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Very high-speed Internet access services over ultra-broadband (UBB) connections are critical to the sustainability and development of the global economy. Yet so much attention has been paid to the introduction of 4G LTE mobile services and the excitement ahead of 5G that the fixed broadband sector has often been reduced to second billing.

But UBB plays a starring role in its own right. Without reliable, quality broadband connections running at ultra-broadband speeds, the Gigabit Society will never reach its potential, smart cities won't be so smart, the Internet of Things (IoT) will be fragmented, 5G will be a flop (and miss the 2020 deadline now inextricably tied to its emergence) and exciting services video services such as Ultra HD and virtual reality will struggle to become mass market phenomena.

Gigabit broadband is the service that connects the cloud to businesses and individuals and provides the link between mobile access network infrastructure and the wider world with which it needs to have assured connectivity.

That's why developments in UBB technology and services – think G.fast, DOCSIS 3.1, NG-PON2, dark fiber, vectored copper, gigabit broadband, the impact of virtualization on broadband access networks – have never been more important.

And that's why the industry needs the UBB2020 community, which will track, analyze and report on all the major developments in the high-speed broadband communications market, identifying the key trends and talking to the movers and shakers who are transforming the sector and introducing next-generation technologies, services and strategies that will transform the global broadband market by 2020 (and beyond).

Light Reading and the Broadband World Forum (BBWF) have been tracking the development and evolution of the broadband sector, from ADSL to TWDM-PON, since 2002 and have a wealth of expertise and knowledge that has enabled us to identify and track trends, gain access to key decision makers and market movers and provide unrivalled analysis and insight into UBB developments.

So it makes sense that the community will be the online portal that provides year-round coverage of a market that meets at the annual Broadband World Forum event.

The community site will provide year-round coverage of the key topics explored at BBWF -- and there's a great deal to discuss, analyze and understand as network operators seek to build the networks and develop the services that will cater to the needs of an always-connected, video-hungry, cloud-oriented user base.

Topics and trends that will covered on UBB2020 include:

  • FTTx
  • G.fast
  • Vectoring
  • NG-PON2
  • XG-PON
  • DOCSIS 3.0/3.1
  • Fixed wireless broadband
  • Satellite/alternative broadband
  • Dark fiber
  • Gigabit services
  • SDN/NFV in the access network
  • Video service optimization
  • Home gateways
  • Networked home
  • OTT services
  • Net neutrality
  • Broadband regulation
  • Broadband specifications/standards
  • Ultra-broadband's role in 5G

Content will take a variety of formats, including daily news analysis, executive interviews, expert guest contributions, video reports, webinars, community polls, slideshows and infographics.

Latest Articles
Buoyed by the apparent success of agreements with Altice and Comcast, Netflix will pursue similar partnerships with other cable operators, Reed Hastings said during the company's latest earnings call.
A new Broadband World Forum market report looks at the state of broadband in Europe now and the opportunities ahead.
Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN are testing a combination of the G.fast standard 212Mhz and coordinated dynamic time allocation (cDTA) designed to deliver high-speed and gigabit broadband via existing cable and phone lines.
Domestic and international operators' demand for software-defined networks drove ADTRAN to another successful quarter.
Five months into his job, CEO Gregory McCray leaves Google Access and Google Fiber without a chief executive.
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Webinars
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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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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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Radio Shows
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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