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Bridging the Digital Divide: Part 3
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 1/18/2023

In the third installment of this four-part sponsored series, we look at some more key highlights from a new Heavy Reading study about the broadband industry's plans for closing the Digital Divide.

Eurobites: Telia wields the jobs ax again – report
News Analysis | 1/18/2023

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Tele2 builds wireless network for Axfood; Nokia helps tackle the digital divide in Senegal; UK toughens up online safety legislation.

Airties CEO makes the case for managed, monitored Wi-Fi
CxO Spotlight | 1/10/2023

Wi-Fi management systems that monitor and optimize individual access points and extenders 'is not enough,' says Airties CEO and CTO Metin Taskin. 'We are going all the way to the application experience.'

Global fixed broadband speeds increasing faster than mobile – Ookla
News Analysis | 1/4/2023

Ookla speedtest data from the past year shows download and upload speeds for fixed broadband increased by 28% and 30%, respectively, compared to 17% and 9% for mobile.

Cowboys CIO: Connectivity is still the star
The Philter | 12/21/2022

The man running technical operations for AT&T Stadium, and a dozen other entities, talks private networks, Wi-Fi consumption and the culture that keeps pushing for a better fan experience.

The Divide: How Wave 7 is connecting Enfield, North Carolina, with community broadband
LRTV Interviews | 12/20/2022

This week: Wave 7's LaShawn Williamson and Connect Humanity's Brian Vo join to discuss their partnership on a wireless build in Enfield, North Carolina, and the importance of community broadband providers.

Edgewater Wireless CEO on how 'spectrum slicing' can boost Wi-Fi
CxO Spotlight | 12/16/2022

Edgewater Wireless, a startup with ties to the cable industry, intends to find a home for its Wi-Fi-enhancing technology through its work with service providers and device makers.

Why cybersecurity in rural broadband buildout strategies is critical
Guest Perspectives | 12/1/2022

The quick buildout of new broadband capabilities may leave vulnerable communities unprotected from scammers and cyberattacks.

Former Comcast engineering exec Shane Portfolio heads to Charter
News Analysis | 11/29/2022

As SVP, network engineering and technology, Portfolio will oversee the architecture and engineering of Charter's core access network. Charter also upped two in its product/tech org: Gary Koerper and Mike Baldino.

Eurobites: Virgin Media trials TIP-tech Wi-Fi in Dublin
News Analysis | 11/21/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Cellnex says M&A is off the table for now; Arm IPO delayed; Germany backs French rockets.

DFW Airport ponders a decade-long private wireless contract
News Analysis | 11/15/2022

Bids to build a wireless platform for the sprawling 27-square-mile North Texas airport are due this week. The airport wants a private network that routes people, bags and vehicles more efficiently than ever before.

CableLabs aims to bring mobility to Wi-Fi
News Analysis | 10/25/2022

Initially targeting the home, new tech developed by CableLabs strives to improve how smartphones connect to the best Wi-Fi link and, in turn, help cable ops cut MVNO costs by offloading more data to Wi-Fi networks.

Vantiva CEO on life after the Technicolor separation and spin-out
CxO Spotlight | 10/25/2022

Luis Martinez-Amago explores the recent separation of Technicolor into two separately traded companies, and what's next for Vantiva, the company that now runs what used to be the Connected Home unit of Technicolor.

The Divide: How Presidio collaborates with the public sector on connectivity
LRTV Interviews | 10/20/2022

This episode features Cyndi Barrera, sales vice president of SLED West at Presidio. We discuss a project Presidio worked on with Fort Worth, Texas, to bring Wi-Fi to all residents and other ways the company is working with municipalities to deliver connectivity.

Comcast boosting downstream speeds across all markets
News Analysis | 10/17/2022

Comcast is unleashing a wave of downstream speed increases ahead of a plan to make faster upload speeds available to customers on its 'xFi Complete' package.

With a single 3G network, N. Korea relies on Wi-Fi to deliver state content
News Analysis | 10/10/2022

A second Wi-Fi intranet has been discovered in Pyongyang, with verification required every time users access it.

India's HFCL focuses on new products to boost revenues
News Analysis | 10/10/2022

HFCL has transitioned from an optical fiber cable manufacturer to a vendor offering products and system integration services.

The Divide: LiveOak's Steve Smith on getting fiber-ready in Florida and Georgia
LRTV Interviews | 10/6/2022

This week: LiveOak Fiber's Steve Smith joins the show to discuss the company's plans to build out fiber to 80,000 homes and businesses on the Emerald Coast of Florida and the Golden Isles of Georgia.

Boingo CEO Mike Finley: 5G innovation is starting to happen
CxO Spotlight | 10/4/2022

Boingo's CEO said his company's new Las Vegas tech innovation lab will open later this year.

10G, PON and pandemic PR: Light Reading's super-official SCTE Cable-Tec Expo wrap™
LRTV Interviews | 9/23/2022

Light Reading's Jeff Baumgartner and Nicole Ferraro, and Omdia's Jaimie Lenderman discuss takeaways from the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Philadelphia, where vendors and operators shared network upgrade strategies, pondered PON and more.

CableLabs' Kyrio unit tackles mobile hotspot automation
News Analysis | 9/16/2022

Kyrio's new 'ARC Hotspot' platform automatically shifts all of a home's Wi-Fi connected devices to a mobile hotspot when the primary broadband link goes down.

Making the most of Wi-Fi 6E
Guest Perspectives | 9/16/2022

Federated Wireless CTO offers his views on how Wi-Fi 6E proliferation can lead to better performing Wi-Fi networks.

Eurobites: Ireland's Enet in €50M fiber foray
News Analysis | 9/15/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Wi-Fi 6E trial in Portugal; Arm serves up new chip design; Liquid rents space on Eutelsat Konnect satellite.

MaxLinear 'AnyWAN' chips target FTTP, DOCSIS and FWA
News Analysis | 9/12/2022

MaxLinear's new family of gateway chips are designed to support multiple access networks and software platforms, and help its device and operator partners get a better grip on supply chain constraints.

RDK passes 100M device deployments worldwide, eyes FWA use cases
News Analysis | 9/7/2022

The community behind the operator-backed open-source stack for video set-tops, broadband gateways and connected cameras, is also exploring use cases for connected TVs and 5G fixed wireless gateways.

Eurobites: Has French Netflix challenge run out of road?
News Analysis | 9/5/2022

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica go roaming on the edge; it's showtime for SkyShowtime; Iskratel merges with S&T Slovenija.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

The Buildout: Charter nets millions in Louisiana, Consolidated goes to Washington, and more
News Analysis | 7/28/2022

This week in broadband builds: Starry goes to Vegas; USDA doles out $401M; Florida co-op enlists Conexon; AT&T, Comcast, Charter get GUMBO grants; Consolidated's construction in Ellensburg, Washington; Metronet declares Greencastle a 'gigabit city'; Brightspeed's plans for Pennsylvania.

The Divide: Measuring Internet equity, with Nick Feamster
News Analysis | 7/21/2022

Nick Feamster, director of research for the Data Science Institute at the University of Chicago, recently joined the Light Reading Podcast to discuss his team's research based on the Internet Equity Initiative data portal, which uses Ookla Speedtest data to map out Internet inequities.

Plume CTO on why Amazon has the inside track on IoT brand loyalty
CxO Spotlight | 7/18/2022

Plume's Bill McFarland on how home network data shows how IoT brands perform and why IoT support and management is a critical to broadband service strategies.

The Divide: Ji Soo Song on the Department of Education's role in achieving digital equity
LRTV Interviews | 7/14/2022

This episode features Ji Soo Song, broadband advisor at the US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET). We discuss the department's Digital Equity Education Roundtables initiative and how educational institutions can use infrastructure funding to help close the digital divide for students.

Juniper's EX4100 switches autocorrect access point placement
News Analysis | 7/13/2022

Juniper's EX4100 switch series integrate with the Mist Wi-Fi Assurance service to automatically determine where there are gaps in coverage in enterprises' WLAN deployments and verify the correct placement of access points.

Why India's FireFly is of interest to Cisco
News Analysis | 7/8/2022

Cisco is reportedly in talks about acquiring a Wi-Fi player currently owned by two of India's biggest operators.

Get ready to pay more for your telecom service
News Analysis | 7/1/2022

AT&T, Verizon and other operators have already engaged in a round of pricing and service fee increases. But analysts suggest we haven't seen the last of the price hikes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Altice USA won't ditch HFC just yet
News Analysis | 5/31/2022

Altice USA CFO Michael Grau told JP Morgan investors the third-largest US MSO will keep its cable network as it overbuilds that plant with fiber-to-the-home.

Nextlink sizes up gigabit speeds over fixed wireless
News Analysis | 5/23/2022

The Cable One-backed wireless ISP said it intends to launch gigabit-class services later this year following recent field trials that tapped into the 6GHz spectrum band.

DZS CEO predicts $1B market opportunity post acquisition
News Analysis | 5/12/2022

CEO Charlie Vogt said DZS will target more software and enterprise licensing deals as it finalizes its purchase of Assia's analytics assets.

Qualcomm goes big on Wi-Fi 7
News Analysis | 5/4/2022

Qualcomm has launched a family of 'Pro' series Wi-Fi 7 chips for high-end access points, mesh devices, gateways and premium home routers. Chips are sampling now, with commercial availability expected in about a year.

DZS buys a big piece of Assia
News Analysis | 5/2/2022

CEO Charlie Vogt says the deal, which includes Assia's CloudCheck Wi-Fi and Expresse data analytics products, will be 'accretive from day one.' The Wi-Fi piece will put DZS in closer competition with Plume, AirTies and Minim.

Charter wraps buildout of mobile core as CBRS market trial nears
News Analysis | 4/29/2022

Charter, which added 373K mobile lines in Q1, has begun rolling out 'Spectrum Mobile Speed Boost,' a feature that provides 1-Gig speeds to mobile devices in-home, even if the customer's home broadband is provisioned to deliver less than 1-Gig.

Chipmakers swarming to Wi-Fi 7
News Analysis | 4/12/2022

Broadcom is getting into the game with a new Wi-Fi 7 'ecosystem.' Qualcomm and MediaTek are also in the mix, and MaxLinear says it will participate in Wi-Fi 7 testbed activity this summer.

Comcast starts to put Wi-Fi 6E to work
News Analysis | 4/6/2022

The cable operator has begun to deploy a new DOCSIS 3.1 gateway that supports the 6GHz band to broadband customers on its two fastest speed tiers.

Nokia lab powers the future of PON, FWA
News Analysis | 3/30/2022

Nokia showed its lab to Light Reading and discussed its approach to 25G PON, beacon devices for mesh Wi-Fi home networks, fixed wireless access (FWA) technologies and more.

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