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 Cloud Application Manager Leverages ElasticBox Acquisition

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CenturyLink introduced a cloud application “orchestration” platform for enterprise-scale businesses yesterday. The CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager is designed to simplify deployment of workloads, managed services, and third-party cloud resources across private and public cloud environments and co-location centers, the carrier summarizes in a news release....Learn More

Verizon CFO Ellis Shares Verizon 5G Roadmap, Including Nationwide Fixed 5G Plans

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Verizon’s fixed 5G plans include offering fixed wireless broadband service outside the company’s traditional local service footprint, said Matt Ellis, Verizon chief financial officer and executive vice president today. Ellis made his comments in a question and answer session at an investor conference, where he...Learn More

New AT&T Unlimited Wireless Plans Aim to Leverage Unique Position in Wireless and Pay-TV

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AT&T tweaked its unlimited wireless data plans over the weekend, including adding a video bundle for both traditional pay-TV and OTT offers. The new AT&T unlimited wireless plans now have two categories, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Choice. Starting at $90/month for a single line, or...Learn More

The Value of a Knowledgeable Call Center for Independent Telco Providers

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Interactions with call center agents can make or break a customer experience. A good experience can help retain a customer for life. It can also afford you an opportunity to up- or cross-sell customers on additional products. In contrast, a bad experience can lose a...Learn More

IDC: Ongoing Industry Disruption Will Drive Digital Transformation Spending to Reach $2T by 2020

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All the R&D devoted to pushing the envelope of telecommunications and network computing has yielded what IDC dubs “digital transformation technologies,” a new category of information and communications technology (ICT) that the market research company forecasts will grow at a 17.9% CAGR from 2015-2020 to...Learn More

Verizon Exponent Brings AI, IoT, Cloud and Digital Transformation Services to Carrier Community

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Verizon launched a range of new offerings dubbed Exponent that target other carriers yesterday. But they’re not your garden-variety connectivity services. Instead, Verizon Exponent is what Verizon calls a “portfolio of software and internet platforms designed to enable carriers around the world to quickly deploy...Learn More

Indiana Fiber Network, 365 Data Centers Deal Supports Local Telecom Ethernet Opportunities

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An Indiana Fiber Network, 365 Data Centers deal announced yesterday was driven in part by local telecom Ethernet opportunities, said August Zehner, vice president of sales and marketing for IFN in an interview. IFN is a statewide Indiana fiber network owned by 20 local exchange...Learn More

First Verizon 5G Markets Announced, Service Set to Roll by Mid 2017

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The first Verizon 5G markets were announced today, and the carrier says they hope to launch pre-standard 5G service by mid-year. Eleven markets were identified and Verizon will initially focus on fixed wireless broadband service to homes, with a ‘fiber replacement’ type service. The identified...Learn More

Shentel MIMO Trial Yields Up to 5x Wireless Bandwidth Boost

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A new technology known as massive MIMO has the potential to help urban and rural wireless carriers substantially improve the performance of current mobile infrastructure through an antenna change. In a recent Shentel MIMO trial in Woodstock, Va, the regional wireless carrier saw massive MIMO...Learn More

AT&T LTE-M Internet of Things Network to Be Nationwide by 2Q

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AT&T said its LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network will be available nationwide by the end of second quarter. That’s ahead of schedule, the company said. The news follows successful testing with a pilot network launched in California in October. Since then AT&T has added...Learn More

Calix, Northpower Fibre Claim World’s First Live NG-PON2 Demo, Delivers Multi Wavelength 10 Gbps

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A live NG-PON2 demo is taking place in New Zealand, delivering 10 Gbps connectivity across Northpower Fibre’s network, reports broadband access gear provider Calix.  This represents the first live demonstration of the next-generation FTTP technology on a commercial network in the world, according to the...Learn More

Verizon Exec Outlines Digital Transformation Revenue Opportunities for Carriers

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Major enterprises today are embracing the concept of digital transformation in much the same way that they embraced the concept of virtualization a few years ago. The goal is to use the cloud, mobility and other advanced technologies to transform business processes to gain a...Learn More