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Safaricom Brings Lots More FTTH to Kenya
Alison Diana  
9/19/2017   2 comments
Wireless operator Safaricom is making huge strides in its ambitious goal to deliver fiber-to-the-home, as Thibaud Rerolle, director of technology at Safaricom, explains.
Sckipio Unveils Speedy Next-Gen Gfast Chipset
Alison Diana  
9/18/2017   4 comments
The latest Gfast chipset from Sckipio promises to give telcos a leg up on cable competitors in the race to bring gigabit speeds to all customers.
Broadband Forum Adds More Openness & Standards
Alison Diana  
9/15/2017   3 comments
Non-profit industry organization Broadband Forum this week unveiled new standards and new Open Broadband initiatives to support operators' goal of interoperability for lower costs and accelerated deployment.
Finding ARPU at World's Biggest Fixed-Network Event
Andy Fry  
9/15/2017   3 comments
When the Broadband World Forum (BBWF) takes over the Berlin Messe from Oct. 24-26, writes Andy Fry, a major focus will be how companies can monetize services a healthy preoccupation for any operator in this fast-evolving sector.
Consumers Pick Security Options in Smart Home Menu
Alison Diana  
9/14/2017   24 comments
When offered the choice of selecting individual components of a smart home solution, European and US broadband users both chose fire alerts and emergency notifications as the most important options, a Strategy Analytics study finds.
Comcast Business SD-WAN: Built for the Enterprise
Alison Diana  
9/13/2017   5 comments
Comcast is entering the SD-WAN fray, competing head-on against AT&T, Verizon and many others, with a new SDN-enabled platform, app and the first of several SD-WAN VNFs.
Call Flow: In XGS-PON for the Long Haul
Alison Diana  
9/13/2017   5 comments
Britain's Call Flow expects ADTRAN's XGS-PON solution will deliver 1Gbp/s ultra-broadband to its residential and business customers and a steady stream of profits, interoperability and opportunities to the operator.
DOCSIS 3.1 WiFi Mesh Network: Boon for Smart Homes?
Alison Diana  
9/12/2017   6 comments
Cross-chipset platform WiFi mesh solution provider New Garden is targeting service providers worldwide with its WiFigarden SDK and a partnership with Ubee Interactive designed to enhance residential WiFi and smart home services.
Vodafone to Bring Gigabit to 13.7M German Premises
Iain Morris  
9/11/2017   8 comments
Operator to spend 2 billion on improving its broadband network.
Colt Exec: 'Fiber is Our DNA'
Alison Diana  
9/8/2017   9 comments
Peter Coppens, global director of product management and marketing at Colt, shares the vital role fiber ownership plays in the multi-national service provider's business offerings in Europe and Asia.
Pay-TV Providers: Dial In to Innovation, Report Says
Alison Diana  
9/7/2017   45 comments
To successfully compete against OTT, consumers' growing demands for multiscreen and flexible bundles, as well as increased piracy across the world, pay-TV providers need to innovate – fast, according to a new report from NAGRA and MTM.
Gigabit Availability Around the US Report
Alison Diana  
9/7/2017   11 comments
In 'The State of US Gigabit Deployments,' Viavi uses Gigabit Monitor, its global visual database, to track consumer gigabit Internet availability across the US to uncover some surprising facts about America's most connected regions.
Certified Gfast Products Triple in 3 Months
Alison Diana  
9/6/2017   9 comments
The Broadband Forum and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab's Gfast certification program qualified 24 products within three months, a testament to the industry's demand for interoperable technologies.
DT Rolls Out FTTH Gigabit Service
Alison Diana  
9/5/2017   8 comments
Deutsche Telekom will test and pilot gigabit speeds in areas already served by fiber, charging about 120/$143 for a triple-play bundle of Internet, phone and pay-TV.
Tele Columbus Rebrands as PYUR
Alison Diana  
9/4/2017   4 comments
After multiple acquisitions generated myriad brands, Germany's third-largest cable operator Tele Columbus reorganizes itself under one name: PYUR.
The Case for Converged Access Networks
Alison Diana  
9/1/2017   4 comments
Multiple factors have aligned to forge a close-to ideal scenario for service providers to put aside their silos, think outside purpose-built fiber access networks and innovate across outside plant architectures, a new Heavy Reading report finds.
Net Neutrality Talks Stay Behind D.C. Doors
Alison Diana  
8/31/2017   26 comments
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee postpones September 7 meeting after no representatives from AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Verizon, Netflix, Alphabet or Facebook agree to public session, despite lots of activity in D.C. hallways and offices.
Hurricane Harvey: The Industry Responds
Alison Diana  
8/30/2017   59 comments
Cable and teleco operators answer the call for help, donating money, time and other resources to aid in the recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Gfast: The Fix for Ubiquitous Broadband
Pam Baker  
8/30/2017   7 comments
FTTP is the gold standard in anchoring the gigabit vision to reality, but, writes Pam Baker, Gfast costs pocket change by comparison. Can wider, faster spread of gigabit broadband really be done for less?
Comcast Constructs Smart Home Business
Alison Diana  
8/29/2017   18 comments
Comcast builds on its smart home business by emphasizing security and WiFi management.
Saudi Telecom Woos Turk Telekom Shareholders
Alison Diana  
8/28/2017   19 comments
Saudi Telecom is leading suitor for major shareholder position in Turk Telekom, a proactive deployer of next-generation network access technologies.
DT Fights Back
Alison Diana  
8/25/2017   23 comments
In a blog, Germany's largest operator defends its use of multiple technologies instead of 100% fiber.
ADTRAN's Mosaic Activate Paves Next Steps of Software Journey
Alison Diana  
8/24/2017   59 comments
Software-orchestration solution designed to accelerate new-customer service activation is the first release from ADTRAN's Mosaic Subscriber Solutions & Experience portfolio.
ADTRAN Gfast-to-the-Basement Opportunities Soar
Alison Diana  
8/23/2017   8 comments
With the arrival of GTTB, ADTRAN combines multiple next-generation technologies to bring gigabit broadband 650 meters from the cabinet, making ultra-broadband's reach 10 times further and 5 times cheaper.
nbn Connects 6 Million Australians
Alison Diana  
8/23/2017   11 comments
The Australian government's wholesale broadband network now connects more than half the nation's residential and commercial customers although marsupials are not served.
AT&T Deals Fiber, Gfast to UBB Hand
Alison Diana  
8/22/2017   7 comments
AT&T added new fiber to its existing footprint and expanded beyond its traditional footprint with a Gfast offering for MDUs such as apartments and condos.
Comcast Business Extends D3.1 Network
Alison Diana  
8/22/2017   7 comments
Companies in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic now have access to Comcast Business' gigabit services, powered by DOCSIS 3.1 -- a service the Atlanta Braves have been using to hit a home run with park visitors and residents.
Viavi Acquires Trilithic (& New Markets)
Alison Diana  
8/22/2017   10 comments
With its acquisition of Trilithic, Viavi now expands into new opportunities such as leakage detection and prevention, Europe and Asia and MDUs.
EU Rules Drive Gigabit Age: ADTRAN CTO
UBB News  
8/22/2017   10 comments
European Union requirements for gigabit connections to public institutions and workspaces will drive new ultra-broadband deployments in the region, said Ronan Kelly, CTO of the EMEA & APAC Regions for ADTRAN at ADTRAN Connect.
Smart Cities: Data Is Lifeblood, Telcos King
Chris Wheal  
8/21/2017   25 comments
Metropolis' approaches to digitization may differ, but two things are clear regardless of geography: Data and service providers play a critical role in smart cities' success. That's the lesson cities like Cali, Colombia and other urban areas are learning.
Cybersecurity Opportunities & Pressure Heat Up
Alison Diana  
8/18/2017   21 comments
A growing array of diverse services geared toward wider user bases, predictive analytics and automation add up to more pressure on service providers to ensure their networks are secure – and greater chances to sell security services to enterprise and residential customers.
NTT Data: Use Virtualization Lessons for AI
Alison Diana  
8/17/2017   22 comments
Alastair Masson, head of telco media at NTT Group company NTT Data UK, discusses common challenges and opportunities tier one operators face in the move to digitization, virtualization and automation.
CenturyLink CTO: Customers Like to Co-Invent
Alison Diana  
8/16/2017   7 comments
During ADTRAN Connect, CenturyLink EVP and CTO Aamir Hussain discussed the operator's expanding use of minimum viable product (MVP) network strategy.
Webinar: 5G Densification & NG-PON
Alison Diana  
8/15/2017   5 comments
Heavy Reading Principal Analyst for Wireless Data Services & LTE Gabriel Brown and Ryan McCowan, who heads up Fiber Access & Aggregation at ADTRAN, will host a webinar on 'Addressing the 5G Densification Challenge with Next-Generation PON.'
Disconnected in the City
Alison Diana  
8/14/2017   37 comments
Millions of urban dwellers, including 19% of New Yorkers and 10% of Muscovites, remain unconnected to broadband due to infrastructure, business case and cost challenges.
Accenture Execs: From Access Networks to Zeroing In on Customers
Alison Diana  
8/11/2017   12 comments
In a far-ranging interview, longtime telecom professionals George Nazi and colleague Raghu Puri provide insights on a broad range of key topics.
New Zealand Moves Closer to Ubiquitous Ultra-Broadband
Alison Diana  
8/10/2017   11 comments
New Zealand's ambitious program to bring high-speed broadband to 99% of its population by 2025 takes another step forward a journey many governments and providers are watching.
New Fiber Breaks Transmission Records
Alison Diana  
8/9/2017   7 comments
NTT and six partners recently set a new transmission capacity record, reaching 118.5 Tbit/s over regular thickness optical fiber.
US Broadband Speed Ranked Number 21
Alison Diana  
8/9/2017   10 comments
Despite billions of investment dollars, the United States underperforms 20 other nations in broadband speed, a new international study finds.
Irish CSP Uses Huawei WTTx to Connect Emerald Isle
Alison Diana  
8/8/2017   10 comments
Imagine Communications partnered with Huawei to use WTTx solution deployed as a purely fixed network alternative to FTTx in effort to bring cost-effective, timely ultra-broadband to rural and urban regions of Ireland.
Gfast Stampede Starts in 2019 – Report
Alison Diana  
8/7/2017   9 comments
Gfast's capabilities, coupled with more hardware options, will translate into a stampede as operators increase spending on the access technology by more than 600% in 2019 versus 2017, the research firm predicts.
What Is the Future Shape of the Broadband Industry?
Niall Hunt  
8/7/2017   6 comments
A new study by the Broadband World Forum provides an insightful peek into the concerns and business priorities of all the key players that make up the broadband ecosystem.
UBB Switches Up Pay-TV Options
Alison Diana  
8/4/2017   15 comments
New ultra-broadband infrastructures help pay-TV executives realize their top goals of increasing Innovation and launching new products and services, a new study finds.
UK ISP Trials BT Openreach's Gfast
Alison Diana  
8/3/2017   9 comments
British ISP Cerberus Networks is testing out a new, affordable FTTP and Gfast high-speed network service for some business customers.
Operators Want You: UBB Creates Lots of Jobs
Alison Diana  
8/2/2017   27 comments
Adoption of new infrastructure enhances service providers' ongoing challenge to attract and retain top technology (and other) employees; bad news for operators but great news for job seekers.
Altice Exports Fiber First Strategy to US
Alison Diana  
8/1/2017   15 comments
Altice brings its fiber-centric deployment strategy to the United States.
Service Providers Primp for Acquisition Attention
Alison Diana  
7/31/2017   14 comments
Fiber-rich operators that have deployed next-generation ultra-broadband infrastructure are often the most attractive targets for mergers and acquisitions.
Services Boost Access Vendors' Sales, Customer Relationships
Alison Diana  
7/28/2017   11 comments
Next-generation network access vendors such as ADTRAN and Calix see growing demand for their services, as operators try to cut costs, accelerate deployment and leverage their partners' technological expertise.
AT&T & FTTP: Reaching 14M by 2019
Alison Diana  
7/27/2017   24 comments
AT&T's expanding fiber-to-the-premises footprint will allow the operator to more easily compete against bundles and extend its 5G offerings, CFO John Stephens tells investors in Q2 earnings call.
UBB & Automation: Solutions to the CX Challenge?
Alison Diana  
7/26/2017   34 comments
Access technologies like Gfast, XGS and NG-PON2, coupled with predictive analytics and artificial intelligence, will automate many processes that drag down operators' customer satisfaction rankings.
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Wireless operator Safaricom is making huge strides in its ambitious goal to deliver fiber-to-the-home, as Thibaud Rerolle, director of technology at Safaricom, explains.
The latest Gfast chipset from Sckipio promises to give telcos a leg up on cable competitors in the race to bring gigabit speeds to all customers.
Non-profit industry organization Broadband Forum this week unveiled new standards and new Open Broadband initiatives to support operators' goal of interoperability for lower costs and accelerated deployment.
When the Broadband World Forum (BBWF) takes over the Berlin Messe from Oct. 24-26, writes Andy Fry, a major focus will be how companies can monetize services a healthy preoccupation for any operator in this fast-evolving sector.
When offered the choice of selecting individual components of a smart home solution, European and US broadband users both chose fire alerts and emergency notifications as the most important options, a Strategy Analytics study finds.
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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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