In the world of fiber broadband, looking backward is by far the best way to move forward. New PON technologies must be backward compatible to ensure a smooth evolution from generation to generation.
Heather Gate, vice president of digital inclusion at Connected Nation, joins the podcast to discuss collaborating with states on broadband maps and grant requests, and why she dislikes the phrase 'future proof.'
BT provides an update on its network strategy, with a focus on Network Cloud, edge computing - and open RAN 'when it shows benefits.'
Following similar public/private fiber upgrade projects in rural areas, AT&T is targeting more than 22,000 customer locations via a three-year, multi-million agreement with the Texas panhandle city.
In this podcast, Rob Shema, CEO of Com Net Inc. and Hoosier Net, discusses a plan to interconnect telcos and electric cooperatives to beef up broadband quality and reliability amid the pursuit of federal funding for rural broadband.
Aviat Networks is launching a $235 million takeover bid for Ceragon Networks in a move that would put the combined company ahead of Nokia in microwave backhaul. But Ceragon doesn't sound too interested.
Amazon, which has satellite broadband ambitions of its own, tells the FCC that SpaceX should be limited to operating a 'small subset' of nearly 30,000 low-Earth orbit satellites as interference issues are ironed out.
In this podcast, Carmela Stuart, director of the future infrastructure group at CableLabs, discusses several projects underway to explore use cases and tech requirements for supporting 5G and DOCSIS at the network edge.
The FCC wants broadband providers to display easy-to-understand labels to allow consumers to comparison shop for broadband services. But creating broadband labels isn't straightforward.
A broadband map commissioned by New York shows 97.4% of the state is considered 'served,' but it also exposes regional gaps and economic disparities.
Strike action over pay could plunge the UK into a broadband blackout and would follow a 32% pay increase for BT's boss.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson updates on Vonage deal; Telecom Italia in line for state-backed loan; BT targets the unconnected.
GCI's Heather Handyside and Mike Bertsch discuss the GCI Alaska United Aleutians Fiber Project, an effort that will deploy more than 800 miles of subsea fiber to help bring 2-Gig broadband to communities in one of the world's most remote regions.
CPP Investments will sell its stake in Arqiva to Digital 9 for over GB pound 459 million (US$563 million). Digital 9 pointed to the firm's 'high quality, blue-chip customer base.'
India's STL says raw materials are in short supply, lead times have lengthened and fiber costs have risen up to a quarter.
Cable ops aren't uniform on whether they'll go with DOCSIS 4.0 or make a leap to FTTP, but it's clear that upgrading to a flexible, distributed access architecture (DAA) will emerge as the common denominator.
Scott Woods, VP of community engagement at Ready, and a former NTIA official, joins the podcast to discuss the federal government's broadband grants and how Ready is helping ISPs prepare for funding opportunities.
Study from ACA Connects argues that the case for new regulations has 'vanished' amid 'robust' broadband growth and competition.
Top five US cable operator Altice USA said it has more than 100K FTTP customers. The network passes about 1.3M homes and businesses. Multi-gigabit speeds are on the way.
Attributes such as high reliability and low latency are becoming critical, even in the multi-gigabit era. 'Netflix isn't going to look any better' on a multi-gigabit broadband connection, notes Vodafone's Gavin Young.
Paramount Global launched its premium streaming service in the UK and Ireland Wednesday as part of a larger global expansion drive.
Viasat, whose prior top speed for home broadband tapped out at 100 Mbit/s, has introduced the new 150-Meg tier in dozens of markets, with plans to make the faster offering available nationwide.
Federal, state and local offices are hiring for a range of positions to manage billions of dollars in broadband grants.
Charter Communications has picked up nearly $50 million in state grants to deploy broadband service in several rural Kentucky counties.
Vendors are piling into the multi-billion-dollar market for PON equipment while component costs are soaring.
LTD was the big winner in the FCC's RDOF program. But 18 months later, the company still has not received any money through the effort. Now, it is exiting the California market.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN unveils 5G target; Ekinops passes the Microsoft audition; Zen and the art of getting a decent Wi-Fi signal.
Network equipment vendor Ericsson found that mobile network data traffic globally doubled in absolute numbers during the past two years, thanks to more smartphone users watching lots of video.
Despite fears of a 'digital' imbalance between fiber haves and have-nots, a surge of private-sector investment has been welcome.
Jaimie Lenderman, principal analyst at Omdia, sheds light on a recent report showing a rise in gigabit offerings across the globe and what's behind that rise. #FiberConnect
Instead of focusing on the business case, Pew's Kathryn de Wit said states should focus on the opportunity cost of not having fiber.
'Unlicensed spectrum remains a critical tool for closing the digital divide. Removing it from the proverbial toolkit will mean fewer providers at the table,' argued wireless Internet provider Nextlink.
Mari Silbey, senior director of partnerships and outreach at US Ignite, joins the Light Reading team to discuss takeaways from the Fiber Connect conference in Nashville.
Cisco EVP talks about the projects aimed at reducing the digital divide and how private 5G-as-a-service could help.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Russia fines Google for data mismanagement; Hyperoptic lands social housing gig in London; emergency video calls enables for UK sign language users.
Component shortages triggered by war and disease are hurting the Finnish equipment maker, and costs are on the rise.
Jeremiah Sloan, CEO, Craighead Electric, discusses the co-op's work in rural Arkansas and a new partnership with electric co-ops across the state to deliver a wholesale fiber network.
In this podcast, Masum Mir, VP and GM of engineering at Cisco, discusses changes on the horizon for networks and network security to support the so-called metaverse, and how Cisco's relationship with the cable industry is evolving.
While this is a 'generational moment in terms of federal funding,' navigating the process of distributing the funds in coordination with local and state governments won't be simple, said AT&T's Chris Altomari.
Julie Kunstler, senior principal analyst at Omdia, discusses new broadband deployment strategies and the challenges facing the cable industry as fiber competition ramps up in the US.
Sam Pratt, CEO of Render Networks, discusses how his company's geospatial technology helps accelerate fiber deployment by streamlining the construction process.
Charter expects to shed some broadband subs amid the transition to the ACP. Despite this 'special circumstance,' Charter's CFO still expects the overall broadband picture to stay positive in Q2.
James Stegeman, CEO of CostQuest, discusses his company's work with the FCC on a forthcoming federal broadband map that will determine how billions in broadband grant funding gets divided amongst US states and territories.
Instead, WOW will rely heavily on digital/online sales and lean on Reach Mobile to handle most customer interactions, says CEO Teresa Elder.
Deborah Kish, VP of research and workforce development at the Fiber Broadband Association, discusses the organization's research on how fiber deployments are improving communities and shares updates about OpTIC: the FBA's new fiber optic technician training program.
Robin Olds, business development manager at Cisco, discusses opportunities for the company and industry at large as the US ramps up federal funding for fiber deployment.
Dr. Tamarah Holmes, director of the office of broadband for the state of Virginia, discusses how the state has ramped up broadband infrastructure investments over the years, its work on broadband mapping and how forthcoming BEAD funding can help the state expand its efforts to close the digital divide.
Supporting and securing the network is rapidly evolving as data and applications are massively distributed and effectively delivered 'everywhere,' CEO Chuck Robbins said at the annual Cisco Live event.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica wants to reuse network gear; Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier beefs up its network monitoring; Africa Data Centres expands in SA.
Katie Espeseth, vice president at EPB, discusses progress the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has made with fiber delivery, how it's paved the way for economic growth and more.
Kevin Morgan, CMO at Clearfield, on the company's recent acquisition of Nestor Cables and what fiber-friendly federal funding rules mean for Clearfield, its clients and the future of connectivity in the US.
SeaChange, a supplier of video tech and software, and Triller have agreed to terminate a merger that was announced in late 2021. They killed the deal after determining it could not be completed by June 30, 2022.
Consumer demand, operator technology upgrades, marketing and high levels of investment are all contributing to 1-Gig growth globally, says analyst firm Omdia.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK altnets on the march; A1 Telekom Austria goes network slicing; 5G all at sea.
DZS CEO Charlie Vogt talks about the influx of federal broadband funding and how his company is cutting costs for service providers by giving them more visibility into their customer networks.
'Macro slowdown in other parts of the economy could help free up semi [conductor] capacity for networking gear,' wrote the financial analysts at Rosenblatt Securities in a recent note to investors.
Starry, the fixed wireless operator, has vast potential but will need more funds to pull off a vision to service 13 million homes and connect 640,000 subs in the next five years, according to MoffettNathanson.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Prospects bright for Open Fiber/TIM deal; Orange to test and rate smartphone cameras; UK watchdog investigates mobile ecosystem duopoly.
AT&T's field test was run on a production network involving five miles of fiber using central office tech from Nokia paired with customer premises equipment (CPE) outfitted with FPGAs.
Broadband rules also drew criticism from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) which called NTIA's fiber focus 'contrary to Congress' tech-neutral design' of the infrastructure law.
Although average data consumption hit 513.8 gigabytes in Q1 2022, up 11% year-over-year, consumption actually dropped 4.2% versus the prior quarter, according to OpenVault's latest Broadband Insights Report.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: FTTH rollout slows in France; the Mouse marches into the MENA region; Ofcom appoints new spectrum boss.
Cox, which already has an X1 syndication deal with Comcast, is looking into a platform approach of delivering services and apps without a set-top box, exec says.
Also in today's EME regional roundup: Sparkle connects Benetton; Three hikes prices for pay-as-you-go customers; Salt savors network success in Switzerland.
In partnership with Reach Mobile, WideOpenWest has begun to market four mobile service options that start at $15 per month for a 'Basic' package and top out at $45 per month for an 'All-In Unlimited' plan.
Multi-gigabit speeds to the home is on trend, but 'massive reliability' across every link in the local area network is critical, says Plume board appointee Tony Werner.
Harmonic has released an upgrade kit that enables Cisco GS7000 nodes to support the distributed access architecture and DOCSIS 4.0 as the widely-deployed Cisco equipment nears its end-of-life.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom turns to 700MHz for rural 5G; Telefonica Tech hooks up with Constella Intelligence; EU plumps for USB-C charging port as standard.
In this podcast, Claude Aiken, the new chief strategy officer and chief legal officer of Nextlink Internet, discusses the company trial of gigabit-class fixed wireless speeds over the 6GHz band. Aiken also offers an important update on how the regulatory landscape is shaping up in the band.
Hughes Network Systems is teaming with a handful of partners to bring satellite broadband connectivity to more than 7,200 sites in rural, underserved parts of Mexico.
Spanish private equity firm Asterion, which already owns Retelit, has reportedly made a bid for Irideos.
A new study counts over 100 broadband programs administered by 15 agencies and calls the federal approach to closing the digital divide 'fragmented and overlapping.'
Network expansion has become the name of the game in an industry that's been grappling with a slowing pace of broadband subscriber growth.
Google's Orion Wifi is available to Wi-Fi providers in the US at malls, retail stores, and other public spaces. 'Cellular carriers pay to put their subscribers on your Wi-Fi network,' Orion Wifi boasts.
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU looks likely to push for standard phone charger; CityFibre scores new financing package; Truphone sold for GB pound 1.
The network equipment vendor managed to grow revenues by 14% in its fiscal second quarter, but strong demand was overshadowed by worsening supply chain constraints that caused its backlog to balloon to more than $4 billion.
The Dish-owned OTT-TV streaming service is the first to allow MyBundle.TV to bill services through an aggregation platform being used by dozens of US broadband service operators.
Meanwhile, Elon Musk claims SpaceX has already produced the first heavy-duty 'Gen2' Starlink satellite, which is seven meters long and 2,755 pounds.
'Our goal for the remainder of this year is to work with our ISP partners to scale the numerous commercial pilots of our connectivity platform,' said the company's CEO.
After closing a deal that covers Assia's CloudCheck and Expresse products, DZS says revenue tied to software and services is on pace to reach $50 million annually and climb to $100 million by 2025.
French media giant reportedly warns that the price must be right for it to support the sale of TIM's fixed network.