and analytics, plus machine learning and more content, to improve subscribers' experiences.
Top OTT Providers Hold Onto Their Lead
Alison Diana  
5/1/2017   10 comments
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu retain their top spots, but contenders such as Sling TV and CBS All Access gain subscribers too, finds Park Associates.
Ex-Intel Exec: Bringing Broadband to Rural Colorado
Alison Diana  
4/28/2017   15 comments
Under the direction of former Intel exec Tony Neal-Graves, Colorado plans to get broadband access to all rural residents by 2020.
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During the Wells Fargo Securities 5G Forum, Scott Mair, senior vice president of technology planning and engineering at AT&T, discussed the CSP's FirstNet contract, fiber networks and the vital role fiber plays in 5G.
Three British providers ask UK's advertising authority to stamp out 'misleading' use of fiber in promotions.
The VR market could generate $48.5 billion by 2025 – but only if the underlying ultra-broadband network is powerful enough to support VR apps.
In a proof-of-concept demonstration, Nokia Bell Labs showed how operators can reuse existing FTTH/B deployments to meet the latency constraints and capacity demands for mobile transport in 4G, 5G and IoT networks, and support the one network goal.
Tampere recently began a smart city initiative with partners such as CSP Elisa, leveraging and expanding its fiber infrastructure to use ultra-broadband as the foundation of new digital services around the Finnish metropolis.
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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:

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