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Vecima Wins Two 2020 Broadband Technology Report (BTR) Diamond Technology Review Awards

Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX:VCM) announced today it has won two 2020 Broadband Technology Report (BTR) Diamond Technology Review awards: one for the Entra™ EN2112 Access Node and one for the Terrace™ IQ Commercial Video Gateway. Highly reputable in the cable and telecom industry, the awards are based on a variety of criteria, including unique technological innovation, ease-of-use, efficiency, reliability, and contribution to profitability, and is judged by panel of executives from operators such as Buckeye, Comcast, Charter, Cox, Mediacom, and Rogers.

The EN2112 Access Node is a high density, compact 2-port node. Built to ensure global standards compliance, maximum CCAP core interoperability, industry-leading feature sets, massive scale and ongoing reliability for next generation DOCSIS 3.1 Distributed Access Architecture (“DAA”) ecosystems, the EN2112 is one of the most compact and feature rich Remote PHY nodes available today. Vecima’s EN2112 bridges the new 10G digital fiber CIN networks and the legacy RF

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Washington state’s broadband guru on an internet moonshot and being a metaphorical prom king

Russ Elliott in his man-cave COVID-19 workspace. (Photo courtesy of Russ Elliott)

When a buddy of Russ Elliott‘s asked if he’d join him in starting a telecom company, he flat out said no. While his friend had been a great help building a website he needed, the venture didn’t have any financial backing and Elliott wasn’t versed in internet connectivity.

But when his friend took the unusual step of sending him a motivational postcard — something with an iceberg and a corny message about not knowing what’s out there unless you took a risk — it played on his mind. Elliott had an MBA. He had drive. He decided to embrace the inspirational cliché.

With that, some 20 years ago Elliott helped launch what became a successful business in Colorado called Brainstorm Internet, serving as its president for 13 years.

“We were nimble and quick and had smart people on

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ProLabs Wins 2020 Broadband Technology Report (BTR) Diamond Technology Review Awards for its Optical Monitoring Platform

ProLabs’ OMP solutions allow network operators to proactively monitor DWDM line systems in their access network, whether utilized for distributed access architectures (DAA) or dedicated fiber business services. The solution combines two complementary monitoring methods, an optical channel monitor and an optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) facility that can be applied to each fiber. The two devices are combined and is shared up to 48-fibers egressing a given facility – providing a cost-effective, multi-layer fiber monitoring solution.

“With its advanced monitoring and automation – the network operator can drastically reduce mean time to repair (MTTR) by pinpointing the failure (hardware or plant) as well as automatically trigger a remote OTDR operation that would normally involve a truck roll to the site,” said Jon Eikel, ProLabs Chief Strategy Officer. “The improvement in customer experience, elimination of the initial troubleshooting truck roll, and fault isolation each provide a critical step in

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Elon Musk: SpaceX’s Starlink broadband public beta ready to go after latest launch

After several delays, SpaceX has finally launched its 12th Starlink Mission, which brings its internet-beaming satellite constellation to just under the 800 it needs to deliver moderate coverage in North America.  

With this latest launch at Tuesday, 7:29 am EDT from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, SpaceX has now launched 775 Linux-powered Starlink satellites. But, via CBS News, only 728 Starlink satellites remain in orbit, according to astronomer Jonathan McDowell’s latest Space Report.  

As noted by Space.com, before Tuesday’s successful Starlink launch, SpaceX had scrubbed four attempted launches due to weather and other issues. SpaceX integration and test engineer Siva Bharadvaj said Tuesday was “a happy end to Scrub-tober”.

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More importantly for broadband-starved potential customers in the US, this latest batch of 60 Starlink satellites clears the way for a public beta in northern US and possibly southern Canada. 

“Once these satellites reach

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Italy Broadband Merger: Government Expects EU Deal for Network, Telecom Italia

A Telecom Italia store in Rome.

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

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Italy’s government is confident that the European Union will ultimately back its plan to create a single national broadband network under former monopoly Telecom Italia SpA, a minister said.

The government will offer Brussels guarantees that the plan assures telecommunications companies equal treatment and a level playing field, Stefano Patuanelli, minister for economic development, said in an interview in Rome.

“Brussels is aware that the proposed combination is just a first step which will see other telecoms companies involved at later stages,” the minister said, “I don’t see the risk of it blocking the deal, but I definitely see the EU position to advocate for the protection of the free market.”

Telecom Italia is involved in a state-backed plan to create

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Old TV knocked out village’s broadband every day for 18 months

Sept. 22 (UPI) — Engineers investigating why an entire Welsh village lost broadband signal at the same time every day for 18 months said they finally identified the source: an elderly resident’s old TV set.

Openreach, the firm that maintains telephone and broadband Internet infrastructure in Britain, said engineers visited the village of Aberhosan after nearly all of the settlement’s 400 residents reported losing their broadband signal for 18 months every day at 7 a.m.

He said the investigators set out to determine whether electrical interference was to blame.

“We walked up and down the village in the torrential rain at 6 a.m. to see if we could find an electrical noise to support our theory. And at 7 a.m., like clockwork, it happened. Our device picked up a large burst of electrical interference,” engineer Michael Jones said.

Jones said the team traced the interference to a home, where they

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Ireland’s rural broadband plan is 3 years ahead of schedule: McCourt

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and US business man David McCourt who leads The Irish Broadband consortium sign the National Broadband plan at St Kevin???s National School in Co Wicklow.

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DUBLIN — Ireland’s 3 billion euro ($3.5 billion) plan to connect rural areas to high-speed broadband is on track to be delivered in under 10 years, according to the firm leading the rollout.

David McCourt is the chairman of National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the vehicle created by U.S. media and telecoms investment firm Granahan McCourt, which won the National Broadband Plan contract.

He told CNBC that despite some hurdles in the early days of the coronavirus lockdown, the project could be completed in around seven years, under the originally slated 10 years.

The 25-year contract, which will see NBI manage the network after completion, was signed in November 2019. It brings together several firms and contractors

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EU Said to Lean Against a Merger of Italy Broadband Networks

(Bloomberg) — The European Union’s antitrust arm would likely oppose Italy’s plan to create a single national broadband network controlled by former monopoly Telecom Italia SpA, according to people familiar with the matter. Telecom Italia shares fell as much as 7.4%.


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EU competition officials led by Margrethe Vestager are concerned that a proposed combination of Telecom Italia’s landline network and its smaller, state-backed rival Open Fiber SpA would create a monopoly, reversing two decades of deregulation, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the deliberations are private.

Telecom Italia Chief Executive Officer Luigi Gubitosi has been pushing for an Open Fiber deal for months, and has made it clear the company won’t cede control of the network once it becomes Italy’s single provider of wholesale fixed-line broadband access.

It plans to design a full set of corporate governance remedies to guarantee the rights of minority

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Mississippi Investigates AT&T $300 Million Plan To Expand Rural Broadband


As states across the country scramble to get reliable internet service to low-income and rural areas during the pandemic, the state of Mississippi has subpoenaed telecommunications giant AT&T, seeking records of the work it promised to do to expand broadband access in the state as part of a nearly $300 million project, according to the Associated Press.

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A Mississippi Public Service Commissioner has signed an investigative subpoena, AP said, seeking records from AT&T related to the company’s claim to have made internet service available to 133,000 locations in the state through the Connect America Fund, a federal program for expanding broadband in rural parts of the country.

Students in rural and low-income parts

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Friday Fry Up: Cyber security and the IT pro, Working-from-hardware, Sky TV rugby and broadband

Cyber security and the IT professional

“Steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot and they make you king.” That old Bob Dylan line rang true during an online cyber security session hosted by IT Professionals this week.

IT Professionals CEO Paul Matthews made the point that if a group of people stood outside NZX and threw rocks at the building, the police would arrest them. But when an attack happens in cyber space, companies can find themselves fighting off the attackers all by themselves. Is the GCSB adequately resourced? Keen readers of Fry Up will know that we sought to answer that question last week, with the GCSB Minister Andrew Little noting that the total GCSB budget for 2020-21 is $221.3 million. Not really a patch on the Australian government’s $1.3 billion spend on cyber defence. Matthews says the GCSB needs to turn from an

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