News & Views
Content posted in June 2018
Comcast Out, Weekend In
Alison Diana 6/29/2018 49 comments
A fiber cut by a contractor created a Comcast outage impacting business and residential Internet, video and voice customers around the US and, potentially, other operators, the giant provider said on Friday afternoon. Bad news for profits, good news perhaps for local watering holes.
AT&T Expands Fiber & 5G Pilot Footprint
Alison Diana 6/29/2018 20 comments
The operator launched full-fiber ultra-fast broadband and a fixed-mobile 5G trial in South Bend, Ind., bringing it up to 71 total metro regions nationwide, with plans to introduce mobile 5G services to 12 US cities by year-end.
Sensing New Fiber Optic Opportunities
Fiber Broadband Association 6/26/2018 30 comments
In this month's column, Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Heather Burnett Gold discusses how fiber optic sensing could reinvent business, government and personal lives — from early prediction of earthquakes and tsunamis to protecting the border, the environment and critical infrastructure.
NTT's PON Demo Cuts 5G & FTTH Latency
Alison Diana 6/25/2018 4 comments
At Broadband Forum's second-quarter meeting, NTT demonstrated how Dynamic Broadband Allocation (DBA) software could optimize a future OLT and significantly reduce latency for 5G and FTTH.
High-Speed Broadband Blasting Through EU
Alison Diana 6/25/2018 7 comments
About 80.1% of Europeans now have access to next-generation networks for broadband access, according to the latest annual report by IHS Markit and Point Topic for the European Commission in the countdown to 2020.
5G Creates Generation of Uber Productive, Remote Workers
Broadband World News 6/21/2018 8 comments
With the arrival of 5G and ubiquitous high-speed broadband, remote employees will have access to an array of VR and AR tools that boost collaboration, regardless of location, writes Don MacLeod, Telecommunications Practice Director at TEKsystems.
TDM Migration on Near Horizon: Analyst
Broadband World News 6/20/2018 4 comments
Legacy maintenance costs, vendors disappearing or shifting their business models and operators' desire for business transformation mean the era of TDM migration really is nigh, says Heidi Adams, senior research director at IHS Markit.
ADTRAN Leads ONF's Future Open Network Plan
Alison Diana 6/19/2018 1 comment
ADTRAN is now an Open Networking Foundation supply chain partner and strategic advisory board member, placing the vendor at the forefront of ONF's development of a new reference design process for future networks.
Fiber & Cable for the Cloud: How to Deliver Reach & Speed
Broadband World News 6/14/2018 8 comments
A challenge operators face is delivering sufficient capacity to allow customers to access data-heavy applications and services: Fiber with ultra-low loss (ULL) can help, according to the final report in NGON & DCI Europe's three-part series.
Radio: ADTRAN Exec on Tooling Up for MDUs
Alison Diana 6/12/2018 3 comments
Join us on Tuesday, June 19, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, when Kurt Raaflaub, head of Strategic Solutions Marketing at ADTRAN, discusses how operators can use an array of tools to woo and win lucrative multi-dwelling unit contracts — a growing market around the world.
Open Source Is Reshaping SDOs
Carol Wilson 6/12/2018 1 comment
ONAP's Beijing release is proof positive that standards development organizations are moving at the pace and in the manner of open source.
The Dumb Side of DIY Smart Homes
Alison’s Wonderland 6/11/2018 42 comments
More consumers want do-it-yourself smart home devices. But that approach defeats the whole purpose of smart homes – spending more time with family and getting out of household chores.
BT CEO Gavin Patterson Let Go by Board
Alison Diana 6/8/2018 13 comments
The board will replace current CEO Gavin Patterson this year, seeking a change of leadership to deliver BT's new strategy that shapes BT as a customer-centric, agile and lean provider of global managed services.
BT & Cisco SD-WAN: An Enterprise's Best Friends?
Alison Diana 6/7/2018 2 comments
British telco giant unveils BT Connect Cisco SD-WAN, a global managed services offering targeted at enterprises, that aligns with BT's goals to deliver more revenue-rich solutions that integrate SDN, virtualization and other BT capabilities.
Multi-Use Satellite RFP on Near Horizon for SES Networks
Alison Diana 6/5/2018 9 comments
SES Networks is on a journey to launch a satellite that can be used for multiple communications needs, the service provider disclosed during a press event at Exploration Tower in Cape Canaveral, Fla., near SpaceX's launch pad and barge (pictured).
Here's where you can find episode links for 'The Divide,' Light Reading's podcast series featuring conversations with broadband providers and policymakers working to close the digital divide.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will present our Cable Next-Gen Europe conference as a free digital symposium on June 21.
Charter has sparked RDOF work in all 24 states where it won bids. The cable op booked about $19 million in RDOF revenues in Q1, and expects to have about $9 million per month come in over the next ten years.
As we have for the past two years, Light Reading will stage the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference as a free digital event over two half-days in mid-March.
Launch of 2-Gig and 5-Gig FTTP tiers in 70-plus markets puts more pressure on cable ops to enhance their existing DOCSIS 3.1 network or accelerate their upgrade activity centered on the new DOCSIS 4.0 specs.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
11:00 a.m. New York / 4:00 p.m. London
The digital divide in North America is leaving millions without adequate broadband. Incumbents operate in “islands” of connectivity, serving densely populated areas and, at a national scale, perpetuating the digital divide in the gaps in between their service footprints. Regional ISPs have a clear role in closing that gap.
These regional ISPs operate in a highly fragmented landscape, including smaller wireless and FTTH incumbents, satellite ISPs, electric co-ops, tribal communities, and municipalities in public/private partnerships. These regional ISPs face the same cyber threats and operational challenges as their Tier 1 counterparts, but with far fewer resources and revenue-generating population density. As a result, many regional ISPs have developed highly innovated business models for access and core technology, partnerships, financing and services.
The discussion will cover:
- Three ISPs that have taken an innovative approach to their business, as detailed in a recent STL Partners report
- Why regional ISPs need to double down on core security basics such as DDoS protection
- How ISPs have created new revenue by offering managed services
- Core network capabilities required for IPv4-IPv6 management