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Charter warns that pole access disputes could slow RDOF deployments
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Charter tells FCC that 'timely and non-discriminatory access' to utility poles is critical for RDOF buildouts. Meanwhile, Charter and an electrical coop don't see eye-to-eye on a pole-related issue that has surfaced in Kentucky.

Telcos to nearly double fiber footprint by 2027 – report
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Wall Street firm projects that telcos will pass nearly twice as many homes with fiber lines over the next five years, while the number of telco FTTH subs will more than double to 35 million.

Eurobites: Telcos still not happy about being US tech giants' beasts of burden
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom tests hybrid 5G; Telefónica chosen by SMCP for SD-WAN and more; A1 Telekom Austria and the BBC snuggle up.

Wrong number! India's Jio denies bidding for the UK's BT
News Analysis | 11/29/2021

The owner of India's largest telco has been linked with a possible takeover of the UK phone incumbent.

Salt hails strong Q3 amid fiber network concerns
News Analysis | 11/26/2021

Switzerland-based operator reports strong Q3 revenue growth, but fiber ambitions face a setback after Swisscom ruling.

Eurobites: Nokia and Yadro combine on basestations in Russia
News Analysis | 11/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ETSI secures smartphones; CityFibre shows some 800Gbit/s backbone; Atos and OVHcloud extend partnership in France.

Fraud could drag down Biden's broadband ambitions – report
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

'There are many more EBB-enrolled households that claimed they have a dependent child at certain CEP schools than students who are actually enrolled in those schools,' warned the FCC's inspector general.

The future of fiber optic innovation: Part II
Guest Perspectives | 11/24/2021

The next 50 years of optical communications will most likely be dedicated to addressing key fundamental challenges to make the optical expansion more efficient and practical, and to make these predictions even riskier (and more fun).

Eurobites: Orange's Richard found guilty in Tapie case
News Analysis | 11/24/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telenor divests Open Universe, FTTH assets; Vivendi has no plans to exit TIM; ADVA recommends Adtran bid to shareholders.

Wireless industry report says 5G FWA could connect 43% of rural US
Broadband World News | 11/23/2021

A new industry report from Accenture, commissioned by CTIA, the wireless industry association, makes the case for serving the rural US with fixed wireless, noting that with billions available for broadband, it's 'key to acknowledge that 5G FWA is a future-proof technology.'

Charter's Spectrum Enterprise goes on the offensive
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Enterprise services unit of Charter boots up new brand identity and a campaign focused on fulfilling 'unreasonable' requests of large businesses and stealing away share from incumbent service providers.

Rare earths shortage roiling supply chain
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Soaring rare earth prices are disrupting the global supply chain and another source of geopolitical tension between China and the US.

Eurobites: Telefónica does some blue-skies thinking on broadband
News Analysis | 11/23/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Kcom uses ADVA's optical transport; Enea lands private network gig in Taiwan; Brits love drones, says BT research.

Fixed wireless, LEO satellite broadband best suited for unserved and underserved areas – study
Broadband World News | 11/22/2021

Performance data from Comlinkdata/Tutela indicate that T-Mobile Home Broadband and Starlink are as good as VDSL, stomp on DSL, but generally fall short of terrestrial HFC and fiber services.

Verizon to gain around 20M new mobile customers any day now
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Reuters reported that the FCC's four commissioners will approve Verizon's purchase of América Móvil's TracFone shortly. The prepaid provider counts a total of around 20 million customers.

EU slaps anti-dumping tariffs on China optical cable firms
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

The European Commission has finally made a judgement against Chinese vendors for anti-competitive behavior.

Telecom Italia faces $12.2B privatization bid from KKR
News Analysis | 11/22/2021

Shareholder Vivendi is said to oppose the offer, rating it too low.

John Malone sizes up the threat to cable posed by fiber overbuilders
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

'The biggest threat has always been the stupid guy with a lot of money coming into your business,' the cable industry legend tells CNBC's David Faber. The big question is what kind of return investors are willing to accept, Malone says.

Driving Change With 400G Coherent Pluggable Optics
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 11/19/2021

Heavy Reading survey data suggests that coherent pluggable optics are relevant in a wide range of use cases and will create a healthy and competitive ecosystem for a new era in transport networking.

Cable One plots path to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

As part of a broader focus on '10G,' the cable operator said it is upgrading its return path to enable symmetrical multi-gigabit speeds and an overall plant upgrade to 1.8GHz.

What's the Story?: Altice USA flip flops on fiber
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Light Reading's Alan Breznick explains why Altice USA did a 180 on its broadband growth strategy.

Eurobites: UK telcos face new security rules
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and Orange get super coherent; Sky leaves its routers exposed; Liberty Global boss sounds off about UK broadband.

Telefónica in line for massive tax rebate
News Analysis | 11/19/2021

The Spanish giant took on the law, and it seems to have won – so far.

Pandemic's effects on economy 'are still real,' Charter CEO says
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Charter is still growing, albeit more slowly, as company comes to grips with 'anomalies' that have slowed down market activity, Tom Rutledge tells CNBC's David Faber.

Multiple forces fueling broadband's 'Great Deceleration' – analyst
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Competition, depressed household formation, government stimulus dollars and the saturation of broadband penetration are all affecting the rate of broadband subscriber growth, says MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.

Nvidia revenue +50%, but FTC throws shade at its Arm buy
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Nvidia adeptly navigates a chip shortage Jensen Huang thinks will last to 2023, but the FTC is the latest regulator to cast doubt on its Arm buy.

Casa Systems flexes its MAC
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Billed as a pathway to the future '10G' network, supplier says its new Flexible MAC Architecture (FMA) platform is in trials with tier 1 operators in multiple regions.

Cisco dancing on stronger order book, but Q1 revs miss a beat
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Component shortages and supply chain constraints, along with lowered Q2 guidance, cast shadow over US tech giant.

Eurobites: Connectivia signs up to FiberCop's Italian job
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange CFO sees mergers ahead; MTN bails out of Yemen; Telefónica hits the smart road.

Nokia nabs deal to build Iraqi broadband backbone
News Analysis | 11/18/2021

Iraq, with 25,000 Internet users in 2002, but now there's more than 30 million of them. Orange got burned along the way, but Nokia's bedding itself in nicely.

Rosenworcel mostly avoids specifics during FCC nomination hearing
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

In her FCC confirmation hearing, Jessica Rosenworcel discussed a number of hot-button issues like net neutrality, USF reform and 5G in the 12GHz band. But she didn't offer much in the way of specifics.

The future of fiber optic innovation: Part I
Guest Perspectives | 11/17/2021

Optical fiber has taken us on a 50-year journey, enabling communication capabilities that we never imagined possible. Now looking forward ten, 20, and even a full 50 years, we examine what the future holds for optical fiber communications.

Bouygues Telecom nears 50% FTTH customer milestone
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

French operator says it is on track to meet targets set out under Ambition 2026 strategy.

Eurobites: Openreach fiber frenzy reaches 6M premises
News Analysis | 11/17/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM may renegotiate DAZN contract; Ooredoo and Snap combine on augmented reality; Orange IoT tech helps Safran finds its tools.

Will the metaverse lead cable's '10G Challenge'?
The Bauminator | 11/16/2021

The cable industry will award more than $300,000 for ideas supporting apps and services that need speeds of at least 1-Gig. Holographs and light field displays aside, will something related to the so-called metaverse be among them?

Vodafone CEO likes H1, but moans about low returns
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Nick Read laments what he sees as over competitive European markets; indicates (again) that time is right for consolidation.

Iliad boasts of Q3 growth prowess
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

The now delisted France-based group claims it has an organic growth profile 'unlike any other telco in Europe.'

Vecima's DAA biz expands as supply chain challenges loom
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Sales of 'Entra' DAA products reached a record in Vecima's fiscal Q1, and would've been even higher if not for delays in schedules and delivery times.

Eurobites: UK complaints down, but it's still bad news for TalkTalk and Virgin
News Analysis | 11/16/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson's intelligent automation; ADVA researches SDM in optical networks; BT's asbestos problem.

Consolidated boots up 'Fidium Fiber' brand as network upgrades expand
News Analysis | 11/15/2021

Launched in parts of northern New England, the new brand offering features symmetrical 1-Gig service starting at $70 per year paired with a whole-home Wi-Fi platform powered by Plume.

Drahi said to be eyeing a bigger slice of BT
News Analysis | 11/15/2021

Report suggests any stake-building plan is likely to involve Deutsche Telekom as well as Drahi's Altice.

Conexon Connect gets $435M in latest RDOF round to serve fiber through rural co-ops
Broadband World News | 11/15/2021

In the FCC's largest round of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) yet, which saw electric cooperatives as the walkaway winners, over $435 million was designated for Conexon Connect, a fiber ISP providing service through local co-ops.

Vodafone sets course for UK's largest full-fiber player
News Analysis | 11/11/2021

On the back of wholesale deals struck with CityFibre and Openreach, Vodafone aims to pass 8 million UK homes with full-fiber by next spring.

Eurobites: Vodafone and friends fashion the 'open RAN city'
News Analysis | 11/11/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ofcom tweaks universal service rules; Telia helps in emissions fight; Colt innovates in recycling of e-waste.

SKT cruises to $340M operating profit on mobile, media growth
News Analysis | 11/10/2021

SK Telecom reports a 400 billion won (US$340 million) 3Q operating profit thanks to strong performances in its mobile and media businesses.

Commerce Sec promises Fed oversight on state broadband plans
Broadband World News | 11/10/2021

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said at a White House press briefing that closing the digital divide will be a 'massive undertaking' and shared details on oversight plans and requirements for state funding.

Eurobites: 5G 'pacesetters' win gold, says Ericsson study
News Analysis | 11/10/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange opens open RAN lab; EU court upholds Google fine; Vodafone reorganizes in Africa.

Telecom Italia embroiled in escalating boardroom row – report
News Analysis | 11/10/2021

Vivendi and CPD are said to be at odds over the role of TIM's CEO amid ongoing discussions about a single fiber network.

Comcast recovers from widespread outages
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

Cable operator says service disruptions were a result of a network issue, but continues to investigate the root cause.

WOW sets sail for broadband growth as M&A wave subsides
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

WideOpenWest says it will maintain its 'broadband-first' focus and accelerate growth through network expansions to adjacent and greenfield areas following recent system sales to Astound Broadband and Atlantic Broadband.

1&1 slowly ramping up 5G rollout as costs start to mount
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

United Internet-owned German operator gradually putting pieces together for its 5G and fixed networks.

Eurobites: Virgin Media O2 adds 1.6M UK homes to gigabit reach
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange's Enovacom secures patient data; Telkom ponders future of IT biz; Telefónica boss warms to Benjamin Button theme.

Liberty Global's network upgrade plan not one-size-fits-all
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries says that FTTH overlays will reign in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, while a 'hybrid' approach with FTTP and DOCSIS upgrades will take hold in Switzerland and the Netherlands.

BT unleashes telco robots lab on Suffolk
News Analysis | 11/9/2021

Eyeing ways to cut the cost of Openreach's fiber rollout, Philip Jansen's company sets up a 5,000 square foot robot lab and says robolabor is not far behind.

Cable One says fiber JV will amp up network expansions
News Analysis | 11/8/2021

A proposed joint venture that includes certain fiber assets from Cable One would form a dedicated team 'hyper-focused on accelerating market expansion' in new and existing systems, CEO Julie Laulis says.

BT CEO predicts UK fiber victory but still unsure of final score
News Analysis | 11/8/2021

The UK's broadband market is suddenly awash with fiber investors and a loss of share could be extremely damaging to the incumbent.

US House passes Biden's infrastructure bill with $65B for broadband
Broadband World News | 11/8/2021

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act contains the federal government's largest investment in broadband, as well as key provisions around affordability and digital equity.

Eurobites: Telekom Srbija turns to Vodafone for procurement and more
News Analysis | 11/8/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Rwandan LEO satellite rumors; Vivendi/TIM latest; faster speeds in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogoch.

Altice USA revamps network upgrade, growth strategy
News Analysis | 11/5/2021

Big US MSO unveils more aggressive fiber upgrade, edge-out and mobile strategy after losing broadband subs and seeing mobile sub growth slow to a crawl in Q3.

Orange Concessions starts work on rural FTTH
News Analysis | 11/5/2021

French fiber venture begins operations just days after Orange launches Totem tower company.

Eurobites: Deutsche Telekom targets rural areas with fiber JV
News Analysis | 11/5/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM tries to scotch Vivendi rumors; Ofcom tweaks repeater rules; TDC's Q3.

Lumentum lights up NeoPhotonics with $918M bid
News Analysis | 11/5/2021

The combination would bring together two of the main players in photonics as demand for optical communications continues to rise.

Supply chain disruptions cut into CommScope sales
News Analysis | 11/4/2021

CommScope expects chip and component shortages to impact full-year net sales by about $600 million, but the company is implementing price increases across all businesses to help offset the difference.

Telefónica cashes in on VM O2 and Telxius in Q3
News Analysis | 11/4/2021

Spain-based group sees second consecutive quarter of organic growth and maintains full-year guidance.

Revenue miss doesn't spoil Frontier's fiber momentum
Broadband World News | 11/4/2021

Frontier tacked on a record 185,000 new fiber locations and 29,000 fiber subs in Q3. Frontier shares rose despite a revenue miss, making it clear that investors are applying more weight to the pace of Frontier's FTTP buildout.

BT eyes profit rebound in mix of the good, the bad and the ugly
News Analysis | 11/4/2021

The newly confident UK phone incumbent now reckons it can fund all fiber rollout without an investment partner, but a cost recovery has yet to show up in results.

The slow death of Huawei's European fixed business has begun
News Analysis | 11/3/2021

The European swap-out of the Chinese vendor's fiber and optical network products now appears underway.

Supply chain constraints catch up to Casa Systems
News Analysis | 11/3/2021

Vendor says its cable network access business has been hit the hardest by a shortage of certain components, exacerbated by a 'decommit' by some suppliers, that has pushed lead times out to a year or more.

Eurobites: Ericsson extends 5G RAN partnership with Play in Poland
News Analysis | 11/3/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ireland announces second phase of SIRO rollout; phone eco-rating scheme expands; AtlasEdge buys Colt data centers.

Adtran CEO reports 'mixed' results and mixed feelings on supply issues
Broadband World News | 11/2/2021

Adtran reported a GAAP net loss of $10.4 million for Q3 2021, owing largely to supply chain issues. But CEO Tom Stanton tried to project a sunny outlook for 2022 while also admitting it's the company's biggest problem.

Isotropic, SES take multi-orbit satellite services to the test
News Analysis | 11/2/2021

Isotropic claims its terminal, designed to support satellite services beamed from multiple orbits, recently passed a critical field test with SES, a strategic investor and key deployment partner.

BT and the taming of the net neutrality beast
News Analysis | 11/2/2021

As Ofcom continues its post-Brexit review into net neutrality, the UK phone incumbent spies an opportunity to break free of current constraints.

Harmonic 'CableOS' deployments near 4M modems
News Analysis | 11/2/2021

Supplier claims its virtual CCAP has been deployed by 68 carriers worldwide at the end of Q3 2021, up from 62 at the end of the prior period.

Eurobites: Dutch operators remove high-end phones from stores after spate of armed robberies
News Analysis | 11/2/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange plants its Totem; some Sky Glass users aren't happy; Telenor considers Pakistan stake sale.

Comcast's 'Gigabit Pro' service accelerates to 3-Gig
News Analysis | 11/1/2021

Comcast will soon upgrade all Gigabit Pro customers to symmetrical speeds of 3 Gbit/s. Gigabit Pro, a residential FTTP service introduced in 2015, originally offered symmetrical speeds of 2 Gbit/s.

Shentel halts fixed wireless buildout in favor of fiber
News Analysis | 11/1/2021

Earlier this year, Shentel disclosed plans to cover up to 215,000 households with its Beam-branded fixed wireless Internet service. Now it's halting those plans and will instead build out fiber.

Cellnex holds firm on 2021 outlook
News Analysis | 11/1/2021

Europe's largest independent tower company posts solid Q3 and reiterates full-year guidance.

Consolidated plans marketing campaign in support of fiber buildout
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

'We will roll out a new brand representing a superior fiber product and a transformative customer experience,' hinted Consolidated Communications CEO Bob Udell during the company's earnings call.

Charter tests high-splits, preps CBRS field trial for early 2022
News Analysis | 10/29/2021

Meanwhile, investors grow concerned as broadband sub growth at Charter slowed in the third quarter amid a decline in sales activity and record low churn. But one analyst believes such concerns are overblown.

Nokia shrugs off components crunch with sharp rise in profit
News Analysis | 10/28/2021

Finnish vendor says it could have sold more were it not for the semiconductor crisis and shows that its turnaround strategy is bearing fruit.

Airband secures £100M to boost UK rural fiber
News Analysis | 10/27/2021

UK-based broadband provider plans to cover 600,000 premises by 2025.

Biden announces long-awaited nominees for vacant FCC and NTIA posts
Broadband World News | 10/26/2021

Following much public hand-wringing over the fate of the FCC, President Biden nominated Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn as commissioners, with Rosenworcel designated as Chair. Biden also nominated Alan Davidson for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the NTIA.

Calix reports strong Q3 but projects supply chain issues for 'entirety of 2022'
Broadband World News | 10/26/2021

Speaking to shareholders, Calix CEO Carl Russo was optimistic about the company's ongoing success with small ISPs. But he notes Calix is experiencing the 'direct effects' of low global vaccination rates.

India amends RoW rules to boost broadband infrastructure
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

India's Department of Telecommunications has revised the Indian Telegraph Act right of way rules to make it easier to install aerial optical fiber cable.

Eurobites: Telecom Italia revs up fiber offer with XGS-PON
News Analysis | 10/26/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Motorola faces ESN probe; KPN enjoys steady Q3; VEON opts for Amdocs out east.

Ousted Rogers chairman declares he's been re-elected by hand-picked board
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Rogers Communications counters that Edward Rogers' 'purported' board meeting with proposed directors is unlawful and is 'therefore not valid.'

Liberty Global exploring network carve-out – report
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

The cable operator, which is pushing ahead with a big FTTP project in the UK at Virgin Media O2, is in talks about ways to split out its infrastructure assets and services business, Bloomberg says.

Eurobites: Let's get time-critical, says Ericsson
News Analysis | 10/25/2021

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telia Carrier tackles number provisioning with Telesmart.io; Ofcom leans on operators to tackle scam calls; Tesco's online outage.

5G specter still hangs over cable
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Cable and mobile technologists view telco rollouts of 5G millimeter wave technology as potentially strong competition to cable broadband service, particularly in unserved and underserved areas.

ADVA Q3 caught between ‘solid demand’ and supply chain squeeze
News Analysis | 10/22/2021

Optical networking supplier puts the blame of slimmer profit margins firmly at the door of the 'semiconductor crisis.'

AT&T pushes past 5.72M fiber subs as supply chain challenges persist
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

Meanwhile, WarnerMedia's HBO and HBO Max base nears 70M, thanks to international expansions, helping to offset a subscriber hit resulting from the media giant's decision to halt distribution of HBO content via the Amazon Channels platform.

The Divide: How LUS Fiber makes the muni model work in Lafayette, Louisiana
Broadband World News | 10/21/2021

This week: Ryan Meche, director of LUS Fiber, a municipal fiber provider in Lafayette, Louisiana, on why the city chose a municipal broadband model, how it's funded and how it works and the company's plans for a potential NTIA grant.

CommScope takes partnership path to DOCSIS 4.0
News Analysis | 10/21/2021

CommScope and a pair of partners are developing chipsets and a network architecture for DOCSIS 4.0 that aims to expand the ecosystem for vendors and MSOs. It should also prevent Broadcom from cornering the market.

Marc Ganzi, through Zayo, could buy Windstream, Uniti next – reports
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

A group of investors that includes Marc Ganzi are reportedly exploring to acquire broadband network owner Uniti Group and its Windstream business.

Cox preps for high-split trials in 2022
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

Big US cable operator aims to start high-split spectrum upgrade trials and accelerate rollouts of mid-split upgrades as it seeks to create more upstream capacity in its HFC plant.

Verizon has 150,000 fixed wireless access subs
News Analysis | 10/20/2021

In its first disclosure of fixed wireless access subscriber figures, Verizon said it added 55,000 FWA subs in Q3 2021, representing about 42% of the 129,000 net broadband subscribers it added in the period.

Google Fiber's 2-Gig footprint expands
Broadband World News | 10/20/2021

San Antonio is the latest Google Fiber market to get access to a relatively new service tier that pumps out 2Gbit/s downstream and 1Gbit/s upstream for $100 per month.

IBM has acquired Volta Networks as it muscles up in automation
News Analysis | 10/19/2021

Big Blue has made Volta a part of its takeover strategy and can already cite customers for its technology, including Dish and Telefónica.

Tucows adds fixed wireless to Ting's fiber toolkit
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Ting Internet, from Tucows, announced it will acquire fixed wireless operator Simply Bits. 'We recognize the value of fixed wireless as an additional tool in our connectivity toolkit,' explained an executive.

Left alone by US, state-backed ZTE is more profitable than ever
News Analysis | 10/18/2021

Free to buy American technology, the smaller of China's two equipment vendors is still on a roll.

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