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Back to the future: why the next generation of PON needs to look backward
Guest Perspectives | 6/30/2022

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.

The Divide: Connected Nation's Heather Gate on maps, grants and the 'future-proof' fallacy
LRTV Interviews | 6/30/2022

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 working on closure of 4,500 exchanges
News Analysis | 6/30/2022

BT provides an update on its network strategy, with a focus on Network Cloud, edge computing - and open RAN 'when it shows benefits.'

AT&T partners with Amarillo to upgrade city's network
News Analysis | 6/29/2022

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.

Indiana's Hoosier Net takes a crack at beefing up the middle-mile
CxO Spotlight | 6/29/2022

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 looks to pass Nokia with $235M play for Ceragon
News Analysis | 6/28/2022

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 works the refs on Starlink's 'Gen2' satellite constellation
News Analysis | 6/28/2022

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.

CableLabs takes aim at network and service convergence
LRTV Interviews | 6/28/2022

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.

Here are seven questions dogging the FCC's broadband 'nutrition labels'
DanoVision | 6/28/2022

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.

New York broadband map reveals disparities
News Analysis | 6/28/2022

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.

BT staff threaten summer of disconnection after CEO pay soars
Morris Lore | 6/28/2022

Strike action over pay could plunge the UK into a broadband blackout and would follow a 32% pay increase for BT's boss.

Eurobites: Proximus goes 5G slicing with Nokia
News Analysis | 6/28/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson updates on Vonage deal; Telecom Italia in line for state-backed loan; BT targets the unconnected.

Bringing fiber to Alaska's 'Deadliest Catch' region
News Analysis | 6/27/2022

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.

Digital 9 to buy a bigger chunk of Arqiva
News Analysis | 6/27/2022

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.'

BT fiber supplier says shortages threaten broadband targets
News Analysis | 6/27/2022

India's STL says raw materials are in short supply, lead times have lengthened and fiber costs have risen up to a quarter.

DAA set to lead cable ops to next-gen HFC and FTTP
News Analysis | 6/24/2022

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.

The Divide: Ready's Scott Woods on what NTIA got right and wrong with BEAD
LRTV Interviews | 6/24/2022

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.

'Robust' broadband choice squashes need for regulation, says trade group
Broadband World News | 6/23/2022

Study from ACA Connects argues that the case for new regulations has 'vanished' amid 'robust' broadband growth and competition.

Altice USA crosses fiber subscriber milestone as network upgrade expands
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

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.

Broadband’s future goes beyond speeds and feeds
News Analysis | 6/23/2022

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+ starts European push
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Paramount Global launched its premium streaming service in the UK and Ireland Wednesday as part of a larger global expansion drive.

Viasat's fastest downstream speed tier rises to 150 Mbit/s
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

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.

Broadband administration jobs abound across US
Broadband World News | 6/22/2022

Federal, state and local offices are hiring for a range of positions to manage billions of dollars in broadband grants.

Charter snags lion's share of Kentucky broadband funds
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Charter Communications has picked up nearly $50 million in state grants to deploy broadband service in several rural Kentucky counties.

Today's booming $8B fiber access market is under attack
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

Vendors are piling into the multi-billion-dollar market for PON equipment while component costs are soaring.

LTD bails on RDOF buildout in California
News Analysis | 6/22/2022

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.

Eurobites: Telenor lands Finnish smart meters job
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

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.

Global mobile network data traffic doubles in two years, Ericsson finds
News Analysis | 6/21/2022

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 critics, fiber rollout is a rare UK success story
Morris Lore | 6/20/2022

Despite fears of a 'digital' imbalance between fiber haves and have-nots, a surge of private-sector investment has been welcome.

Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman on the rise of global gigabit offerings
LRTV Interviews | 6/20/2022

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

States are gearing up to bet the farm on fiber
News Analysis | 6/20/2022

Instead of focusing on the business case, Pew's Kathryn de Wit said states should focus on the opportunity cost of not having fiber.

WISPs freak over guidelines that may exclude FWA in unlicensed spectrum
News Analysis | 6/17/2022

'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.

Fiber Connect 2022: Make way for the fiber-fueled future
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2022

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's Jonathan Davidson: Working globally to connect more people
LRTV Interviews | 6/17/2022

Cisco EVP talks about the projects aimed at reducing the digital divide and how private 5G-as-a-service could help.

Eurobites: UK does its own thing on data
News Analysis | 6/17/2022

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.

Finland's Teleste plummets on new profit warning
News Analysis | 6/17/2022

Component shortages triggered by war and disease are hurting the Finnish equipment maker, and costs are on the rise.

Craighead Electric's Jeremiah Sloan on lighting up Arkansas with fiber
LRTV Interviews | 6/16/2022

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.

Podcast: Cisco's Masum Mir on the reality and hype of the metaverse
LRTV Interviews | 6/16/2022

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.

Navigating a 'generational moment' in broadband funding is no small feat
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

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.

Omdia's Julie Kunstler on how fiber is challenging the cable industry
LRTV Interviews | 6/16/2022

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.

Render's Sam Pratt on using tech to streamline fiber network builds
LRTV Interviews | 6/16/2022

Sam Pratt, CEO of Render Networks, discusses how his company's geospatial technology helps accelerate fiber deployment by streamlining the construction process.

Broadband 'absolutely still a growth business,' Charter CFO says
News Analysis | 6/16/2022

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.

CostQuest counts 23-25M homes, businesses unserved or underserved by broadband
CxO Spotlight | 6/16/2022

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.

Traditional retail stores not part of WOW's mobile game plan, CEO says
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

Instead, WOW will rely heavily on digital/online sales and lean on Reach Mobile to handle most customer interactions, says CEO Teresa Elder.

FBA's Deborah Kish on the economic, social and safety benefits of building fiber
LRTV Interviews | 6/15/2022

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.

Cisco's Robin Olds on fiber funding, supply challenges and automation
LRTV Interviews | 6/15/2022

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.

Virginia's broadband director on using BEAD funding to close the digital divide
LRTV Interviews | 6/15/2022

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.

Cisco CEO: Navigating constant crisis is the new reality
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

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.

Eurobites: Vodafone flicks switch on 'self-powering' mast
News Analysis | 6/15/2022

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.

EPB's Katie Espeseth on delivering the 'world's fastest Internet' in Chattanooga
LRTV Interviews | 6/14/2022

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.

Clearfield CMO on fiber funding and Nestor Cables acquisition
LRTV Interviews | 6/14/2022

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-Triller deal is a no-go
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

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.

Four forces driving 1-Gig as 'new global standard' – report
Broadband World News | 6/14/2022

Consumer demand, operator technology upgrades, marketing and high levels of investment are all contributing to 1-Gig growth globally, says analyst firm Omdia.

Eurobites: Brexit fallout frustrating Openreach fiber rollout – Selley
News Analysis | 6/14/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UK altnets on the march; A1 Telekom Austria goes network slicing; 5G all at sea.

DZS CEO talks M&A, fiber funding and the need for 1-Gig broadband
LRTV Interviews | 6/13/2022

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.

Some telecom vendors see silver lining amid economic woes
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

'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 needs another $1B to fund ambitious growth plan – analyst
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

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.

Eurobites: Vodafone lays claim to UK top spot for fiber
News Analysis | 6/13/2022

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 fiber field trial pumps out 20-Gig symmetrical speeds
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

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.

NTIA chief defends broadband rules in Senate hearing
Broadband World News | 6/10/2022

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.

2TB 'super power users' growing faster than 1TB users – OpenVault study
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

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.

Eurobites: Ericsson could face $300M SEC fine over Iraq mess – analyst
News Analysis | 6/10/2022

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 explores a smart TV strategy
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

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.

Eurobites: Court upholds Swisscom's $73.4M pay-TV fine
News Analysis | 6/9/2022

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.

WideOpenWest soft launches mobile service
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

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.

Reliability paramount in home broadband, former Comcast CTO says
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

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 ready to teach old Cisco nodes some new tricks
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

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.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia agrees first tranche of job cuts – report
News Analysis | 6/8/2022

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.

Nextlink plugs the power of 6GHz for fixed wireless access
CxO Spotlight | 6/7/2022

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 tries to bridge the digital divide in Mexico
News Analysis | 6/7/2022

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.

Investors circle Italian fiber provider Irideos
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

Spanish private equity firm Asterion, which already owns Retelit, has reportedly made a bid for Irideos.

GAO: US needs a national broadband strategy
Broadband World News | 6/6/2022

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.'

Cox to invest $400M in network to reach underserved areas
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

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 Fi starts sharing MVNO revenues with Wi-Fi operators at big venues
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

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.

Eurobites: Nokia lands 5G SA core deal in Latvia
News Analysis | 6/6/2022

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.

Ciena CEO: Supply chain constraints reach 'most volatile' levels
News Analysis | 6/3/2022

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.

MyBundle.TV hooks up with Sling TV
News Analysis | 6/2/2022

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.

Starlink surpasses 400K subscribers worldwide
News Analysis | 6/2/2022

Meanwhile, Elon Musk claims SpaceX has already produced the first heavy-duty 'Gen2' Starlink satellite, which is seven meters long and 2,755 pounds.

Aervivo raises another $3M for FWA ambitions
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

'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.

DZS splashes out $25M for Assia assets
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

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.

Vivendi remains awkward element in TIM's fixed ambitions
News Analysis | 6/1/2022

French media giant reportedly warns that the price must be right for it to support the sale of TIM's fixed network.

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