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Content posted in December 2020
UK broadband usage more than doubled in 2020
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12/29/2020   Post a comment
Data released by Openreach shows that broadband usage more than doubled in 2020 – with 50,000 petabytes of data consumed across the UK, compared to around 22,000 in 2019.
Openreach gigabit broadband live in East Neuk of Fife
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12/24/2020   Post a comment
Around 90% of households and businesses across Lundin Links, Lower Largo, Anstruther, Cellardyke, Pittenweem and Kilrenny can now connect.
European Commission names partners to study EU-owned satellite communications
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12/23/2020   Post a comment
European Commission selects consortium of satellite companies and telcos to study the design, development and launch of a European-owned space-based communication system.
M/C Partners acquires Bel Air Internet
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12/22/2020   Post a comment
Bel Air Internet (BAI) will be combined with the recent acquisitions of AerioConnect and Metro Fiber, creating one of region's largest ISPs.
UK publishes next steps in £5B gigabit plan
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12/22/2020   Post a comment
The government has set out the next steps in its £5 billion strategy to deliver gigabit-capable broadband to the entire country.
Comcast launching 10 Wi-Fi 'Lift Zones' in Boston
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12/21/2020   Post a comment
Comcast announced plans to equip 10 different locations in the Boston area with Wi-Fi-connected 'Lift Zones' over the next few months.
Ameren signs long-term 900MHz spectrum leases
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12/21/2020   Post a comment
These agreements enable Ameren's deployment of a private LTE network to support its digital transformation in Illinois and Missouri.
C Spire-led group publishes white paper on rural broadband business models
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12/18/2020   Post a comment
Consortium asserts that the digital divide requires embracing third-party enablement model to get affordable Internet to rural America.
Openreach creates over 5,000 jobs for broadband build
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12/18/2020   Post a comment
2,500 new roles are at Openreach and an estimated 2,800 are with partners, supporting the £12B broadband project.
CityFibre and PQMS extend partnership
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12/17/2020   Post a comment
CityFibre extends partnership with training specialist PQMS to create up to 10,000 jobs constructing full fiber networks across the UK.
Silver Star improves customer experience with Calix Revenue EDGE
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12/17/2020   Post a comment
Silver Star Communications is harnessing the power of the complete Calix Revenue EDGE solution to deliver the Ultimate Wi-Fi Experience.
OneWeb taps Hughes for $250M contract
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12/16/2020   Post a comment
Hughes to produce gateways and user terminal modules to power services on the low-Earth orbit satellite network.
Cincinnati Bell launches 2-gigabit Internet pilot
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12/16/2020   Post a comment
Cincinnati Bell is one of the first to offer a 2-gigabit solution in the US, which is 30 times faster than an average broadband connection.
CityFibre speeds up Borough of Harrogate digital transformation
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12/16/2020   Post a comment
Nearly every home and business in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon will gain access to next-generation broadband as CityFibre completes the integration of FibreNation projects.
Poka Lambro cuts truck rolls by 26% with Calix
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12/15/2020   Post a comment
The rural Texas company is leveraging Calix proactive network management capabilities and enabling its customer support teams with actionable subscriber network insights.
MLL lights up Adur and Worthing Councils' network
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12/15/2020   Post a comment
MLL Telecom has been awarded a five year contract by Adur & Worthing Councils to light up the Councils' fiber network.
SSE Enterprise Telecoms connects 22 public sector sites
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12/14/2020   Post a comment
SSE Enterprise Telecoms connects first 22 public sector sites across Aberdeen city as part of £10.5 million full fiber investment project.
Commsworld awarded £5.8M contract by Glasgow City Council
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12/14/2020   Post a comment
Commsworld will install a full fiber network to support the delivery of CCTV and traffic control services across the city.
TIM expanded fiber to 263 more municipalities in November
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12/14/2020   Post a comment
The number of municipalities involved in ultra-broadband cabling initiatives rises to approximately 3,250 in nine months.
Giganet to launch broadband services over CityFibre's networks
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12/11/2020   Post a comment
Giganet will initially offer services in Portsmouth, Swindon, Reading, Plymouth, Crawley and Horsham.
Broadband Forum announces new vice chairs
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12/10/2020   Post a comment
Mike Talbert from Verizon and Weiqiang Cheng from China Mobile will help the group continue to provide critical direction on standards development and operator engagement.
Perth & Kinross Council taps SSE Enterprise Telecoms for gigabit project
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12/10/2020   Post a comment
Perth & Kinross Council selects SSE Enterprise Telecoms to deliver ultrafast connectivity to support future smart city ambitions.
C Spire launches fiber broadband in Alabama
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12/9/2020   Post a comment
Mississippi-based fiber provider C Spire has begun serving residents of neighboring Alabama.
Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) names Hughes approved provider
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12/9/2020   Post a comment
Under GTA Direct program, Georgia procurement officials can leverage Hughes managed broadband services for reliable, high-performing connectivity.
Hyperoptic to connect London housing association
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12/9/2020   Post a comment
Hyperoptic will connect a large proportion of L&Q's homes to its hyperfast full-fiber network.
CityFibre moves forward with full fiber for Dewsbury
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12/9/2020   Post a comment
Dewsbury to gain access to next-generation broadband as CityFibre completes the integration of FibreNation projects.
CTS taps ADTRAN to deliver fiber broadband in Kentucky
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12/8/2020   Post a comment
Community Telecom Services (CTS) selected ADTRAN's TA5000 fiber access platform to deploy fiber broadband services to rural Kentucky.
Deutsche Telekom doubles fiber rollout year-on-year
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12/8/2020   Post a comment
Deutsche Telekom has doubled the number of households that can receive FTTH to more than half a million.
Iskratel, Ulysse to deliver 10Gbit/s broadband to Belgium
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12/8/2020   Post a comment
Iskratel and Belgian service provider Ulysse Group have partnered to deploy an ultra-fast, fiber-optic broadband network in Liège, Belgium.
FCC names RDOF auction winners to expand broadband
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12/7/2020   Post a comment
Auction results released today show that bidders won funding to deploy high-speed broadband to over 5.2 million unserved homes and businesses.
Openreach appoints Katie Milligan to lead Scotland Board
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12/7/2020   Post a comment
Openreach announced top executive Katie Milligan will lead its Scotland Board when current chair Brendan Dick retires at the end of March 2021.
CityFibre invests £52M in Plymouth's full-fiber rollout
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12/4/2020   Post a comment
CityFibre has appointed Kathryn Askew Smith as City Manager to spearhead delivery of Plymouth project, which will start in January.
Broadband Forum cites record year for open standards, global growth
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12/4/2020   Post a comment
Following a year of global growth for fixed broadband, the Broadband Forum will continue to build momentum across key areas spanning 5G, connected home, cloud and access.
ETEX extends critical broadband services with Calix
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12/3/2020   Post a comment
With a fiber network built on the Calix Intelligent Access EDGE solution, ETEX is extending broadband services to rural Texas schools.
Four new ISPs join CityFibre's networks
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12/3/2020   Post a comment
Air Broadband, Highnet, Triangle Networks and Trunk Networks to launch consumer services across CityFibre's networks.
FTTH Council Europe study shows benefits of fiber migration
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12/3/2020   Post a comment
New FTTH Council Europe study on copper switch-off shows accelerated migration to fiber benefits the entire economy and society.
Iskratel connects first user as part of RUNE (Rural Network) project
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12/3/2020   Post a comment
Iskratel connects first residential user to the fastest optical broadband network in Europe.
Eutelsat launches Konnect satellite broadband in UK
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12/3/2020   Post a comment
Superfast satellite broadband is now available for everyone in the UK, via the Eutelsat next-generation Konnect satellite.
Orange Marine to build new cable ship
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12/2/2020   Post a comment
The ship will be specially designed for the maintenance of submarine cables, both fiber-optic cables and inter-array power cables.
KCOM expands Lightstream fiber access network with DZS
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12/2/2020   Post a comment
Backed by DZS passive optical network (PON) technologies, KCOM will roll out its Lightstream fiber broadband across East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
Jurassic Fibre expanding network to Bridgwater
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12/1/2020   Post a comment
Jurassic Fibre today announced that Bridgwater in Somerset will be the next town to benefit from their fiber-to-the-premises network.
ADTRAN adds router options for fiber-connected enterprise access networks.
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12/1/2020   Post a comment
ADTRAN expands high-performance router options for fiber-connected enterprise access networks.
Openreach moves from selling copper to full fiber in Salisbury
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12/1/2020   Post a comment
Salisbury takes step closer to becoming the UK's first 'fully digital' city following multi-million-pound investment by Openreach.
Connected2Fiber to help Vyve identify underserved areas
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12/1/2020   Post a comment
Connected2Fiber's market participation capabilities will allow Vyve to provide critical broadband services to underserved markets and locations.
CityFibre breaks ground in Crawley
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12/1/2020   Post a comment
CityFibre begins work on Crawley's £23 million digital transformation.




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