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.

NG-PON2 Forum Adds Board Members

Several communications operators and vendors have joined the board of directors of the NG-PON2 Forum, the non-profit organization announced yesterday.Operators joining the board include Verizon, NTT and Vodafone. Vendors joining the board include Ericsson, Calix, Altice Labs and Adtran. Established in April, NG-PON2 Forum promotes...Learn More

ADTRAN Mosaic Launch Illustrates What’s Involved in Shifting to SDN

ADTRAN today announced Mosaic, a new access architecture based on software defined networking – and in an interview, ADTRAN Associate Vice President of Carrier Strategies Robert Conger described the sorts of moves that manufacturers must make in order to transition their offerings to SDN. “The...Learn More

C Spire Charts Pay-TV BYOD Strategy, Ditching the Set-Top-Box

A new C Spire initiative features a pay-TV BYOD strategy that helps highlight a rapidly evolving video business marketplace. C Spire will deliver their IPTV service, including their linear channel line-up, to IP-enabled devices provided by end customers, removing the need for a traditional set-top-box...Learn More

$4.8 Billion Verizon Yahoo Purchase Shows Carrier Determined Not To Be a “Dumb Pipe”

After weeks of speculation, the Verizon Yahoo purchase was announced today as a “definitive agreement” requiring regulatory and shareholder approvals. The deal, valued at $4.83 billion, is the latest and perhaps biggest step in Verizon’s mobile content strategy. The Verizon Yahoo purchase “will put Verizon...Learn More

AT&T and Orange SDN/ NFV Initiative Seeks Open Standards

AT&T and Orange will be collaborating to develop open source standards for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technology. The mix of proprietary SDN and NFV standards that characterize the market today make for more complex, costly investment and deployment processes, conditions that...Learn More

Report: Two Paths Emerging for Voice Network Virtualization

It wasn’t so long ago that VoIP and softswitches appeared to be the future for telecom voice networks. But much of that equipment already is due for replacement – and rather than deploying more of the same, service providers increasingly are looking at voice network...Learn More

Verizon NG-PON2 Testing Sets Up Move to Next Generation 10 Gbps FTTP

Verizon said yesterday that it will test NG-PON2 technology from Adtran and Calix with an eye toward upgrading to the new technology, which can support symmetrical speeds as high as 10 Gbps or higher per customer. The Verizon NG-PON2 news is important because the company...Learn More

C Spire 5G Demo Highlights 5G Interest Beyond Big Four

C Spire said today that it successfully demonstrated 5G fixed wireless technology using spectrum in the 28 GHz band. The C Spire 5G news raises the question of whether we will see more companies outside the Big Four nationwide wireless carriers taking a more active...Learn More

AT&T Network Functions on Demand Lets Enterprises Download Routers in 76 Countries

AT&T remains very active on the software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) fronts. And as an announcement Sunday about AT&T Network Functions on Demand illustrates, the company sees strong potential for the technology internationally. AT&T Network Functions on Demand will let the...Learn More

Your New Low-Cost Open Source Cellular Network, Courtesy of Facebook OpenCellular

An open source cellular network movement was kick started yesterday, thanks to the new Facebook OpenCellular project. The initiative aims to bring a low cost, open source software defined wireless access platform to the market that enables wireless voice and Internet service. If successful, the...Learn More

Suburban Broadband Wireless Equipment Launched

While broadband wireless equipment traditionally has targeted rural deployments, a new offering launched today by Mimosa Networks is designed specifically for suburban deployment, explained Mimosa Vice President of Marketing Brad Day in an interview. The new suburban broadband wireless offering boasts total bandwidth of up...Learn More

Windstream Broadband: “Almost Half” of Customers Now Can Get 25 Mbps or Faster

Windstream clearly is serious about upgrading its broadband network infrastructure. A Windstream broadband progress report issued yesterday reveals that the company made substantial progress in boosting network speeds since it last provided an update just one month ago. According to yesterday’s release, Windstream broadband is...Learn More