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

Carolina West Wireless Touts 600 MHz Spectrum Win

Carolina West Wireless issued a press release earlier this week detailing its winnings in the recent auction of broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. The company bid a total of $10.2 million to win spectrum in 32 counties in western North Carolina and northeastern Tennessee covering a population of more than 2.2 million people....Learn More

CEO: Great Plains Communications Sees International Opportunities

We were surprised to see Great Plains Communications exhibiting at International Telecoms Week in Chicago this week. The company operates a statewide Nebraska wholesale fiber network that also connects to several other cities in the central U.S., including Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Kansas City, Minneapolis and others – and traditional customers primarily have been North...Learn More

ATIS Smart City Roadmap: 3D Geolocation, Crowdsourcing, LPWAN

Crowdsourced data, low power wide area network (LPWAN) technology and 3D geolocation are all poised to be important elements of the smart city, argues the Alliance for Telecom Industry Solutions (ATIS) in a report released last week. Edge computing and artificial intelligence also are important to the ATIS smart city roadmap, which takes the form...Learn More

Verizon Pulls the Rug from Under AT&T, Buys Straight Path, Gaining Huge High-Band Spectrum Holdings

Verizon, not AT&T, will buy Straight Path Communications, holder of a huge amount of high-band spectrum in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz frequency bands that could be well suited to supporting high-bandwidth 5G services. Just a few weeks ago, AT&T announced it would acquire Straight Path for $1.8 billion, but the company opted not...Learn More

AT&T Offers AirGig Update, Reiterates Upcoming Trials for Fiber Fronthaul/Backhaul Alternative

AT&T AirGig millimeter wave broadband technology provides better propagation than traditional point-to-point wireless options because it uses wave guide technology, said Bill Hogg, president of technology operations at AT&T, today. Developed by AT&T, AirGig is designed to be deployed on the same pole infrastructure as electrical power lines but operates using millimeter waves. “It doesn’t...Learn More

Consolidated FairPoint Roadmap: 15 Mbps Capable Connections Will Be Upgraded First

Consolidated Communications hopes to complete its acquisition of FairPoint in mid-summer, said Consolidated CEO Bob Udell yesterday. When that occurs, a Consolidated FairPoint roadmap will prioritize upgrading broadband lines currently capable of supporting speeds of 15 Mbps to support 20-100 Mbps, Udell told attendees at a financial conference. About 50% of the FairPoint footprint has...Learn More

CEO: Verizon Wireless Network Densification Will Drive Deployment of Largest Fiber Network Nationwide

Stakeholders know that because small cells will have shorter range, operators will need a dense fiber network to support them. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam yesterday offered a sense of just how dense that network will need to be. Verizon small cells and densification efforts are driving the deployment of 1700-strand fiber in Boston, where the...Learn More

Common Comcast-Charter Wi-Fi First Mobile Offering a Likely Result of New Deal

Charter and Comcast said today that they will “work only together with respect to national mobile network operators, through potential commercial arrangements, including MVNOs and other material transactions in the wireless industry for a period of one year.” The news opens the door to a range of possibilities, including the strong likelihood that we’ll see...Learn More

xFi Next Up in Comcast Wi-Fi Roadmap, Gigabit Wi-Fi in Queue

Three new product announcements from Comcast today aim to address a growing trend: As broadband service supports increasingly higher speeds, the number of Wi-Fi devices sharing a single broadband connection also increases. In an interview with Telecompetitor, Comcast Chief Product Officer Chris Satchell explained how the Comcast Wi-Fi roadmap will address this trend. “We know...Learn More

AT&T and Oracle Deal Aims to Further AT&T SDN Goals

Oracle said today that it will provide a range of cloud services to AT&T to support the carrier’s internal operations. The deal should help further AT&T SDN goals, said AT&T executive Jon Donovan, a big believer in software defined networking. The AT&T and Oracle deal calls for AT&T to move thousands of its large scale...Learn More

Gigabit Opportunity Act Would Use Tax Breaks to Spur Broadband Deployment

Introduced by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R–W.Va.) yesterday, the Gigabit Opportunity Act, also known as the GO Act, aims to spur gigabit broadband deployment by using a range of tax breaks. In a statement, Capito said the GO Act “gives states flexibility, streamlines existing regulations and eliminates barriers to investment so we can better connect...Learn More

Sprint All-Wireless Small Cell Improves Indoor/Outdoor Coverage, Will Aid with 5G

The Sprint Magic Box, announced today, is an indoor all-wireless small cell that uses the company’s cellular network for both the final link to the end user and for backhaul from the small cell to a traditional cell tower, a.k.a. microcell, where traffic is handed off to a landline connection. Customers will be able to...Learn More

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