Lumos Networks Acquisition is Latest Regional Fiber Network Grab

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A Lumos Networks acquisition by investment firm EQT highlights an ongoing land grab of sorts for regional fiber networks. EQT will buy Lumos Networks for $950 million in an all cash deal. Lumos Networks operates an 8,985 route mile fiber network in 24 markets across the mid-Atlantic region. That network connects 1,636 total FTTC connections,...Learn More

AT&T Testing Cell Site Drones for Disaster Recovery, Festivals and More

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AT&T has been testing the use of drone-mounted radios and antennas to augment its cellular network in the case of a natural or manmade disaster or for certain other use cases, said Art Pregler, AT&T drone project director, in an interview with Telecompetitor. The company calls the cell site drones “flying COWs,” borrowing the acronym...Learn More

Huawei GigaHome Smart Home Networking Solution Launched

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Network operators are going to need a lot more bandwidth, and make more efficient use of it, if next-generation networking visions of smart homes, businesses, communities, and cities are to be realized. Eager to do their part, broadband access vendors are racing to introduce next-gen gigabit fiber and wireless broadband equipment and other digital communications...Learn More

US Ignite Reverse Pitch Events Target Smart Gigabit Communities

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U.S. Ignite, the public-private partnership behind the nationwide Smart Gigabit Communities program, is taking a novel approach in a bid to spur development of next-generation Internet and Smart City technologies. Working with local partner organizations, the organization is sponsoring a series of US Ignite reverse pitch events via which gigabit network technologists and entrepreneurs listen...Learn More

Shentel MIMO Trial Yields Up to 5x Wireless Bandwidth Boost

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A new technology known as massive MIMO has the potential to help urban and rural wireless carriers substantially improve the performance of current mobile infrastructure through an antenna change. In a recent Shentel MIMO trial in Woodstock, Va, the regional wireless carrier saw massive MIMO technology yield bandwidth gains of up to 20 times for...Learn More

Verizon Skyward Acquisition Could Support Rate Plans for Drones

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Verizon announced this morning that Verizon Ventures, its venture capital group, has acquired Portland, Oregon-based unmanned aerial vehicle systems (UAV, aka drone) specialist Skyward for an undisclosed amount. Skyward specializes in  operations management for drones, and the Verizon Skyward acquisition could help Verizon in provisioning rate plans for drones on its network. Verizon said the...Learn More

Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation Progresses at State Level

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Anti-municipal broadband bills are currently making their way through legislatures in at least two states, while efforts in a third state to reverse anti-municipal broadband legislation have stalled. In Virginia, the House of Delegates February 7 voted to pass HB 2108. And although the bill has gone through several iterations that have softened it somewhat,...Learn More

Fixed Wireless Forecast Calls for 30% Annual Growth, 151 Million Connections by 2022

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Momentum in fixed wireless is strong and will only accelerate with 5G, leading to a fixed wireless forecast of 151 million connections by 2022. ABI Research predicts a 30% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to achieve this forecast. Commercial 4G LTE networks are cropping up at a precedent-setting pace, while fiber-to-the home (FTTH), xDSL and...Learn More

RWA: Mobility Fund Phase II Could Leave Some Areas Without Service

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Some rural areas could be left without wireless service if the FCC approves the latest proposal for the Connect America Mobility Fund Phase II, cautions the Rural Wireless Association. Some wireless carriers in high-cost rural areas currently receive funding through the traditional high-cost universal service fund, which also covers landline carriers, but moving forward the...Learn More

Cybersecurity Trends Data: Organizations Short-Handed Just as Threats Multiply

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Public and private sector organizations find themselves short-handed even as the frequency and sophistication of attacks and threats rises, according to Crowd Research Partners’ 2017 Cybersecurity Trends Report. Crowd Research Partners joined with 13 cybersecurity vendors to produce its latest annual report on cybersecurity trends, which covers threat management, data protection, cloud security, application security,...Learn More

Comcast Xfinity Stream Mobile App Enhances TV Everywhere Experience

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Comcast announced the introduction of the Xfinity Stream mobile app, the successor to the Xfinity TV mobile app, coming later this month. The app is designed to provide Xfinity subscribers a mobile version of Comcast’s in-home “big screen” Xfinity X1 service to those both inside and outside the home at no extra cost. The new...Learn More

AT&T LTE-M Internet of Things Network to Be Nationwide by 2Q

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AT&T said its LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network will be available nationwide by the end of second quarter. That’s ahead of schedule, the company said. The news follows successful testing with a pilot network launched in California in October. Since then AT&T has added an additional testing site in Columbus, Ohio. The company said...Learn More