Study Explores Mobile vs. Fixed Internet Preferences, But Results Need a Closer Look

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An authoritative study commissioned by the Internet Innovation Alliance contains valuable information about mobile vs. fixed internet preferences. Researchers at CivicScience surveyed 10,000 people for the study and the researchers appear to have been quite diligent about ensuring an appropriate mix of respondents. But beware...Learn More

ASSIA Chief: DSL Could Support Terabit Speeds

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Copper twisted pair telephone wiring could someday support terabit speeds over distances of approximately 100 meters, according to Dr. John Cioffi, chairman and CEO of broadband software development company ASSIA. Technologies underlying terabit DSL would include a waveguide approach in combination with vectoring, explained Cioffi...Learn More

AT&T: Transition from Legacy DSL Largely Complete, Fiber Broadband Penetration Nearing 50% in Many Areas

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AT&T now has more than five times fewer legacy DSL customers than it did four years ago, according to metrics presented on the company’s first quarter 2018 earnings call yesterday. Nevertheless, the company saw a net gain of 82,000 broadband subscribers in the first quarter,...Learn More

Report: Gfast Deployments Now Reach 3 Million Locations, But Actual Subscriber Counts Still Quite Small

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Broadband analyst firm Point Topic estimates that as of early 2018, some 3 million premises will have access to Gfast networks, offering maximum download speeds varying from 300 Mbps to 500Mbps. Point Topic found 33 telecom operators and ISPs that have made Gfast deployments or...Learn More

CAF II Auction Start Date Could Be July 24, FCC Not Swayed by Comments

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Broadband providers interested in deploying service to parts of 20 states could have until March 30 to apply to participate in a reverse auction that will award funding for those deployments. The proposed deadline is included in a 100-page public notice that the FCC is...Learn More

Rural Telecom Consolidation in Pennsylvania

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Rural telecom consolidation continues with the news yesterday that Pennsylvania-based broadband provider Laurel Highland Total Communications will acquire LTC Communications and its wholly owned subsidiaries. LTC is also based in Pennsylvania. Its assets include an independent telephone company and long-distance company. Rural Telecom Consolidation This...Learn More

Moffett: Telcos May Get Some Revenge Over Cable in Broadband Wars

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In recent years, cable companies have gained broadband market share against the telcos except in areas where the telcos have upgraded their traditional copper-based network infrastructure to support speeds competitive with the cablecos’ hybrid fiber coax-based service. But according to researchers at Moffett Nathanson, that’s...Learn More

Nokia Intelligent Access Highlights Shift to Virtualization and SDAN for Broadband Access

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The Nokia Intelligent Access suite of solutions, announced yesterday, will provide operators with better efficiency for gigabit services, the manufacturer said. The company points out that operators have challenges in providing broadband service because they have customers with very diverse technologies, including fiber, DSL, cable...Learn More

Ookla: Northeast is the Slowest U.S. Region for Broadband, West Region is 70% Faster

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The average U.S. broadband download speed continued its years-long upward track during the first half of 2017, according to a fixed broadband speed report from Ookla. The report, which is based on Speedtest Intelligence data from more than 26 million users who initiated more than...Learn More

Initial Six G.fast Products Certified as Broadband Forum Launches International G.fast Council

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The Broadband Forum launched an international G.fast Council to speed development and uptake of the new “ultra fast” broadband network technology standard and also announced an initial six products have successfully completed the G.fast certification program. ARRIS, Calix, Huawei, Metanoia, Nokia and Technicolor worked with...Learn More

Research: Global Fiber Broadband Penetration Surpasses DSL, On Track for 1 Billion Connections

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Fiber broadband penetration has been building momentum across the globe. So much so, fiber has surpassed DSL as the most common fixed broadband platform, accounting for 43.2 percent of the global market, research firm Kagan highlights in recently released market research. Kagan is a unit...Learn More

Next Stop for Copper Broadband? Terabit DSL Promises 10-100 Gbps Speeds over Copper Wiring

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Innovative ‘waveguide’ technology developed by broadband vendor ASSIA holds out prospects of multi-gigabit network data transport using existing telco twisted pair copper wiring. Using waveguide modes of existing copper network infrastructure enables data to be transported at 100 Gbps over 300 meters and 10 Gbps...Learn More

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