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.

AT&T XGS-PON Field Trial Aims to ‘Cloudify’ 10 Gbps FTTP Service

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A planned AT&T XGS-PON field trial will introduce virtualized access functions with the next-gen FTTP technology, capable of 10 Gbps. XGS-PON is one of the next iterations of GPON technology, delivering 4x the downstream bandwidth, while co-existing with it, and having similar cost characteristics. “Our...Learn More

Report: Disruption of the Traditional Bundle Will Only Get Worse, Next-Gen Bundles Now on Tap

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U.S. consumers are embracing next-gen bundles and telco and cable providers need to adapt or risk losing significant market share to disruptors, says market research firm Ovum. Their new report, Digital Consumer Insights 2017: Multiplay, outlines changing bundling trends. The traditional triple play bundle of...Learn More

T-Mobile LAA Field Test Achieves Mobile Broadband Speed of 741 Mbps

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T-Mobile announced that it has completed the first live mobile broadband data session field test using License Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network. The T-Mobile LAA test is the first of its kind on a live commercial network by a U.S. carrier for the...Learn More

Deloitte Calls for $150B Fiber Infrastructure Investment for U.S. to Reach Full Digital Potential

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A $130 billion to $150 billion fiber infrastructure investment is required in the U.S. to unleash innovation, close the digital divide, and fully prepare the country for 5G, according to a report from management consulting firm Deloitte. The report says the investment is needed over...Learn More

Exec: Juniper Universal Chassis Router Can Work at Network Edge, in Core or in a Data Center

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A Juniper universal chassis router announced today is designed to work at the network edge, in the network core or in a data center and to take on the functionality required for each application based on software. In addition, the new router supports what Juniper...Learn More

C Spire LTE Now Supports Peak Mobile Download Speeds of up to 100 Mbps

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New enhancements to the C Spire LTE network have the regional wireless provider talking peak speed capabilities of up to 100 Mbps, up from the current 5 to 12 Mbps. C Spire, the nation’s sixth largest wireless carrier began the enhancements in March. The new...Learn More

Verizon: We’re Doubling Down on Fiber Broadband, Just Don’t Call it Fios

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Verizon’s message at Fiber Connect, taking place here in Orlando this week, was music to the fiber broadband ecosystem’s ears. Fiber is back at Verizon, and in a big way, according to Kyle Malady, SVP and chief network officer of wireline for Verizon. “All the...Learn More

Verizon Oath Strategy: Mobile Usage Data is Our Oil and Oath Will be Our Oil Rig

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Building “brands people love” will differentiate Verizon’s strategy for the digital media business it will operate when its Yahoo acquisition is completed and those assets are merged with Verizon’s AOL business, said Marni Walden, Verizon executive vice president and president of the company’s Media and...Learn More

Calix: Telcos Need to Adopt Tactical Strategies for Strategic Broadband Goals

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Calix is holding its first ever Media and Analyst event this week in San Francisco and CEO Carl Russo, in his opening remarks, offered some advice to telcos who find themselves losing ground in broadband to cable and other competitors. In response to my question...Learn More

RingCentral: Cloud Based Unified Communications is Just the Start, Collaboration Apps & AI Are Next

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Unified communications as a service (UCaaS) provider RingCentral seems to have become a Wall Street darling, sharing the spotlight with the likes of AT&T and Verizon at three investor conferences in the last 10 days. The company’s popularity underscores a major market shift toward UCaaS...Learn More

Internet2, Global R&E Networks Collaborate on Undersea Fiber, Eye Virtual Supercomputing

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U.S. research and education (R&E) network Internet2 is working with other global R&E networks to enhance resiliency, bandwidth and economics of undersea connectivity. As Internet2 President and CEO Dave Lambert and Rene Buch, CEO of NORDUnet, explained in an interview, R&E networks also may be...Learn More

ABI: Maybe Telcos Should Steer Clear of the Cloud, Digital Transformation

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A new research report from ABI throws some water on the cloud, digital transformation, and IT opportunity fire for telcos. The research suggests that technology buyers continue to see connectivity as the principal value provided by telecom operators, with some vertical specific applications also of...Learn More

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