Survey: More Than 80% of Service Providers Have 2018 Gfast Deployment Plans

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More than four in five service provider respondents to a Broadbandtrends survey say they have 2018 Gfast deployment plans, with 27% in live deployments. Broadbandtrends’ Global Service Provider G.fast Deployment Strategies surveyed 33 incumbent and competitive broadband operators from across the globe. The top objective...Learn More

AT&T, ONF Collaborate on Virtualized Multi-Gigabit PON Service Automation

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AT&T is working with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to integrate the ONAP operating system with multi-gigabit passive optical networks. The AT&T, ONF collaboration will leverage work the ONF already has done on multi-gigabit PON. “This is the next step for agile development progression for...Learn More

Consolidated Broadband Upgrades Target Former FairPoint Markets

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Just after announcing the retirement of the FairPoint brand, Consolidated Communications announced broadband upgrade plans for their northeast markets. These Consolidated broadband upgrades will improve broadband speeds to over 500K locations in former FairPoint markets. The upgrades are courtesy of fiber network expansion in these...Learn More

Verizon: Next Gen Fiber Broadband Era to Begin with Tampa NG-PON2 Trial

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Verizon is planning large scale NG-PON2 deployments, which will begin this quarter with a customer trial in Tampa, said Verizon Director of Technology Planning Vincent O’Byrne in an interview. NG-PON2 can co-exist with GPON on existing fiber-to-the-home networks, boosting capacity and service speeds by layering...Learn More

70% of Hawaiian Telcom CAF Deployments Support Gigabit Service

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Hawaiian Telcom has brought broadband to 5,000 locations in rural areas of Hawai‘i in a project partially funded by the Connect America Fund (CAF). The Hawaiian Telcom CAF deployment is about 70% fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP). This capability enables 1 Gbps service. Since Hawaiian Telcom’s initial 1...Learn More

AT&T: Fixed Broadband Has Returned to Growth and We Have 50 Million Locations in Our Sights

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The latest evidence about how serious AT&T is getting about deploying high-speed broadband came from the company’s CFO John Stephens yesterday. Stephens told attendees at a financial conference that the company has a long-term goal of making AT&T high speed broadband available to 50 million...Learn More

XGS-PON Plugfest Confirms Vendor Interoperability

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The second XGS-PON Interoperability Plugfest, which concluded in Tauxigny, France recently, brought together 13 tech companies from across the globe in an attempt to improve the interoperability of one of the latest iterations of PON technology. The XGS-PON plugfest focused on interoperability between XGS-PON Optical...Learn More

USDA Announces $207 Million in Loans and Grants for Rural Broadband Funding

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $207 million is being made available for rural broadband funding yesterday. The funding is a combination of loans and grants and is a part of USDA’s Telecommunications program, which has provided financial assistance to over 500 providers across the...Learn More

Busy Weekend for Sprint as T-Mobile Deal Dies, Altice MVNO Born, and More Softbank

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Sprint executives were busy this weekend. Another run at a T-Mobile merger failed, but a new Altice MVNO deal was born. To top it off, Sprint majority owner Softbank intends to up their current 82% ownership stake in the U.S. mobile carrier. Both T-Mobile US...Learn More

AT&T Bolsters Southern Footprint with AT&T Fiber Deployments

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AT&T Fiber deployments can now reach 6 million locations across 61 metro markets, the carrier announced today. New markets are concentrated in the south and they include Columbus, Ga.; Lafayette, La., Montgomery, Ala. and Macon, Ga. AT&T says they are on target to reach 7...Learn More

ABI: Internet Giants Striking Out with Broadband Access Projects

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Despite investing billions of dollars, Internet giants like Google and Facebook don’t have much to show for their broadband access projects, according to analysis from ABI Research. ABI estimates that $2.5 billion was invested in 2016 from the likes of Google and Facebook for last...Learn More

C Spire Fixed Wireless Era Begins, Aims to Connect 200K with ‘Wireless Fiber’

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Regional broadband provider C Spire announced an ambitious broadband plan that will dramatically increase their broadband base throughout Mississippi. The C Spire fixed wireless program is key to the broader C Spire Tech Movement which has a goal of reaching an additional 250K subscribers with...Learn More

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