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Breezeline outage caused by 'two separate cuts' to fiber facilities
News Analysis | 8/31/2022

The company confirmed it was the second of two incidents that damaged the fiber backup circuit, taking customers offline for several hours.

MVNO lobby group trashes making Big Tech pay in EU
News Analysis | 8/31/2022

MVNO Europe says proposals circulating in Brussels to extract 'financial contributions' from Big Tech would harm competition and disrupt economics of Internet traffic handling.

Eurobites: Ericsson updates on 5G subs
News Analysis | 8/31/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Virgin Media O2 CEO calls for VAT cut on social tariffs; Eir numbers slip in Q2; Orange looks to Comarch for billing systems.

Starlink hit with global outage
News Analysis | 8/30/2022

Starlink was out for a few hours overnight, coming back online Tuesday morning. Ironically, the outage comes days after SpaceX and T-Mobile touted a plan to eliminate cellular network dead zones in the US.

Navajo Nation urges FCC to approve Sacred Wind sale to ATN
News Analysis | 8/30/2022

Navajo representatives told the FCC that ATN's acquisition of Sacred Wind will 'greatly benefit the Navajo People' and accelerate broadband expansion to unserved regions.

UK to bus in 'thousands' of foreign workers for fiber – report
News Analysis | 8/30/2022

Home secretary Priti Patel willing to fast track skilled workers through the immigration system to speed up deployment of 'gigabit-capable' networks.

Iliad hails strong first half with eye on challenges ahead
News Analysis | 8/30/2022

The group keeps a 'vigilant eye' on volatile financial and energy markets.

ZTE hikes earnings 12% on growth across the board
News Analysis | 8/30/2022

China's no.2 telecom vendor says digital transformation, investment in infrastructure and projects like the east-west computing scheme will bring opportunity.

Corning, AT&T to build a new plant for fiber optical cable
News Analysis | 8/30/2022

With financial help from AT&T, Corning's plant near Phoenix is expected to open in 2024, support about 250 jobs and add critical capacity amid record demand for fiber.

Eurobites: Orange chooses Equinix for telco cloud boost
News Analysis | 8/30/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Italy's new cloud infrastructure joint venture selects a CEO; KPN extends SD-WAN offer; WightFibre switches off copper network.

Netflix sizing up $7-$9 price for ad-supported tier – report
News Analysis | 8/29/2022

Netflix could introduce an ad-supported option in at least a half dozen markets and start with an ad load of about four minutes per hour, Bloomberg said.

The Buildout: Charter, Comcast get millions in Alabama, NTIA awards $280M to tribes, Vexus in Texas
News Analysis | 8/29/2022

This week in broadband builds: Charter, Comcast get millions in Alabama; NTIA awards $280 million for tribal networks; TDS construction in Idaho; Brightspeed's plans for Illinois and Michigan; and more.

Google Fiber's expansion plan hits speed bump as Vermont deal crumbles
News Analysis | 8/26/2022

Google Fiber has halted negotiations on a proposed project after determining that one of its partners could not execute on a plan to build fiber to a minimum of 42,000 homes in northwestern Vermont.

Meter wants to be the AWS of commercial connectivity
CxO Spotlight | 8/26/2022

'We just think spaces should come with Internet infrastructure,' said Anil Varanasi, CEO of Meter, a startup with $50 million in funding to change how commercial spaces get connected.

EPB unleashes 25-Gig service... for $1,500 per month
News Analysis | 8/25/2022

The municipal fiber provider's new 25-Gig speed tier more than doubles the speed of its high-end tier. While the residential offering fetches $1,500 per month, the commercial version goes for $12,500.

Teleste says it's got a '10G' foothold with 'major' US cable operator
News Analysis | 8/25/2022

Cox and Charter are among the possible candidates for a deal centered on 1.8GHz amps and distributed access nodes - elements needed for a leap to DOCSIS 4.0.

Salt relies on mobile growth, stays schtum on broadband
News Analysis | 8/25/2022

The operator is still keeping quiet on home broadband figures as Swiss fiber deployment remains up in the air.

Study highlights impact of 'digital redlining'
News Analysis | 8/25/2022

The research, which focuses on broadband access in Philadelphia, comes as the FCC is considering policy recommendations and rules changes to eliminate 'digital discrimination.'

Eurobites: Truespeed turns to Adtran for XGS-PON boost
News Analysis | 8/25/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MTN Nigeria runs 5G pilot; Vodafone Portugal improves the TV user experience; telcos and their vulnerable customers.

Orbán govt may tap loan for Vodafone Hungary stake – report
News Analysis | 8/24/2022

Budapest hints it will borrow the US$850 million needed to secure 49% share in Hungary's second-largest operator.

Magenta Telekom forms €1B fiber JV with Meridiam
News Analysis | 8/24/2022

The Austrian and French partners plan to pass 650,000 premises with a new FTTH network in Austria

Cable's pursuit of interoperable 200-Gig coherent optics presses ahead
News Analysis | 8/24/2022

Cisco/Acacia, Ciena, Fujitsu Optical Components, Lumentum and Marvell participated in CableLabs' first (and possibly last) interop for 200-Gig point-to-point coherent optics.

Eurobites: Giganet chooses Neos Networks for backhaul, DCI
News Analysis | 8/24/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Russia tightens its grip on online news through Yandex deal; Nokia wins iSIM security certification; Virgin Media O2 does a Good Thing.

Can wireless learn to love DeWi, blockchain and cryptocurrency?
DanoVision | 8/23/2022

Althea, Nova Labs (Helium), Pollen Mobile and Hexagon Wireless are among the players in the burgeoning DeWi (decentralized wireless) sector. But the odds may be stacked against them.

Drahi off the hook over 18% BT stake
News Analysis | 8/23/2022

The UK government will take no further action over Altice UK's BT stake, but warns it could investigate future transactions.

Comcast slashes price on unlimited, multi-line mobile packages
News Analysis | 8/22/2022

Comcast is chopping the price on multi-line unlimited mobile packages amid an emerging price war between major market incumbents AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.

Highline, ATC and IHS circle Oi's remaining fixed assets
News Analysis | 8/22/2022

Brazil's Oi nears the final phase of its recovery with plans to sell 8,000 fixed infrastructure sites for at least BRL1.67 billion.

Investor interest in fiber hot as 'open access networks' come into focus
LRTV Interviews | 8/22/2022

Jay Rolls and David Strauss of Broadband Success Partners talk industry M&A, 'open access networks,' cable's various network upgrade paths and fixed wireless access.

Streaming overtakes broadcast and cable TV viewing for first time – Nielsen
News Analysis | 8/19/2022

In July, streaming accounted for 34.8% of viewership, outpacing cable TV and broadcast TV, says Nielsen. Meanwhile, pay-TV streaming apps now account for 3.9% of total TV usage.

Virgin surfaces in Italy as a fiber provider
News Analysis | 8/19/2022

Open Fiber is marketing a new fiber plan under the Virgin Fibra brand.

Ad watchdog shoots down T-Mobile's home Internet price claims
News Analysis | 8/19/2022

Following a complaint lodged by Charter, T-Mobile will discontinue claims that its fixed wireless access service allows consumers to "save up to 50% vs. the National FCC Broadband Rate Benchmark."

Eurobites: High-speed broadband gets a toehold on Kilimanjaro
News Analysis | 8/19/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: self-driving cars have a lot to live up to; Three UK appoints new chief network officer; EE deploys anti-scam technology.

Cisco rises on supply chain victories, but worries remain
News Analysis | 8/18/2022

Cisco expects its fiscal year 2023 revenues to grow between 4% and 6%, above most analyst expectations of 3% growth. However, the company continues to struggle in areas including increasing software sales.

US cable snapped up nearly half of net wireless adds in Q2
News Analysis | 8/18/2022

Continuing its steady rise in wireless, the US cable industry snared about 49.2% of industry net adds in Q2 2022, ending the period with more than 9.1 million mobile lines in service, according to MoffettNathanson.

Rural ISPs struggling to meet FCC mapping deadline
News Analysis | 8/18/2022

Small ISPs are scrambling to meet a September 1 deadline to submit coverage data to the FCC, or risk being locked out of the $42.5 billion BEAD program.

Eurobites: Virgin Media spreads Irish fiber tentacles with SIRO
News Analysis | 8/18/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cloud's riding high, says Colt; ITV lands NFL deal; Telkom streamlines business loans.

Cable industry invests in a smarter power grid
LRTV Interviews | 8/17/2022

The US is moving toward a smarter grid, supported by efforts such as the cable industry's SCTE 267 standard.

The Buildout: Kinetic in Kentucky, Meta's Cleveland collab, Charter completes $3M CARES Act build
News Analysis | 8/17/2022

This week in broadband builds: Charter goes live with RDOF and CARES Act builds; Meta supports DigitalC FWA; Cisco gets in on Neighborhood Wi-Fi; Kinetic and Conexon build in Kentucky; Brightspeed in Arkansas; Glo Fiber in Pennsylvania.

Eurobites: Britain's couch potatoes sliced and diced
News Analysis | 8/17/2022

...by Ofcom, that is. Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: former regulator bigwig joins MTN; CityFibre heads to Hastings; Virgin Media's Scottish rejig.

Walmart cuts deal to bundle Paramount+ with Walmart+
News Analysis | 8/16/2022

Amping up competition with Amazon Prime, the new deal enables Walmart+ to weave in the ad-supported "Essential" tier of Paramount+. The pact also provides a fresh distribution channel for Paramount+.

FCC starts coveting Big Tech's big piggy bank
News Analysis | 8/16/2022

For the first time, the FCC has indicated a willingness to consider a fee on Big Tech to pay for telecom services. But the agency is looking for Congressional approval for such a move first.

Comcast on the surge of botnets and how businesses can properly defend themselves
LRTV Interviews | 8/16/2022

Comcast Business's Ivan Shefrin joins the podcast to discuss how machine learning and AI represent the leading edge of the cybersecurity arms race and why businesses must prioritize protection from these potentially devastating threats.

Eurobites: Nokia tests 600Gbit/s line rate with Telekom Serbia, MTEL
News Analysis | 8/16/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: CityFibre rolls into Sittingbourne; iPlayer hits new heights; UK push on social tariffs.

Activist investor pressures Disney to spin-off ESPN, combine Hulu and Disney+
News Analysis | 8/15/2022

Daniel Loeb, whose investment firm reportedly has a $1 billion stake in Disney, is pushing for The Mouse to give ESPN more flexibility and prioritize a Hulu-Disney+ combo before Comcast is obligated to sell its stake in Hulu.

Starry kicks off personalized broadband effort with 'Upload Boost' trial
News Analysis | 8/15/2022

Starry COO Alex Moulle-Berteaux says the initial trial, focused on the company's 200-Meg/100-Meg speed tier, will eventually be expanded to bring symmetrical speeds to Starry's premium broadband plans.

BT faces more summer strikes
News Analysis | 8/15/2022

The UK telco's summer of discontent shows no sign of ending with more strikes planned in August.

US cable broadband thrown for a loss, for the first time, in Q2
News Analysis | 8/12/2022

Top US cable operators swung to a first-ever loss of broadband subs in Q2 2022. Alongside that loss of 60,000 subs, fixed wireless providers gained more than 800,000 customers in the period, according to LRG.

CEO Penn bows out as Telstra clears last NBN hurdle
News Analysis | 8/12/2022

Telstra CEO Andy Penn bows out on a buoyant note, with the telco clearing its last big NBN hurdle and raising its dividend for the first time in seven years.

NCTC CEO recaps annual show, offers update on MVNO plan
LRTV Interviews | 8/12/2022

Lou Borrelli, CEO of the recently renamed National Content & Technology Cooperative, joins the podcast to talk big takeaways from The Independent Show, reactions to the org's new name, updates on new, major projects ... and how Borrelli stays connected from his sailboat.

Eurobites: Vodafone, Bayer take 5G into the greenhouse
News Analysis | 8/12/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Enea lands $5.9 million messaging security deal; Telkom turmoil in South Africa; TDC Group sees mixed bag of results.

Foxxum puts RDK into the smart TV game
News Analysis | 8/11/2022

Foxxum says its new OS for connected TVs is built on the Reference Design Kit, a software stack managed by a joint venture of Comcast, Liberty Global and Charter, and used by dozens of service providers around the globe.

FCC commissioner 'surprised' to learn of Starlink RDOF rejection
News Analysis | 8/11/2022

The FCC denied RDOF awards for Starlink and LTD, prompting cheers from the fiber industry and jeers from a fellow FCC commissioner, who said he learned the news while 'on a work trip.'

Cable network spending set to rise amid pressure from fiber, FWA
News Analysis | 8/11/2022

Revenue for cable distributed access equipment is expected to rise about 30%, to $1.3 billion, by 2025 as operators ramp up for DOCSIS 4.0 and some FTTP deployments, according to a new forecast from Dell'Oro Group.

The Divide: How a co-op is solving 'the broadband problem' in rural Georgia
LRTV Interviews | 8/11/2022

This episode features Conexon's Jonathan Chambers and Central Georgia EMC's Herschel Arant. We discuss their work delivering fiber broadband in Georgia, why rural customers are taking gig speeds and why co-ops are well placed to deliver on federal funding.

New York leveraging state-owned fiber for first 'ConnectAll' build
News Analysis | 8/10/2022

The state's first ConnectAll grant will help fund an open access fiber build in the Village of Sherburne that the mayor says has been years in the making.

Google Fiber revs up network expansion efforts
News Analysis | 8/10/2022

Google Fiber CEO Dinni Jain says the company is in talks with officials to build fiber-to-the-premises networks to cities in Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Idaho.

Verizon Frontline demos connectivity and emergency response to chemical spill drill
News Analysis | 8/10/2022

In this podcast, Verizon's Mark Paff described in detail the service provider's role in emergency response scenarios and explained that Verizon's efforts are 'all done in close coordination with the local responders that are setting up that incident command center after the event.'

Starry seeks paths to bridge its funding gap
News Analysis | 8/9/2022

Starry, a fixed wireless operator that expects to end 2022 with over 100,000 subscribers, is 'exploring a combination of debt, equity and other financing vehicles' to get to break-even, CEO Chet Kanojia says.

Used-parts supplier TXO is thriving amid the crisis
News Analysis | 8/9/2022

A small UK company that buys and sells used network parts is catching the attention of operators dealing with inflation, supply constraints and geopolitics.

Cable One appears to be passing on the Suddenlink opportunity
News Analysis | 8/9/2022

Cable One execs intimate that the operator already has its hands full with other deals soon after Altice USA confirmed that it is shopping its rural-focused Suddenlink assets.

Eurobites: UK telcos slammed over post-Brexit roaming confusion
News Analysis | 8/9/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WIOCC boosted by Google's Equiano cable landing in South Africa; PwC fined over sloppy BT audit; CityFibre digs Rochdale.

Frontier keeps supply chain constraints at bay, sets another fiber buildout record
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

With fiber subscriber adds holding steady at 50,000, Frontier said it passed a record 281,000 new locations with fiber in Q2 2022. The telco also has raised its original 2022 build target by as much as 20%.

Verizon Frontline deploys 1,000 connectivity services for nationwide wildfire response efforts
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

About 70 communities and 39 public safety agencies have received Verizon Frontline support for wildfire response efforts this year, according to the service provider.

WOW keeps early mobile results close to the vest
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

WOW reported solid broadband subscriber gains in the second quarter of the year, but lowered its broadband subscriber forecast for full 2022. The company did not provide firm figures on its recent mobile launch.

'Buy America' rules have broadband industry on edge
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

Many in the industry have been raising concerns about the federal government's 'Buy America' rules for subsidized broadband builds. But some also see an opportunity.

TIM soldiers on amid political turmoil
News Analysis | 8/8/2022

TIM CEO indicates that "things are proceeding" despite upcoming election and right-wing opposition to CDP and TIM's current plan

Lumen's wireline business bump shrouded by growing expenses
News Analysis | 8/5/2022

Despite an improvement to its wireline business when compared to AT&T and Verizon, it wasn't all sunshine for Lumen in Q2, with rising energy and labor costs, inflation and supply chain issues raining down on revenue.

The Buildout: Charter, Windstream win in North Carolina, Comcast gets $10M in Baltimore, Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s
News Analysis | 8/5/2022

This week in broadband builds: Charter and Windstream win in North Carolina; Comcast gets $10 million in Maryland; Lumen launches 8 Gbit/s; Internet Society awards EPIC grants. Plus construction and launches from Fidium Fiber, Brightspeed, Metronet and more.

Helium targets roamers and dreamers
LRTV Documentaries | 8/5/2022

The crypto-powered IoT network aims to fill in 5G and IoT gaps for better connectivity. Does the story make sense?

Fueled by fiber, Adtran forecasts a 'very bright future'
News Analysis | 8/4/2022

Adtran reported a strong Q2, fueled by fiber investments in the US and Europe. But supply chain constraints 'have negatively impacted our profitability,' said CEO Tom Stanton.

The Divide: WISPs are the digital divide's 'first responders,' says new WISPA CEO
CxO Spotlight | 8/4/2022

David Zumwalt, CEO of WISPA, joins the podcast to discuss how fixed wireless providers are tackling the digital divide. We also get into WISPA's take on federal funding rules, unlicensed spectrum and why Zumwalt calls the FCC's broadband mapping effort 'an area of great concern.'

Telecom Italia fixates on cost-cutting as loss widens
News Analysis | 8/4/2022

Losses at the Italian phone incumbent are mounting and the pressure has grown on company management to find answers.

DZS CEO hints at price hikes, open RAN opportunities
News Analysis | 8/3/2022

DZS reported $91 million in revenue in the second quarter, up from the year-ago quarter but down by $5 million due to weakening foreign currencies.

Telstra brought easily to heel in 5G Optus rumpus
News Analysis | 8/3/2022

Australia's biggest telco promptly bows to ACCC pressure and deregisters 900MHz sites to pave way for faster 5G rollout by rival.

Consolidated breaks fiber records, makes recession jokes
News Analysis | 8/2/2022

Consolidated Communications achieved net-positive broadband connections for the first time in seven years and disclosed a $490 million plan to sell its stake in five wireless partnerships to fund its fiber build.

SpaceX rebuts Viasat's 'misguided campaign' against Starlink's RDOF wins
News Analysis | 8/2/2022

SpaceX and Viasat both cited speed test data in their latest opposing arguments to the FCC on whether Starlink's Rural Digital Opportunity Fund bids should be approved.

TIM denies strategic rift in boardroom
News Analysis | 8/1/2022

Telecom Italia 'rejects' press reports that any senior exec will be leaving soon due to disagreements about spinning off the operator's fiber access infrastructure to reduce debt.

Eurobites: EU wants more progress on 5G, AI
News Analysis | 8/1/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: WindTre chooses Ericsson for 5G standalone; BT and Openreach strike continues; Jurassic Fibre hires new CEO.

Another revival package for India's BSNL
News Analysis | 8/1/2022

As part of the revival package, INR330 billion ($4.15 billion) of statutory dues will be converted into equity.

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