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PPC showcases broadband connectivity solutions at SCaTINDIA 2018

Posted by Krista Tysco

SCaTINDIA marked its 27th year of operation this October 2018 with a three-day cable industry exhibition at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Mumbai, India.

The annual event is billed as the largest exhibition created exclusively for the Indian satellite and cable TV industry. It provides a showcase for products and innovations of specific relevance to cable networks and multiple cable television system operators (MSOs).

Topics: Broadband, exhibitions, Fiber innovations

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Cable-Tec Expo 2018 announces 10-year project

Posted by Krista Tysco

Fiber and broadband experts from PPC Broadband were among hundreds of industry leaders who attended the recent SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, Georgia this October 22 to 25, 2018.

Day One of the event, we saw the organizers take the opportunity to announce the launch of an ambitious 10-year project which aims to encourage even greater participation by Multiple System Operators (MSOs) and strengthen partnerships with cable operators and industry associations.

Topics: Broadband, exhibitions, Fiber innovations

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PPC Broadband to join industry experts at Cable-Tec Expo (Booth 644)

Posted by Lucas Schacht

Representatives from PPC Broadband will be joining industry leaders at the upcoming SCTE-ISBE Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta, Georgia this October 22 to October 25, 2018.

The Expo is North America's largest cable telecom event, offering the opportunity for cable professionals to share technical knowledge and see first-hand demonstrations of state-of-the-art technology solutions.

Topics: Broadband, Design and Install, Pushable Fiber, Fiber to the home, Fiber to the premises, Fiber innovations, Coax

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PPC announces acquisition of optical fiber solutions provider NT2

Posted by Krista Tysco

PPC Broadband, Inc. has acquired the Nebraskan-based fiber provider, Net-Tech Technology (NT2) - a move that will add a range of innovative optical passives products to PPC's fiber business unit.

"Broadband providers are driving fiber deeper into their networks, increasing speed and capacity to meet subscriber demand," says PPC President Dave Jackson. "The year-over-year spend continues to increase and we believe this trend will continue well into the future." 

Topics: Fiber innovations, Headend

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PPC introduces latest connector innovations at ANGA COM 2018

Posted by Paul Ekpenyong

The PPC Broadband team joined experts from across the international telecommunications and media industry to attend theANGA COM Exhibition and Conference in Cologne, Germany,12 June to 14 June, 2018.

The annual event, which is organized by the Association of German Cable Operators (ANGA), attracted a record500 exhibitors this year, and brought together innovations and insights from network operators, service providers and vendors from 36 countries.

Topics: Fiber innovations, Fiber to the home, Broadband, Coax

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PPC to showcase newest fiber installation innovations at ANGA COM 2018

Posted by Krista Tysco

Representatives from PPC Broadband will join experts from across the international telecommunications and media industry at the ANGA COM Exhibition and Conference which takes place in Cologne, Germany,12 June through 14 June, 2018.

Organised by the Association of German Cable Operators (ANGA), this year's event has attracted a record 500 exhibitors, bringing together network operators, content providers, vendors and service providers from 36 countries.

Topics: Fiber innovations, Market trends

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Worldwide fiber news and innovation roundup of 2017

Posted by Krista Tysco

Fiber-optic broadband is changing lives around the globe - whether it’s enabling people to work and study remotely, the rise of more clever and connected gadgets, increased demand for digital storage methods, or the simple pleasure of streaming Ultra HD TV.

In this blog post, we look back over some of the highlights within the fiber industry over the past year, with a roundup of news, developments and innovations from around the globe.

Topics: Fiber innovations, Market trends

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Does “American Made” help your customers?

Posted by Krista Tysco

Made in America is a rare sight on packaging and labels, but seeing that label doesn’t just instill American pride and tout American jobs for cable and Internet providers.

Working with a company that can provide innovative and custom products with delivery in a matter of days, instead of weeks or months, can save time and improve subscriber satisfaction.

Local facilities prepared for customer requests

If a product needs to be shipped from the other side of the world, it will take much longer to arrive at a service provider’s facility than if it’s shipped from within their own country, possibly from within their own region or state. Installations and repairs can be done much sooner if product is locally available, generating revenue and customer satisfaction. Ideally, providers should source products with shipping as one of the major considerations for purchase.

Topics: Costs/ROI, Broadband, Fiber innovations

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The challenges of deploying fiber alongside coax

Posted by Peter Carapella


In a more and more competitive market, cable operators are increasingly looking to deploy fiber alongside coax services to their subscribers. This delivers the best of both worlds – coax provides a known, well-understood connection that is proven to handle standard TV and voice calls, while fiber delivers the superfast broadband performance that consumers are now demanding for high-speed internet access and media streaming.

There is now much greater competition between cable, fixed-line and cellular operators, leading to consolidation and a need for companies to differentiate themselves. The need to supply increasing capacity per subscriber is accomplished by deploying advanced technologies and fiber deeper into the network. Therefore, adding fiber to the premises (FTTP) to their existing coax offering allows cable operators to deliver new, additional products and services, retain existing customers and win new ones.

However, it also brings new challenges, particularly around the installation and cost-effective maintenance of two different technologies. There are four key issues that operators and installers need to overcome when deploying fiber alongside coax:

Topics: Design and Install, Fiber innovations, Fiber to the home

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VECTOR – the end to field-fit connector issues?

Posted by Shaun Trezise


Fitting connectors to fiber optic cables in the field is a complex and highly specialized task. It is easy for dust and dirt to contaminate connectors, blocking the optical signal and leading to light loss, reducing power and efficiency. It is also a delicate process requiring dexterity and high attention to detail. In some instances, the cable has to be scrapped, and the process started again if the fiber performance is not satisfactory.

Consequently, field splicing connectors has become a highly specialized art, requiring highly skilled staff armed with expensive fiber splicing equipment. As fiber network rollouts accelerate, this approach is simply no longer adequate to meet operator needs for speed, efficiency, and cost-effective deployments.

Finding skilled staff can be expensive, particularly in developing countries or for new market entrants - yet there is a need to minimize installation time and operating expenses around deployments.

Topics: Design and Install, Fiber innovations, Fiber to the home

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