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AT&T XGS-PON Field Trial Aims to ‘Cloudify’ 10 Gbps FTTP Service

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A planned AT&T XGS-PON field trial will introduce virtualized access functions with the next-gen FTTP technology, capable of 10 Gbps. XGS-PON is one of the next iterations of GPON technology, delivering 4x the downstream bandwidth, while co-existing with it, and having similar cost characteristics. “Our...Learn More

Report: Disruption of the Traditional Bundle Will Only Get Worse, Next-Gen Bundles Now on Tap

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U.S. consumers are embracing next-gen bundles and telco and cable providers need to adapt or risk losing significant market share to disruptors, says market research firm Ovum. Their new report, Digital Consumer Insights 2017: Multiplay, outlines changing bundling trends. The traditional triple play bundle of...Learn More

CP-TEL Expands Services Across North Central Louisiana Using Champion ONE Optical Transceivers

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Beachwood, Ohio — June 27, 2017 — Champion ONE, the Champion of Open Networking® and leading supplier of optical transceivers, has partnered with CP-TEL enabling them to deploy cost effective FTTx services to their customers. With increasing demand for new fiber-to-the-premises services across several parishes...Learn More

T-Mobile LAA Field Test Achieves Mobile Broadband Speed of 741 Mbps

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T-Mobile announced that it has completed the first live mobile broadband data session field test using License Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network. The T-Mobile LAA test is the first of its kind on a live commercial network by a U.S. carrier for the...Learn More

AT&T 5G Trials Now Include DIRECTV NOW Streaming in Austin

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Video streaming across a fixed 5G network is now a part of AT&T 5G trials as the carrier introduces DIRECTV NOW streaming to its Austin 5G trial. Fixed wireless 5G trials began in Austin back in 2016. Austin joins Middletown, New Jersey, where video streaming...Learn More

Deloitte Calls for $150B Fiber Infrastructure Investment for U.S. to Reach Full Digital Potential

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A $130 billion to $150 billion fiber infrastructure investment is required in the U.S. to unleash innovation, close the digital divide, and fully prepare the country for 5G, according to a report from management consulting firm Deloitte. The report says the investment is needed over...Learn More

Broadband Forum Adds 15 New Members, Including Start-Ups

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Fremont, California, 26 June 2017. The Broadband Forum today announced it has welcomed 15 new members – including three start-ups – as it continues to address the fast-changing broadband landscape. The broad range of industry expertise displayed by the new member companies highlights the continuously...Learn More

AT&T Fixed Wireless Footprint Expands, Now Reaches 70K Locations in Nine States

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A growing AT&T fixed wireless footprint added 8 states beyond the launch state of Georgia, now reaching 70K locations in 9 states. This fixed wireless service is funded in part by the FCC’s Connect America Fund, and is used across AT&T’s rural footprint. The new...Learn More

NTCA: $300M in Rural Broadband Investment at Risk Due to USF Reductions

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There are ongoing reductions in the total amount of funding provided by the Universal Service Fund (USF) to regulated telcos due to federal budget control mechanisms that are chilling rural broadband investment, according to a survey by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association. The average reduction in...Learn More

Iowa TV News Report Highlights Complexity, Risks of Rural Broadband Regulatory Framework

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Local Des Moines CBS affiliate KCCI featured a story recently on ‘cord cutting’ of wireline telephone service that highlights the challenges of the current rural broadband regulatory framework for small, rural telcos. The report is somewhat misleading, in that it doesn’t provide a full explanation....Learn More

Altice N.V. and Altice USA Announce Pricing of Altice USA’s Initial Public Offering

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June 21, 2017 — NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Altice N.V. (ATC, ATCB, “Altice”), a global convergent leader in telecoms, content and advertising, and Altice USA, Inc. (“Altice USA”), Altice’s U.S. subsidiary, announce today that Altice USA has priced its initial public offering of 63,943,029 shares of its...Learn More

Broadband Access Coalition Asks FCC for Spectrum for Gigabit Fixed Wireless

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An industry coalition wants access to mid-band airwaves that, according to the group, could support as many as three providers of gigabit fixed wireless service in the same geographic area. The group, known as the Broadband Access Coalition, made a filing with the FCC today...Learn More

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