Plenary keynotes from Amazon Voice Services and UK communications regulator Ofcom, and a jam-packed Birds of a Feather (BoF) session focused on “Powering in an Ultra-Fast World” will be highlights of a dynamic and busy week planned for the Q4 BBF meeting taking place 10 – 13 December in Glasgow, Scotland.
Topics set to be discussed cross all aspects of the BBF work areas and include:
- The Connected Home with a first in the industry Wi-Fi-in-Premises Performance test plan
- CloudCO with work continuing to focus on the definition of interfaces required to support the abstraction of the broadband access network
- 5G and building on the success of the October Interim Meeting
- Access | Next and Artificial Intelligence
There will also be an Open Session with the Service Provider Action Council (SPAC) and the Broadband Innovation Group (BIG). It’s not too late to sign-up – this is a meeting you will not want to miss!
For more information about the meeting, please visit: https://www.broadband-forum.
ADTRAN has announced its gigabit-capable 2nd generation Gfast Distribution Point Units (DPUs) will be installed underground throughout Australia as NBN Co begins the next phase of future-proofing the country national broadband access network.
The first Gfast DPU’s are being installed in the Sydney suburb of Rockdale, where the newest phase of the wholesale NBN is being built out by 2020. This is the first network in the world to deliver high speeds of broadband via in-ground Gfast DPUs, according to NBN Chief Network Engineering Officer, Peter Ryan.
ADTRAN was among the first to deliver Gfast solutions that conform with Amendment 3 of the ITU-T Gfast standard, which doubles the usable spectrum from 106 MHz to 212 MHz and reduces the power consumption to enable convenient and cost-effective reverse power feeding.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced it will be changing one of its operator-funding programs to raise rural broadband speeds across the United States.
By changing one of the programs, it is hoped operators will be encouraged to provide country subscribers with the same, higher internet connectivity their urban counterparts enjoy.
The FCC will change how it compensates providers by steering them from today’s incentive-based model. Rather, the commission will use a “more efficient, effective way of distributing funding to close the digital divide,” wrote Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman.
BT has released a study into modern families and how they use technology in their homes. The study on British families and the homes they inhibit has uncovered the full extent of how families use technology to spend time together, and apart, in the home.
While technology use in the home is growing, 43% of the 1,000 households polled for the BT Modern Families Report claimed poor Wi-Fi connectivity restricts their life at home. The same number of respondents felt they would be happier if their Wi-Fi worked in every room in the home.
The report also found half (52%) of people admitting they would be put off living in, or buying, a house with Wi-Fi black spots, with 56% of those polled wanting to get online anywhere in the home.
The new Connecting Everyone report from French research company IDATE has revealed the real-world challenges in building universal Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) coverage, leaving a massive opportunity for ultra-fast Gfast and Fixed Wireless technology to deliver high-speed broadband.
Released at the IDATE DigiWorld Summit in Paris overnight, Connecting Everyone revealed that in the total serviceable global Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) and FTTH market of about 670 million premises that 60% of these – 402 million premises – are being served with FTTB technology.
“Many operators we spoke to for this report concluded they could not see an investment case for upgrading networks from FTTB to FTTH,” said Jean-Luc Lemmens, Head of Telecom Practice at IDATE. “This means that FTTB services will be part of the mix for a very long-time to come.”