Zayo Sells Minnesota ILEC to New Ulm Telecom

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Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell Scott-Rice Telephone Co., a Minnesota ILEC (incumbent local exchange carrier), for $42 million to New Ulm Telecom, Inc. Zayo acquired Scott-Rice Telephone as part of its March 2017 purchase of Electric Lightwave, as we reported in late 2016. The Electric...Learn More

Nokia T-Mobile LAA Test Achieves 1.3 Gbps, CTO Neville Cites Foundation for 5G

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A Nokia T-Mobile LAA test achieved speeds of 1.3 Gbps using the licensed assisted access technology at the carrier’s lab in Bellevue, WA. LAA is an approach to the use of unlicensed spectrum by cellular operators. The tests supported 14-layer transmissions using Nokia’s commercial AirScale platform, which consists of the AirScale Micro RRH connected to...Learn More

AT&T SD-WAN International Availability Expanded

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AT&T is greatly expanding the availability of the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) offering it introduced last year in the United States. The AT&T SD-WAN international expansion will make the technology available in more than 150 countries and territories, the company said. “Managing connectivity should be simple. We know businesses want to customize their networks...Learn More

Ethernet Leaderboard: CenturyLink Overtakes AT&T for the Top Spot

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In its year-end 2017 Carrier Ethernet Leaderboad, Vertical Systems Group announced a major change. For the first time since 2005, a company rather than AT&T has captured the top spot, with CenturyLink now in first place. CenturyLink’s ascendency was made possible by its merger in November 2017 with Level 3 and the parallel growth in...Learn More

Report: Gfast Deployments Now Reach 3 Million Locations, But Actual Subscriber Counts Still Quite Small

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Broadband analyst firm Point Topic estimates that as of early 2018, some 3 million premises will have access to Gfast networks, offering maximum download speeds varying from 300 Mbps to 500Mbps. Point Topic found 33 telecom operators and ISPs that have made Gfast deployments or are planning to roll out this technology in the near...Learn More

National Broadband Map Updates: Newer Data, Speed Tiers; Some Still See Flaws

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The FCC today made live an updated National Broadband Map, replacing one originally released seven years ago. National Broadband Map updates include more relevant speed tiers, as well as the ability to overlay satellite imagery, to compare two different areas, to view broadband availability by individual addresses and more, explained FCC officials at today’s monthly...Learn More

Consolidated Broadband Upgrades Target Former FairPoint Markets

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Just after announcing the retirement of the FairPoint brand, Consolidated Communications announced broadband upgrade plans for their northeast markets. These Consolidated broadband upgrades will improve broadband speeds to over 500K locations in former FairPoint markets. The upgrades are courtesy of fiber network expansion in these markets and will add gigabit capable broadband speeds to about...Learn More

Foreign Interest in U.S. Fiber Assets is Growing as Oak Hill Sells FirstLight to Antin Infrastructure Partners

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Antin Infrastructure Partners, a European-based investment firm, today entered into a definitive agreement under which it will acquire FirstLight, a fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast U.S.,  from Oak Hill Capital Partners IV. The value of the Antin FirstLight deal was not disclosed. As we reported last April, Oak Hill had been...Learn More

Clearfield Exec Sees Synergies in Purchase of Calix Powered Cabinet Portfolio

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Fiber management equipment provider Clearfield expects to see strong demand for the outdoor powered cabinet portfolio it has acquired from broadband equipment provider Calix, said Kevin Morgan, Clearfield chief marketing officer, in an interview with Telecompetitor. The purchase price for the Clearfield Calix deal was just over $10 million. “As we look at how networks...Learn More

First Three AT&T Mobile 5G Markets Announced; Company Sees Path to Multi-Gigabit Speeds

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The first three AT&T mobile 5G markets will be parts of Atlanta, Dallas and Waco in 2018, the company said today. The company also plans to launch nine other markets this year, but has not named them. As we previously reported, AT&T’s initial mobile 5G service will be based on mobile hotspots, or “pucks,” as...Learn More

AT&T, Ericsson Team Up on IoT Certification, Launch Joint IoT Professional Services Practice

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AT&T and Ericsson are teaming to offer IoT certification for devices. The collaboration includes testing, verification and “white glove” assistance with the regulatory approval process. “Companies want to connect things to extract value. We’re meeting that demand head-on by expanding our IoT professional services capabilities,” said Mike Troiano, the vice president of IoT Solutions for...Learn More

TDS-Owned OneNeck Patents Data Center Sensors That Pinpoint Server Hotspots

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OneNeck’s new vertically sweeping roaming robotic-sensor, designed to move up and down a closed server cabinet has been awarded a U.S. patent, the TDS data center subsidiary announced. During each vertical sweep, the OneNeck data center sensor assembly records the heat and humidity then generates a color-coded heat map. Data centers include hundreds of such...Learn More

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