Telecom

Cloudflare sneezes and takes down half the internet: A server policy change downed apps, websites, and crypto services for hours, exposing the fragility of relying on a centralized network infrastructure.

5G gains momentum through new applications: Consumer 5G adoption may have slowed down, but new markets for private 5G, additional functionality, and new applications are helping spread the bandwidth across industries.

Comcast vs. Baltimore: A movement toward treating the internet as a utility is gaining traction in Baltimore, which could mean a stronger local economy is ahead.

Russia wrestles control of Ukraine’s internet: Ukrainians who still have access to the internet are realizing their traffic is being rerouted to Russia surveillance networks, making it difficult for Ukrainians to stay connected.

Fragmented, overlapping strategies could cause broadband delays: The Government Accountability Office says the US needs a national broadband strategy to effectively distribute grant requests and close the digital divide.

Broadcom boosts software with VMware buy: The $61B deal allows the chipmaker to rely less on chips for growth while assembling parts for massive cloud, edge computing, and IoT expansion.

T-Mobile joins the private 5G race: The private 5G segment is facing growing competition in a $109 billion market expected to be the next connectivity battleground.

Canada ramps up 5G security: Huawei and ZTE solutions are banned. Critics say the move comes a little too late as telecoms bear the burden of replacing without disruption by June 2024.

XBox Live goes down globally: The game streaming service and games on devices were inaccessible as its cloud service went down. The trend of outages for high-bandwidth, high-traffic services continues.

Lower internet costs, faster speed could propel broadband adoption: The White House, members of Congress, and 20 ISPs are on board to connect low-income households, but ongoing fiber shortages could delay efforts.

omcast’s faster-than-fiber hollowcore tech could accelerate 10G adoption: Higher speed and low-latency upsides over legacy glass fiber networks could spur adoption in data center, financial services, and edge computing.

Telecom equipment facing supply scarcity, price increases: COVID closures in China, inflation, and supply chain hiccups mean ongoing uncertainty and likely delays for broadband and wireless projects waiting on materials.

Are recent video and gaming outages a sign of an overburdened infrastructure? The increase in high-resolution 4K video and demanding multiplayer games could be bogging down network connections.

Google Fi and other prepaid carriers can offer more-affordable 5G subscriptions using T-Mobile’s spectrum. Partnerships can drive down connectivity costs while ramping up 5G adoption.

Lockheed Martin becomes the DOD’s 5G integrator: 5G development can push the military’s digital transformation while partner companies build more secure solutions for consumer and private 5G applications.

Broadband funding is key focus of Biden budget: States will have funding sources even Congress challenges the proposal, but broadband infrastructure will likely continue to receive bipartisan support.

Secure private 5G networks could transform industrial communications: As more private 5G deployments in stadiums and in offices gain adoption, network-as-a-service installations can maximize what the technology has to offer.

Future Wi-Fi routers will sense movement: Smarter hotspots could find a niche in healthcare and patient-monitoring applications, but creating standards for different manufacturers’ devices to communicate will be a challenge.

AT&T’s 2.6M fiber locations boost fiber-to-the-premises growth: Government infrastructure subsidies could further accelerate the industry’s transition away from copper if funding becomes available sooner, rather than later.