In The Spotlight
The FCC took a bold step forward in rejecting Elon Musk and SpaceX’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) long form application, denying the company of the $885.5M award announced on December 7, 2020. This is a huge victory for the 640,000 families that had been previously relegated to Low Earth Orbit Satellite service as a result of the 2020 RDOF auction results. Further, as these families that were designated as “Starlink locations”, they were at risk of being redlined from being eligible for fiber broadband from the $42.45B NTIA BEAD broadband infrastructure funding and other federal, state, and local broadband programs. Today’s action by the FCC, rejecting SpaceX’s Starlink from RDOF funding, provides clarity and a path forward for fiber and closing the digital divide, while returning $885.5M of this precious funding back into the RDOF fund for more appropriate broadband projects.
WIOCC's commitment to delivering a market-leading portfolio of wholesale services, based on strategic investment in subsea and terrestrial digital infrastructure, has been further demonstrated with the arrival in South Africa, on 8 August 2022, of Google's Equiano cable.
Verizon is upgrading to new equipment that is capable of utilizing the latest 400 Gbps per port optical technology. When the overhaul of the fiber core network — the superhighway Verizon uses to move customers’ data — is complete, Verizon will be able to manage 115 Tbps of data. This upgrade will significantly increase the bandwidth needed to support wireless, home internet, enterprise, small business and FIOS customers.
Bell Canada announced that it is set to deliver the fastest Internet speeds in North America of any major provider. As announced previously this year, Bell is already the fastest of any major provider in the country with 3Gbps and is now introducing even faster symmetrical speeds of up to 8Gbps, the fastest of any speeds offered today by any major provider. With these speeds, and in select areas of Toronto, Bell pure fiber Internet will have download speeds five times faster than cable technology and upload speeds 250 times faster than cable technology. Bell also will bring Wi-Fi 6E in the home, the fastest Wi-Fi technology available, and when coupled with North America's fastest Internet speeds, is set to transform the at-home experience.
Comcast's stock slid more than 9% after it was announced that the company failed to add any new broadband customers for the first time in its history in the second quarter of this year. The corporation is the nation's largest internet provider.
Charter Communications must pay out $7 billion in damages after one of its Spectrum cable technicians robbed and killed an elderly woman, a jury decided last Tuesday.
Beanfield, owner and operator of the largest independent fiber-optic network in Toronto and Montreal, today announced the acquisition of Urbanfibre, a leading fiber provider operating in the Greater Vancouver Area. This acquisition is part of Beanfield’s ongoing commitment to expanding its residential and commercial network and service offerings across Canada’s major metropolitan areas and, along with its recent acquisition of FibreStream, carves out a path for a stronger and more resilient communications network on the West Coast.
Windstream Wholesale, has connected to its second DC BLOX data center at 433 6th St. South in Birmingham, Alabama. Windstream Wholesale is now taking orders at the location for diverse Wave Services, Ethernet Solutions, and Dedicated Internet Access.
BAI Communications (BAI) has agreed to acquire ZenFi Networks, an East coast-based provider of digital infrastructure solutions and innovator in small cell deployment, offload & roaming services, fiber connectivity and network edge colocation. This agreement represents a significant growth opportunity for BAI in North America, building upon its existing connected infrastructure capability and operations in the region driven by BAI Group companies Mobilitie and Transit Wireless. It further progresses the company’s vision to become a leading provider of connected 5G infrastructure across North America, and globally. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory clearances and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.
DZS announced the ongoing success of its mission to bridge the digital divide by way of a longstanding partnership with Myakka Communications to deliver “Broadband to the Boonies” to southwest Florida. Recently recognized as the “Fastest Fiber Providers in Florida” with symmetrical gigabit available to all subscribers, this local, family-owned service provider was the first to offer high-speed broadband to Myakka City and the surrounding area, and today delivers the hyper-speed service levels needed for increasingly popular use cases like virtual meetings, gaming, telemedicine, start-ups and emerging metaverse experiences.
We know that necessity is the mother of invention, but it’s also frequently the driver for bipartisan policy-making. For years, broadband inequity and digital gaps in both rural and urban communities were acknowledged but not addressed. But the pandemic changed that – in a big way. Chip Pickering, CEO of Incompas, recently provided Telecom Review with some insight into broadband and the blueprint for its success.
Telecom Review recently visited with Michael Wheeler, EVP of NTT’s Global IP Network in order to get an update for the industry on NTT. They are working on initiatives that will further grow NTT’s business.
Sabey Data Centers offers coast to coast data centers for today’s technology environment. Telecom Review recently visited with the Executive Director of Sabey Data Centers, John Sabey, to provide a company overview for our readers. As the top ICT publication for the wireless and wired communications industry, our readers are among the most knowledgeable in this business environment.