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PPC Broadband had a memorable 2019, highlighted by three acquisitions and an expansion of our fiber product portfolio. We attended 25+ trade shows on ...

As we move forward to 2019, we're looking back on a few of the highlights of the cable industry and on another successful year for PPC Broadband. ...

For broadband service providers and operators, the pressure is on to bring new, enhanced and high-quality products to market for quicker download ...

Balancing the price of network components against the lifetime cost is an ongoing challenge for broadband service providers as they strive to ...

The rapid development of ultra broadband (UBB) connectivity (defined as provision of downstream data rates of 100 Mbits per second over any type of ...

Studies have shown that 40% of all cable broadband service calls are related to issues with the drop network. So if you’re looking to ensure better ...

The telecoms industry has been developing with monumental pace in recent years, as highlighted in the latest Telecoms.com Intelligence Annual ...

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 ...

Cable manufacturers and suppliers are required to meet specific classifications for the products they sell around the world, and label it as such for ...

The continuing evolution of the internet, and the ever-increasing consumer demand for quality, capacity and speed, means broadband service providers ...

The global broadband market is becoming increasingly mobile. According to data from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), mobile broadband ...

In today’s technological world, internet speed is important to everyone. Almost every household has multiple web-enabled devices, and with the ...

TV and Internet service providers are always looking for ways to help improve the customer experience of their broadband network, while keeping costs ...

In this post, we explore how you can future proof and differentiate a property through delivering a fiber solution, while also increasing customer ...

If you are trying to decide on a product to include in your network design or installation – and you have a choice between several products that meet ...

With increased bandwidth beyond 1 GHz, maintaining the correct carrier levels at a subscriber location is becoming more difficult. The challenge is ...

In managing the infrastructure of broadband networks, an often underacknowledged element is the coaxial cabling and connectors required to deliver ...

Delivering DOCSIS services, whether it is 64 QAM upstream (3.0) or orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) 1024 (3.1), is often possible ...

The broadband FTTH market is in its infancy in North America and very little attention has been paid to the last 150’ drop necessary to bring a low ...

Fusion splicing is often used and is appropriate for trunk portions of a network; it offers low optical and reflection loss and splicing efficiency ...

The last drop of a subscriber communications network - from the node or tap to the home (also known as the "drop network") - has traditionally been ...

As the use of FTTx architectures grows in the MSO community, the selection of a specific delivery architecture and technology should be based on the ...

In our digitally connected world, consumers increasingly require high speed broadband in their homes, whether for leisure, work, education or keeping ...

99% isn’t good enough! The cable industry is changing rapidly, with consumers increasingly demanding greater capacity so that they can download and ...

One of the questions asked about fiber to the home (FTTH) networks is simple – what are the applications that will need the high capacity and speed ...

Most people have heard of Moore’s Law, which broadly states that the number of transistors on a silicon chip will double every two years, with a ...

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 ...

In a previous blog I looked at the strong case for NGPON2, a fiber system which offers a minimum of 40 Gb/s aggregate downstream bandwidth, spread ...

Let’s face it - the telecoms industry doesn’t have the best of reputations when it comes to customer satisfaction. But something seems to be ...

On both sides of the Atlantic, we are seeing a growing buildout of metro fiber networks, as well as a consolidation of national fiber, which will ...

Spanish eyes are currently smiling on record growth in the fiber to the home (FTTH) market, as operators compete to roll out super-fast broadband ...

Fiber to the home (FTTH) deployments are set to ramp up significantly over the next two years. Especially in the US, we are now moving from the early ...

To the layperson, all fiber cables can seem the same, with the only potential difference being in their dimensions. But look closer and there is a ...

At first sight, a mobile network and a modern, optical fiber-rich, fixed line network have little in common. They might be seen as competitors. After ...

When rolling out a new fiber to the home (FTTH) network operators have to take into account multiple factors, including potential demand, deployment ...

When deploying a fiber network, one of the key factors used to calculate ROI is how long it will operate. After all, some copper networks have lasted ...

Deploying an entirely new fiber network, while meeting tough budget constraints - all within tight timescales - is a challenge for any operator. Add ...

Across the world, people are increasingly demanding faster broadband - and it is often one of the factors they take into account when choosing where ...

In previous blogs, we’ve looked at what will drive demand for the increased bandwidth that fiber to the home connections provide. One of the biggest ...

In a previous blog I explored the move from GPON to NGPON2 fiber architectures, as telcos look to deliver gigabit speeds to their users. Things have ...

Today we are almost completely dependent on our connectivity. Thanks to the web, we are surfing, streaming, working more flexibly, and turning our ...

Many years ago when I was in Japan on business, I had the pleasure of travelling on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka. It ...

When deciding the best fiber architecture for their network, planners have to make the choice between point to point (P2P) or a passive ...

The Irish government has announced an ambitious National Broadband Plan (NBP) to intervene in the provision of broadband services covering 700,000 ...

Even in the midst of current fiber network rollouts, research and development is continuing on the next generation of optical technology, looking to ...

Previously, we’ve looked at the applications that will drive the need for Fiber to the Home (FTTH) networks. One of the areas mentioned was the ...

In a previous blog, I looked at Standards Organizations, what they do and how they relate to each other. As a follow up this post looks at how ...

Earlier in February, I attended the 2015 FTTH Europe conference in Warsaw, where there seemed to be greater optimism around the European fiber market ...

In a previous blog post, my colleague, Tom Carpenter gave his views on the global Fiber to the Home (FTTH) market, and discussed the ongoing "net ...

Following on from my half year report back in June 2014, I thought it is worthwhile to share my views on what has been happening across the Fiber to ...

In the high-tech telecoms world, the credit for new advances often goes to smart scientists and busy entrepreneurs. However, there is a group of ...

If you live in a rural location, superfast broadband roll-outs can take a long time to reach you - but if you're still waiting to be connected to ...

There were raised eyebrows among digital natives in Australia recently when Netflix announced it would open for business in Australia in March 2015. ...

It is one of life’s ironies that the equipment used to establish ultra-fast communication links, the telecommunications fixed network, has lived up ...

How did the universe begin? Does it have an end? Answering these questions is the aim of the Subaru Prime Focus Spectrograph (PFS), which will be ...

The introduction in the United States of gigabit Fiber to the Home (FTTH) connectivity made me wonder what this extra speed could be used for. After ...

Currently operators in countries around the world are investing heavily in rolling out fiber broadband to subscribers, either directly with Fiber to ...

Today’s cars are full of the latest electronic toys, making them a moving office and entertainment center all in one. We have CD players, iPod ports, ...

In business, everyone expects high quality products and services, meaning that praise from customers is pretty rare. So, when our US partner Core ...

Recently I visited Thailand on business, providing me with a vivid reminder of my back packing days twenty years ago. Then my adventure was raw, ...

As we approach the halfway mark of 2014, I thought it worthwhile to share my views on the trends we are seeing in the FTTH and pushable fiber market ...

I’ve just come back from sunny Moscow, where I attended a very busy Sviaz-Expocomm show. Officially titled the 26th International Exhibition for ...

Currently one of the fastest growing markets for fibre is in Africa, with huge communications infrastructure rollouts underway across the continent. ...

Amidst all the high speed network rollouts that are happening across the world, there’s an ongoing discussion about the relative balance between ...

The deployment of high speed fibre broadband has the ability to regenerate whole regions, boosting business competitiveness and creating jobs. ...

The news that Los Angeles is planning a gigabit fiber network to connect every business and home within the city limits is a further demonstration of ...

This week sees the 80th birthday of Sir Charles Kuen Kao, the pioneering electrical engineer who has been described as the Father of Fibre Optics and ...

In a previous post we discussed the options consumers and businesses have when it comes to high speed broadband in the UK. In this follow on piece, ...

Over half of us now have a smartphone and we’re using mobile devices for more and more data intensive applications. It is predicted that by 2014, ...

Given the overwhelming success of British Cycling, both at the Olympics and the Tour de France, businesses have naturally been looking at how such ...

In the telecoms market innovation is constant as new standards and technologies are developed and rolled out around the world. The pace of change in ...

The move to the Cloud and explosion in Big Data is driving unprecedented growth in the data centre market. Analyst company TechNavio forecasts a ...

The equipment used in oil and gas extraction has to be able to cope with the harshest of environments. From the sub zero temperatures of Alaska to ...

Like many countries France is moving rapidly to a fibre optic future. Latest figures from telecoms regulator ARCEP found that there were 50,000 more ...

It is sometimes difficult to comprehend the explosive growth in data transmission rates over the last thirty years. We’ve moved from 56k dial up ...

Cars have evolved rapidly over the last decade, moving from the analogue to the digital world. Technology such as video and audio entertainment ...

PPC’s products are designed to protect optical fibre in the toughest surroundings. And while conditions on Earth can be difficult, venture into space ...

Like many countries around the world, the UK government understands that superfast broadband is crucial to competing in the global economy. Whether ...

Operating in harmony with the environment around us is fundamental to the longer term future of the planet. Organisations are therefore increasingly ...

Smartphones are driving a massive increase in mobile wireless data usage across the globe, which is only accelerating as technologies such as LTE and ...

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