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Huawei Releases FastReach Solution Helping Operators Improve Broadband ROI Rate 0

Huawei Releases FastReach Solution Helping Operators Improve Broadband ROI Rate

Xi’an, China, July 20, 2017 At the ninth Huawei User Group Meeting, Huawei released the FastReach solution, enabling operators to build valuable broadband networks and improve return on investment (ROI). This solution supports two core capabilities: fast network construction and fast operation. It effectively helps operators build networks rapidly and reduce site deployment costs by up to 70%.

Additionally, operators can establish operation environments quickly, greatly increasing the installation rates of home broadband users and shortening the ROI period. Fast network construction greatly increases fiber to the x (FTTx) efficiency through innovative engineering, infrastructure synergy, and innovative O&M tools. Fast network construction includes: Implementing deployment synergy for broadband networks and power facilities, realizing fast fiber routing.

Deploying mini OLTs and wireless base stations in the same cabinet or site, enabling operators to reuse most infrastructure resources on live networks. Performing acceptance through smartphone apps (without meters), achieving intelligent, automatic, and fast acceptance for optical distribution networks (ODNs) and further improving network construction and deployment efficiency. Fast operation supports three core components: mini operations support system (OSS), number provisioning map, and an app for integrated installation, maintenance, and operation.

These components enable operators to rapidly develop capabilities for broadband service operation, perform targeted development of broadband users, and improve installation rates. A lightweight mini OSS for number provisioning can be deployed in as fast as three months, enabling operators to quickly provision numbers for broadband services. Additionally, number provisioning maps accurately display network resource information from different dimensions, including global position, regional position, and building dimensions, so operators can develop service packages and user development strategies based on bandwidth resources.

The app for integrated installation, maintenance, and operation realizes business hall mobilization. Installation and maintenance personnel can promote different service packages for users during door-to-door installation and maintenance, and community promotion activities to seize more marketing opportunities, accelerating broadband user development. Guo Dazheng, General Manager of Huawei’s Network SingleOSS Domain, said, “Emerging markets’ demands on broadband communication are far from being satisfied.

The biggest obstacle hindering the development of emerging markets is excessively low broadband ROI. We believe that by supporting fast network construction and fast operation, Huawei’s FastReach solution can help operators develop their broadband user base rapidly and increase installation rates effectively. Therefore, operators are able to shorten ROI periods and construct valuable networks.” Broadband networks are the foundations for a smart society.

Huawei, a world-leading ultra broadband (UBB) network solution provider, is committed to providing innovative future-oriented solutions for operators in the long term.

To date, Huawei has provided UBB access services for 500 million home users around the world.

In the future, Huawei will continue to work with global operators and industry partners to drive the sustainable development of the UBB industry and build a better connected world.

Four More Western Mass.</p><p>Towns Opt For Charter 0

Four More Western Mass.

Towns Opt For Charter

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute announced Wednesday that four additional towns in the western end of the state have opted for Charter Communications broadband.  The towns of Egremont, Hancock, Peru and Tyringham have agreed to join the broadband internet program, provided by Charter Communications. Charter will receive a $4.4 million incentive from the Massachusetts Broadband Institute to provide the towns with high-speed internet. MBI says if a town opts for a private company, it doesn’t need to use tax dollars to build a network itself.

Towns like Otis, Alford and Mount Washington have chosen to go that route – with assistance from the state.

MBI says it has helped expand broadband in 46 of the 53 communities it listed as unserved in Central and Western Massachusetts. 

High Speed Internet Four towns opt for Charter broadband Year long project will start after permitting 0

High Speed Internet Four towns opt for Charter broadband Year long project will start after permitting

Four additional Berkshires towns will opt to obtain long-awaited broadband internet service from a private company, courtesy of a $4.4 million state incentive. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute announced Wednesday that officials in Egremont, Hancock, Peru and Tyringham have agreed to join a program devised last year that subsidizes network construction by cable companies. Charter Communications will receive $4,420,000 from the institute to provide high-speed connections to the four towns, as well as the community of Princeton in Worcester County.

The money comes from a bond authorization approved by the state Legislature. For Egremont, the Charter deal sets up a rivalry between two ventures, since Fiber Connect is already on the ground there creating a network it expects to debut as early as this summer. “I’m just very glad. This is another milestone,” said Jeffrey Lazarus of Egremont’s technology committee said of the Charter agreement. “I’m hoping that reasonable internet broadband is in our future.” The Charter buildout will reach 3,600 premises in the five towns.

The deal moves the MBI closer to its goal of closing the digital divide in the 19 Berkshires communities it identified as unserved in early 2016. More broadly, the MBI says that out of 53 communities listed as unserved in Central and Western Massachusetts, 46 of them have completed a buildout, landed a last-mile grant for an approved project or are considering what the group terms “a viable option to close the broadband gap.” Charter agreed to the MBI’s requirement that it reach 96 percent of premises in each of the towns. The company says it plans to offer customers the option of purchasing a package of TV, data and phone options through its Spectrum service.

The Charter agreement had to be approved by Select Boards in each of the towns. By opting for broadband through a private company, the towns will not have to devote local taxpayer dollars to a network project. In a June vote, residents of Peru strongly backed the Charter option over owning their own network, a move embraced by state Rep.

Paul Mark, D-Peru. Mark has told The Eagle he believes he’s the only lawmaker without a home broadband connection. “I couldn’t be more excited for my hometown of Peru to be on the verge of full connectivity,” he said in a statement provided by the MBI. Other towns are in the process of building municipally owned networks, paid for through a combination of state grants and local government borrowing.

The MBI has so far allocated nearly $16 million to 18 towns pursuing that option. Towns in Berkshire County going that route include Alford, Otis and Mount Washington. Charter is expected to complete construction in the four Berkshires towns within a year of obtaining permits and clearance from the phone and power companies for access to utility poles.

That timetable keeps it behind Fiber Connect in Egremont. That privately owned company, one of three that pitched to provide service in the town, has already obtained pole access from the utilities, according to Lazarus. “They’re moving along,” he said of Fiber Connect. The town’s Select Board this week granted the company, run by Adam Chait, a key approval.

Lazarus noted Charter will have to play catch-up. “That is a bit of a process,” he said of gaining access to utility poles. “So that’s going to take a while.” Chait could not be reached for comment. The Charter deal announced Wednesday mirrors one reached last August, when the MBI provided financial incentives to Charter to supply broadband coverage in three other Berkshires communities it had never sought to serve. Those towns include Hinsdale, Lanesborough and West Stockbridge.

In a May visit, Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov.

Karyn Polito toured West Stockbridge to speak with new Charter customers and to celebrate their administration’s broadband push. That earlier Charter project is expected to be completed next year. In a release, Baker and Polito said this week the latest deal improves the odds for economic success in the towns.

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