News & Views
Content posted in December 2017
2017: A Year of Toolkits & Software-Defined Networks
Alison Diana 12/22/2017 48 comments
In the last 12 months, operators opted to choose from the growing array of access network technologies available to them, while simultaneously investing in more virtualization, SDNs and software-defined access for internal infrastructure.
Frontier Reduces Digital Divide
Alison Diana 12/19/2017 11 comments
By leveraging the FCC's Connecting America Fund program and its own capital investments, Frontier has expanded broadband and voice coverage to underserved regions.
Hotels Check Out Passive Optical LANs
Alison Diana 12/19/2017 11 comments
The hospitality industry is battling competitors on the connectivity front, leveraging optical networks, WiFi and smart-home technologies to woo repeat customers. How can operators make themselves at home in this market?
US Needs Accurate Broadband Map
Alison Diana 12/15/2017 6 comments
Without an influx of fiber deployment, 5G cannot live up to its promises, says Heather Burnett Gold, CEO and president of Fiber Broadband Association.
So Long, Net Neutrality
Alison Diana 12/14/2017 21 comments
Marches, petitions and protests did nothing to dissuade the three Republican members of the Federal Communications Commission who, on Dec. 14, reclassified broadband and overturned the law blocking preferential treatment of content, throttling and blocking.
ITS Telecom Wraps Smart Homes in Mesh
Alison Diana 12/14/2017 1 comment
Regional Florida provider ITS Telecom is deploying Calix EXOS and mesh network to manage residential customers' WiFi and high-speed fiber broadband, an investment it expects to generate new revenue sources, reduced support costs and even greater customer satisfaction.
Intel Cash Heats Up Full-Duplex Debate
Alison Diana 12/13/2017 6 comments
With $7 million in Series A financing from investors such as Intel Capital, startup GenXComm adds its name to the list of vendors offering alternatives to DOCSIS 3.1 in the full-duplex links for cable arena.
Which Comes First: 4K UHD or Ultra-Broadband?
Alison Diana 12/7/2017 30 comments
There are more 4K UHD devices and content for consumers to choose from, yet they are not yet embracing ultra-high-definition visuals. Will 4K UHD encourage more residential customers to buy into UBB or will the arrival of ultra-broadband create demand for 4K content?
Verizon & Altice Agree: Fiber Is King
Alison Diana 12/5/2017 22 comments
With the acquisition of Cablevision and Suddenlink by Altice (represented by Dexter Goei (L) and Patrick Drahi), Verizon finds a fellow fiber fan – and competitor in the northeast.
Virtual Plugfests Accelerate Gfast Market
Alison Diana 12/1/2017 6 comments
The advent of virtual plugfests enables more operators and vendors to participate in the development of Gfast products, standards and interoperability – and that's one reason 2019 is being called the Year of Gfast.
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.