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.

New CBRS Alliance to Focus on LTE-Based Indoor, Outdoor Coverage

The CBRS Alliance, announced yesterday, aims to “develop, market and promote” LTE-based offerings in the 3.5 GHz, also known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), band. Although much of the talk around the CBRS band has focused on using it to support fixed broadband...Learn More

LTE-A Deployment Survey: 84% of Service Providers Have Made the Move

More than 8 in 10 network service providers are running advanced LTE networks based on LTE-A, according to an LTE-A deployment survey from IHS Markit. Eighty-four percent of service provider respondents said they were already running LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks, well above about the 50 percent...Learn More

Report: North America Dominates Global Gigabit Deployments

A new visual online database of global gigabit deployments illustrates just how fast the number of gigabit Internet initiatives in the U.S. and worldwide has grown in recent years. A new Global Gigabit Monitor launched today reveals that more than 500 gigabit Internet projects are...Learn More

Adtran Sees Great Opportunity in Next Generation Network Disruption

As broadband carriers map their future technology roadmap, there is an element of next generation network disruption underway. This disruption will occur as the traditional status-quo hardware centric broadband access network transitions to a programmable, agile, and software driven one. As a result, traditional relationships...Learn More

CenturyLink Broadband Roadmap: Funding Shifting From the Cloud

CenturyLink has set a goal of bringing broadband service supporting speeds of at least 40 Mbps to 50% of its base by the end of 2018, said Tony Davis, head of investor relations for CenturyLink, at a financial conference today. Although CenturyLink has done some...Learn More

AT&T GigaPower Map Plots Gigabit Coverage

A new AT&T GigaPower map leverages interactive GPS technology to plot AT&T’s gigabit capabilities across 425,000 eligible apartments and condos. This gigabit coverage spans 56 markets nationwide, AT&T reports in a blog post. “The apartments shown offer an internet connection over fiber today, and you...Learn More

Hulu Streaming Channel Line-Up Takes Shape After $580 Million Time Warner Investment

Time Warner announced a $580 million investment in Hulu that will also bring Turner networks to the upcoming Hulu streaming channel line-up. The investment secures a 10% stake in Hulu, valuing the OTT provider at $5.8 billion. Time Warner joins The Walt Disney Company, 21st...Learn More

NG-PON2 Forum Adds Board Members

Several communications operators and vendors have joined the board of directors of the NG-PON2 Forum, the non-profit organization announced yesterday.Operators joining the board include Verizon, NTT and Vodafone. Vendors joining the board include Ericsson, Calix, Altice Labs and Adtran. Established in April, NG-PON2 Forum promotes...Learn More

ADTRAN Mosaic Launch Illustrates What’s Involved in Shifting to SDN

ADTRAN today announced Mosaic, a new access architecture based on software defined networking – and in an interview, ADTRAN Associate Vice President of Carrier Strategies Robert Conger described the sorts of moves that manufacturers must make in order to transition their offerings to SDN. “The...Learn More

C Spire Charts Pay-TV BYOD Strategy, Ditching the Set-Top-Box

A new C Spire initiative features a pay-TV BYOD strategy that helps highlight a rapidly evolving video business marketplace. C Spire will deliver their IPTV service, including their linear channel line-up, to IP-enabled devices provided by end customers, removing the need for a traditional set-top-box...Learn More

$4.8 Billion Verizon Yahoo Purchase Shows Carrier Determined Not To Be a “Dumb Pipe”

After weeks of speculation, the Verizon Yahoo purchase was announced today as a “definitive agreement” requiring regulatory and shareholder approvals. The deal, valued at $4.83 billion, is the latest and perhaps biggest step in Verizon’s mobile content strategy. The Verizon Yahoo purchase “will put Verizon...Learn More

AT&T and Orange SDN/ NFV Initiative Seeks Open Standards

AT&T and Orange will be collaborating to develop open source standards for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technology. The mix of proprietary SDN and NFV standards that characterize the market today make for more complex, costly investment and deployment processes, conditions that...Learn More