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Content posted in February 2020
Charter to splash out $10M for new small business-focused fund
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/27/2020   Post a comment
New Spectrum Community Investment Local Fund focuses on small businesses in underserved parts of Charter's footprint.
Cutting the red tape for fiber broadband deployment
Fiber Broadband Association  
2/27/2020   Post a comment
Lisa R. Youngers, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, says US fiber rollout can be accelerated further by lowering private and public barriers to deployment.
ETSI launches fixed network group – but why?
Ray Le Maistre  
2/26/2020   1 comment
Specifications body forms a new group dedicated to fiber network architectures and broadband evolution, but what new ground is it covering?
BBWN Bites: Genesis heralds a new chapter for Gfast
Ray Le Maistre  
2/25/2020   Post a comment
Also in this news roundup: KPN sounds death knell for copper; WOW gets friendly with OTTs; Humax targets the cable CPE sector; and more from around the globe.
Why CSPs need to deal with video's blurring lines
Broadband World News Video  
2/21/2020   Post a comment
The lines are blurring between streaming media and pay-TV devices and CSPs need to figure out how to manage that change, says Omdia analyst Paul Erickson.
Charter dinged $18.8M to settle California broadband speed suit
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/21/2020   Post a comment
Allegations center on Time Warner Cable's use of deceptive and misleading practices to get thousands of customers to buy high-speed tiers the operator couldn't deliver.
Fiber push continues for Telefónica as capex hits nearly €9B
Iain Morris  
2/20/2020   Post a comment
Spanish telecom giant says networks based on fiber now pass nearly 130 million premises across its various markets.
Nokia firms up its fixed portfolio with optical M&A
Broadband World News  
2/20/2020   Post a comment
Acquisition adds additional silicon photonics capabilities to its optical unit, which had a stellar 2019.
Common Networks brings 802.11ay to rooftops
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/18/2020   Post a comment
Wireless ISP says its rooftop hardware, equipped with 802.11ay technology, will enable it to offer Gigabit broadband services in the California Bay Area later this year.
Altice USA goes for gig
Alan Breznick  
2/13/2020   Post a comment
The fourth-largest US cable operator reports accelerated deployment of FTTH lines and launch of DOCSIS 3.1 service over HFC network in Q4.
Deutsche Glasfaser to invest €7B in German fiber after reported €2.8B sale
Broadband World News  
2/13/2020   Post a comment
The German infrastructure company has changed hands in a deal said to be worth €2.8 billion and has promised to speed up fiber deployment.
Orange claims Euro fiber crown
Ray Le Maistre  
2/13/2020   Post a comment
Giant operator claims to be Europe's 'undisputed leader in fiber' broadband access.
Owning the Home Network
Broadband World News Video  
2/11/2020   Post a comment
Omdia's principal research analyst, John Kendall, discusses whole home solutions and the importance of WiFi strategies to communications service providers.
Viasat touts ARPU growth over broadband subscriber gains
Jeff Baumgartner  
2/7/2020   Post a comment
Viasat notched record ARPU for its US consumer satellite broadband service in fiscal Q3 as subscribers opted for speedier, more expensive tiers.
ADTRAN hints at green shoots
Broadband World News  
2/6/2020   1 comment
Access gear vendor's share price jumps 6% as it reports fourth-quarter financials and hints at a better 2020.
Facebook flicks the switch on new fiber rollout model
Ray Le Maistre  
2/6/2020   4 comments
Facebook says it has developed a 'technology solution' that enables fiber to be deployed along electrical grid infrastructure in a very cost-effective way and has licensed that solution for free to startup NetEquity Networks.
SoftBank's connectivity drone project touts breakthrough
Broadband World News  
2/6/2020   Post a comment
The SoftBank joint venture HAPSMobile, which is working with Alphabet's Loon, said it has developed a cell tower that can run on its giant, solar-powered drone.
MWC2020: WiFi 6.0 and the broadband CPE market
Broadband World News Video  
2/5/2020   Post a comment
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Omdia's principal research analyst, John Kendall, talks about developments in the broadband CPE market as WiFi 6.0 becomes a technology that can help counter smart home bottlenecks.




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