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Wireless broadband service providers finish 2021 brimming with confidence, expectations higher for 2022 (Reader Forum)

Like so many industries, businesses that supply high-speed connectivity to business and residential customers worldwide were forced to navigate through a global pandemic and lingering economic uncertainty. But despite that dreary backdrop, wireless broadband service provider operators finished 2021 more optimistic about their prospects...

Editorial Webinar: Rural Broadband in the real world

The need for ubiquitous, reliable connectivity was brought into sharp focus throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, funding for rural broadband has become a priority for many governments around the world. But the true burden still falls on service providers, which are now...

Deutsche Telekom, Cisco redesign network in Europe to improve internet reach, speed

Cisco exec: 'We have seen the world transform over the last year and a half, and the internet had to transform with it' Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Cisco have been working together on what they refer to as a shared vision “to connect more people...

Vodafone and partners test Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) disaggregation

Open RAN isn't the only place Vodafone sees the importance of disaggregation. It's also fixed its sights on Broadband Network Gateways (BNGs)

Massive MIMO boosts capacity and availability for 5G operators in speed tests (Analyst Angle)

Broadband is a necessity, not a luxury Over the years, there has been an ongoing argument over whether broadband should be considered an essential utility similar to that of basic utilities, such as water, light, heating, waste management and others. Making broadband more affordable and...

COVID-19 exposed the urban broadband divide – here’s one way to close it (Reader Forum)

The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered numerous truths about everyday life that were previously not given a second thought. An unlikely focal point of the pandemic has been broadband access. When stay-at-home orders were enforced globally, technology came to the rescue — but not for...

NTIA establishes two broadband offices, gets $2.5b in funding requests

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is gearing up to administer federal broadband funding on a larger scale than ever before, and it seems clear already that there is intense hunger for that resource: The agency said that it has received funding requests worth...

Verizon’s Chief Revenue Officer on how 5G will help the carrier become a ‘full’ connectivity provider

Verizon's 5G Home service is available in parts of 52 U.S. cities Verizon has been expanding its 5G Home broadband offering across the U.S., with the service available in parts of 52 cities as of early August. According to Verizon Consumer Group’s Chief Revenue Officer...

T-Mobile Puerto Rico 5G used by 75% of subscribers

T-Mobile first turned on 5G in Puerto Rico at the end of 2019 on the 600 MHz band, the first U.S. operator to do so According to reports by Weekly Journal, roughly 75% of T-Mobile Puerto Rico’s subscribers use its 5G service. The operator’s Vice...

‘Broadband is essential to full participation in modern life’: Senate passes $1 trillion infra bill

“Access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband is essential to full participation in modern life in the United States," reads the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was just passed by the U.S. Senate. Broadband industry groups largely welcomed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which dedicates...

New GAO report calls on FCC to analyze small business broadband needs

For years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered the broadband minimum benchmark speed for small businesses to be 25 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloading and 3 Mbps for uploading. However, a recent report published by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirmed...

Telstra, Optus, TPG under investigation for misleading customers over NBN speeds

Telstra, Optus and TPG have all said that the National Broadband Network Co has not provided 'timely and accurate speed information' Three Australian operators — Telstra, Optus and TPG — are under investigation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over allegations of making...

The Sunday Brief: Q2 Earnings Wrap – ABC (Apple, Broadband, C-Band)

August greetings from Nebraska, Missouri, Louisiana, Iowa, Illinois, and North Carollina.  Pictured is the Capital One Tower in downtown Lake Charles (pre-hurricane pictures here).  Yes, those are boards, not an artistic glass mosaic.  It’s been nearly a year since Hurricane Laura took dead aim on...

The smart home and the need for better broadband (Reader Forum)

Our reliance on high-speed broadband connectivity is showing no sign of letting up as digital lifestyles increasingly become the norm. And even though lockdown restrictions have eased, our consumption of data continues to speed up, not slow down. The smart home revolution and shifting lifestyle habits...

Nice link, if you can get it: Starlink outpaces other satellite providers, and sometimes even fixed broadband

Starlink speeds surpass local wired broadband networks in multiple countries, Ookla finds Starlink's low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite-based broadband service can provide download speeds faster than average wired broadband in a number of countries, new numbers from Ookla show -- although its upload speeds and latency still...

Arianespace launches satellites for improved internet and mobility services

The launch included the Star One D2 satellite and the Eutelsat Quantum satellite Last week, Arianespace successfully launched a pair of communications satellites — Star One D2 and Eutelsat Quantum — into geostationary orbit around the Earth for two of the company’s customers: Embratel, the...

Elevating the customer experience with FWA and Nokia FastMile 5G (Sponsored)

Do you remember opening your last home router? Chances are, the process was as utilitarian as the router itself: Nondescript brown cardboard box, with a nondescript black rectangle inside, miscellaneous cords and a nondescript instruction card to follow … before you stuff the whole...

Virgin Media O2 officially launches in the UK

The merger between UK operators Virgin Media and O2 has officially been completed, following recent regulatory approvals in the country. The new Virgin Media O2 is one of the U.K.’s largest operators with 47 million connections including broadband, mobile, TV and fixed lines. The new business...

FCC: In the first week of EBB subsidy program, one million households have enrolled

The Emergency Broadband Benefit program, which provides subsidies of $50-$75 per month for internet service, has enrolled more than one million U.S. households in the first week of the program being available, according to the Federal Communications Commission. “The high demand we’ve seen for...

Proximus, Nokia double speed and capacity of VSDL infrastructure with new tech

Belgian mobile operator Proximus hopes to cover 70% of the country’s households with fiber by 2028, a plan that involves extending the life of its copper-based VDSL, or very high bit-rate digital subscriber line, broadband infrastructure using a technology it has developed in partnership...

The Sunday Brief: Q1 earnings preview—setting expectations

Tax Day greetings from the middle of Texas (the iconic Underwood’s Cafeteria sign is pictured – it’s definitely a Texas thing) and from Davidson/ Lake Norman.  Feels good to be on the road again.  This week, we will divide our time between first quarter earnings...

Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan includes high-speed internet for every American

WISPA exec called the infrastructure plan 'right on target' On Wednesday, President Joe Biden introduced a monumental $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs package that aims to reshape the American economy. The infrastructure plan is far reaching, and includes, among many other things, $174 billion for electric vehicles,...

The Sunday Brief: Happy days are here again?

Greetings from the farm in Williard, MO, and the lake in Davidson, NC, as we took some time away to celebrate four birthdays over a single weekend (ages 11, 14, 23, and old enough).  The farm is a terrific place to clear your mind...

C Spire to invest $1 billion in 5G, fiber broadband in Alabama, Mississippi

C Spire CEO: 'Fiber networks are a must to deliver speed' C Spire, a Mississippi-based service provider, revealed its largest capital spend in the company’s history: a $1 billion investment plan to accelerate the deployment of 5G — which is began rolling out in October...

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