Carrier Evolution

As telecom carriers evolve, Carrier Evolution tracks the important developments in telecom and broadband which drive that evolution, including IP voice, unified communications, collaboration and consumer applications. Carrier Evolution offers original and curated content from external sources.

CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN Launched

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A CenturyLink managed hybrid SD-WAN service hit the market yesterday. As the company explained, the offering delivers comprehensive WAN packages “as a service” for a fixed monthly price. The availability of the CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN solutions holds out prospects of tighter integration of high-capacity...Learn More

I3 Broadband Win Demonstrates Huawei Persistence in U.S. Market, MDU Broadband Focus

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Regional broadband provider i3 Broadband has selected Huawei for broadband access gear to serve MDUs and FTTP in their central Illinois market. I3 will use Huawei gear for a growing MDU broadband focus to deliver triple play capability, according to a Huawei press release. I3...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...Learn More

Comcast MachineQ IoT Platform Extended to 12 Markets

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Comcast announced yesterday that it has extended the Comcast MachineQ IoT (Internet of Things) platform to 12 additional U.S. markets. MachineQ uses LoRaWAN protocol to support widely distributed IoT endpoints. The LoRa technology, which is being supplied by Semtech, meets the significant challenges of IoT...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...Learn More

Verizon, Partners Demonstrate Key NG-PON2 Interoperability Milestone

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Verizon said yesterday that it and its partners achieved interoperability in a vital element of its NG-PON2 platform. The NG-PON2 interoperability testing focused on the ONT management and provisioning element of the carrier’s OpenOMCI specification. Other participants were ADTRAN, Broadcom, Cortina Access, Ericsson/Calix and Intel,...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...Learn More

New C Spire TV Eliminates the Set-Top-Box, Moves to TV App Model

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Regional operator C Spire has launched a new app based TV service, C Spire TV, which leverages third party streaming devices as a replacement for set-top-boxes. C Spire has been working on this evolution for over a year and announced its commercial launch last week....Learn More

AT&T Venture Funding to Plow as Much as $200M into Disruptive SDN Technology, Start-Ups

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AT&T venture funding initiatives will include as much as $200 million invested into a venture capital fund that aims to  propel emerging connected services and platform technologies, the company announced last week. The carrier will work with Minneapolis-based high-tech venture capital specialist Coral Group’s Communications...Learn More

Long Independence Day Holiday Weekend Yields Closing of Multiple Fiber Acquisition Deals

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Not everyone got an opportunity at a long holiday weekend earlier this week. Multiple fiber acquisition deals valued at over $2 billion closed on Monday July 3rd, including Consolidated-FairPoint and Uniti-Southern Light/Hunt. Consolidated’s $1.3 billion purchase of FairPoint will create a top ten fiber provider...Learn More

Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm Complete VoLTE Over Cat M1 Call

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Verizon says that it has carried a live voice call over its LTE Cat M1 Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) network. The VoLTE over Cat M1 call, which was made with the assistance of Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, is an important step in the evolution of...Learn More

CenturyLink Stream Debuts as Latest OTT Virtual Pay-TV Service, Starting at $45/month

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The latest entrant in the growing virtual pay-TV world is CenturyLink Stream, which offers a traditional channel line-up through a streaming OTT solution. CenturyLink has been openly discussing this move for months. The service is now in beta, and it offers a live channel line-up,...Learn More

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