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Content posted in March 2020
OneWeb turns to Chapter 11, seeks sale
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/30/2020   Post a comment
Satellite broadband startup says talks to fully fund the company through deployment and commercial launch fell through, citing the financial impact caused by the spread of COVID-19.
CableLabs takes another step towards 10G with DOCSIS 4.0 specs
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/26/2020   Post a comment
The new specs will support both Full Duplex DOCSIS (FDX) and Extended Spectrum DOCSIS (ESD).
COVID-19 means game on – ABI Research
Broadband World News  
3/26/2020   Post a comment
Research outfit predicts sharp increase in cloud gaming revenue.
Coronavirus and connectivity
Fiber Broadband Association  
3/25/2020   Post a comment
Lisa R. Youngers, president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, says the benefits of fiber access infrastructure become even more pronounced during times of crisis.
Trump signs Broadband DATA Act
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/24/2020   Post a comment
Initiative aims to improve FCC's outdated broadband maps, but Commission Chairman Ajit Pai warns it will be delayed unless Congress moves quickly to fully fund it.
BBWN Bites: OneWeb adds birds, feels heat
Ray Le Maistre  
3/24/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: Streamers ease off; Danes boost broadband availability; Veego teams up with Amdocs; Ukrtelecom takes GPON rural with Iskratel; and more.
Say hello to Ziply Fiber
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/20/2020   Post a comment
That'll be the new brand for the northwest operations of Frontier Communications soon to be acquired by WaveDivision Capital.
New Nokia beacon lights up home with Wi-Fi 6
Broadband World News  
3/20/2020   Post a comment
Finnish vendor flexes mesh muscles in the home with next-gen Wi-Fi.
Report: COVID-19 could wipe $20B off smart home device sales this year
Broadband World News  
3/19/2020   Post a comment
Research firm Omdia downgrades its 2020 revenue forecast for the smart home device market by a massive $20 billion.
BBWN Bites: EU calls for HD restraint
Ray Le Maistre  
3/19/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: RDK's popular; WBA assumes control of Cisco's OpenRoaming; Virgin Media offers gigabit to 1 million homes; and more.
BBWN Bites: Macquarie wins Cincinnati Bell bidding war
Ray Le Maistre  
3/17/2020   Post a comment
Also in this broadband sector roundup: European operators ask for the improbable; Calix boasts new deals; US firms react to COVID-19; UK new builds to get Gigabit minimum.
Upstream silver lining for cable kit vendors
Broadband World News  
3/17/2020   Post a comment
Dell'Oro reckons growing market demand for faster uplinks gives cable equipment vendors some room for optimism after a difficult 2019.
COVID-19: More ISPs relax data caps to help customers
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/17/2020   Post a comment
But consumer groups urge all broadband service providers to put their usage-based data policies on ice.
Frontier on the ropes
Broadband World News  
3/16/2020   Post a comment
As markets crash, Frontier's fortunes are falling even faster.
Broadcom pulls guidance, spooks investors
Broadband World News  
3/13/2020   Post a comment
Giant chipmaker scraps fiscal-year guidance over COVID-19 uncertainty.
BBWN Bites: ONF's Berlin lab to focus on SEBA, VOLTHA
Ray Le Maistre  
3/12/2020   Post a comment
Also in this broadband sector roundup: Why the UK needs more than just fiber investment promises; CityFibre tackles 'white finger'; FTTH dominates Portugal's fixed broadband lines.
5G rollouts give Dasan Zhone hope for 2020 growth
Ray Le Maistre  
3/12/2020   Post a comment
Vendor is well placed to benefit from 5G network investments in South Korea and Japan, where Rakuten Mobile is a customer.
US Senate stamps Broadband DATA Act
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Organizations applaud passing of act aimed at fixing outdated broadband maps illustrating who has – and who lacks – access to high-speed Internet service.
Express delivery for the UK
Mark Weller  
3/11/2020   Post a comment
Rail and motorway networks are prime candidates for speeding full fiber Britain.
BBWN Bites: Cable increases its dominance of US broadband market
Ray Le Maistre  
3/9/2020   Post a comment
Also in this broadband sector news roundup: Italians at loggerheads; CityFibre shifts up a gear; UK's FTTH market linked to more funding; Canada's Xplornet snapped up for $2 billion.
Full fiber is France's fave broadband choice
Broadband World News  
3/6/2020   Post a comment
Superfast broadband expansion in France is powered by FTTH/B.
PON OLT momentum a bright spot in dim broadband access market
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/5/2020   Post a comment
PON OLT revenues surged 16% in 2019 while the cable access network market dropped 30%, according to Dell'Oro.
AT&T goes live with XGS-PON in 40 markets
Ray Le Maistre  
3/5/2020   Post a comment
Operator says speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s are now on offer.
OECD – OMG... Same old full-fiber trends
Broadband World News  
3/5/2020   Post a comment
Latest OECD report on full-fiber penetration rates sees little change in country rankings.
Broadcom, Intel put Wi-Fi 6 through its paces at 6GHz
Broadband World News  
3/4/2020   Post a comment
US chipmakers get the Wi-Fi 6E show on the road and pave the way for a bandwidth splurge in the home network.
BBWN Bites: Italy's TIM turns to KKR for broadband inspiration
Ray Le Maistre  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Also in this smorgasbord of broadband and optical network news: Virgin Media boasts of 'insourcing'; Megacable invests in GPON; KPN goes big on Gigabit; Huawei and Ciena boast 800G action with operators; the Broadband Forum gives out gongs; and more.
Nokia beefs up its fixed access portfolio
Ray Le Maistre  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Vendor unveils versatile access node, WiFi 6 gateway and fixed wireless access gateways that support 5G.
US cable must be wary of emerging broadband threats
Jeff Baumgartner  
3/3/2020   Post a comment
Fixed wireless broadband is 'most important threat' facing cable broadband while new satellite-based options should be met with a cautious eye, analyst says.
The long goodbye: Nokia in limbo as Suri steps down as CEO
Ray Le Maistre  
3/2/2020   Post a comment
Nokia has named Pekka Lundmark as its new president and CEO but he doesn't start until September.




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