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.

Joan can be reached at joan@telecompetitor.com



Municipal Gigabit 2.0? San Francisco, Seattle Consider Increased City Investment

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Could this be Municipal Gigabit 2.0? Two West coast cities, San Francisco and Seattle, are exploring new models for bringing ubiquitous gigabit to their constituents – models that would entail a higher level of city investment. Big city gigabit rollouts to date have been achieved largely through private investment. But that could be changing now...Learn More

AT&T Challenger Lays Out Advantages of FirstNet Opt Out; 18 States in Play

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Executives at Rivada Networks are trying hard to get states to use their company, rather than AT&T, to build statewide mobile broadband public safety networks that would interoperate with the FirstNet network that AT&T will be building in at least 27 states and territories. Several Rivada executives are testifying today at a joint hearing of...Learn More

5G Monetization Survey: Operators Look to IoT for Revenue Growth

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Network operators worldwide are getting serious about 5G, with 78% already involved in trials, according to a new network operator survey from Ericsson. Operators are looking to the Internet of Things for 5G monetization, with 86% seeing it playing a major role in 5G revenue growth. The Ericsson findings echo those from recent Global Mobile...Learn More

President: Unite Private Networks Small Cell Expansion is Latest Example of Success Based Fiber Build Strategy

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A Unite Private Networks small cell expansion announced today is the latest example of the company’s success based fiber build strategy, explained Unite President Jason Adkins in an interview with Telecompetitor. “We don’t just build fiber and hope [customers] will come,” said Adkins. Instead, the company only builds where it has an anchor tenant. In...Learn More

Qualcomm Announces First 5G NR Chipsets and Verizon Partnership; So What is 5G NR?

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Qualcomm said today that it has achieved gigabit speeds using a 5G NR (5G New Radio) modem chipset that the company is calling Snapdragon X50. The achievement could pave the way for 5G commercialization in 2019. That’s about a year earlier than what developers initially targeted for the technology. “Qualcomm Technologies has been instrumental in...Learn More

Agricultural Drones Could be Bright Spot, Driving Connectivity, Cloud Opportunities

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Agricultural drones could conserve up to 90% of water usage for irrigation and reduce chemicals required for crop spraying between 30% and 50%, according to Ipsos Business Consulting. Potential benefits such as these drove investment in agricultural drone technology to increase 344% between 2013 and 2015, researchers said. All this could be good news for...Learn More

Rural Youth Technology Survey: Technology Alone Will Not Prevent Rural Flight

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The vast majority (96%) of rural young people age 14 to 22 years old have cellphones, including 17% who get mobile service from a local provider and 75% who get service from a national carrier, according to a rural youth technology survey conducted by the Foundation for Rural Service. Nearly the same amount (95%) have...Learn More

Electric Co-op Broadband Provider OzarksGo Plans to Build on Gigabit Success with NG-PON2

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An electric co-op broadband provider operating in parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma has joined the ranks of network operators who have trialed or are trialing next generation FTTP technology NG-PON2, capable of supporting 10Gbps broadband. For now, OzarksGo — the fiber network subsidiary of Ozark Electric Cooperative — is adding NG-PON2 equipment only to one...Learn More

AT&T ECOMP Helps Lay Foundation for MEF-Linux Foundation Agreement Targeting Service Orchestration

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AT&T’s open source ECOMP initiative, which aims to bring a higher level of standardization to the automation of communications service creation and turn-up, is having a broad industry impact, as news today of a MEF-Linux Foundation agreement illustrates. The Linux Foundation and the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) announced a memorandum of understanding aimed at coordinating...Learn More

Cable Broadband’s Future Lies in Deep Fiber, WOW! is First Up

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As the cable industry rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 over existing infrastructure, cable companies should have no trouble offering gigabit broadband – at least for a while. But as take rates climb and as the cable companies get set to support multigigabit speeds, they are looking to roll out deep fiber and new network architectures, as...Learn More

SDN Streamlines Virtualized Open Access Network for Idaho Municipality Ammon Fiber

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Software defined networking (SDN) technology is making it easier for multiple service providers to share a community-owned virtualized open access network in Ammon, Idaho. Two service providers already have signed on to offer broadband at speeds of up to 1 Gbps over the community-owned network and customers will be able to switch service providers through...Learn More

CBRS LTE Fixed Wireless Broadband Set to Deploy, Despite Uncertain Future

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Fixed wireless broadband continues to gain traction with the news today that Georgia-based wireless internet service provider (WISP) Paladin Wireless will deploy fixed service using LTE technology in the CBRS band. Paladin is targeting a December turn-up for the network using an experimental license, said an executive for ExteNet, a provider of distributed network systems...Learn More

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