News & Views
Content posted in January 2018
Eir Drops Out of Ireland's Rural Broadband Plan
Alison Diana 1/31/2018 9 comments
Rural Ireland could remain unconnected as the National Broadband Plan, the country's ill-fortuned deployment of high-speed broadband to rural homes and businesses, has only one contender now that Eir is withdrawing from it.
East Asia Dominates FTTH Deployments
Alison Diana 1/31/2018 16 comments
No Great Wall can prevent China from implementing its fiber-to-the-home strategy, a policy that boosted East Asia to the top of the charts in third-quarter 2017 fixed broadband subscriber growth, according to a new report from Point Topic.
Corning Whips Up More Fiber
Broadband World News 1/26/2018 21 comments
Giant cabling manufacturer opens up new manufacturing facility in North Carolina, part of its process to hit $5 billion in fiber optic sales by 2020.
WOW Races to Wrap Up Gig Rollouts
Alan Breznick 1/25/2018 6 comments
Large US MSO rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 service to numerous more markets, including Cleveland, Columbus and Detroit, as it shoots for nearly 95% coverage of its footprint by the spring.
Leaked Trump Infrastructure Plan Shorts Broadband
Alison Diana 1/24/2018 14 comments
A leaked six-page document purportedly outlining President Trump's infrastructure plan is short on specifics – and broadband initiatives – although two projects allow state governors to spend unspecified funds on connecting residents.
How Service Providers Can Improve Smart-Home Customer Experience – Webinar
Alison Diana 1/24/2018 15 comments
Residential subscribers rely on service providers for home WiFi and connected IoT devices. New competitors are entering this lucrative market, and operators should leverage technology to enhance customer experience, accelerate new service deployment and cement their strong relationships, says Calix's Greg Owens in a webinar on January 30.
Verizon Fios Slows Growth Pace
Alan Breznick 1/23/2018 31 comments
Big US telco adds 47,000 Fios Internet subscribers in the fourth quarter, down from its third quarter and year-ago gains and not enough to wipe out its DSL sub losses.
How Ammon Reshaped Its Broadband Market
Alison Diana 1/22/2018 4 comments
When Ammon became dissatisfied with its high-speed broadband costs, the Idaho city built its own infrastructure using fiber and SDN to serve government institutions and a growing number of residences, then lease access to operators.
Cable One Goes Gaga Over Gig
Alan Breznick 1/19/2018 11 comments
Seventh-largest US MSO says it now offers its GigaOne service to more than 95% of the 1.6 million homes in its legacy footprint and will reach 100% coverage by year-end using DOCSIS 3.0 technology.
Gfast Comes of Age: Heavy Reading Report
Broadband World News 1/18/2018 10 comments
In a new study, ‘Gfast Rollout Starts With Amendment 3 Chipsets,’ Heavy Reading analyst-at-large Simon Stanley addresses the technological advances and business drivers propelling demand for the coax- and copper-line gigabit solution.
Despite Tough Q4, ADTRAN Grows in 2017
Alison Diana 1/18/2018 3 comments
Next 12 months promise growth as service providers of all sizes upgrade existing infrastructure and ADTRAN releases new solutions such as super vectoring products, CEO Tom Stanton says.
Could $500M Close Rural Broadband Divide?
Alison Diana 1/17/2018 6 comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposes an additional $500 million in funding for co-ops and small providers to deliver broadband to rural areas, an amount that more than compensates for last year's cuts to federal programs.
Amazon Boasts NFL Streaming Gains
Alan Breznick 1/16/2018 5 comments
In its first year of streaming NFL Thursday night games, Amazon said its Prime Video unit drew 17% higher game viewership than Twitter's similar offering last season.
Republican SubCommTech Members Tackle Broadband
Alison Diana 1/11/2018 10 comments
The House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), says its resolutions are the foundation for new broadband rules designed to improve coverage and accessibility around the United States.
Cox Revs Up Gigabit Rollout
Alan Breznick 1/10/2018 9 comments
At CES, Cox announces that it now offers gigabit broadband service to 40% of its customers in its footprint as its DOCSIS 3.1 rollout starts to take off.
O2 UK Forecloses Smart Home Biz
Alison Diana 1/10/2018 7 comments
After a year of disappointing results, Telefónica-owned provider O2 UK closes the door to its smart-home services, but will keep other IoT projects alive.
Layoff Report: Comcast Axes 500, CWA Sues AT&T, Who's Next?
Alison Diana 1/5/2018 25 comments
Comcast terminated about 500 Southeastern employees in mid-December, and asked them to sign NDAs in order to receive severance packages; powerful union sues AT&T over its late-2017 layoffs. With so much invested in automation, surely more workforce reductions are ahead.
Service Providers: Softwarization Is Job One
Alison Diana 1/4/2018 1 comment
If providers had a magic wand, they'd use it to instantly turn hardware into lines of code. Since they don't, they're relying on software-defined networking, NFV and other tools to remove hardware cost and complexity from their networks.
Building on Broadband: AT&T Cloud Melds AI, Security, Data
Alison Diana 1/3/2018 6 comments
Cloud is one major reason enterprises demand gigabit broadband from telco and cableco providers, and with high-speed connectivity more readily available businesses now seek new capabilities from their cloud investments, AT&T Business's David Ohrn tells BBWN.
2018: Broadband Investments Pay Dividends
Alison Diana 1/2/2018 1 comment
Having dipped their toes into multiple broadband technology pools last year, cablecos and telcos are overwhelmingly expected to dive right in to high-speed connectivity, software-defined access and virtualization to support new services and revenue streams in 2018.
Welcome to Broadband World News!
Alison Diana 1/2/2018 8 comments
The name has changed but we will continue to focus on the vital, global fixed broadband sector and the many technological, business and service transformations it's undertaking.
Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will present our Cable Next-Gen Europe conference as a free digital symposium on June 21.
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
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.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
The digital divide in North America is leaving millions without adequate broadband. Incumbents operate in “islands” of connectivity, serving densely populated areas and, at a national scale, perpetuating the digital divide in the gaps in between their service footprints. Regional ISPs have a clear role in closing that gap.
These regional ISPs operate in a highly fragmented landscape, including smaller wireless and FTTH incumbents, satellite ISPs, electric co-ops, tribal communities, and municipalities in public/private partnerships. These regional ISPs face the same cyber threats and operational challenges as their Tier 1 counterparts, but with far fewer resources and revenue-generating population density. As a result, many regional ISPs have developed highly innovated business models for access and core technology, partnerships, financing and services.
The discussion will cover:
- Three ISPs that have taken an innovative approach to their business, as detailed in a recent STL Partners report
- Why regional ISPs need to double down on core security basics such as DDoS protection
- How ISPs have created new revenue by offering managed services
- Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management