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



Nokia Analytics to Underlie C Spire Smart City Trial

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A C Spire smart city trial in Ridgeland, Mississippi will include smart lighting and traffic analytics with the goal of saving costs, improving quality of life and enhancing economic development opportunities, the carrier said today. C Spire is partnering with Nokia to provide connectivity, services and analytics, a C Spire spokesperson told Telecompetitor. The partners,...Learn More

Hammer Fiber, Go Long Deal to Support National Pre-5G Fixed Wireless Expansion Plan

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Regional carrier Hammer Fiber has big fixed wireless broadband ambitions. Although Hammer until now has focused on the New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York markets, the company plans to launch service in 49 additional markets throughout the U.S., including underserved rural communities. To support those plans, the company said today that it will use spectrum...Learn More

Is a Verizon FirstNet Plan in the Works? FCC Letter Seeks Clarification

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When the Commerce Department earlier this year awarded the contract to build the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband public safety network to AT&T, it wasn’t a done deal for all 50 states. Individual states still must opt in (which at least five already have done) or opt out of AT&T’s plan for the state. And as...Learn More

Verizon, General Motors Connected Car Deal is About Global Connectivity

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Global connectivity is the focus of a Verizon, General Motors connected car deal announced today. The deal calls for Verizon Telematics and global connectivity provider Globetouch to launch “upgraded network solutions” that will be used for GM’s OnStar connected vehicle service. Verizon, along with several other global telecom service providers, is a Globetouch backer, explained...Learn More

J.D. Power: Business Telecom Satisfaction Highest for Largest Companies, Highlighting SMB Opportunity

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Business telecom satisfaction is highest among large companies with 500 or more employees, according to new J.D. Power research. While those companies had overall internet and telephone satisfaction levels of 815 on a 1,000-point scale, the average score for very small businesses with 19 employees or fewer was just 729. In between were medium-size businesses,...Learn More

Vyve Rural Cable Strategy: 200 Mbps Everywhere and Engage the Community

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More than 80% of Vyve Broadband markets can now get speeds of 200 Mbps, the rural cable company announced late yesterday. Moving forward, the Vyve rural cable strategy calls for upgrading the company’s entire footprint to support speeds of 200 Mbps, said Diane Quennoz, Vyve senior vice president of marketing and customer experience, in a phone...Learn More

MEF SD-WAN Open APIs Initiative Aims to Bridge Carrier OSS/ BSS with SD-WAN Equipment

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Service provider software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) offerings could get a boost from two new MEF SD-WAN initiatives, MEF representatives told Telecompetitor this week. Those initiatives, announced today, include a white paper defining service provider SD-WAN terminology, as well as a new standards effort aimed at defining open SD-WAN open APIs (application programming interfaces) between...Learn More

Frontier Touts Early Achievement of CAF Buildout Requirements for Rural Broadband

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Frontier said today that it has deployed broadband to 40% of the locations in nine states for which the company accepted Connect America Fund (CAF) dollars, putting the company ahead of schedule in meeting CAF buildout requirements. Those requirements call for the 40% milestone to be reached by the end of 2017, Frontier noted. The...Learn More

Low-Latency Apps and the Legacy Telco Central Office are Key to AT&T Edge Computing Vision

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What do low-latency apps and the telco central office have in common? They both figure prominently in an emerging AT&T edge computing vision. Data-intensive low-latency apps such as self-driving cars, augmented/ virtual reality (AR/VR) and robotic manufacturing will drive that vision. And AT&T sees its extensive network infrastructure — including legacy central offices as well...Learn More

AT&T Rural Fixed Wireless Deployment Expands to Mississippi

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Updated later July 17 AT&T rural fixed wireless deployment announcements are coming fast and frequently. The carrier said today that it has launched the service in parts of 15 Mississippi counties where the company accepted money through the Connect America Fund (CAF) program toward deployment costs. That program awarded funding for rural areas lacking broadband...Learn More

FCC Proposes Further Carrier Rural Call Completion Requirements

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The FCC is considering imposing additional rural call completion requirements on long-distance providers. In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) adopted today, the commission asks for input on several proposals, including one that would require long-distance providers to monitor the rural call completion performance of intermediate carriers contracted by the long-distance companies to deliver calls...Learn More

FirstLight Acquisitions Spree Continues with 186 Purchase

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The FirstLight acquisitions spree continues today with the news that the company plans to purchase 186 Communications. Like other FirstLight acquisitions, 186 operates in the Northeast – specifically Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. According to today’s press release, FirstLight is poised to operate approximately 14,000 route miles connecting nearly 8,000 locations and 12 data centers...Learn More

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