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Aug 16, 2022 8:30:00 AM
  • Fiber network management

Stop the status quo: Rethink your fiber network management strategy

Here is a conundrum: if fiber technology is ever-changing, why would you ever embrace the status quo for your long-term fiber network deployment and management strategy?

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May 23, 2022 5:00:00 PM
  • Android
  • 3-GIS | Mobile

Give me more RAM: Android’s changing hardware specifications impact on 3-GIS | Mobile

As most people know, technology, particularly hardware, continues to mature and advance. I think back to the first desktop computer my family had and the jaw-dropping 128k of RAM it had and compare that to the laptop I am writing on that has 16 gigabytes of RAM. That's 16,777,216k!!! The change did not happen overnight. It happened over about 35 years in my example. While not exclusive to Android, we are seeing this evolution continue today with the new releases of the Android operating system.

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May 12, 2022 11:46:57 AM
  • Cloud security

Cloud security-Part 5:Auditing cloud security for improvement

According to predictions in The 2020 Data Attack Surface Report1, by 2025 there will be around 100 zettabytes of data stored in the cloud globally. That’s 100 billion (100 followed by 9 zeros) GBs. Total global data storage is projected to exceed 200 zettabytes by 2025. This includes data stored on private and public IT infrastructures, on utility infrastructures, on private and public cloud data centers, on personal computing devices — PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones — and on IoT (Internet-of-Things) devices.

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Apr 4, 2022 7:45:22 AM
  • Cloud security

Cloud security-Part 4:Response to online threats during times of elevated risk

I'd like to focus on cyber security in times of heightened threats today. As we are in unprecedented times, we need to stay alert and be smarter about how we respond.

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Mar 31, 2022 11:51:00 AM
  • API
  • Press

Along the path: All about APIs

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Along the Path. With fiber, it's all about speed. At the end of each quarter, we'll cover a new topic that helps you blaze along the path to smarter fiber deployment and management. This edition is all about APIs.

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Mar 24, 2022 3:38:53 PM
  • Fiber network design and automation
  • Telecom technologies
  • As-built

Is CAD the answer to telecom design?

Whether it be through new inventions, technological advancements, more efficient processes, or simply finding better and easier ways to do things, the way we work is evolving. In the power industry, we have evolved to create smart grid technology to understand the real-time needs of the network. In the telecommunications industry, we have evolved through hardware advancements to produce faster bandwidth capabilities and, by using artificial intelligence, anticipate and proactively address potential outage locations before the end user is impacted. The planning, designing, and documenting of these networks is also evolving to allow further access and knowledge of the networks that we deploy. As we deploy the advanced networks that are being constructed today, the management of these networks requires a different level of access and information.

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Feb 11, 2022 11:24:15 AM
  • Cloud security

Cloud security-Part 3:Threat detection & initial response in the cloud

Cloud environments change fundamental assumptions in how to perform threat detection and response. A growth of new infrastructure and deployment models results in new environments with new security models and attack surfaces. In particular, shared responsibility with a cloud service provider creates potential threat visibility gaps in the attack lifecycle.

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Feb 10, 2022 3:48:54 PM
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  • Fiber network construction
  • Internet service
  • RDOF
  • Communications service providers

Got broadband funding? Now what?

Have you received or considered applying for public funding to complete your broadband buildout? Governments across the globe are allocating more resources than ever before to increase the availability of high-speed internet access in underserved areas. In November 2021, the United States Federal Government passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) allocating $65 billion1 toward the expansion and affordability of broadband coverage to aid in closing the digital divide–the largest sum set aside by the government for internet improvement initiatives in the country to date.

The passing of IIJA and similar funding initiatives have opened up space for additional opportunities in both the private and public sectors. In response, numerous proposals have been submitted in an effort to add sources of revenue or diversify offerings. However, with various avenues to achieve coverage objectives, newcomers may find themselves unsure of where to begin. Below are four considerations before starting on your grant-funded broadband projects.


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