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Adtran wrestles with supply and demand conundrum
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/5/2021   Post a comment
Orders are flowing, but ongoing supply chain constraints are applying pressure on the speed at which product can be shipped. 'It's all about supply. It's not about demand,' says Adtran CEO Tom Stanton.
Starlink's median download speeds start to flirt with fixed-line levels, Ookla finds
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/5/2021   Post a comment
Median download speeds for the satellite broadband service hit 97.2 Mbit/s in the US, up from 65.7 Mbit/s in Q1 2021, according to Ookla's Q2 2021 Speedtest data.
DZS's record Q2 sales tempered by near-term supply chain headwinds
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/3/2021   Post a comment
But supply chain constraints won't impair company's long-term biz model and margin targets as DZS fields an influx of RFPs for fiber, mobile transport and network orchestration products, CEO Charlie Vogt says.
Govt.-backed broadband programs will drive big bucks, but take time, Calix CEO says
Jeff Baumgartner  
7/27/2021   Post a comment
Proposed infrastructure bills along with RDOF are poised to 'uplift our entire model' rather that serve as a simple 'pull forward of boxes,' Carl Russo says.
Rogers gears up for multi-Gig service
Alan Breznick  
7/22/2021   Post a comment
Big Toronto-based cable, wireless and media company has started offering 1.5-Gig service as it deploys GPON-based fiber in 'strategic areas' and preps for DOCSIS 4.0 over its legacy HFC network.
GCI touts solid take rate for 1-Gig
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/15/2021   Post a comment
Alaska operator says nearly 41% of its broadband subs are getting speeds of 1 Gbit/s, or four times the national adoption rate uncovered by a recent study from OpenVault.
Study sizes up price tags to help bridge the broadband gap
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/14/2021   Post a comment
A budget of $61 billion to $118 billion would enable the US to bring 1-Gig to all locations that get less than 100/20 Mbit/s service that aren't tied to RDOF phase I, ACA Connects/Cartesian study finds.
Starlink flirts with in-flight broadband market
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/10/2021   Post a comment
Satellite-powered broadband service provider is in talks with 'several' airlines about providing connectivity for in-flight W-Fi services.
Cable ops sizing up upstream 'sweet spot' for DOCSIS 4.0
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/9/2021   Post a comment
As operators mull plans for future DOCSIS 4.0 deployments, many are considering expanding the upstream to 396MHz, a move that would deliver upstream speeds of about 3 Gbit/s, CommScope exec says.
First ViaSat-3 satellite takes a step toward launch
Jeff Baumgartner  
6/7/2021   Post a comment
Set for launch in early 2022, ViaSat-3 will cover the Americas and represent the first in a set of new satellites that will eventually deliver global coverage.
Fiber push in UK might bode ill for BT
Iain Morris  
6/7/2021   Post a comment
The UK is bustling with companies eager to build the next generation of broadband networks in what looks like a potentially nasty development for BT.
DZS ready to play 'long ball' on network convergence
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/13/2021   Post a comment
With integrations and recent acquisitions now behind it, DZS outlines a vision touching mobile transport, broadband access and network virtualization.
Altice USA gears up for 10-Gig speeds
Alan Breznick  
5/13/2021   Post a comment
Fourth-largest US cable operator aims to be '10-gig-ready' in the next 18 months, thanks to its aggressive FTTP upgrade strategy.
CommScope says DAA is ready to roll
Jeff Baumgartner  
5/5/2021   Post a comment
Cable tech supplier says new edge device that supports both remote PHY and remote MACPHY operation is set for field deployments as operators start to mull over network moves ahead of the DOCSIS 4.0 transition.
Frontier to exit Chapter 11 on April 30
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/28/2021   Post a comment
Frontier execs also on tap this week to discuss vision for the company as analysts continue to view Frontier as a tale of two markets its 3 million FTTP homes and its 11 million copper homes.
Frontier headed for stability, not stardom
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/19/2021   Post a comment
As it nears a Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit armed with a fiber upgrade plan, Frontier is poised to produce modest, rather than explosive, growth in the coming years, according to a new analyst report.
Nokia, NCTC forge fiber deal as RDOF buildouts loom
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/15/2021   Post a comment
They claim deal provides 'tailored' fiber solutions and access to premier service programs for tech that can support multi-gigabit network, and the potential to add wireless networking to the mix.
Former AT&T exec joins Frontier as chief network officer
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/13/2021   Post a comment
Veronica Bloodworth tapped to oversee company's network operations, including elements tied to Frontier's 'modernization plan.'
netElastic stretches reach to Brazil and beyond
Alan Breznick  
4/8/2021   Post a comment
Silicon Valley startup signs up several small Brazilian ISPs for its virtual Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG), which helps service providers deliver speeds up to 1 gig.
Starlink's speed performance erratic of late
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/7/2021   Post a comment
According to a new batch of Ookla Speedtest data, median speeds for the satellite broadband service temporarily dipped then climbed again. Meanwhile, the service's burst speeds appear to be on the rise.
Canada plots Quebec broadband stimulus
Alan Breznick  
4/2/2021   Post a comment
Federal and provincial governments plan to spend C$826.3 million to extend broadband to nearly 150,000 unserved Quebec households by September 2022.
Upstream consumption rocketed 63% in 2020 study
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/2/2021   Post a comment
Upstream consumption climbed 63% last year as peak usage shifted to business hours and away from a pre-pandemic surge typically seen during prime time. The nature of upstream usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says.
ADTRAN's compact fiber cabinet targets RDOF bonanza
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/31/2021   Post a comment
Vendor says it already has commitments for the Total Access 5004 Micro-Cabinet, a product with big rural broadband ambitions.
Comcast earmarks $1B in bid to narrow the digital divide
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/24/2021   Post a comment
Comcast's new ten-year investment plan to reach 50 million low-income households through community Wi-Fi projects, equipment donations and grants arrives on the ten-year anniversary of its Internet Essentials program.
ATX starts to pick up where Cisco left off
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/23/2021   Post a comment
In wake of amplifier licensing deal with Cisco, vendor has notched deals with Midco and Portugal's NOS – two operators in pursuit of 1.2GHz network capacity upgrades.
Rogers poised to become Canada's cable/broadband kingpin
Alan Breznick  
3/19/2021   Post a comment
Proposed $20.8 billion deal to buy fellow cableco Shaw Communications would cement Rogers' position as the Comcast of the Great White North, with far more cable and broadband subscribers than any other Canadian provider.
Pressure builds for FCC to bring back net neutrality rules
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/9/2021   Post a comment
Network neutrality advocates want the FCC to open a proceeding to reinstate broadband as a Title II service amid a pandemic that has amplified the need for broadband connectivity, particularly for low-income households.
Comcast doubles download speeds for 'Internet Essentials'
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/2/2021   Post a comment
Downstream speeds for broadband offering for low-income households rise to 50 Mbit/s, while upstream increases to 5 Mbit/s. Comcast will also accelerate rollout of Wi-Fi 'Lift Zones' for students.
Rogers posts cable, IPTV sub gains in Q4
Alan Breznick  
2/1/2021   Post a comment
Big Toronto-based cable and wireless provider continued to add more broadband and IPTV customers in Q4 to at least partly offset weaknesses in its wireless and media units.
Mass. lawmakers seek temporary ban on data caps, service shutoffs
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/28/2021   Post a comment
Bill would prevent ISPs from turning off service for customers facing hardships, raising fees and implementing data caps for up to 60 days after the pandemic.
Google Fiber ramps reach of 2-Gig service
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/27/2021   Post a comment
Expansion of new $100 per month service to Atlanta and Utah follows earlier rollouts in Nashville and Huntsville.
SpaceX, Amazon engage in satellite spat
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/26/2021   Post a comment
Two companies take swipes at each other over Starlink's plan to lower the orbit of thousands of satellites.
Wave Broadband deals for Digital West
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/26/2021   Post a comment
US cable operator will bulk up its fiber capabilities and broaden its business services play in California's Central Coast region.
US ISPs tacked on 1.1M subs in Q4 2020 analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/25/2021   Post a comment
Broadband subscriber additions for Q4 2020 beat year-ago numbers, but slowed down from a blowout, pandemic-fueled Q3, according to Evercore ISI.
Cable tech chiefs target broadband moves
Alan Breznick  
1/25/2021   Post a comment
CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney and SCTE/ISBE President and CEO Mark Dzuban say the now-merged organizations will spur cable's rollout of 10G, DOCSIS 4.0 and fixed-wireless, as well as efforts to bridge the digital divide.
DZS snaps up Optelian to shore up mobile transport play
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/20/2021   Post a comment
The first acquisition for DZS under new CEO Charlie Vogt will add in coherent optics tech and pave a path to 200-Gig and 400-Gig transport capabilities.
Charter yanks petition to drop ban on data caps
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/20/2021   Post a comment
Large US cable operator has dropped an FCC petition to put an early end to condition that bans Charter from implementing usage-based data policies and cutting paid peering deals.
FCC OKs Frontier's Chapter 11 restructuring plan
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/15/2021   Post a comment
Frontier expects to emerge from Chapter 11 in early 2021.
ISPs catch heat about data caps, price increases
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/13/2021   Post a comment
Democratic lawmakers in the House Energy & Commerce committee are pressing the likes of Comcast, Altice USA, Charter, Cox and T-Mobile to detail their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hitron's DOCSIS sensor designed to streamline self-installs, cut capex
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/8/2021   Post a comment
Vendor says low-cost coax testing device enables customers to verify a coax outlet before calling tech support and should help operators reduce unnecessary truck rolls and service calls.
Viasat seeks review of Starlink
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/7/2021   Post a comment
Viasat urges FCC to take a close look at the potential environmental impact posed by Starlink's plans to deploy thousands of broadband satellites.
Verizon expands reach of low-cost Internet program
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/4/2021   Post a comment
Starting at $19.99 per month, Fios Forward provides uncapped broadband service to new and existing qualified, low-income households.
US ISPs add 1.32M subs in Q3 2020
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/16/2020   Post a comment
Cable once again led growth in the quarter, but a top industry analyst expects the rate of broadband sub growth to slow in 2021.
CommScope launches cable network upstream booster
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/14/2020   Post a comment
New transmitter and receiver support 'high-split' upgrades that raise the HFC network's upstream capacity to 204MHz, setting a path for cable operators to deliver symmetrical 1-Gig on DOCSIS 3.1 networks.
Mediacom sues West Des Moines over Google Fiber deal
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/11/2020   Post a comment
Cable operator alleges that the city council improperly used taxpayer-backed bonds to build a multi-million conduit network for the exclusive use of Google Fiber.
Verizon and CFU lead as Frontier and AT&T lag the field in online gaming
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/10/2020   2 comments
New PCMag study shows which ISPs both big and small are tops in latency and jitter performance.
RDOF round one: Winners and losers
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/8/2020   Post a comment
Auction results were 'quite bad' for incumbent telcos as Charter and SpaceX cleaned up, analyst says.
Comcast extends COVID-19 commitments through June 2021
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/7/2020   Post a comment
Cable op will continue to provide 60 days of free access to new Internet Essentials customers, along with free access to 1.5 million public Wi-Fi hotspots through mid-2021.
Cable access market bounces back in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
12/2/2020   Post a comment
Pickup in the cable access network segment helped to drive total broadband access equipment spending to $3.1 billion in the period, according to Dell'Oro Group.
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