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Content posted in December 2018
AT&T Business CMO: 3 Predictions for 2019
Alison Diana  
12/31/2018   16 comments
Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer for AT&T Business, shares some of this expectations for the year ahead.
Nokia Creates Motley Crew at Fixed Networks Unit
Ray Le Maistre  
12/31/2018   11 comments
Sandra Motley will be President of Nokia's Fixed Networks Business Group starting January 1.
Cox Set to Hit 99% Gig Goal in 2019
Broadband World News  
12/27/2018   5 comments
In 2018, availability of Cox Communications' Gigablast service grew to 90% of its footprint in December, from 40% in January.
Comcast xFi: From Remote Control to Smart-Home Hub
Broadband World News  
12/26/2018   40 comments
Comcast continues to add functionality to its xFi smart-home hub and controller, while using its sensor capabilities to improve customer satisfaction.
Can 3 Techs Boost Quality of Service?
Broadband World News  
12/24/2018   13 comments
Yes, says Bulb Technologies' Mauro Zullo, regardless of whether subscribers are rural or urban dwellers.
Huawei's Woes Equal Competitors' Boon
Alison Diana  
12/20/2018   58 comments
Access network vendors like ADTRAN, Calix and Nokia are seeing sales increase as more operators buy their solutions and services due to government bans on Huawei.
AT&T's Scott Mair: Fiber Matters
Alison Diana  
12/19/2018   13 comments
Automation, databases and tooling dramatically increase fiber's return on investment and reduce the cost of deployment to new subscribers, says AT&T's President of Operations, Scott Mair.
Dose of mHealth Good for Telcos: Berg
Alison Diana  
12/18/2018   29 comments
The connectivity side of mHealth – or the use of telecommunications in medicine – is growing at a faster clip than other aspects of remote patient monitoring, according to researcher Berg Insight.
Digital Transformation Cuts Capex, Opex & Adds to Bottom Line – Report
Alison Diana  
12/17/2018   7 comments
Arthur D. Little report quantifies the benefits of telcos' own digital transformation -- and warns laggards it may be too late soon.
FCC Finally Defines Broadband for All
Alison’s Wonderland  
12/14/2018   12 comments
At its meeting, the Federal Communications Commission increased the speed of acceptable rural broadband and increased funding for providers, delivering it to households and businesses in the countryside.
Put a Buy on Fiber
Fiber Broadband Association  
12/13/2018   26 comments
Fiber Broadband Association President Lisa Younger's new neighbor Amazon isn't the only one demanding high-speed fiber infrastructure as a prerequisite for anywhere it calls home (or HQ2), she writes in her newest blog. After all, the numbers don't add up any other way.
Can Brexit Boost British Broadband?
Alison’s Wonderland  
12/12/2018   18 comments
Ex-pat Alison Diana finds some Brits focused on improving the country's pretty abysmal service since it's something they can control — unlike Brexit, Theresa May's future, Parliamentary games or anything else to do with the relationship between the EU and UK.
Fiber Connects More NA Homes Than DSL
Alison Diana  
12/11/2018   8 comments
While Tier 1 carriers make up the vast majority of those deploying fiber to North American homes, other provider types are making their mark, RVA's study for Fiber Broadband Association finds. Tier One ILECs primary providers for fiber deployment surge to North American homes, but
Ajit Pai's Not-So-Bad Bad Day
Alison’s Wonderland  
12/7/2018   7 comments
Imagining a day in the life of Ajit Pai, a day when two years of service provider speed test data is finally released in the middle of a 762-page report.
What's the Deal With WiFi 6 & Broadband?
Alison Diana  
12/6/2018   19 comments
Many traditional telco vendors are incorporating WiFi 6 in their products – and that's good news for service providers targeting residential customers, smart cities and other markets.
Calix & Amazon Alexa Help CSPs Harness the Power of Voice - Webinar
Broadband World News  
12/5/2018   5 comments
In a Dec. 12 webinar, executives from Calix and Amazon Alexa discuss how voice delivers opportunities to service providers in or planning to enter the smart-home market.
Brazil's Oi: Reusing Fiber for FTTH & 5G
Alison Diana  
12/5/2018   4 comments
Thanks to a new strategy and partnerships, one of Brazil's top service providers is ready to meet the country's anticipated surge in demand for fixed and mobile broadband connectivity.
Microsoft: Half the US Has no Internet at Broadband Speed
Alison Diana  
12/4/2018   10 comments
The FCC's unscientific measures under-represent the number of Americans without broadband, making it imperative for the public and private sectors to work together on bridging the digital divide, says Microsoft President Brand Smith.
FTTH Council Tells EU 'No Fake Fiber Ads'
Alison Diana  
12/3/2018   9 comments
Misleading advertisements confuse consumers, who typically don't know which access technologies support their home networks or Internet access.




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