Google Fiber's plans to bring its 1 Gbps service into Salt Lake City and Nashville by using existing utility poles in each city not only sheds light on its ongoing buildout strategy, but also shows how important access to utility poles at reasonable rates is key to expanding broadband services.
Service providers' ongoing movement to deploy fiber-to-the-premises services is helping drive up FTTx optical component revenues. A new Ovum report forecasts that FTTx optical components revenue will exceed $1 billion this year, up from $953 million in 2014. The research firm said that the demand for PON equipment--particularly optical line terminals (OLTs) and optical network terminals (ONT)--from aggressive carriers in China are driving the FTTx optics market to "record levels."
It's imperative that the telecom industry simplify the LTE network to accommodate future data growth and emerging services, according to keynote speakers at the LTE World Summit 2015 going on this week in Amsterdam, telecoms.com reports.
Instead of slogging through local zoning and other hassles to deploy fiber, wireless ISP (WISP) Vivint is using a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum to offer high-speed Internet service to single-family homes.
Sidewalk Labs, the Google-backed urban innovation company that launched earlier this month to improve technology in cities, is taking control of the project that will bring free Wi-Fi to New York City via LinkNYC.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure met on Monday with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and discussed Sprint's plans to expand and enhance its network in the Miami area in what could be the first hints at the elements of Sprint's massive network densification project.
Video platform developer Qwilt, which helps pay-TV operators and other Internet service providers to deliver OTT video content to their subscribers, has received $25 million in Series D funding. The round was led by Disrupt-ive, and brings the company's total funding to $65 million.
Google Fiber has started building its gigabit fiber network in Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C. The company announced the construction on Twitter showing photos of crews digging and burying fiber in those two cities.
Although the optical equipment market is becoming increasingly fractured between companies that are focused on one of three markets--traditional service providers, competitive service providers or Internet content providers--three companies are leading the way. According to the 2015 IHS Infonetics Optical Network Hardware Vendor scorecard, which profiles the top vendors in this space, Ciena, Cisco and Infinera have the strongest market presence and momentum.
The online video industry is expanding fast, judging by the sheer number of startups bringing new ideas and technologies to the segment. That made picking just 15 of the most compelling online video startups a challenge.