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Content posted in May 2017
Surprise! Cost Causes Most Consumer Cord-Cutting
Alison Diana  
5/31/2017   13 comments
In her annual Internet Trends Report, KPCB's Mary Meeker points to consumers' budgetary concerns as the main cause of cable defection.
How 'Softwarization' Changes the CSP Landscape
Anuradha Udunuwara  
5/31/2017   10 comments
Using softwarization -- including cloud, SDN and NFV -- as a basis for their transformative approach to tech and business, CSPs can evolve into digital service providers, writes Sri Lanka Telecom Senior Engineer Anuradha Udunuwara.
Denmark's Stofa Decides on DOCSIS 3.1
Niall Hunt  
5/30/2017   9 comments
Danish TV and broadband provider Stofa chooses ARRIS to help deliver gigabit broadband speeds and enhanced services, such as streaming UHD TV and apps, based on DOCSIS 3.1.
European CSPs Warn Of Over-Regulation's Costs
Alison Diana  
5/26/2017   24 comments
CSP executives submitted a letter to the European Parliament, cautioning about the negative cost and long-term implications proposed changes to the Electronic Communications Code and ePrivacy Regulation will have on both telecom and the continent.
Frontier Uses G.fast for MDU Broadband
Alison Diana  
5/25/2017   19 comments
The service provider is using Nokia's G.fast technologies to deliver ultra-broadband speeds to residents of apartments and multi-unit dwellings in Connecticut.
Finnish Cable Operator Completes DOCSIS 3.1 Upgrade
Alison Diana  
5/25/2017   17 comments
Within a year, DNA deploys upgraded network to support customers in southern Finland with 1Gbit/s broadband.
CableOne: Putting Broadband First
Alison Diana  
5/24/2017   18 comments
The cable operator, which recently finalized its acquisition of NewWave Communications, sees continued growth from high-speed data and business services powered by fiber-based ultra-broadband, executives told a financial conference this week.
Mediacom Wraps Illinois in Ultra-Broadband
Alison Diana  
5/24/2017   9 comments
The cable operator leverages DOCSIS 3.1 investment to expand 1Gbit/s service to the Lincoln state.
Q1 Subscriber Update: Cable Wins, Telecoms Lose
Alison Diana  
5/23/2017   45 comments
During the first quarter of 2017, cable operators gained about 1 million subscribers in this period, while the top telephone companies lost approximately 45,000 subscribers, according to a recent study by Leichtman Research Group.
AT&T Expands Virtualization Access for Broadband
Alison Diana  
5/22/2017   21 comments
AT&T today expanded its broadband options with new availability of its FlexWare on-demand network services in 200 countries and a recently inked customer agreement with Ericsson.
CableLabs' Accelerator Program Launches Teltoo Into MSO Market
Alison Diana  
5/21/2017   Post a comment
Participating in CableLabs' 2017 UpRamp Fiterator program gave Pablo Hesse's Teltoo software-only, decentralized video delivery technology insight, connections and a new home.
Orange to Expand Analytics, Digital Transformation Services
Alison Diana  
5/19/2017   8 comments
With its $69.7 million acquisition of Business & Decision, Orange Business Services builds on its broadband investments to open up new geographic markets and complementary offerings to enterprises.
Liberty Global: It's a Quad-Play Market
Alison Diana  
5/18/2017   11 comments
To reduce customer churn and improve profits, operators must deliver four services to consumers, says Liberty Mutual executive during investor conference.
FCC Revisits Net Neutrality, Rural Fees, Satellite Red Tape
Alison Diana  
5/17/2017   11 comments
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission meeting could be contentious as Chairman Ajit Pai (standing) and other members address topics that promise to dramatically reshape broadband in the US.
Comcast Business Tests SD-WAN Service
Alison Diana  
5/16/2017   6 comments
Cable operator steps into sizzling-hot SD-WAN market in partnership with Versa Networks, expanding its enterprise offerings and broadening service horizons.
Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth
Rick Schadelbauer  
5/16/2017   9 comments
Telehealth holds tremendous potential to improve the quality, cost and availability of healthcare in rural areas, but only if these regions have access to ultra-broadband, writes NTCA's Rick Schadelbauer.
High-Fiber Submarine Cables Dive Deeper Into Broadband
Alison Diana  
5/15/2017   35 comments
Crosslake Fibre is one of several businesses bringing dark fiber to service providers seeking more broadband power and reduced latency.
Is Charter Getting Skinny?
Alison Diana  
5/15/2017   14 comments
Despite recent comments to the contrary by company President and CEO Tom Rutledge, Charter is considering an inexpensive OTT bundle, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Part 1 - Opinion Piece: Integration vs Disaggregation
Broadband World News  
5/15/2017   1 comment
Coriant shares its views on the disaggregations debate.
Part 2: Cignal Al & Microsoft on Disaggregation vs. Integration
Broadband World News  
5/15/2017   1 comment
Andrew Schmitt, founder at Cignal Al, and Brad Booth, principal engineer at Microsoft, share their views on optical disaggregation.
Mr. CTO, Tear Down That Wall
Alison Diana  
5/12/2017   9 comments
By working together, service providers' operations and IT departments accelerate adoption of virtualization, cloud and other technologies -- and can save money, too.
Zoom Britannia
Alison Diana  
5/11/2017   10 comments
In a leaked version of its political manifesto, Britain's Labour Party promises 30Mbit/s ultra-broadband for all.
Starman Launches 10G EPON Network in Europe
Alison Diana  
5/10/2017   13 comments
Cable operator Starman is eschewing a move to DOCSIS 3.1 in favor of installing FTTH and 10-Gbit/s EPON to support customers' growing ultra-broadband needs, says Jaanus Erlemann, Starman CTO for Starman (on left)
Verizon Inks 2nd Fiber Purchase Order
Alison Diana  
5/9/2017   9 comments
Just weeks after a $1.03 billion deal with Corning, Verizon plans to spend $300 million over three years on fiber from Italian energy and telecom cables systems provider Prysmian.
MaxxSouth: Think Local, Act Like a National
Alison Diana  
5/8/2017   10 comments
Mississippi cable operator rolls out gigabit services via DOCSIS 3.1 and FTTH
Ambitious SpaceX Broadband Plan Blasts Off
Alison Diana  
5/5/2017   26 comments
Patricia Cooper, vice president of satellite government affairs at SpaceX, recently told the US Senate about the company's plans to use its Falcon9 to launch thousands of satellites designed to deliver worldwide ultra-broadband coverage.
FTTH Group Woos EU Parliament With Fiber Lunch
Alison Diana  
5/4/2017   15 comments
FTTH Council Europe wines and dines European Union in its bid to spread fiber net across continent.
Ex-FCC Chair Takes Advisory Role
Alison Diana  
5/4/2017   5 comments
Tom Wheeler, who headed the Federal Communications Commission under President Barack Obama, joins an advisory board for mobile ID authentication startup Confirm.
NG-PON2: The Importance of Being Standard
Alison Diana  
5/3/2017   4 comments
It's important to tie in standards development with specific use cases to accelerate the agenda and time frame, says Vincent O'Byrne, Verizon's director of technology.
Broadband Forum, SDN/NFV Alliance Partner on Open Broadband in Asia
Alison Diana  
5/2/2017   3 comments
The Broadband Forum and SDN/NFV Industry Alliance unveiled an alliance for an Open Broadband Laboratory Asia and plans to work together on network transformation and cloud evolution.
AT&T: Using High-Speed Broadband to Boost Customer Service
Alison Diana  
5/1/2017   9 comments
The service provider is leveraging open source, software-defined networking and analytics, plus machine learning and more content, to improve subscribers' experiences.
Top OTT Providers Hold Onto Their Lead
Alison Diana  
5/1/2017   10 comments
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu retain their top spots, but contenders such as Sling TV and CBS All Access gain subscribers too, finds Park Associates.




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