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.

Verizon Virtual Network Services — One Includes Universal CPE

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has introduced a platform that provides enterprises that use virtualized networks with what the carrier says is a simpler and more centralized approach to pricing and billing. The offering, dubbed Verizon Virtual Network Services — One, aims to provide these companies with...Learn More

AT&T LTE-M Button: Ring-Bell-for-Service Goes High Tech

An AT&T LTE-M Button, announced today, uses sophisticated technology to make things simple. You could think of it a modern-day version of the “ring for service” bells that used to sit on store or dry cleaner counters– except that the entity responding to the alert...Learn More

Verizon 5G Launch to Hit Sacramento, Additional Markets by 2H 2018

The long discussed Verizon 5G launch is scheduled to take place in Sacramento, Calif. and 3 – 4 other markets in the second half of 2018, the company announced today. The initial launch will focus on residential broadband using fixed wireless, as a competing service...Learn More

Analysts: Telcos Destined to Lose, Frontier and Windstream Bankruptcies May be in Near Future

Frontier and Windstream bankruptcies could be coming in the “not-too-distant” future, said MoffettNathanson financial analysts in a research note today. “The market anticipates that both these companies will go bankrupt in the not-too-distant future, judging by their sagging bond prices and nosebleed credit default swap...Learn More

AT&T Fixed Wireless Now in 18 States, 400K Locations Goal by Year End

AT&T fixed wireless service is now available in 44 counties across rural parts of Georgia, the company announced today. The wireless broadband service, a primary AT&T technology to reach underserved and unserved communities, is now available in 18 states nationwide. Georgia was actually identified as...Learn More

Zayo Spread Networks $127 Million Acquisition Includes Low-Latency Routes

A planned  $127 million Zayo Spread Networks acquisition, announced today, will bring Spread Networks’ low-latency assets into the Zayo gold. In the press release announcing the all-cash deal to purchase the privately-owned telecommunications firm, Zayo said that the acquisition will provide Zayo’s customers with the...Learn More

AT&T LTE-LAA Rollout Taps Unlicensed Spectrum

AT&T said that it has rolled out LTE-License Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) in parts of Indianapolis and will expand the LTE-LAA rollout to additional parts of the city by the end of the year. The technology boasts theoretical speeds of 1 Gbps and, according to the...Learn More

Drones Are Coming and Digital Sky Aims to Seize the Opportunity for the Broadband Industry

Citing an emerging ‘low airspace digitized economy,’ Huawei this week unveiled their Digital Sky initiative during their Global Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), taking place this week in London. Drones are taking on an increasing role in the digital economy and the global communications conglomerate sees...Learn More

MEF 3.0: On-Demand Certification Beyond Ethernet, Emphasis on APIs, Community

The latest bundling of initiatives from the organization originally known as the Metro Ethernet Forum goes beyond the organization’s original focus to also encompass wavelength, IP, SD-WAN, security-as-a-service and possibly other areas. The new bundling is dubbed MEF 3.0. MEF 3.0, which MEF refers to...Learn More

Comcast VoiceEdge Select Drills Down Deeper into SMB Segment with Hosted VoIP

Comcast VoiceEdge Select, announced yesterday, is a cloud-based phone service that targets smaller SMB customers. The new hosted voice service offers a full set of standard and advanced calling features, a mobile app and business-grade phones priced by the seat, according to Comcast. Other capabilities...Learn More

Uniti Group CEO Envisions Non-Windstream Revenues Coming From Windstream Assets

Uniti Group Windstream plans could include selling capacity on fiber currently leased exclusively to Windstream to other carriers, said Uniti Group President and CEO Kenny Gunderman at an investor conference today. From Uniti Group’s point of view, the goal would be to decrease the company’s...Learn More

Sckipio Demonstrates Gfast Speeds of 3.1 Gbps Downstream over Copper, Calix Takes Advantage

Manufacturers continue to enhance the broadband speeds that copper phone wiring can support using the Gfast standard. Sckipio today said it demonstrated Gfast speeds of 3.1 Gbps downstream and 900 Mbps upstream at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin. The demonstration used two copper pairs...Learn More

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