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.

Comcast Advances Efforts to Own the Home; X1 Voice Remote Control Integrated with Tile Object-Finding App

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The latest example of Comcast’s strategy to “own the home” is the company’s announcement today of a partnership with Tile, manufacturer of devices that help find lost objects. The Comcast Tile deal will enable Comcast customers to use their Xfinity X1 voice remote control to...Learn More

Report: Network Automation Investment Should Result in ‘Hulk’ Like Performance

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Network automation investment will grow by about 30% between now and 2021 and 75% of responding companies said they would implement full or significant automation during the next five years. The research was conducted by ACG Research on behalf of Ciena. Respondents included decision makers...Learn More

Dramatic Expansion of AT&T’s 5G Evolution Lays Groundwork for Real 5G

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AT&T announced today an expansion of their 5G Evolution technology to an additional 117 markets across the U.S., bringing the total 5G Evolution markets to 141. The term 5G Evolution is more of a marketing term, since the underlying technology for it is really advanced...Learn More

Arvig Moves Illustrate Rural Carrier E-rate Opportunities, Includes Expansion into Twin Cities

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Minnesota-based regional carrier Arvig said today that during the first quarter of 2018, more than 30 schools or school districts chose the company to provide high-speed internet, transport and voice services funded, in part, through the Universal Service Fund (USF) E-rate program, also known as...Learn More

Verizon VNS Solution Bundles Aim to Simplify SDN

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Verizon expects to remove some barriers to implementing software-defined networking (SDN) with its new Virtual Network Services (VNS) Solution Bundles, which the company launched today. Verizon VNS Solution Bundles are pre-packaged service chains that Verizon developed by working with Checkpoint Software, Cisco, Fortinet, Palo Alto...Learn More

AT&T: Mobile 5G Trials Yield Gigabit Speeds in Millimeter Wave Bands

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AT&T mobile 5G trials are achieving gigabit speeds, the carrier said in a blog post today. The speeds were achieved in trials in three cities using millimeter wave spectrum, the company said. “[W]e’re confident we have all the answers we need to deploy a mobile...Learn More

Survey: More Than 80% of Service Providers Have 2018 Gfast Deployment Plans

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More than four in five service provider respondents to a Broadbandtrends survey say they have 2018 Gfast deployment plans, with 27% in live deployments. Broadbandtrends’ Global Service Provider G.fast Deployment Strategies surveyed 33 incumbent and competitive broadband operators from across the globe. The top objective...Learn More

AT&T Outlines Core Network AI Strategy: Equivalent to Overhauling a Major Highway Without Stopping Traffic

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AT&T carries 197 petabytes of data traffic every business day, according to a blog post from Chris Rice, the Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture and Design. That means that transitioning to an AT&T software defined network is not just the better way...Learn More

AT&T to Deploy 60,000 White Boxes to Support 5G Plans

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AT&T said this week that it will deploy 60,000 white boxes over “the next several years” to support its 5G next-generation wireless plans. The AT&T white boxes will provide router functionality and support edge computing which will be critical to low-latency services, the company said....Learn More

Four Small Wireless Carriers Choose Ericsson Cloud-Based Network Management Platform

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The agreement by four small wireless carriers to use Ericsson’s cloud-based network management services suggests that a growing number of smaller operators see the cloud as viable option for managing their network end-to-end. Network Management as a Service, as Ericsson calls it, is the latest...Learn More

AT&T, ONF Collaborate on Virtualized Multi-Gigabit PON Service Automation

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AT&T is working with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to integrate the ONAP operating system with multi-gigabit passive optical networks. The AT&T, ONF collaboration will leverage work the ONF already has done on multi-gigabit PON. “This is the next step for agile development progression for...Learn More

Report: SD-WAN Success Factors Include Simplicity and Cloud Integration

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SD-WAN will grow 200% year-over-year, according to a new report from SD-WAN provider Cato Networks. Additionally, identified SD-WAN success factors include simplification for connectivity, security, and the cloud, all of which are major themes for WAN transformation in 2018. The need for network simplicity is...Learn More

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