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Frontier set to weather the supply chain storm analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/31/2021   Post a comment
The markets for material and labor should respond to handle demand, particularly by the time Frontier 'reaches its peak deployment cadence' for FTTP upgrades in the 2023-2025 timeframe, analyst predicts.
Cable vet Jay Rolls gets in on the broadband transaction action
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/25/2021   Post a comment
Rolls, a former CTO at Cox and Charter, has joined Broadband Success Partners as senior advisor, where he'll help the firm provide tech-focused due diligence on proposed deals involving network operators.
Starlink terminal shipments pass the 100K mark
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/24/2021   Post a comment
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk notes that Starlink's satellite broadband service reaches parts of 14 countries, with license applications pending 'in many more countries.'
Infrastructure bill presents 'monumental and transformative' phase for DZS, CEO says
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/23/2021   Post a comment
While the minimum speeds supported by the broadband piece of the $1 trillion US infrastructure bill sets the bar too low, it will power a new wave of fiber-based services, Charlie Vogt says.
SpaceX sizes up more powerful 'Gen2' system for Starlink
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/20/2021   Post a comment
Elon Musk's SpaceX says the next-gen system, to be delivered into orbit via the company's Starship rocket, will substantially increase capacity and reach using a constellation of almost 30,000 satellites.
Reach of low-priced broadband plans hits record high in Q2 study
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/19/2021   Post a comment
Some 87% of Americans had access to 'affordable' wired broadband in the second quarter of 2021, up from 77% in Q1 2021, according to a fresh report from BroadbandNow.
SES's new 1-Terabit satellite constellation takes a step toward the launchpad
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/18/2021   Post a comment
SES showed off its new high-capacity, medium-Earth orbit satellite, which will form its 11-satellite O3b mPower constellation. SES plans to hook into Microsoft Azure to establish an aggregated, multi-orbit network.
T-Mobile, Pilot Fiber appear to connect on Manhattan fiber broadband project
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/13/2021   Post a comment
T-Mobile is conducting a small fiber-based pilot in NYC that delivers symmetrical speeds of 940 Mbit/s. T-Mobile stresses that its fixed wireless service is still its 'flagship home Internet offering.'
CableLabs sets first wave of DOCSIS 4.0 interops
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/12/2021   Post a comment
Taking a step toward full certification and qualification testing, CableLabs has set plans to run DOCSIS 4.0 interoperability tests in October and December of 2021, and ten more in 2022.
Senate blesses $1T infrastructure bill
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/10/2021   Post a comment
Bipartisan bill, which earmarks $65 billion for broadband, now heads to the House.
Cable One: Most Emergency Broadband Benefit participants upgrade to faster speeds
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/10/2021   Post a comment
Just 10% of the customers enrolled in the FCC's EBB program, which offers temporary discounts on household Internet bills during the pandemic, are new to Cable One, says CEO Julie Laulis.
Viasat looks for new global satellite fleet to beef up bandwidth
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/9/2021   Post a comment
Residential fixed satellite broadband subs dipped in Q2 2021 but customers continue to consume capacity as they move to faster tiers.
Frontier unleashes faster fiber buildout plan
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/6/2021   Post a comment
After ending 2021 with 4 million fiber locations passed, a new 'Wave 2' plan will have Frontier deploy FTTP to another 6 million locations by the end of 2025. But the company is not yet fully funded to pull it off.
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.




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