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Content posted in November 2018
Service Provider Finds Healthy Way to Use Gigabit Broadband
Alison Diana  
11/29/2018   53 comments
Having met telehealth provider Docity at a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities event, Chattanooga provider EPB began a pilot program with some local clinics and found the solution was just what the doctor ordered.
Vodafone Study: Digital Transformation Boosts Business Growth, Margins
Alison Diana  
11/28/2018   36 comments
Vodafone UK uses new research to quantify the benefits of digital transformation for small to large businesses.
Cisco VNI: A Map to Many Operator Opportunities
Alison Diana  
11/27/2018   11 comments
Within today's Cisco Visual Networking Index, service providers find insight that supports new lines of business or market opportunities.
FCC Plan: Faster Speeds for Rural Residents
Alison Diana  
11/26/2018   15 comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to change the rules — and speeds — for at least one rural fixed-broadband plan, expecting the move will add value for providers and subscribers.
Nokia Merges Fixed, Mobile Access Units
Ray Le Maistre  
11/22/2018   14 comments
Vendor creates new access networks division but has yet to appoint its leader.
EANTC Joins Broadband Forum's Approved Lab List for CloudCO Tests
Ray Le Maistre  
11/19/2018   5 comments
The Broadband Forum has been lining up independent test labs for its CloudCO program, and EANTC has landed the role in Europe.
Fujitsu's Rundberget Talks Frankly About Open Source
Alison Diana  
11/16/2018   17 comments
Kirsten Rundberget, open strategy lead at Fujitsu Network, discusses the industry's advances — and challenges — in the complex yet beneficial area of open technologies, and why service providers should get involved, even if they don't yet plan to deploy.
Cable Business Services: Going Vertical to Keep Growing
Alison’s Wonderland  
11/15/2018   11 comments
Cable operators must know their enterprise strategy and play to their strengths by aiming for specific customer types or by thoroughly covering vertical industries.
Nokia Set for New Fixed Networks Chief
Ray Le Maistre  
11/13/2018   2 comments
Nokia's long-time head of fixed networking gear has been given a new role at the vendor, but his replacement hasn't been named.
ADTRAN CTO Discusses Network Disaggregation Without Sacrificing Integrity
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11/13/2018   1 comment
Ronan Kelly, ADTRAN CTO, EMEA & APC, shares his thoughts on industry operators leveraging virtualization, disaggregation and open SDN control, along with open management and orchestration while maintaining network confidence.
SK Broadband, HFR, Sckipio Claim Gigabit Gfast in South Korea
Ray Le Maistre  
11/12/2018   7 comments
South Korean operator says it can offer Gigabit broadband services over twisted copper pairs in multi-dwelling units using HFR boxes that house Sckipio's 212MHz Gfast technology.
BBWF Cloudstreet Highlights
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11/12/2018   1 comment
Network slicing promises to be a panacea, but the biggest hurdles are not technological. The grand ambition of enabling intelligent, adaptive, application-aware networks requires a wholesale operational transformation that will move the carrier from simply selling SIM cards to managing a spectrum of tailored services in an expanding ecosystem as we move to 5G. Cloudstreet founder and CEO Mika Skarp unpacks the challenges an enormous opportunities of this shift.
Vendors Attack Broadband Cable's Power Costs
Alison Diana  
11/9/2018   8 comments
By thinking green, vendors can help save the environment and reduce operators' energy bills – perhaps by a lot.
F-Secure's Mikko Hyppönen on IoT, 5G and Machine Learning
Sponsored Video  
11/9/2018   2 comments
F-Secure has been providing security for endpoints for 30 years, and using AI and machine learning algorithms, for example in the labs to automate malware detection, for the last 10 years. At BBWF18, F-Secure presented its Connected Home Security offering, an opportunity for service providers to protect their customers' smart homes by adding security to their home WiFi routers.
Introducing the Gigabit Generation
Charlie Vogt  
11/8/2018   24 comments
By adopting an agile network model, operators will move society into the next frontier, enabling the Gigabit Generation to move into a transformed world, writes ATX President and CEO Charlie Vogt.
Coal Miners Strike Gold With Fiber Optics
Alison Diana  
11/8/2018   18 comments
When Lightworks Fiber & Consulting increasingly won bids from the local utility, it began training laid-off miners in fiber deployment – a win for everyone in the town of Frederick, Colo.
Slice of Altice Fiber Could Cut Operator's Debt
Alison Diana  
11/7/2018   3 comments
Operator is selling up to 50% of its fiber network in France, a move that's raising investors' interest and, Altice hopes, billions of euros.
Mr. Broadband Heads to Washington
Alison Diana  
11/7/2018   4 comments
Dusty Johnson, VP of consulting at Vantage Point in South Dakota, will soon head to DC as the state's sole member of the House of Representatives, bringing with him knowledge of the digital divide, rural America and broadband.
Calix Adds New Customers, Shows Earnings Growth
Alison Diana  
11/6/2018   4 comments
After seven years of research, development and investment, Calix's transformation to a platform and software vendor focused on cloud-based, open systems for service providers appears to strike a successful chord with operators.
Gigabit Is Almost Everywhere, Says CableLabs
Broadband World News  
11/5/2018   5 comments
In June 2018, 63% of housing units – 74% of the cable broadband footprint – had access to gigabit broadband, CableLabs reported this month.
Plume on OpenSync
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11/5/2018   1 comment
Fahri Diner, CEO and Co-founder of Plume, unveiled a new open source initiative, OpenSync, at Broadband World Forum 2018. Announced together with consumer electronics giant Samsung, OpenSync is set to accelerate Learn more: www.opensync.io/
Why Fiber Matters for the Modern Home
Fiber Broadband Association  
11/5/2018   55 comments
In her debut column for Broadband World News, FBA President and CEO Lisa R. Youngers discusses the multiple roles fiber supports – from teleworker to entrepreneur – for today's residential users.
BBWF: All Broadband Led to Berlin
Niall Hunt  
11/2/2018   10 comments
A snapshot of Broadband World Forum 2018 highlights and trends, as captured by Niall Hunt in words and photos.
USDA Plows $40M Into Rural Infrastructure
Broadband World News  
11/1/2018   17 comments
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding grants of almost $40 million for 128 projects.




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