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.

Consolidated, Syringa News Highlights Ethernet, Cloud Services Growth for Tier 2/3 Telcos

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Two announcements this week remind us of how important Ethernet and cloud services growth is for Tier 2 and 3 telcos. Syringa Networks announced it had achieved Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for several services. Additionally,  Consolidated Communications announced new metro markets for its cloud offerings....Learn More

New GVTC Carrier Ethernet Business Line Will Target Wholesale, Transport, Fiber-to-the-Tower

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A new GVTC Carrier Ethernet business unit hopes to tap fast growing Ethernet transport services throughout Texas and into Mexico. GVTC has deployed a high capacity fiber network, built on a Ciena packet –optical platform and designed by Light River. The GVTC Carrier Ethernet regional...Learn More

DISH Smartphone Repair Highlights Need for Revenue Diversification Strategies

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Both the telecom and pay-TV industries have seen their share of disruption, forcing providers to adopt revenue diversification strategies to replace lost revenue from legacy services. In the latest example, satellite pay-TV provider DISH is getting into the smartphone repair business with an interesting model....Learn More

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