Posts by Carl Weinschenk

Carl Weinschenk is a long time writer and editor, covering technology. His writing has appeared at IT Business Edge, Broadband Technology Report, tele.com, InternetWeek and many other sites and publications.



AT&T Fiber Locations Expand to Include Tulsa

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Tulsa, Oklahoma joins the growing list of AT&T Fiber locations, which now numbers 55 markets. AT&T plans to reach 75 metros serving 12.5 million or more locations with its gigabit capable service by the middle of 2019. The service in the Tulsa area will reach Jenks, Owasso and other communities. As is the case with...Learn More

FirstNet States Now Number Five

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the nascent nationwide first responder LTE network, today announced that five states now have opted into the program. FirstNet states now include Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia, and Wyoming. “Governors Hutchinson, Reynolds, Bevin, McAuliffe and Mead are taking critical steps to fulfill the final recommendations from the 9/11 Commission,” said...Learn More

Crown Castle Lightower Acquisition Announced

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Crown Castle Internajtional today announced that it has agreed to acquire LTS Group Holdings LLC – Lightower – for about $7.1 billion in cash. The Crown Castle Lightower acquisition will provide Crown Castle with about 32,000 route miles of fiber in the New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and other metro areas. The holdings focus on...Learn More

Comcast MachineQ IoT Platform Extended to 12 Markets

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Comcast announced yesterday that it has extended the Comcast MachineQ IoT (Internet of Things) platform to 12 additional U.S. markets. MachineQ uses LoRaWAN protocol to support widely distributed IoT endpoints. The LoRa technology, which is being supplied by Semtech, meets the significant challenges of IoT deployment, according to Comcast. “We’ve seen excitement about a Comcast...Learn More

Procera Sandvine Merger will Focus on Emerging Network Intelligence Market

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A Procera Sandvine merger was announced today. PNI Canada Acquireco Corp (PNI), an affiliate of Procera Networks will acquire Sandvine for CAD$562 million (about US$433.3 million), according to a press release. Procera and Sandvine provide network visibility, management, monitoring and control hardware and software used by telecommunications and enterprise networks. The practice is coming to...Learn More

Verizon, Partners Demonstrate Key NG-PON2 Interoperability Milestone

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Verizon said yesterday that it and its partners achieved interoperability in a vital element of its NG-PON2 platform. The NG-PON2 interoperability testing focused on the ONT management and provisioning element of the carrier’s OpenOMCI specification. Other participants were ADTRAN, Broadcom, Cortina Access, Ericsson/Calix and Intel, according to the press release. The interoperability was achieved in...Learn More

T-Mobile NB-IoT Las Vegas Testing Complete, Muni Services Offered

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T-Mobile has completed testing of Narrowband-IoT on a live network in Las Vegas and, in conjunction with the city, is introducing IoT-based municipal services. T-Mobile NB-IoT could be a  linchpin for ubiquitous IoT services. “Connecting the IoT — and virtually everything — requires wireless technologies that can scale up to high-performance IoT and also scale...Learn More

Roku Monthly Accounts Now Number 15 Million, Streaming 7 Billion Hours of Video

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Roku monthly accounts have reached a new milestone as of June 30th — 15 million, the company announced. The company said that  is a 43 percent increase over the year-ago period. Those users streamed almost 7 billion hours on the platform during the first half of this year. That represents a 61 percent increase over...Learn More

Parks: Majority of Broadband Households Watch OTT Video on TV

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New research from Parks Associates shows that the majority of Internet households watch OTT video on TV. This is a significant revelation in the evolution of entertainment video. “Today, more televisions are connected to the Internet than ever, either directly or through connected devices like game consoles or streaming media players, such as Roku or...Learn More

Total Mobile Broadband Subscriptions Now Reach 1.275 Billion in OECD Nations

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The density of both mobile and fixed-line broadband subscriptions continues to grow in the 35 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, according to the organization. Total mobile broadband subscriptions now exceed 100 percent in the U.S. and many other countries The Paris-based OECD is an economic focused UN of sorts, but only representing...Learn More

AT&T and TUMI Introduce Luggage Tracking Service

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AT&T and TUMI, a company aimed at making life easier for travelers, have announced a service that provides precise locations of luggage and travel bags. The key to the offering is the TUMI Global Locator. It is a small and light (4.33 inches x 2.55 inches x 0.83 inches and 150 grams) device that is...Learn More

MRV Acquisition Helps ADVA Strengthen Cloud Access Portfolio

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An MRV acquisition by ADVA was announced on July 2. The tender offer is for $10 per share for all of MRV’s outstanding stock, which is the equivalent of $69 million. The boards of directors of both companies have approved and unanimously recommended the deal to shareholders. The press release does not indicate a likely...Learn More

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