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.

Broadband Speed Tiers: Should You Eliminate Them as a Usage Based Billing Strategy?

Broadband carriers spend a lot of effort emphasizing broadband speed tiers with their marketing efforts. There is a never ending speed race, with carriers trying to outdo each other with their broadband speed tiers. Is there a better approach? One that focuses on experience versus...Learn More

Verizon SDN Strategy Includes SBC as a Service, Virtual Probes, SD-WAN

Verizon is looking at offering session border control capability as a service and virtual network probes later this year or early next year, said Vicky Lonker – Verizon director of product management for software defined networking (SDN) – on a conference call with reporters today....Learn More

CFO: Windstream Broadband Upgrades Drove 5% ARPU Increase

Increases in the speeds that Windstream broadband services can support drove a 5% increase in average revenue per user (ARPU) among existing customers, said Windstream CFO Bob Gunderman yesterday. Gunderman made his comments at the Deutsche Bank Leveraged Finance Conference, which was also webcast. Windstream...Learn More

AT&T Touts New Transformative Broadband Experience with AirGig Technology

AT&T Labs introduced new AirGig technology today, that AT&T claims can bring wireless multi-gigabit speeds, using a hybrid powerline-wireless technology. The technology has both fixed and mobile applications, with potentially disruptive urban and rural applications. “Project AirGig has tremendous potential to transform internet access globally...Learn More

TM Forum: Amazon-Style Platform Business Model May Be Answer for Telco Video

Some major telecom service providers hope to use an Amazon-style platform to support a new approach to offering video content to end users, said Barry Graham, senior director of agile business and IT for technology association TM Forum, in an interview. Graham used the term...Learn More

Verizon AOL Yahoo Strategy: Armstrong Sees Opening to Help Businesses Build Brands Online

Now that Verizon has acquired AOL and announced plans to acquire Yahoo, some telecom-centric observers are finding the Verizon AOL Yahoo strategy perplexing. But it all makes sense if you understand marketers, according to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. “We invested in a clear gap in...Learn More

New Blackfoot Brand Unifies Company Under Single Brand

A new Blackfoot brand from the Montana based regional carrier will unify multiple brands under one identity. Blackfoot has expanded through acquisition and other means into neighboring states, while also expanding its product portfolio beyond its incumbent local phone company focus. This move integrates acquired...Learn More

Carrier SDN Survey: 75% to Deploy or Have Deployed This Year

Software-defined networking (SDN) is well on the way to achieving ubiquity among network carriers, according to IHS Markit’s fourth annual carrier SDN survey. Three-quarters of survey respondents said their organizations already had deployed or will deploy SDN in 2016. One-hundred percent said they intend to...Learn More

AT&T Enhances DirecTV TV Everywhere App, Streams Video Free From Wireless Data Caps

AT&T is adding enhancements to its DirecTV TV Everywhere app, which now allows AT&T wireless customers to stream video from DirecTV without worrying about monthly data caps. Customers have to be both DirecTV and AT&T wireless customers to stream video to their wireless devices without...Learn More

How to Thrive in the Impending Data Usage Explosion: Artificial Intelligence, Partnerships?

Ninety percent of all of the data that human beings have created was generated in the last two years, according to Thomas Saueressig, chief information officer for SAP, addressing attendees at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China last week. And with 9 billion mobile devices forecast...Learn More

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