Samantha Bookman

Biography for Samantha Bookman

Samantha Bookman is the editor of FierceOnlineVideo and managing editor, Wireline, with FierceMarkets' Telecom group. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the web editor for Horizon House's two trade publications, Telecommunications and Microwave Journal. When not covering the fast-evolving online video ecosystem, she can be found digging through the comics stacks at Outer Limits, hiking, or practicing martial arts. Based in Boston, Mass., Samantha can be reached at sbookman@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceSamantha on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Samantha Bookman

As gigabit subscribers grow toward 100M, so does case for G.fast, analyst says

As broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, Google Fiber and others compete to bring 1 Gbps and higher speeds into more U.S. communities, the need for a somewhat futureproof solution to consumer and business demand is growing. These providers need to take a look at G.fast, which can accelerate broadband over existing copper pairs, a research analyst said.

BT, Comcast 'homespot' routers are low-cost boon for Wi-Fi, but beware public backlash, study says

Dual-use routers such as Comcast's Xfinity gateways, which operate as both home Wi-Fi routers and public hotspots, are rapidly gaining favor among cable and IPTV operators in the U.S. and Europe. In fact, one in three routers will function as "homespots" by 2017, according to a new Juniper Research report, reaching 366 million units installed worldwide.

Beanfield challenges Rogers, Bell, Shaw with sub-$100 gigabit Internet service

Toronto ISP Beanfield Metroconnect has laid a challenge at the feet of area incumbents like Bell Canada, Rogers and Shaw, launching a symmetrical 1 Gbps FTTH service for its residential customers for about $70.25 (CAD $100) a month, "with no bandwidth restrictions, no usage caps, no overages, and no installation fees."

WDM systems demand will boost optical transport to $15B, research firm says

Optical transport equipment sales will grow to $15 billion by 2020, driven by huge demand for WDM (wavelength division multiplexer) systems over the next five years, a new report by Dell'Oro Group says.

Kentucky county taps Connected Nation Exchange for public-private network expertise

Kentucky's Warren County, which includes the city of Bowling Green, is taking advantage of the opportunities created by the state's new KentuckyWired middle mile network -- which is just beginning construction -- by awarding a contract to Connected Nation Exchange.

Cox Business gains AT&T, Sprint sign-on to its Las Vegas Convention Center DAS

Cox Business' ongoing contract to supply Internet connectivity to the Las Vegas Convention Center got an additional boost as three major wireless carriers -- AT&T, Sprint and an unnamed third carrier -- agreed to support their customers using a new distributed antenna system (DAS) installed in the facility by Cox and its partner InSite.

Lightower wins authorized vendor status with Virginia to provide FTTP services to government, public organizations

Dark fiber provider Lightower's recent buildout of 1,100 route miles in Virginia continues to pay off as the company announced that it is now an authorized vendor for the Commonwealth of Virginia for data networking services.

North America sales help drive PON equipment market up 25 percent, research firm says

Passive optical networking (PON) equipment is seeing a big jump in demand worldwide, a new report from Dell'Oro Group says, with manufacturers including Calix, Huawei, Technicolor and ZTE reaping the benefits from sales growth rates ranging from 20 percent to 60 percent in the third quarter.

CRTC begins first national broadband study in Canada

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is gathering data from the homes of 4,500 citizens across Canada in a study intended to improve its broadband policymaking by gaining a better understanding of network performance.

Mobile backhaul set to regain momentum, head toward $45B in sales

Sales of equipment used to transport mobile traffic may have plateaued somewhat as LTE deployments near completion, but the need for backhaul isn't going away anytime soon -- and sales will likely climb back onto a growth track, reaching $45 billion worldwide by 2019.