BBWN News: Broadcom Cable Modem Vulnerability Threatens 200M+ Subs
Also today, closing the door on Spectrum Home Security, Zayo brings the zoom to Denver Public Schools' infrastructure, UK ISP adds FTTH to its FWA offering, CableLabs gets bigger in Latin America and more in the always newsworthy fixed-access broadband world.
Broadcom's cable modem firmware has a susceptibility that makes up to 200 million home-broadband gateways in Europe -- and perhaps more around the globe -- in danger of being remotely hijacked for an array of bad-actor uses ranging from launching denial of service attacks to manipulating firmware. Discovered by Danish researchers, the so-called "Cable Haunt" vulnerability impacts cable modems using Broadcom software that uses open source eCos (Embedded Configurable Operating System).
Spectrum stopped selling Spectrum Home Security services to new customers, and will no longer support the offering beginning Feb. 5, the Charter company posted on its website. Spectrum's monitored service required subs buy hardware such as cameras and sensors which ran on the operator's firmware; this proprietary system will not work on other security providers' systems, leaving Spectrum security customers with cameras and sensors that work but that cannot be remotely viewed or monitored as a seamless, cohesive system. Spectrum is giving existing Home Security subscribers a deal on its Ring system, the operator told KSBY.
Zayo Group implemented about 600 route miles of dark fiber for Denver Public Schools, including 50 miles of new build to reach 132 schools. This increased capacity for each DPS school site by about 500%, according to Zayo.
Fixed wireless access ISP Symmetris Broadband completed its first 1-gig FTTH network in two small UK villages, according to ISP Preview. The fixed network is outside the FWA infrastructure and has its own website, which shows a residential 200 Mbps symmetric service for £48 and a business service for up to 10 Gbps, with no pricing available publicly.
Megacable joined CableLabs, the industry organization announced on Jan. 9 in a blog. The triple-play Mexican provider operates a fiber network across 26 states, passing 8.8 million homes and 38,000-plus miles. CableLabs' Latin-American membership is expanding; in August Argentina's Cablevideo and Millicom, a leading triple-play provider in various LatAm countries, signed on.
BT signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Excel Esports, giving gamers access to BT high-speed broadband infrastructure (and clothes kitted out with the BT logo) for use as they train for world domination in the high stakes, fast-growing, bandwidth-hungry eSports arena.
Connecting in the Classroom
Crayons and books remain invaluable, but when they use computers, students across the Denver School District now have broadband infrastructure up to 500% faster than the prior deployment, Zayo said.
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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.