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Podcast: Orange Business Services CEO Helmut Reisinger on coping with COVID-19
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4/30/2020   Post a comment
OBS CEO Helmut Reisinger and SVP of Customer Services and Operations Aliette Mousnier Lompre discuss keeping customers connected and adapting quickly during the pandemic.
COVID-19 data surge is wake-up call for cable's weak upstream
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/29/2020   Post a comment
Cable's lithe upstream pipe survived recent data spikes, but the increased demand is accelerating discussions about 'mid-splits' and other moves that would expand and augment the HFC upstream, CommScope exec says.
COVID-19 stalls fiber rollout in Belgium and France
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4/29/2020   Post a comment
Eurofiber, a Netherlands-based fiber infrastructure and connectivity provider in several European countries, said the COVID-19 pandemic is stalling its network construction in Belgium and France.
FCC commissioner 'baffled' by report claiming US broadband progress
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4/27/2020   Post a comment
The FCC's 2020 Broadband Deployment report is based on flawed data and is out of step with reality, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel claims.
Britain needs to step up its gigabit game – report
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4/27/2020   Post a comment
In a report commissioned by Huawei, research firm Assembly warns the UK economy could miss out big time if it fails to meet 'Gigabit Britain' target by 2025.
BBWN Bites: 50% of European households get healthy dose of fiber
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4/24/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: SpaceX launches broadband satellites; US localities get creative with finding ways to get people connected; and AT&T revises false broadband-coverage data.
Comcast sees spike in 'xFi' usage
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/23/2020   Post a comment
During the pandemic, cable op said it's seen a 57% increase in people tapping into a digital dashboard that helps broadband customers manage – and even pause – their home Wi-Fi network.
Rogers sees over 50% jump in network traffic from COVID-19
Alan Breznick  
4/22/2020   Post a comment
Rogers also nets more broadband and Ignite TV sub gains and holds steady on cable revenues in Q1 as most Canadians shelter-at-home.
To have a smart city, you may need a Digital Town Square
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4/21/2020   Post a comment
US Ignite, a nonprofit backed by funding from the NSF, is helping cities overcome regional bottlenecks by deploying local infrastructure hubs called Digital Town Squares.
BBWN Bites: We all live in an Orange submarine
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4/17/2020   1 comment
Also in this roundup: Telefónica reports massive traffic spikes; Cloudflare breaks down UK Internet usage in the time of COVID-19; and a few more rural Americans get a broadband break.
Comcast: Network peak usage has plateaued in most markets
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/16/2020   Post a comment
New data fits in with what other US cable operators are seeing following initial spikes caused by increased residential broadband usage as millions hunkered down at home.
Telefónica reports unprecedented Internet traffic spikes as people stay home
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4/16/2020   Post a comment
With more people working from home than ever due to COVID-19, Telefónica witnessed an unprecedented 35% spike in Internet traffic in just one month.
Frontier hopes to slash $10B in debt as it flips to Chapter 11
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4/15/2020   1 comment
Struggling company says it has $1.1 billion in liquidity heading into pre-arranged restructuring.
Technicolor leans on lessons to strengthen supply chains during pandemic
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4/14/2020   Post a comment
Use of C.A.R.T. principles, lessons from recent component shortages and trade wars have helped the key CPE vendor prepare for the supply chain challenges wrought by the COVID-19 crisis.
Peak upstream and downstream demand climbs at Charter
Jeff Baumgartner  
4/13/2020   Post a comment
Daytime Internet traffic in some homes has doubled or tripled from pre-pandemic levels, according to CTO Stephanie Mitchko-Beale.
Podcast: Plume looks at how we work from home
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4/13/2020   Post a comment
Plume CMO Todd Grantham talks about what his company is learning by looking at data from more than 700 million computers, smartphones and entertainment devices on Plume's service provider customer networks.
BBWN Bites: ThousandEyes look down upon ISP performance in UK
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4/9/2020   Post a comment
Also in this roundup: US broadband speeds seem to be holding up (sort of); Project Thor finally arrives in Colorado; and on-net access to fiber-based network services reaches 1 million commercial buildings.
Midsized cablecos cope with COVID-19 data demands and customer needs
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4/8/2020   1 comment
Atlantic Broadband reports 25% surge in data traffic while RCN/Grande/Wave offers free connectivity, deferred payments and other aid to customers.
Australia's NBN copes with usage spikes as people stay home
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4/7/2020   Post a comment
As COVID-19 keeps more people in their homes, Australia's NBN says it is coping with rising demand for broadband services – though outages currently remain low.
US broadband usage starting to plateau – OpenVault
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4/7/2020   Post a comment
Upstream usage is up just 2.3% and downstream usage is down almost 6% in monitored markets that are under stay-at-home orders, according to ISP data gathered from the week of March 30-April 3.
RtBrick unveils broadband network gateway software
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4/6/2020   Post a comment
Virtualized function specialist offers up broadband network gateway software as the first use case for its routing code.
Frontier's fiber follies fed its financial fate
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4/3/2020   Post a comment
As Frontier creeps toward a reorg and possible bankruptcy filing, the telecom says a 'significant under-investment' in fiber has put it behind the 8-ball.
Tracking the network data trends during the COVID-19 crisis
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4/2/2020   Post a comment
NCTA, Comcast, Nokia and BroadbandNow relay updates on how broadband networks are coping with data surges as millions of consumers work, study and entertain themselves at home.
PON gear market to be worth $8.4B in 2025 – report
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4/2/2020   3 comments
The market for passive optical network equipment will grow with a CAGR of 4.3% to be worth $8.4 billion by 2025, according to a forecast from research house Omdia.




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