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Pam Baker, Freelance Writer, 7/20/2017
As Europe pushes forward on building a 2020 Gigabit Society, it's necessary to stop and take measure of the state of connectivity today to map tomorrow''s meaningful path to progress. In this report Pam Baker looks at the state of broadband in Europe now and the opportunities that lie before it.
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Thomas Rockmann, Vice President Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG/Joint CEO, Smart Home Project, 7/10/2017
While the smart home market may not have exploded quite as strongly as some analysts expected, it's fair to say the area is one of the most exciting and dynamic markets across the tech and telco spectrum.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 7/7/2017
Around the world, governments and broadband providers struggle with how to cost-effectively deliver Internet connectivity to rural regions, given the typical lack of real return on investment. But connected farms and use of IoT by federal and local agencies may be a partial route to affordable connectivity far from the madding crowd.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 7/6/2017
Suppliers of fiber optic cabling increasingly find it difficult to keep up with the seemingly endless demand for this hot commodity. That's leading to shortages and price increases in some regions, including the United States.
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/29/2017
Sick of traditional bundles that contain a mix of broadband, voice, TV and security? You're not alone.
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Jason Walls, Co-Director, Broadband User Services Work Area at Broadband Forum; Creator, TR-069, 6/29/2017
What will it take for smart homes (or home networks) to be ubiquitous and capable of realizing all the Internet of Things and connected-device expectations and dreams?
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Chris Wheal, Business and Finance Journalist, 6/28/2017
Legacy telecoms must boldly go where no other telcos want to go. They have older technologies, cabling and exchanges plus the expensive commitment to provide services to rural areas and tiny populations.
Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/27/2017
Recent reports once again toll the bell for pay-TV services as consumers continue to unplug in favor of over-the-top offerings. So why do operators keep pouring money into infrastructure, content and services to keep existing customers and try to attract new subscribers?
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Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020, 6/26/2017
Further demonstrating the ubiquity of ultra-broadband, communication service providers and tech startups are among the newest members of the Broadband Forum.
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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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