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AT&T lights up multi-gig fiber speeds in dozens of US markets
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/24/2022   Post a comment
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.
Ziply Fiber goes wide with 2-Gig and 5-Gig broadband tiers
Jeff Baumgartner  
1/20/2022   Post a comment
Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.
Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/30/2021   Post a comment
Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical co-op don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.
Fixed wireless, LEO satellite broadband best suited for unserved and underserved areas study
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/22/2021   Post a comment
Performance data from Comlinkdata/Tutela indicate that T-Mobile Home Broadband and Starlink are as good as VDSL, stomp on DSL, but generally fall short of terrestrial HFC and fiber services.
Multiple forces fueling broadband's 'Great Deceleration' analyst
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/18/2021   Post a comment
Competition, depressed household formation, government stimulus dollars and the saturation of broadband penetration are all affecting the rate of broadband subscriber growth, says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.
Consolidated boots up 'Fidium Fiber' brand as network upgrades expand
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/15/2021   Post a comment
Launched in parts of northern New England, the new brand offering features symmetrical 1-Gig service starting at $70 per year paired with a whole-home Wi-Fi platform powered by Plume.
Altice USA touts big gigabit subscriber gains
Alan Breznick  
11/9/2021   Post a comment
Big US cable provider reports that 13.3% of customers who can get it now take 1-Gig service, with 46% of new high-speed data subs signing up for it in Q3. Those numbers translate to 580,000 gig customers.
Frontier's fiber build ramps to a record, but revenues fall short in Q3
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/3/2021   Post a comment
Frontier added a record 185,000 new fiber locations in Q3. The company's stock rose despite a revenue miss, illustrating the weight investors are putting into Frontier's aggressive FTTP buildout strategy.
Comcast bumps 'Gigabit Pro' to 3-Gig
Jeff Baumgartner  
11/1/2021   Post a comment
Comcast confirmed it will soon upgrade all Gigabit Pro subs to symmetrical speeds of 3 Gbit/s. Gigabit Pro, an FTTP service for residential customers, originally offered symmetrical speeds of 2-Gig.
CommScope explores new option for DOCSIS 4.0
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/22/2021   Post a comment
Key cable supplier has teamed up with two tech partners to develop silicon and a network architecture for DOCSIS 4.0. The move aims to expand the ecosystem for vendors and operators, but should also keep Broadcom in check.
FCC clears another $554M for RDOF, led by Windstream approvals
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/21/2021   Post a comment
The Commission's latest round of RDOF authorizations, its largest so far from a dollar standpoint, pushes total approvals of funding past $1 billion.
Google Fiber rolls 2-Gig broadband to San Antonio
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/20/2021   Post a comment
Expansion in that market makes the $100 per month offering available to all of Google Fiber's FTTP markets. Google Fiber's fixed wireless 'Webpass' markets still max out at 1 Gbit/s.
Vecima first out of the chute with standardized 'GAP' node
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/18/2021   Post a comment
The Entra EN9000, a node based on SCTE standards for the Generic Access Platform, will be ready for lab tests in 1H 2022. GAP nodes will enable MSOs to snap in service modules for HFC, PON and wireless access services.
Comcast takes another step toward DOCSIS 4.0 and '10G'
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/14/2021   Post a comment
Comcast says it has tested a 'network to modem' connection of DOCSIS 4.0 technology that had its virtual CMTS speaking to a DOCSIS cable modem configured to operate in the Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) band.
Comcast touts progress on DOCSIS 4.0
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/12/2021   Post a comment
With a near-term focus on integration, Comcast engineering exec Rob Howald says the operator's virtual CMTS now 'speaks' DOCSIS 4.0 as the company pushes ahead with deployments of a distributed access architecture.
FCC releases another $163M for RDOF as 'clean up' continues
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/8/2021   Post a comment
RDOF bids spanning another 42 providers across 21 states were included in a second wave of funding authorization tied to phase I of the FCC's program.
Facebook touts advancements in connectivity
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/7/2021   Post a comment
Facebook Connectivity provided updates on a set of projects, including the deployment of subsea cables, its 'Bombyx' fiber-building robot and Terragraph, a fixed wireless system that uses unlicensed millimeter wave spectrum.
Frontier, Ziply Fiber secure more funds for fiber buildouts
Jeff Baumgartner  
10/4/2021   Post a comment
Frontier announced plans to offer $1 billion in notes to back its ambitious fiber build just days after Ziply Fiber raised $350 million in debt funding to do pretty much the same.
CableLabs unit adds new twist to DOCSIS device testing
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/30/2021   Post a comment
CableLabs subsidiary Kyrio has introduced FlexTest, a service that enables DOCSIS modems and gateways vendors to run more granular, individual tests during various phases of the product development cycle.
Frontier sees long upgrade path for XGS-PON
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/24/2021   Post a comment
The XGS-PON platform Frontier selected from Nokia is upgradable to 25-Gig PON 'with basically an optics change,' says Scott Mispagel, Frontier's SVP of national architecture and engineering.
Frontier sizes up 10-Gig future with XGS-PON rollout
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/23/2021   Post a comment
Frontier has hooked up with Nokia to connect about 100,000 homes to XGS-PON technology amid a grander plan to have FTTP deployed to 10 million locations by the end of 2025.
AT&T may go even bigger with fiber
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/22/2021   Post a comment
AT&T CEO John Stankey has challenged his execs to explore what it would take to expand AT&T's plan to build FTTP to 30 million locations by 2025. 'Execution and performance' is all that stands in the way, he says.
'GAP' node standards are cleared for takeoff
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/21/2021   Post a comment
SCTE, the cable industry's standards-setting organization, has approved standards for enclosures and modules for Generic Access Platform (GAP) nodes designed to support DOCSIS, PON and wireless access technologies.
FCC stamps another 466 winning RDOF bids
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/17/2021   Post a comment
Financial support for winning bids from more than a dozen smaller broadband players will be disbursed in 120 monthly payments, starting at the end of this month.
Comcast shares slip on broadband growth warning
Jeff Baumgartner  
9/14/2021   Post a comment
The cable operator is seeing a 'little bit of a slowdown in the net adds in the cable business' in the current quarter, but still expects 2021 growth to beat pre-COVID 2019 levels, CFO Mike Cavanagh told investors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.
Ziply Fiber, an operator that tangles with Comcast and Charter, has launched two multi-gigabit tiers in 60 urban areas, aiming for all markets by Q2 2022.
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