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 SD-WAN Offerings Expand With Integrated Security

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Verizon is expanding its software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) offerings, announcing today that it will offer an SD-WAN customer premises solution dubbed SD-Branch that incorporates security and other functionality. The new Verizon SD-WAN option will use software from Versa Networks that runs on generic...Learn More

CTO: 50 Trillion GBs of Data is Driving CenturyLink Network Transformation

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CenturyLink CTO Aamir Hussain offered a vision of the ongoing CenturyLink network transformation at ADTRAN’s Broadband Solutions Summit this morning in Huntsville, Alabama. Hussain offered a common theme present in today’s broadband carrier circles – the need for carriers like CenturyLink to transform not only...Learn More

Windstream UCaaS Portfolio is Now Paired with SD-WAN

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Recently bolstered by its Broadview acquisition, Windstream is pairing its unified communications as a service (UCaaS) with its SD-WAN solution. Thanks to Broadstream, the Windstream UCaaS portfolio is now 100% cloud-based, targeting business customers from SMBs to the enterprise. The two services are among the...Learn More

AT&T Touts Fewer TV Commercial Interruptions as Potential Benefit of Time Warner Merger

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AT&T envisions the possibility that the number of ads during TV shows could decrease when the company’s planned merger with Time Warner is completed, said AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens at an investor conference today. AT&T addressable advertising capabilities will improve dramatically with Time...Learn More

Frontier AnyWare Hosted VoIP is Now Available Anywhere

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Frontier Communications said yesterday that its AnyWare cloud-based Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service can now be accessed in all 50 states. Frontier AnyWare leverages a Mitel platform for the cloud-based service. “It makes the transition to cloud-based technologies customizable, cost-effective and ideal for growing...Learn More

Report: Eleven Carriers Have More Than 10K Fiber Connected Buildings

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Eleven fiber network operators were each providing on-net connectivity to at least 10,000 commercial buildings in the U.S. as of year-end 2016, according to new fiber connected buildings research from Vertical Systems Group. By rank order, AT&T, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise (Charter), CenturyLink, Comcast, Level 3,...Learn More

Windstream SD-WAN Enhancements Include Proactive Monitoring

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Windstream today built on its previous moves into the SD-WAN sector with four new services. Windstream SD-WAN enhancements include proactive monitoring, an integrated management tool and more. This is the latest step in Windstream’s SD-WAN buildout. The first big move was the acquisition of EarthLink...Learn More

Altice Business Forms, Combines Business Services Portfolio from Cablevision, Suddenlink

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Altice USA is bringing the former business services portfolios of Lightpath, Optimum Business, and Suddenlink under one new national division, Altice Business. The move follows other unifying branding and business moves from Altice USA which recently went public. Altice Business will standardize its portfolio of...Learn More

CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN Launched

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A CenturyLink managed hybrid SD-WAN service hit the market yesterday. As the company explained, the offering delivers comprehensive WAN packages “as a service” for a fixed monthly price. The availability of the CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN solutions holds out prospects of tighter integration of high-capacity...Learn More

I3 Broadband Win Demonstrates Huawei Persistence in U.S. Market, MDU Broadband Focus

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Regional broadband provider i3 Broadband has selected Huawei for broadband access gear to serve MDUs and FTTP in their central Illinois market. I3 will use Huawei gear for a growing MDU broadband focus to deliver triple play capability, according to a Huawei press release. I3...Learn More

MEF SD-WAN Open APIs Initiative Aims to Bridge Carrier OSS/ BSS with SD-WAN Equipment

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Service provider software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) offerings could get a boost from two new MEF SD-WAN initiatives, MEF representatives told Telecompetitor this week. Those initiatives, announced today, include a white paper defining service provider SD-WAN terminology, as well as a new standards effort aimed...Learn More

Comcast MachineQ IoT Platform Extended to 12 Markets

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Comcast announced yesterday that it has extended the Comcast MachineQ IoT (Internet of Things) platform to 12 additional U.S. markets. MachineQ uses LoRaWAN protocol to support widely distributed IoT endpoints. The LoRa technology, which is being supplied by Semtech, meets the significant challenges of IoT...Learn More

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