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.



Look! Up in the Sky. Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? It’s a Rural SuperTower

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Startup company Altaeros is taking LTE higher – literally. The company has developed rural SuperTowers aimed at easing LTE deployment challenges in rural communities. SuperTowers are essentially industrial blimps outfitted to take the place of as many as 30 conventional cell towers but providing larger coverage areas. Late last year, Altaeros partnered with Ericsson on...Learn More

YouTube TV Adds Markets, Networks and Hikes Price

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Video streaming service YouTube TV announced today that it has or soon will offer a number of networks, added markets in which it will operate and said that its subscription price will increase by $5 beginning next month. YouTube TV markets will include Lexington, Dayton, Honolulu, Richmond, Mobile and Syracuse in coming months. New networks...Learn More

AT&T Taps Accenture for Microservices Development

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AT&T and Accenture have announced a multiyear project that will replace legacy AT&T business applications with microservices. AT&T microservices are said to offer a faster and cheaper way to order the carrier’s products and services — from security services to fiber offerings. “Our collaboration with Accenture allows us to quickly deliver the products and services...Learn More

UNH-IOL Wi-Fi Testing Capabilities Expanded

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The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory announced this week that it has expanded UNH-IOL  Wi-Fi testing capabilities through the acquisition of test and measurement equipment from octoScope. UNH-IOL is an important organization in the testing and certification of Wi-Fi equipment, and the organization says that such efforts are growing in importance. “It’s clear that...Learn More

Consumer Reports, Roku Exchange Fire Over Streaming Device Security

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Consumer Reports this week posted a story that raises questions about the security and data stewardship of Roku devices. Roku, in turn, released a statement that said its products are safe to use. The Consumer Reports, Roku exchange focuses on two areas. The first is that smart TVs using Roku products can be taken over...Learn More

AT&T Fixed Wireless and Fiber Expanded in Four States, Fiber Now Available to 7M Locations

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AT&T has expanded its fixed wireless Internet infrastructure in four states. AT&T fixed wireless is now available in 33 counties serving more than 37,000 locations in Alabama, 40 counties serving more than 26,000 locations in Arkansas, 46 counties serving more than 27,000 locations in Georgia and 51 counties serving more than 37,000 locations in Tennessee....Learn More

AT&T On-Network Buildings with Fiber Number Almost 400,000

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AT&T this week offered an update on its business fiber deployments. The carrier says that it has more than 1.1 million global route miles and more than 8 million business customer locations on or within 1,000 feet of those lines. AT&T on-network buildings number almost 400,000, housing more than 1.8 million customer locations, are served...Learn More

Amdocs Agrees to Acquire Vubiquity

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Amdocs has entered into an agreement to acquire Vubiquity for about $224 million in cash. The Amdocs Vubiquity deal is expected to close before the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. The companies serve the digital content needs of network operators, video distributors, OTT companies and companies that own and produce content....Learn More

Consumer Research on Smart Home Installation: Over 33% Struggle

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More than one-third of U.S. adults have problems setting up or operating connected devices, according to research from iQor, a managed service provider focused on customer support. The survey says that consumers take more than eight steps to resolve technical problems or issues concerning their smart devices and spend, on average, almost 1.5 hours resolving...Learn More

AT&T dNOS Project Taps Linux Foundation for Disaggregated Operating System

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AT&T is introducing the disaggregated Network Operating System – dNOS – in an effort to stimulate the creation of flexible, open and less expensive equipment that fits easily into virtualized networks. The open source project will be hosted by The Linux Foundation. The idea is to create a software framework enabling a broad and diverse...Learn More

Wave Broadband – Santa Maria, California Plan Muni Broadband Network

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Santa Maria, California has chosen Wave Broadband to build a fiber ring to include city departments, businesses, schools and residents. The Wave Broadband – Santa Maria public/private partnership aims to spark economic growth and attract high technology to the coastal city, which is about 150 miles from Los Angeles. Wave Broadband – Santa Maria Network...Learn More

Bell Whole Home Wi-Fi is Latest Carrier Managed Wi-Fi Service, Begins at $5 per Month

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Bell, the Canadian based communications carrier, is the latest broadband operator seeking to meet the challenge of in-home Wi-Fi performance by launching a Whole Home Wi-Fi service, which it introduced this week. The service is based on Adaptive WiFi, a product from Plume, features a cloud-based approach that adapts home Wi-Fi service dynamically as network...Learn More

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