Posts by Joan Engebretson

Joan Engebretson is Executive Editor of Telecompetitor. Joan has been writing about telecommunications since 1992. She has been editor-in-chief of two telecom industry publications—Telephony Magazine and America’s Network Magazine.

Under Engebretson’s leadership, America’s Network won several awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including a 2001 national gold award for her commentary. In 2009, she won best on-line column in min’s Editorial and Design Awards.

Engebretson has a BA in journalism and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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Juniper Exec on Metro Network Evolution: Not Just Transport Any More

Moving forward, metro networks will be less about transport and more about being service-centric, said Juniper Networks Director of Product Marketing Management Donyel Jones-Williams in an interview. Juniper today announced three products that will play a key role in supporting the company’s vision for metro network evolution. The products include two universal metro routers (ACX5448...Learn More

Report: Rural Online Transactions Valued at Nearly $1.4 Trillion Annually

A new report from iGillott Research for the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) estimates the value of rural online transactions at nearly $1.4 trillion annually – about 14% of all online transactions or seven percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. The report, titled “A Cyber Economy: The Transactional Value of the Internet in Rural...Learn More

Verizon EVP: Competitive 5G Claims Could Be “Fake News”

Competitive 5G claims about nationwide networks “could be fake news,” said Ronan Dunne, Verizon executive vice president and group president of Verizon Wireless at an investor conference today. “We’re not building a PR network,” said Dunne. “We’re building a network worthy of Verizon.” Competitive 5G Claims Dunne stopped short of accusing any specific competitor of...Learn More

Cable One Claims Highest Margin in the Cable Industry

Cable One has the highest margin in the cable industry, according to Kevin P. Coyle, senior vice president and chief financial officer for the company. Ironically, the company achieved those margins—which exceeded 47% in the fourth quarter of 2017 – by de-emphasizing the traditional video business in favor of broadband and business services, Coyle told...Learn More

CFO: TDS Continuing to Eye Out-of-Market Expansion Through Fiber Overbuilds, Cable Acquisitions

TDS Telecom saw top-line wireline and cable growth rates of 1% and 10%, respectively, for 2017. Both of those numbers are above average – and according to TDS Telecom CFO Vicki Villacrez, TDS growth can be attributed, in large part, to the company’s ongoing investment to upgrade broadband speeds. “What’s driving it is fiber investment...Learn More

CFO: Extensive Fiber Assets, FirstNet Give AT&T an Advantage on 5G Backhaul

AT&T’s legacy as a local exchange carrier (LEC), combined with its nationwide fiber network, will give it an advantage in backhaul connectivity for 5G wireless by minimizing 5G backhaul costs, said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Stephens at an investor conference today. 5G Backhaul “We have a lot of fiber...Learn More

CEO: Windstream SD-WAN Reached More Than 15% of Company Sales in First Year

Windstream is “uniquely positioned” to capitalize on business customers’ shift toward SD-WAN connectivity, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas yesterday. Windstream SD-WAN sales now represent more than 15% of the company’s total sales – an accomplishment reached in the first year the offering was available, he told attendees at an investor conference. Windstream launched SD-WAN in...Learn More

CFO: CenturyLink, Level 3 Synergies Include Moving Connections On-Net

Now that the CenturyLink, Level 3 merger has been completed, the company is pursuing synergies, as Sunit Patel, CFO of the merged company, still known as CenturyLink, explained at an investor conference today. Some of the CenturyLink, Level 3 synergies — including reduced head count and real estate savings — are of the type we...Learn More

AT&T DIRECTV NOW Roadmap: More Flavors to Come, Will Follow Mobile Product Strategy

As consumer preferences shift away from traditional pay-TV linear video offerings and toward over-the-top offerings, AT&T intends to “make sure we gain more than our fair share” of OTT video, said John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, today. Donovan outlined an AT&T DIRECTV NOW roadmap, which he sees as key to achieving that goal. DIRECTV...Learn More

Verizon CFO Still Bullish on Fios Future

Despite an industry-wide shift away from traditional pay TV, Verizon is still bullish about its Fios offering, which traditionally has bundled broadband with other services including pay TV and/or voice. The company still sees growth in the Fios future, on both the broadband take rate and margin side, said Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief...Learn More

Pai Plans 5G Spectrum Auctions to Start in November

The FCC hopes to conduct an auction of high-frequency spectrum in the 28 GHz band suitable for 5G wireless services beginning in November, to be followed immediately by an auction of 24 GHz spectrum, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today. The 5G spectrum auctions would include 850 MHz of spectrum in the 28 GHz band...Learn More

Microsoft Teams with Packerland Broadband, Aims for 25/3 Mbps for Airband TV White Spaces

Microsoft and rural partner Packerland Broadband are aiming for speeds of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream for a fixed wireless deployment in rural Michigan and Wisconsin that will use TV white spaces and other technologies, said Cory Heigl, vice president for Packerland Broadband. The Microsoft Packerland deployment is one of 12 projects planned...Learn More

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