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BBWF Interview: Comcast's Michael Soileau on Tackling Transformation
Broadband World Forum Perspectives  
8/30/2019   10 comments
IoT and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities are transforming the communications industry, notes Michael Soileau, VP of Syndication & Competitive Strategy at Comcast.
Vodafone Files Legal Appeal Against Ofcom Over 'Flawed' Business Broadband Ruling
Ray Le Maistre  
8/30/2019   4 comments
Vodafone is taking legal action against UK regulator Ofcom concerning the Business Connectivity Market Review decision taken in June that updated the regulation of leased lines.
FCC: 2017 Data Shows DOCSIS, FTTH Bandwidth Boost
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/29/2019   3 comments
The FCC's look at data from almost two years ago finds that US broadband connections pumping out at least 100 Mbit/s downstream climbed dramatically.
BBWN Bites: Could CityFibre Acquire FibreNation?
Broadband World News  
8/29/2019   9 comments
In today's industry roundup: UK M&A speculation; Nokia promotion; Bouygues Telecom boosts its FTTH customer base.
BBWN Bites: DoJ Sees Subsea Cable as a Security Threat
Broadband World News  
8/28/2019   30 comments
Also today: SVoD services multiply in US homes, ADTRAN has a secret utility customer and Everstream extends its network.
Chaos Cuffs Cable's Access Network Players
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/26/2019   7 comments
Disruption among leading vendors is rampant as cable operators contemplate their next moves and as the industry pushes ahead with DOCSIS 4.0.
Study Crashes Broadband's ARPU Party
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/22/2019   14 comments
Findings from university researchers and The Wall Street Journal indicate that many US homes are overpaying for broadband.
FTTP or Next-Gen HFC? It's Complicated
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/21/2019   9 comments
As cable operators weigh construction costs, the potential for service disruptions, training needs and network maintenance, the decision on which path to take isn't so straightforward anymore.
ADTRAN CEO Tom Stanton Q&A: All Access All the Time
Alison Diana  
8/21/2019   8 comments
In a one-on-one interview with Broadband World News, ADTRAN Chairman and CEO Tom Stanton speaks about the vendor's success with a new breed of broadband providers, today's competitive environment and, yes, Verizon and NG-PON2.
Why FTTH May Trump Fiber Deep for Cable
Alan Breznick  
8/20/2019   4 comments
In a provocative new BBWN webinar, Broadband Success Partners' Jack Burton will delve into cable's next-gen HFC architecture plans and explain why going all-fiber may make more sense for operators right now.
BBWF Interview: NOS's Manuel Eanes on the Smart Home Opp for Telcos
Broadband World Forum Perspectives  
8/19/2019   5 comments
Five years ago, NOS board member Manuel Ramalho Eanes helped steer the Portuguese service provider toward a future heavily reliant on smart homes and cities. It's a decision the provider is glad it made.
BBWN Bites: Operators Get a Clue From Broadband Usage Data Before Cord-Cutters Cut
Broadband World News  
8/19/2019   14 comments
Residential subscribers typically increase bandwidth usage exponentially in the months prior to cutting the video cord, OpenVault's Broadband Industry report finds.
Illinois' $420M Broadband Program Is Part of National Trend
Alison Diana  
8/19/2019   7 comments
Governor JB Pritzker introduced the Broadband Advisory Panel, consisting of 25 private citizens and government professionals, who will work with ISPs to guide Illinois' $420 million investment in broadband infrastructure.
BBWN Bites: Liberty Global Plans All-Fiber Startup for Rural UK – Reports
Broadband World News  
8/16/2019   6 comments
Also today, Canada's telecom regulator cut wholesale broadband pricing, Freenet could slam brakes on Sunrise's shiny new deal and Vodafone tries a new bundle for broadband and mobile.
BBWN Bites: CBS-Viacom Returns to Content Glory, Charter CEO's Peeve
Broadband World News  
8/15/2019   10 comments
The amount spent on OTT continues to skyrocket as demonstrated (again) in the proposed CBS-Viacom deal. It makes sense, then, that Charter CEO Tom Rutledge does not like password sharing.
BBWF Interview: Slovak Telekom's Branimir Maric on Next-Gen Networks, FTTH & 5G
Broadband World Forum Perspectives  
8/14/2019   4 comments
Branimir Maric, CTIO at Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic, discusses the rise and future of the next-generation network, and the challenges and opportunities that are ahead.
ADTRAN Connects Operators to Smart-Home Opportunity
Alison Diana  
8/13/2019   5 comments
ADTRAN kicks open the door to connected home opportunity for operators, integrating SmartRG into Mosaic Subscriber Experience Suite and debuting new products.
BBWN Bites: Mississippi Co-Op Aims to Provide Rural FTTH
Broadband World News  
8/12/2019   6 comments
Also in today's roundup: Reliance Jio looks to shake up India's broadband, subscribers retreat from traditional pay TV, and Microsoft called more attention to rural broadband needs in Iowa.
Make Fiber Happen for Rural America
Fiber Broadband Association  
8/12/2019   11 comments
It would cost about $70 billion over 10 years to bring all-fiber fixed-access broadband to rural and small-town America, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers in this month's exclusive BBWN column. The ROI? Priceless.
BBWN Bites: Cincinnati Bell Rings In One-Year Anniversary With Hawaii Telecom
Broadband World News  
8/9/2019   4 comments
Both Cincinnati Bell and Hawaii Telecom reported revenue increases and an uptick in fiber-to-the-premises deployments over the last three months.
Broadband Forum's Connected-Home Standard Gathers Momentum
Alison Diana  
8/9/2019   11 comments
The industry association's latest iteration of its popular TR-069 standard was specifically developed to help providers remotely manage and control smart-home networks.
BBWN Bites: Warren's Expansive Broadband Plan
Broadband World News  
8/8/2019   2 comments
In other news, Liberty Global's broadband fight, Cable One's broadband gains, Shentel's ambitious fixed-wireless plans and some new names in the SCTE•ISBE org chart.
Comcast: 15-Meg Hits 'Sweet Spot' for Internet Essentials Program
Jeff Baumgartner  
8/7/2019   11 comments
Cable operator's program for low-income households has sufficient speeds to support the needs of students, veterans, seniors and other consumers who qualify for the $9.95/month offering.
Frontier Posts $5.2B Loss That Includes $5.4B Goodwill Write-Down
Alison Diana  
8/7/2019   6 comments
Frontier earned revenue of $2.07 billion, but $5.4 billion goodwill write-down goes toward losses on sale of assets and operations and restructuring expenses, plus potential future costs.
BBWN Bites: Streaming, Streaming Everywhere & Too Many Things to Watch
Broadband World News  
8/7/2019   7 comments
With AT&T and Disney making SVOD announcements today, it's becoming ever-more challenging for consumers and operators to keep up with the expanding and changing SVOD, OTT market.
BBWF Interview: BT's Ben Azvine on the Impact of AI, ML on Cybersecurity & IT
Broadband World Forum Perspectives  
8/7/2019   7 comments
BT uses advanced monitoring capabilities as well as traditional firewalls and intrusion prevention systems to boost its cybersecurity capabilities, Global Head of Security & Innovation Ben Azvine tells Broadband World Forum in an interview preview of his BBWF 2019 presentation in Amsterdam in October.
SES Colonizes Space With ONAP
Mitch Wagner  
8/7/2019   2 comments
As the satellite communications company looks to expand its fleet of orbiting birds, it needs the Open Network Automation Platform to provide essential automation.
Polynesia's Manatua Cable Manufacturing Nears Completion
Alison Diana  
8/6/2019   3 comments
A consortium of Polynesian operators led the effort to build and manage this 3,600-km submarine cable system, slated to open May 2020.
BBWN Bites: Subsidized New Builds Need Broadband Cabling, Irish Agency Says
Broadband World News  
8/6/2019   3 comments
Also today, SES connects with Amdocs on satellite network management using ONAP, Mexico gets a broadband assist in unserved areas and CommScope adds product aimed at cable's remote PHY network migration.
SpaceX Delays Satellite Launch 'Til Tuesday
Alison Diana  
8/5/2019   3 comments
Also in today's roundup: Corning fiber growth, WOW broadband results and new FTTH deployments from Safaricom.
BBWN Bites: Providers Spent $80B on Infrastructure in 2018 — USTelecom
Broadband World News  
8/2/2019   1 comment
Also today, CableLabs gets a new top R&D chief, Set TV is really dead and we have some broadband-related financial highlights from BT and Telecom Italia.
German Fibercos Going Up for Sale – Report
Iain Morris  
8/2/2019   2 comments
Inexio and Deutsche Glasfaser could attract interest from infrastructure investors or other broadband players, reports Reuters.
FCC Proposes $20B More for Rural Broadband, Details Map Data Changes
Broadband World News  
8/1/2019   4 comments
The FCC wants to earmark up to $20.4 billion over 10 years to expand broadband into unserved rural regions. It unveiled a new approach to data-collection that uses crowdsourcing and eventually ends Form 477.
Bell Canada Continues Broadband Quest
Alan Breznick  
8/1/2019   4 comments
Canada's biggest telecom provider bets big on fiber lines to take the broadband lead against Rogers, Shaw and other large cable operators.
BBWN Bites: Reliance Jio to Debut Fixed Broadband – Report
Broadband World News  
8/1/2019   6 comments
India's mobile giant, which began trialing fixed-access broadband one year ago, will unveil a bundle of three residential services, investment firm predicts.




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