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Exciting News! We just won the Award for Best Broadband Mapping and Database Solution at the 2023 #USBroadbandSummit. The winners of the inaugural #USBroadbandSummit Awards have been revealed, showcasing excellence in the world of connectivity. 

Congratulations to the outstanding recipients who were recognized for their achievements in effectiveness, technical innovation, financial and community impact, individual efforts in driving broadband investment, and true innovation in addressing the digital divide. 

2023 Winners:

Best Broadband & Data Mapping Solution or Initiative
ChatGIS and WiROI db Geospatial SaaS Platform: Wireless 20/20

Best Municipal Connectivity Program
Bringing the World's Fastest Community-wide Internet to the Chattanooga Area: EPB

Best Use of 5G FWA For Remote/Rural Connectivity
Ohio Transparent Telecom with Ericsson

Excellence in FTTH Deployment
WOW! Fiber Internet Deployment in Central Florida: WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone

Open Infrastructure & Networking Award
Ciena's Broadband Solution: Empowering Open Access Service Providers: Ciena

Public Services Deployment
NoaNet Supports Next Generation 911 Network for Washington State: Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet)

Enabling Connectivity - Middle Mile Award
Scalable and efficient middle mile traffic aggregation leveraging point-to-multipoint ICE-X coherent pluggables: Infinera

Excellence in Wireless Neutral Host Networks
Kajeet Smart Private 5G™️ Neutral Host Solution: Kajeet

Innovation in State Broadband Deployment Award
Arcadian Infracom and the California Department of Technology Announce Innovative Middle-Mile Fiber Partnership: Arcadian Infracom

Impact Award - Greatest Technical achievement in connecting the unconnected (Individual)
Robert Hance , Midwest Energy & Communications

Regional Operator of the Year

Impact in Broadband Affordability
American Connection Corps: A Program of Lead For America: Lead For America

Best Converged Solution – Cable & Connectivity
Harmonic cOS™ Broadband Platform: Harmonic

Editor’s Choice Award
Kathryn de Wit, The Pew Charitable Trusts

We are proud to be among these innovators who are transforming the landscape of broadband connectivity! #USBroadbandAwards 


Wireless 20/20 Senior Analyst Berge Ayvazian said carriers need to carefully assess any fiber-focused approach to planning their broadband networks. Ayvazian's firm is flogging a software package for carriers to help them identify unserved areas, calculate the cost to deploy fiber and broadband wireless networks, and quickly calculate a return on investment so they're not pouring their entire capital budget – and funding grants – into projects that will leave customers disappointed.

Ayvazian said many states would face difficult decisions when determining where and how to distribute funds from the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program in ways that maximize the number of unserved homes that ultimately receive broadband access. He argues that everyone in the BEAD funding process needs a real analysis of the service provider territory, including available fiber facilities and the fiber route miles needed to connect underserved locations.

With that info in hand, service providers stand a better chance of deploying their capital correctly, Ayvazian said. And, perhaps using a combination of access technologies, they can connect all the customers that need broadband.

Berge Ayvazian will be Moderating the opening panel during the U.S.-Turkey Virtual 5G Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) with support from the U.S. Commercial Service Turkey, Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and the Digital Transformation Office of the Presidency of Republic of Turkey.

The RDOF auction started with the great promise of bringing broadband to vast swatches of the U.S. that is lacking this essential utility.  It ended with questions of whether that promise can be fulfilled.

The RDOF auction was established to provide government funding to deploy broadband service to all locations that could not obtain broadband service of at least 25 Mbps download speeds.  The FCC defined over 53,000 CBGs (census block groups), each of which was defined by its coverage area, and the “locations” that needed to be covered by the new broadband service.  There was a total of over 5 million locations included in the auction.  Each CBG had a specified reserve price, which would be the government’s contribution in exchange for the reward winner’s obligation to provide broadband service to all of the designated locations in the CBG area.  The auction was a reverse auction, where the bidders would bid on a “how low would you go” basis.  Each round, the bidding was lowered by 10% of the reserve price.  The first round started at 180%, and finished at Round 19, when the bids had be reduced to below 10%, as low as the auction could go.  In addition to bidding at the reserve price for each round, bidders had to also indicate the grade of service they would comment to with their bid.  It was anticipated that some bidders would commit to the highest level of service, delivering 1 Gbps to all locations in a CBG.  Most of the bidding would be at a reasonable level, 100 Mbps or lower.  The actual results were quite different and surprising. 

I am looking forward to serving as a Track Chairman and Moderating this outstanding panel at FUTURENET World on September 22, 2020. I hope you can join us. Operators and analysts should claim their free registration for this virtual event at FUTURENET WORLD 2020.


Mobile operators are integrating AI-enabled applications and edge-cloud computing platforms with their 5G networks to accelerate enterprise digital transformation and unleash new business opportunities.  Network operators like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Vodafone all claim that AI and machine learning will help them with 5G network planning, optimizing their 5G network investments, managing costs, while improving operations and maintenance efficiency. These carriers are deploying AI in their 5G technology roadmaps to manage network deployment costs and drive their business growth strategies.

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