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Content posted in June 2017
Rainier Tames Wild West With Gigabit FTTP
Alison Diana  
6/30/2017   8 comments
Funded in part by a grant from the US Department of Agriculture, rural broadband service provider Rainier Connect deploys future-proof gigabit transport network to meet Western US customers' growing ultra-broadband demands.
Build-Your-Own Bundle Builds Momentum
Alison Diana  
6/29/2017   42 comments
After reaching a peak this year, operators' pre-packaged bundles will slowly make way for DIY bundles, where consumers build on ultra-broadband as the basis for self-selected OTT and VoIP services, says Ovum.
IoT Needs Smart (& Secure) Home Networks
Jason Walls  
6/29/2017   33 comments
To fully deliver on IoT's promise, consumer electronics and telecom companies must work together on standards, security, interoperability and scalability.
Service Trumps Infrastructure as Broadband Becomes a Modern Enterprise
Chris Wheal  
6/28/2017   18 comments
Legacy telecoms firms must boldly go where no other telcos want to go, using revenue-generating and differentiating services to woo residential and business customers.
ADTRAN CTO: Operators, Use Your Imagination
Alison Diana  
6/28/2017   8 comments
Deploying open, virtualized architectures empowers operators to launch new businesses and disrupt old processes, says Ronan Kelly, chief technology officer for EMEA and APAC regions at ADTRAN.
Can Pay-TV Withstand OTT Onslaught?
Alison Diana  
6/27/2017   13 comments
Internet-delivered services added about 350,000 subscribers in the most recent quarter, but top pay-TV operators lost approximately 410,000 video subscribers in the same period versus a gain of about 10,000 new subscribers in the first quarter of 2016.
New Broadband Forum Members Span UBB Ecosystem
Alison Diana  
6/26/2017   7 comments
Further demonstrating the ubiquity of ultra-broadband, three communication service providers and three tech startups are among the 15 newest members of the Broadband Forum.
AT&T SVP: Fiber Is Essential to 5G
Alison Diana  
6/23/2017   25 comments
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   34 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   38 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   5 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   17 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   18 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   29 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   37 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   17 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   10 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   12 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.




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