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Do mobile telcos really need fiber when they have microwave & mmWave? (Analyst Angle)

5G is picking up acceleration. The total installed 5G global cell sites are expected to expand from 986,000 cell sites in 2021 to 6.6 million cell sites in 2027 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 44.9%. It is not just infrastructure. 5G...

The Sunday Brief: AT&T and Verizon earnings—under pressure

Greetings from Missouri, Nebraska, and the Dominican Republic, where the staff enjoyed a corporate retreat over the Easter holiday.  There’s a lot to cover this week, so we will be very brief in the market analysis commentary.  AT&T and Verizon kicked off earnings on...

Nokia and Rakuten demo 1 Terabit per channel transmission

'The 1 Terabit per channel trial demonstrated the capability to dramatically increase fiber capacity,' said Nokia exec Nokia and Rakuten Mobile announced the results of a January demonstration in which the pair successfully trialed a live 1 Terabit per channel (1 Tb/s) transmission over the carrier’s commercial...

Germany unveils ‘Gigabit Strategy’ to boost fiber, 5G deployments

In terms of fiber build, the "Gigabit Strategy' aims to increase acceptance of new construction techniques such as microtrenching Germany's Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) unveiled its latest "Gigabit Strategy" that outlines a number of key goals, including the supply of at...

Kagan: Will 2022 AT&T Analyst and Investor Day growth strategy work?

AT&T is explaining their recovery path at their 2022 AT&T Analyst and Investor Day. They laid out their growth strategy going forward after they complete their WarnerMedia divestiture. Based on what they say, they are now on a recovery path after struggling over the...

Gurobi Industry Days: Telecom

Gurobi Industry Days: Telecommunications is taking place on April 5 – 6, 2022. Hear from Global Telecom experts and learn how today’s advanced prescriptive analytics are transforming critical roles in the telecommunications industry, including: Optimize 5G network planningOptimize CSP retail and supply chainsFiber optic network and...

The Sunday Brief: Earnings wrap—fiber fixes (almost) everything!

Greetings from Kansas City and Nebraska.  Pictured is our colleague, Bob O’Keefe, surveying the Omaha landscape during one of the coldest days of 2022.  Trust us – under that grin is one nearly frozen individual.  We had a terrific time in Nebraska this week...

Get ready: The era of hybrid fiber & wireless broadband networks is upon us (Reader Forum)

For years, fiber has been considered the gold standard for delivering fast broadband speeds to residential customers, particularly in areas where broadband subscriber density justified the cost. But other areas that fiber couldn’t reach remained mostly underserved, forcing service providers to look for alternative...

Is fiber internet or satellite internet the future? (Reader Forum)

Fiber optic internet is here to stay. All the underground conduits run across continents, cities and data centers will remain fiber. All the pipes that connect the major points of access to the thousands of distribution points are now fiber and will remain so...

The Sunday Brief: What they said on those earnings calls (Part 2)

Thanksgiving greetings from the West, Midwest and Southeast, where we are hitting the road and logging many miles.  This week’s picture, however, comes from a Charlotte-based startup that I have been advising since the early 2018 (Lucid Drone Technologies).  They were the belles of...

Vodafone expands CityFibre partnership, widening UK broadband footprint

According to Vodafone, the expanded partnership with CityFibre will make it the largest full fiber broadband provider in the U.K. Vodafone is expanding its partnership with CityFibre, which, according to the operator, will make it the U.K.’s largest full fiber broadband provider. Vodafone is targeting...

BT opens dedicated telecoms civil engineering robotics lab in the UK

The BT robotics lab emulates three different types of environments in which testing can be carried out: Underground, in-duct and overhead environments BT has opened a dedicated, 5,000+ square-foot telecoms civil engineering robotics test facility at its BT Labs in the U.K. The lab, located in Suffolk,...

Cox completes acquisition of Segra’s enterprise and carrier business

The deal represents one of the largest in Cox Communications history Cox Communications acquired the commercial services segment of Segra, a privately held fiber infrastructure provider based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The deal represents one of the largest in Cox Communications history and supports the company’s focus on strategic infrastructure...

AT&T CEO on 5G, fiber, software-defined entertainment: ‘Check, check and check’

COVID-19 pandemic put the intersection of 5G and direct-to-consumer media in focus During the virtual Goldman Sachs Communicopia conference, AT&T CEO John Stankey provided a wide-ranging update on the company's ambitions to continue its investments in fiber and 5G wireless networks (and grow its subscriber...

Verizon CEO discusses ‘five vectors of growth’

Verizon has been deploying MEC infrastructure for two years giving it a "head start" over its competition, CEO says Speaking Sept. 21 at the virtual Goldman Sachs Communicopia conference, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg outlined both existing and developing "vectors of growth" that he characterized as...

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Navigating the wave of fiber funding: What happens next?

While the proposed $1 trillion infrastructure bill has not yet officially been passed, industry policy experts are expecting that at some point, it will make it through the legislature and be signed by the president. But what does that look like, and what happens...

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...

Lumen sells CenturyLink ILEC assets to Apollo in $7.5 billion deal

Lumen will sell CenturyLink-branded assets to Apollo across 20 states and retain those in 16 states Lumen Technologies has agreed to sell a portion of its incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) operations to Apollo Global Management for $7.5 billion. Lumen will retain the CenturyLink-branded assets in 16...

Fujitsu selected to take part in Canada’s Connected Coast project

The Connected Coast project aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities along coastal BC, Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island Fujitsu Network Communications’ hardware and software services have been chosen by the CityWest Connected Coast Network Corporation and Strathcona Connected Coast Network Corporation for the Connected Coast project to bring high-speed...

Ufinet expands footprint in Brazil with NB Telecom acquisition

Ufinet first entered Brazil in 2019 with the purchase of São Paulo-based Netell Wholesale telecommunications company Ufinet has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in NB Telecom, a Rio de Janeiro-based carrier. According to Stefano Lorenzi, executive chairman at Ufinet, the company will expand NB Telecom’s network...

The Sunday Brief: Mid-year report—AT&T, Verizon earnings preview

July greetings from Blair/ Omaha, Nebraska (fresh off a memorable College World Series, and home of this week’s PGA Senior Open) and Davidson/ Lake Norman, North Carolina.  Pictured is a wonderful fireworks shot my neighbor captured from last Sunday’s celebration.  It is great to be back...

Well, technically… fiber is the main character in 5G’s movie: FiberLight’s Sue Kelly (Ep. 44)

On this week’s episode, FiberLight’s SVP of Enterprise Sales Sue Kelly discusses the important, and often overlooked, role that fiber will play in the 5G era, as well as what operators and enterprise customers are looking for in their fiber solutions.

The Sunday Brief: Can Comcast do it all?

Father’s Day greetings from Dallas, TX, and Davidson/ Lake Norman, NC.  The opening picture is from last Friday’s Lake Norman boat ride with our neighbors.  Having my Dad and Mom nearby is a blessing.  We hope each of you has a similarly joyous celebration...

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