Lessons Learned: Efficient Deployment & Maintenance of FTTH/PON Networks | Light Reading

Demands for greater bandwidth and speed are driving a global increase in fiber to the home (FTTH). However, this demand for network infrastructure does not always come paired with a corresponding increase in fiber expertise. In the real world, fiber is installed in harsh environments and is vulnerable to a number of faults.

Charlene Roux, global product line manager for OTDR with VIAVI, walks webinar attendees through recommendations for successful, consistent deployment and maintenance of FTTH/PON networks without requiring special training or expertise.

When: Wed, February 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. ET
Where: Online

Source: Lessons Learned: Efficient Deployment & Maintenance of FTTH/PON Networks | Light Reading

Automation Everywhere


The telecommunications industry has spent several decades on an epic trek – one which ends at a destination called “automation.” Now, finally, we are approaching journey’s end, as the various next-gen technologies that allow service providers to build Autonomous Networks – ones which operate without the need for human intervention – finally come to fruition.

AUTOMATION EVERYWHERE will bring together the foremost developers of the technologies that go to make up automation (including virtualization, AI, machine learning, telemetry, robotics, analytics, automation middleware and security) with the communications service providers, systems integrators and OTTs that are blazing the trail by deploying them as part of production networks.

When: April 4, 2018
Where: Dallas, TX

Source: Automation Everywhere

Q’com Snags 5G OEMs, Carriers | EE Times


The OEMs include five of the top 10 smartphone makers but not Apple or Huawei.

Wall Street analysts speculate that Apple is poised to shift entirely to Intel LTE modems in its next handsets, and Huawei’s HiSilicon division may design a 5G baseband on its own or in its partnership with Taiwan’s Mediatek.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, announced previously that it is working with Qualcomm on 5G.

Source: Q’com Snags 5G OEMs, Carriers | EE Times

Sprint to refocus its efforts in federal and public markets

Sprint is to reinvest its market efforts with a portfolio of solutions for the federal and public market.

Included in the wireless, wireline and IoT solutions hat Sprint will offer to the federal and public sector are:

  1. Mobility
  2. Smart buildings
  3. Fleet and asset tracking
  4. Mobile forms
  5. Cloud
  6. OneWeb
  7. ARM Holding

Source: Sprint to refocus its efforts in federal and public markets

Smartphones: India success propels Chinese smartphones to top 5 global list


Fired by big success in the Indian market, three Chinese smartphone brands — Huawei, OPPO and Xiaomi — emerged among top five global brands next to Samsung and Apple.

Source: Smartphones: India success propels Chinese smartphones to top 5 global list, IT News, ET CIO

California is trying to bring back net neutrality, but the debate is complicated


Despite the dueling approaches, the two prominent Democrats have pledged to work together. Their proposals face heavy opposition from the telecom industry. And supporters say neither effort will be enough if the state does not also resuscitate federal rules to protect the privacy of internet customers.

“If the idea is, ‘I want people to go wherever they want on the internet in California,’ they won’t do that if they think their information is being monetized and privatized by visiting certain sites,” said Ernesto Falcon, legal counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Source: California is trying to bring back net neutrality, but the debate is complicated

Recovery eludes telecom firms as Reliance Jio returns to tariff war | Livemint

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While consumers would continue to enjoy cheap tariffs, older telecom operators, which are in the midst of a consolidation drive, would continue to see pressure on revenues and profitability.

“Incumbents’ move from a selective market share defence mode to a more aggressive one was met with an expression of displeasure from Jio in the form of fresh price cuts,” Kotak Institutional Equities said in a report dated 20 January.

Source: Recovery eludes telecom firms as Reliance Jio returns to tariff war – Livemint

Airtel customer complaint about nine connections linked to her Aadhaar number goes viral | Firstpost

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A concerned Airtel customer took to Twitter to voice her surprise about suspicious activity related to her Aadhaar number after she realized that nine phone numbers were verified using her number.

The most crucial point here is that she did not know about any of the other nine phone numbers linked to her Aadhaar number and the linking was done without her knowledge.

Source: Airtel customer complaint about nine connections linked to her Aadhaar number goes viral; UIDAI responds- Technology News, Firstpost

Reliance Jio’s quarterly profit underlines its prodigious potential

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In terms of profitability, Jio reported an expansion of 1,472.5 bps in its EBITDA margin, which came in at 38.2 percent.

The expansion was primarily due to the reduction in access charges (net), which fell from 34.8 percent of revenues from operations to 15.7 percent in the quarter gone by. This was because the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) cut interconnection usage charge (IUC) by 57 percent effective October 1, 2017.

What came as a boon for Jio was actually a bane for Airtel because the higher IUC being incurred by Jio was being paid to the market leader. As a result of TRAI’s decision, Airtel’s operating profit margin came under pressure and contracted 173 bps QoQ to 33.8 percent, around 440 bps lower than Jio’s.

Source: Reliance Jio’s quarterly profit underlines its prodigious potential

The best way for the FCC to enable a 5G future


The Wow Factor obscures the obstacles. Rollout for 5G depends on access to bandwidth. And here the ghost of Herbert Hoover stands tall. His legislative brainchild, the Radio Act of 1927, sandbags innovation by defining spectrum uses upfront, prior to authorization.

That we are even talking about 5G – let alone 1G, 2G, 3G or 4G – reveals that Hooverian public policy is possible to overcome. But it takes a while. First generation cellular was touted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in 1945, but licenses were not issued until 1984-89.

Under the Radio Act, each slice of the airwaves must be allocated according to “public interest, convenience or necessity,” a bureaucracy-enforcing meme that is a devil’s playground for insiders.

Key players include incumbents opposed to competing inventions as well as corporate counsel billing for slow rolls by the hour.

Source: Commentary: The best way for the FCC to enable a 5G future