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Fixed Multimedia Access
Date  Report
Nov 17
Software defined access was the hottest topic in Berlin, but it was also clear that hardware will remain essential for enabling ultra-broadband services. On the vendor front, only Nokia and ADTRAN took full advantage of the BBWF spotlight.

Nov 10
Remote PHY debuts dominated in Denver, SCTE Expo’s host city, with the leading cable head-end vendors showcasing their respective Remote PHY solutions. But there were other key product releases at the Expo; this report highlights the top ten.

Nov 9
Now that all the results are in from publicly traded telco vendors, it is clear revenue was down across the board among the largest vendors. But, there were a few positive points: profit is up and Ericsson’s underlying business may be improving.

Oct 17
Nokia’s wireless PON technology leverages a ‘fiber-to-the-street corner’ premise and millimeter-wave access points, enabling operators to deliver up to 1 Gbps to previously underserved customers. While some hurdles exist, WiGig is quite promising.

Oct 13
ADTRAN has expanded its SDA portfolio with remote 10G EPON OLTs, one of which is virtual. While these new solutions strengthen ADTRAN’s overall SDA, DAA and virtualization propositions, most MSOs are not planning major EPON buildouts anytime soon.

Oct 13
Casa Systems is field trialing its Axyom virtual CCAP solution with customers, highlighting traction in this nascent and evolving market sector. With SCTE Expo looming next week, Casa appears to be setting the stage for higher-impact releases.

Oct 11
Nokia has released its new Unified Cable Access proposition, with its virtual Distributed Access Architecture (DAA) and Remote MACPHY solutions keeping the long-time Gainspeed promise of deconstructing and redistributing the cable head-end.

Oct 10
Nokia, after much anticipation, has entered the software-defined access battlefield with full force, armed with its Altiplano virtual access platform and Lightspan programmable access nodes, although differentiation challenges await.

Sep 29
Calix, which is betting everything on software defined access (SDA), has integrated its AXOS solution with the OpenDaylight Carbon release in a matter of days, once again showcasing its SDA mettle. ADTRAN, Nokia and others must take heed.

Sep 28
Nokia has teamed up with the Broadband Forum to lead the Broadband Access Abstraction (BAA) project, which will leverage open source software to drive SDA network evolution. However, details on Nokia’s own SDA proposition are still forthcoming.

Sep 28
IBC 2017 marked another steady progression toward the software- and cloud-enabled future of TV and video, with Cisco, Ericsson, Google Cloud, Huawei, Nokia and other vendors all unveiling new solutions to this end.

Sep 21
This summer, Calix, ADTRAN and Nokia all hosted events highlighting their commitment to the evolving software defined access market. All assert leadership of the space. What, then, will the real proof points be for true SDA leadership?

Aug 24
AT&T is stepping up its broadband game, debuting services in 22 metros that are outside of its 21-state legacy footprint. Promising speeds up to 500 Mbps in the near term, does AT&T’s service pose a serious threat to cable rivals?

Aug 25
Google Fiber still commands a high-profile presence in the U.S. broadband market, despite a small footprint. And with its 2016 Webpass acquisition and new Go-Long proposition, Google Fiber appears committed to remaining a disruptive market force.

Aug 18
Disney is aiming to become a major OTT player, investing $1 billion in a video streaming vendor and ending its Netflix relationship to drive its own success. Will Disney’s OTT offering be compelling and cost effective enough to entice consumers?

Jul 21
AT&T’s recent SHAPE Technology and Entertainment Expo showcased its clear commitment to transform into an entertainment leader following its pending acquisition of Time Warner and supplement its already-strong networking business.

Jul 13
AT&T has seen the future of video service delivery, and it’s non-linear, OTT and app-based. To this end, AT&T has announced a beta trial of its next-gen video platform. With rivals also going OTT, AT&T must commercialize its new service quickly.

Jul 7
The U.S. pay-TV market continues to evolve – and devolve – at a fast pace, with established operators going non-linear, OTTs offering live TV, and content providers now offering direct-to-consumer services, all to the benefit of U.S. customers.

Jun 29
AT&T has revealed plans to trial XGS-PON, enabled by software-defined access technology and virtualized network functions. While the trial will not start until late 2017, this move should strike fear in the boardrooms of cable operators.

Jun 28
Witbe launched its new cloud-based OTT video monitoring solution, delivered through its Galilei reference network using multiple points of presence globally, but faces near-term operator resistance to third-party cloud implementations.

Jun 26
Nokia is bringing GPON to four Polish provinces, via a Joint Venture with Infracapital, enabling both Poland and the EU to make progress toward Digital Agenda 2020 objectives. Given Nokia’s 20% stake, this JV appears to be a low-risk investment.

Jun 14
In response to growing customer demand, Calix expanded its professional services business during 2016. The company has seen positive feedback from clients, but will need to scale its services business more effectively to remain profitable.

Jun 7
Calix, whose customer base consists mostly of North American telcos, has finally expanded its portfolio to include 10G EPON, in combination with its AXOS SDA solutions, to target the cable operator market, but building cable expertise takes time.

May 31
‘Remote PHY’ has been a cable industry buzzword for several years now, designed to enable a distributed access architecture and network virtualization. With Cisco, ARRIS and others debuting RPHY, we are finally moving from concept to reality.

May 31
While not formally an ANGA COM-tailored debut, ARRIS unveiled its Remote PHY solution this week, highlighting its win with Danish service provider Stofa, reminding operators that there is more than one vendor deploying Remote PHY gear.

May 31
Casa Systems, a CCAP pioneer, bolstered its ultra-broadband portfolio with the PON solution set debut, encompassing both EPON and GPON gear, and it is showcasing its IP networking products, although Casa confronts market expansion barriers.

May 30
ADTRAN, a long-time telco access systems vendor, is finally getting serious about targeting the cable market. But, while its enhanced RFoG solution may be appealing to MSOs, this week’s cable spotlight is clearly on Remote PHY debuts at ANGA COM.

May 25
Although subscriber metrics are lacking, Nokia garnered its first public customer win in North America with Frontier, which is leveraging the technology to deliver ultra-broadband services, including Gigabit access, to MDUs in Connecticut.

May 24
U.S. cable operator RCN, which along with Grande Communications was acquired last year by TPG Capital, has in turn acquired Wave Broadband, as TPG aims to capitalize on the growing demand for ultra-broadband in some very competitive U.S. metros.

May 24
Just ahead of next week’s ANGA COM event in Cologne, Germany, Iskratel has introduced its DPoG solution along with a cable-tailored ONT, targeting growing cable operator adoption of fiber-enhanced network upgrades.

May 24
Calix, leveraging its software-defined access (SDA) technology, has demonstrated NG-PON2 channel bonding with Verizon to support N x 10 Gbps services, enabling operators to “future proof” their fiber networks against potential forklift upgrades.


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