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.

This is Big: Telcos, MEF Launch Ethernet Interconnection Point (EIP) Project

An announcement today about an initiative from Carrier Ethernet association MEF that has the backing of America’s largest incumbent telcos illustrates an important change in the telecom business. As MEF Director of Communications & Research Stan Hubbard put it in an interview, “Carrier Ethernet emerged...Learn More

Ritter/Fidelity Regional Fiber Network Eliminates Internet Middlemen

A new regional fiber network built by two small local telcos not only will bring higher-speed connectivity to communities in six states. It also should enhance users’ Internet experience in another way: It will minimize the number of carriers underlying users’ end-to-end Internet connection, which...Learn More

Behind Indatel 100G Network Upgrade

A 100 Gbps network upgrade is underway for the Indatel consortium of independent regional and statewide fiber networks. By interconnecting fiber network resources, the group is working towards assembling a single seamless network covering a large part of the U.S. “Many member companies have deployed...Learn More

AT&T SDN Initiatives Yield Bandwidth on Demand Offerings via Switched Ethernet

AT&T expects its bandwidth-on-demand switched Ethernet offering, now available in more than 100 U.S. cities, to be popular with schools and hospitals that need high-speed service sometimes but not all the time. A typical customer might be “a large hospital that is adding clinics that...Learn More

ACA to FCC: Broadband Investment at Significant Risk Due to Rising Video Programming Cost

The American Cable Association is asking the FCC to take steps to control steeply climbing programming costs. According to a study from the ACA and business consulting firm Cartesian, small carriers are seeing margins erode so sharply as a result of climbing programming costs that...Learn More

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