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Content posted in July 2018
Corning VP: Fiber Savings From Ground Up
Alison Diana  
7/31/2018   9 comments
In an interview with BBWN, Bob Whitman, VP of Market Development of Carrier Networks at Corning Optical Communications, discusses how the vendor uses technology to cut costs, improve providers' profits and support the move to one network for all customers.
Next-Gen PON: $7B Market by 2022
Alison Diana  
7/30/2018   2 comments
Between 2017 and 2022, next-generation PON sales will increase at a compound annual growth rate of almost 40%, according to research firm Dell'Oro Group.
DT Advances 'Fast Internet for the Masses'
Broadband World News  
7/30/2018   16 comments
Deutsche Telekom will expand its 250Mbit/s service to 6 million households on August 1, a large stride toward its goal to make the offering available to 15 million residences by 2019.
Comcast Sees Broadband Nirvana
Alan Breznick  
7/27/2018   21 comments
After racking up its best Q2 broadband performance in a decade, Comcast places more emphasis on broadband-only plans for cable subscribers.
Calix, GLDS Speed Up OSS/BSS Integration
Carol Wilson  
7/26/2018   1 comment
Calix AXOS platform enables turn-up of new interfaces in four weeks, rather than four to six months, the two vendors say.
Cutting the Cord: Ensuring Subscriber's Quality of Experience on WiFi
Lincoln Lavoie  
7/26/2018   31 comments
UNH-IOL and Broadband Forum will soon launch the Carrier Grade WiFI Performance Test Plan, designed to ensure service providers meet subscribers' QoE and QoS expectations without costly, time-consuming and customer satisfaction-destroying truck rolls or support calls.
AT&T Fiber Fuels More Broadband Gains
Alan Breznick  
7/25/2018   9 comments
Big US telco now passes more than 9M homes and businesses in 71 metro areas as it upgrades DSL subs to FTTH.
Taking Fiber to the Fancier Farm
Carol Wilson  
7/25/2018   4 comments
Even wealthy farmers struggle to get connectivity, but Inyo is bringing gig speeds to an upscale Northern California region.
Verizon Views 5G as Broadband Bonanza
Alan Breznick  
7/24/2018   26 comments
Big Red pins residential broadband hopes on putting fiber in more markets as its Fios platform continues to score modest gains in data customers while its DSL sub base dwindles further.
Orange Biz Brings Cloud Control to Wealth Management
Alison Diana  
7/23/2018   12 comments
Through a partnership with Additiv, the service provider delivers an OTT-like cloud-based offering that allows financial institutions to gain digital transformation without ripping and replacing mainframe legacy systems.
Smart Homes as a Hedge Against High Rural Electric Bills
Alison’s Wonderland  
7/20/2018   27 comments
Rural customers pay up to 40% higher utility bills than their more urban peers. Broadband providers can push smart home solutions as a way to offset electricity costs.
NG-PON2: The Case for 5G Trumps Lackluster Equipment Volumes
Alison’s Wonderland  
7/19/2018   5 comments
Chinese telcos won't buy enough NG-PON2 to drive down volume costs. But does that matter, considering the role the next-gen optical technology's going to play in 5G and service provider infrastructure?
ADTRAN Feels Those New Customer Good Vibrations
Alison Diana  
7/18/2018   6 comments
ADTRAN saw most sales grow and costs drop this quarter compared to the first three months of 2018, and that's not the only good news CEO and President Tom Stanton shared with analysts today.
Just Connect, Already
Alison’s Wonderland  
7/17/2018   31 comments
New study sponsored by Internet Innovation Alliance finds almost no difference in how people prefer to connect to Internet – via wireless or wireline.
Investor Funds Rural Provider's FTTH Deployment & Pensions
Alison Diana  
7/16/2018   6 comments
County Broadband, 10-year-old former WISP that focused on fixed wireless, now concentrates solely on gigabit fiber, courtesy of a £46 million infusion from Aviva Investors – and the financial firm's desire to find a long-term investment vehicle to fund clients' pensions.
One Day, Two New Paths to Accelerate Fiber Rollout
Alison Diana  
7/13/2018   3 comments
On July 12, the FCC said it will discuss one-touch make-ready at its August general meeting. That same day, Clearfield announced general availability of a common fiber distribution panel designed for use in every fiber deployment.
400G-ZR Standard Revs Up Optical Network Speeds
Broadband World News  
7/13/2018   1 comment
Line rates of 400G and higher will become more power efficient in 2019 and 2020, driven by by the 400G-ZR standard – good news for optical and submarine networks.
Securing Smart Homes Is Huge, Often Ignored, Opportunity
Alison Diana  
7/11/2018   19 comments
Total global spending on IoT cybersecurity solutions will reach more than $6 billion by 2023, and some of that money is going toward smart home security, a new Jupiter Research report finds.
Global Broadband Speeds Accelerate, but Not Everyone Can Celebrate
Alison Diana  
7/10/2018   3 comments
Fiber deployments fueled an average 23% increase year-over-year in global broadband speed, but some regions fell further behind with few signs of ever catching up.
Diamonds Are the Net's Best Friend?
Alison Diana  
7/10/2018   6 comments
An artificial diamond's ability to store quantum data could, one day, make it the foundation for an extremely secure, quantum Internet that connects high-speed computers around the globe.
World Cup Sends OTT Demand Into OT
Alison’s Wonderland  
7/9/2018   3 comments
The last time England won the World Cup, a ragged bunch of lads from Liverpool was about to invade America. Teenage girls watched the fab four on wood-framed televisions and shared their thoughts on Princess phones.
Microsoft & Partners Fill Rural Divide With White Spaces Broadband
Alison Diana  
7/6/2018   3 comments
Using TV white spaces antennae, Microsoft, partners like Radwin and service providers say they can serve rural customers and bridge the digital divide.
Orange Romania Chews Over FWA Business Case for 5G
Iain Morris  
7/5/2018   16 comments
Happy with 5G fixed wireless broadband trials in Transylvania, Orange is now trying to figure out if there is a business case for an investment.
IIoT + SMBs Spells Operator Opportunity
Alison Diana  
7/5/2018   2 comments
Global spending on the Industrial Internet of Things will reach $91.4 billion by 2023 and that's great news for operators focused on technologies, services and resources for SMBs in verticals such as healthcare, agriculture and manufacturing that need both high-speed broadband and IIoT solutions.
Cincinnati Telecom Seals Deal on Hawaii's Treasures: Fiber, Cloud, IT
Alison Diana  
7/3/2018   5 comments
The purchase, announced one year ago, accelerates Cincinnati Bell's strategy to expand its high-speed, high-bandwidth fiber optic network while building a complementary IT solutions and cloud services business.
Huawei's Continuous Innovation in Ultra-Broadband Transmission
Partner Perspectives  
7/2/2018   14 comments
Zhuhong Zhang, technical vice president and chief expert of Channel Algorithm, Network Product Line at Huawei, discusses the vendor's many historic and future optical network advances and technology investments.




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