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.

Shentel MIMO Trial Yields Up to 5x Wireless Bandwidth Boost

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A new technology known as massive MIMO has the potential to help urban and rural wireless carriers substantially improve the performance of current mobile infrastructure through an antenna change. In a recent Shentel MIMO trial in Woodstock, Va, the regional wireless carrier saw massive MIMO...Learn More

AT&T LTE-M Internet of Things Network to Be Nationwide by 2Q

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AT&T said its LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network will be available nationwide by the end of second quarter. That’s ahead of schedule, the company said. The news follows successful testing with a pilot network launched in California in October. Since then AT&T has added...Learn More

Calix, Northpower Fibre Claim World’s First Live NG-PON2 Demo, Delivers Multi Wavelength 10 Gbps

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A live NG-PON2 demo is taking place in New Zealand, delivering 10 Gbps connectivity across Northpower Fibre’s network, reports broadband access gear provider Calix.  This represents the first live demonstration of the next-generation FTTP technology on a commercial network in the world, according to the...Learn More

Verizon Exec Outlines Digital Transformation Revenue Opportunities for Carriers

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Major enterprises today are embracing the concept of digital transformation in much the same way that they embraced the concept of virtualization a few years ago. The goal is to use the cloud, mobility and other advanced technologies to transform business processes to gain a...Learn More

Could 5G TV Spur Fixed 5G Deployments?

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Network operators are looking seriously at using fixed 5G wireless technology to support pay-TV offerings, according to Strategy Analytics. 5G TV could be an “anchor use case” for deploying fixed 5G, argues Sue Rudd, Strategy Analytics director of service provider analytics, in a new report....Learn More

AT&T Partners for Atlanta Smart City Project

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AT&T joined with Current, powered by GE, and Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power to test intelligent lighting solutions in Atlanta. The Atlanta smart city project adds momentum to the growing smart city movement in progress across the U.S. Utilities are pivotal players in Smart City...Learn More

In Pursuit of 5G Spectrum, Verizon XO Purchase Closes

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The Verizon XO purchase closed yesterday, giving Verizon access to valuable ultra-high-frequency 5G spectrum as well as XO’s fiber assets. The move came just one day after AT&T said it had acquired Fiber Tower, a company that calls itself a “provider of spectrum and fixed...Learn More

Telstra and Partners Claim Launch of World’s First Commercial Gigabit LTE Network

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Telstra, Qualcomm Technologies and Netgear announced the launch of the world’s first commercial gigabit LTE network and device at the “Gigabit LTE Experience” event in Sydney, Australia. Telstra’s gibabit LTE network service is up and running and Netgear’s Nighthawk M1 gigabit LTE device is available...Learn More

AT&T Network 3.0 Indigo Lays Path For 5G, Future of Networking

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AT&T announced several big moves involving 5G wireless today, including plans for deployments in Austin and Indianapolis and a new platform dubbed Network 3.0 Indigo that will use software defined networking (SDN) and will underlie AT&T 5G networks. Austin also will house two new 5G...Learn More

Roku Xfinity App in Comcast Customer Trials

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Roku announced the U.S. release of its beta Xfinity TV app Jan. 31. The trial Roku Xfinity app includes an enhanced viewer guide that incorporates graphics, personalized recommendations and detailed information that makes for easier content searching and discovery, Roku’s Andrew Ferrone highlights. The Roku-Comcast...Learn More

AT&T AirGig Trials with Power Companies Expected in 2017

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AT&T said today that it is in advanced discussions with power companies and others regarding trials of AT&T AirGig technology in at least two locations by this fall. AT&T AirGig is an internally-developed wireless technology designed to be deployed using a series of plastic antennas...Learn More

Report: AT&T Third in Smart Home Market Share

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AT&T has about 308,000 smart home subscribers, according to new smart home market share research from Strategy Analytics. That puts the carrier in third place among U.S. smart home service providers, behind two companies with roots in the home security business –Vivint and ADT. Combined,...Learn More