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Vecima Adds U.S. Manufacturing of Certain Entra® Fiber Access Equipment to Meet Buy America Requirements in Support of Department of Commerce BEAD Program

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Today, Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) announced selection of a U.S. manufacturer for certain Entra® Fiber Access Products.

Key Points: 
  • Today, Vecima Networks Inc. (TSX: VCM) announced selection of a U.S. manufacturer for certain Entra® Fiber Access Products.
  • As a part of its partnership with Vecima, MARA Technologies USA expects to add approximately 100 new U.S.-based workers.
  • Expanding manufacturing of certain Vecima Entra Fiber Access OLTs to the U.S. offers service providers an industry-recognized OLT option for their build out of fiber broadband networks under the BEAD program.
  • “Today’s announcement that certain Vecima Networks’ Fiber Access OLTs will be manufactured by MARA Technologies USA in Holly, Michigan helps ensure Build America, Buy America (BABA) compliance required by the NTIA program.

Northeastern University and Open 6G OTIC Partners with AT&T and Verizon to Advance Open and Interoperable Cellular Networks in NTIA T&E Award

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

"We are happy to work with leading operators and vendors to advance the Open RAN ecosystem," says Tommaso Melodia, Director of WIoT at Northeastern University.

Key Points: 
  • "We are happy to work with leading operators and vendors to advance the Open RAN ecosystem," says Tommaso Melodia, Director of WIoT at Northeastern University.
  • The Northeastern University Open 6G OTIC is a one-stop shop for Open RAN innovation.
  • It serves as a hub for the development and testing of next-generation wireless networks utilizing Open RAN technology and Artificial Intelligence.
  • The Northeastern University OTIC can also test massive Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MIMO) radios, key to improving the spectral efficiency of Open RAN.

DOCOMO to Collaborate with AT&T, Verizon and Jio for Open RAN Verifications

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

TOKYO, Feb 13, 2024 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it will participate in Open RAN verifications in the United States as the ACCoRD (Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments) project in a consortium jointly founded with AT&T Inc. (AT&T), Verizon Communications Inc. (Verizon), and Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio).

Key Points: 
  • TOKYO, Feb 13, 2024 - (JCN Newswire) - NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that it will participate in Open RAN verifications in the United States as the ACCoRD (Acceleration of Compatibility and Commercialization for Open RAN Deployments) project in a consortium jointly founded with AT&T Inc. (AT&T), Verizon Communications Inc. (Verizon), and Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio).
  • This consortium was awarded a USD 42.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)(1) on February 12.
  • The consortium comprises telecom operators and US universities and suppliers include equipment vendors from the United States and abroad, and is committed to verifying multi-vendor Open RAN connectivity for further commercial deployments.
  • (2) OREX is an Open RAN service provider launched by DOCOMO in collaboration with multiple global vendors, providing customized Open RAN solutions to address the needs of each customer.

New grant from NTIA focuses on accelerating O-RAN across multiple carriers and vendors globally

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Monday, February 12, 2024

The work of this consortium will focus on refining and driving standards, equipment and interoperability to accelerate O-RAN across the globe, especially as it relates to multi-vendor performance.

Key Points: 
  • The work of this consortium will focus on refining and driving standards, equipment and interoperability to accelerate O-RAN across the globe, especially as it relates to multi-vendor performance.
  • The award of $42.3 million is made under the Public Wireless Supply Chain Innovation Fund created by Congress.
  • The work resulting from this grant will drive the evolution of multi-vendor ORAN capabilities to a level of reliability and performance our customers have come to expect.
  • More competition, more innovation, exceptional performance, and increased supplier diversity will all be net benefits to operators and customers.

Mears Broadband Launches LLC, Driving More Efficiency into Fiber Network Construction Abilities

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Mears Broadband, LLC , a turnkey fiber broadband network construction contractor, today announced that as of January 1, 2024, it has officially launched as a standalone entity under the Quanta Services umbrella.

Key Points: 
  • Mears Broadband, LLC , a turnkey fiber broadband network construction contractor, today announced that as of January 1, 2024, it has officially launched as a standalone entity under the Quanta Services umbrella.
  • As a standalone entity, Mears Broadband has more flexibility and agility in responding to the fast-paced, evolving needs of the fiber broadband industry.
  • With construction absorbing 70-80% of fiber deployment costs, Mears Broadband plays an important role in ensuring that BEAD proposals are feasible and successful.
  • We remain committed to safety, quality, reliability, and customer service and all current service offerings will remain in place as well, including underground fiber construction, aerial fiber construction, and design and engineering.

First O-RAN ALLIANCE Summit of MWC Barcelona To Present Global Perspectives on Adopting Open and Intelligent RAN

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Monday, February 5, 2024

It will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2024, 8:30-13h CET in MWC Barcelona Hall 8, Theatre 5.

Key Points: 
  • It will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2024, 8:30-13h CET in MWC Barcelona Hall 8, Theatre 5.
  • 2023 was an eventful year for the global advancement of Open and Intelligent RAN, including: advancement of key specifications; approval of 8 new Open Testing and Integration Centres (OTICs); PlugFests involving 112 companies; and several national operators announcing commercial scale deployments.
  • O-RAN members, contributors, media and analysts, and others interested in the state of Open RAN are invited to attend.
  • "It is great to welcome so many industry players at the O-RAN ALLIANCE Summit to discuss the latest achievements and live network experiences in creating and deploying open and intelligent RAN solutions."

First O-RAN ALLIANCE Summit of MWC Barcelona To Present Global Perspectives on Adopting Open and Intelligent RAN

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Monday, February 5, 2024

It will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2024, 8:30-13h CET in MWC Barcelona Hall 8, Theatre 5.

Key Points: 
  • It will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2024, 8:30-13h CET in MWC Barcelona Hall 8, Theatre 5.
  • O-RAN ALLIANCE Summit – Accelerating Open RAN Adoption on 28 Feb 2024, 8:30-13h CET in MWC Barcelona Hall 8, Theatre 5.
  • O-RAN members, contributors, media and analysts, and others interested in the state of Open RAN are invited to attend.
  • "It is great to welcome so many industry players at the O-RAN ALLIANCE Summit to discuss the latest achievements and live network experiences in creating and deploying open and intelligent RAN solutions."

Fiber Broadband Association Study Reveals Detailed Fiber Broadband Deployment Costs

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Monday, January 22, 2024

The Fiber Broadband Association today announced the results of its 2023 Fiber Deployment Cost Study, conducted by Cartesian , which provides the industry’s benchmark to help fiber broadband service providers evaluate their cost profile and identify areas of inefficiency.

Key Points: 
  • The Fiber Broadband Association today announced the results of its 2023 Fiber Deployment Cost Study, conducted by Cartesian , which provides the industry’s benchmark to help fiber broadband service providers evaluate their cost profile and identify areas of inefficiency.
  • FBA’s comprehensive study identifies that, on average, labor contributed to 73% of underground build costs and 67% of aerial costs.
  • “As broadband providers across the country look to leverage public and private funding to connect communities to high-quality broadband services, understanding the cost variables of deployment remains a vital component to broadband plans and proposals,” said Deborah Kish, Vice President of Research and Workforce Development at the Fiber Broadband Association.
  • “Our annual Fiber Deployment Survey uncovers fiber cost benchmarks and how costs change over time—information that is critical for broadband providers and state broadband offices as they prepare competitive applications for NTIA BEAD funding to connect their communities to reliable fiber broadband services.”
    The 2023 Fiber Deployment Study survey respondents spanned across the U.S. and the fiber deployment ecosystem to include network operators, municipal broadband providers, utility/electric cooperatives, prime contractors, and subcontractors.

Clearfield® Streamlines its Supply Chain with CraftSmart® Fiber Protection Vault for Underground Deployments

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Clearfield (NASDAQ:CLFD), the leader in community broadband fiber connectivity, today announced the availability of the CraftSmart® Fiber Protection Vault, an innovative, new design that eliminates the current supply chain constraints and delivers a 300% improvement in shipping and inventory space.

Key Points: 
  • Clearfield (NASDAQ:CLFD), the leader in community broadband fiber connectivity, today announced the availability of the CraftSmart® Fiber Protection Vault, an innovative, new design that eliminates the current supply chain constraints and delivers a 300% improvement in shipping and inventory space.
  • The vault also allows operators to mount Clearfield’s new FiberFirst 12” plastic pedestals on the lid.
  • Orders for the CraftSmart Fiber Protection Vault can be placed starting now.
  • More information on the CraftSmart Fiber Protection Vault can be found on the data sheet , this video and at www.SeeClearfield.com .

Sanborn’s Broadband NavigatorTM automates the BEAD Challenge Process

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Sanborn’s Broadband NavigatorTM web portal technology ( https://sanborn.com/broadband-navigator/ ) provides states a cost effective and uniform guidance compliant method to automate their BEAD Challenge Process.

Key Points: 
  • Sanborn’s Broadband NavigatorTM web portal technology ( https://sanborn.com/broadband-navigator/ ) provides states a cost effective and uniform guidance compliant method to automate their BEAD Challenge Process.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240110131883/en/
    Sanborn’s Broadband Navigator™ web portal technology (https://sanborn.com/broadband-navigator/) provides states a cost effective and uniform guidance compliant method to automate their BEAD Challenge Process.
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    The Broadband Navigator makes it easy for all eligible entities - Local Governments, ISPs (Internet Service Providers), and Non-Profits – to participate in their state’s BEAD Challenge Process: They can search on an address, view broadband coverage details, take a speed test, and submit evidence to challenge the broadband coverage determination.
  • “The advantage of our approach to the BEAD State Challenge Process is that it combines Sanborn’s decades of experience mapping state broadband coverage with modern methods of scalable web-based process automation,” said Justin Fazzari, Senior Broadband Strategist at Sanborn.