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.

Comcast Modifies Data Usage Cap Policy, Now Allows 1 Terabyte of Data

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Instituting a data usage cap policy that limits a broadband subscriber’s monthly data usage is a contentious topic. A variety of wireline broadband ISPs including AT&T, Comcast, Suddenlink and others have done so (some on a market by market basis), while others like Verizon and...Learn More

AT&T IoT: Solar Deal; Integrated Cellular Plus Satellite Service

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AT&T made a couple of important moves involving the Internet of Things this week, including a deal with Globecomm to provide integrated cellular plus satellite service for IoT applications. Additionally AT&T announced it had entered into an agreement with SunPower – an integrated solar power...Learn More

Verizon NFV Plans: Data Centers Are Just the Start

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Network function virtualization (NFV) is most commonly viewed as a way to reduce network equipment costs by replacing traditional purpose-built devices with software controlled general purpose hardware. But as Verizon NFV plans illustrate, the technology could have other benefits as well. Verizon anticipates NFV providing...Learn More

Lumos Gigabit FTTH Reach Now Covers Full RLEC Footprint

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A Lumos Gigabit announcement details the expansion of gigabit FTTH services for the Mid-Atlantic based regional carrier to include their entire RLEC footprint. Branded as Gigabit Fast, the service was first launched in limited Lumos Networks markets back in 2015. It now reaches over 20,000...Learn More

FTTH Market Penetration on the Rise, Overtakes Cable Broadband Globally

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From a global perspective, rising FTTH market penetration has positioned the technology as the fastest growing broadband access method, overtaking cable broadband reports Point Topic. Total global broadband subscribers reached 751 million as of Q4 2015, according to Point Topic’s research. FTTx and FTTH market...Learn More

Aureon BNS Acquisition Fuels Business Solutions Strategy

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The Aureon BNS Acquisition announced today is the latest move that Aureon has made to position the organization as a business solutions provider. Originally known as Iowa Network Services, Aureon started as a statewide fiber network owned by a group of Iowa-based telecom service providers....Learn More

Consolidated Buys Champaign Telephone, Expands Business Services Footprint

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In its latest acquisition move, Mattoon, Illinois based Consolidated buys Champaign Telephone of Champaign/Urbana, Illinois to bolster its business services reach and fiber footprint. The deal also includes Big Broadband Services, a sister company to Champaign Telephone Company (CTC). The acquisition will add a 275...Learn More

Wisconsin Broadband Legislation Aims to Cut Through Red Tape

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The state of Wisconsin has passed a bill aimed at making it easier for network operators to deploy broadband, which Governor Scott Walker signed late last month. The Wisconsin broadband legislation, which was spearheaded by the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA), lays out requirements that...Learn More

Does Boston Signal a Shift in Verizon Fios Deployment Plans?

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After winding down Fios buildouts several years ago, Verizon yesterday announced plans to deploy its fiber-to-the-home technology in Boston, raising questions about possible future Fios deployment plans. Verizon said it would invest more than $300 million in Boston over the next six years and that...Learn More

Changes to Business Data Services Regulation Would Prohibit Certain Contracts

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said yesterday that he has asked the commission to make “all or nothing” contracts illegal as part of broad changes to business data services regulation. “All or nothing” contracts, he said, require a business customer to “make all of its purchases...Learn More

Codero Cloud Platform Integrated with 32 Carrier Investors

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Austin, Texas-based Codero Hosting on April 7 announced it has extended Codero cloud hosting infrastructure and managed services to rural and regional U.S. markets. Now able to reach more than 350,000 additional businesses, the expansion follows on from Codero’s acquisition by a consortium of 32...Learn More

Consumer Group Report Finds Special Access Competition Lacking

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Insufficient special access competition has led to overcharges totaling about $75 billion over the past five years, according to new research from the Consumer Federation of America. The report, titled “The Special Problem of Special Access: Consumer Overcharges and Telephone Company Excess Profits,” also estimates...Learn More