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 Launches IoT Pilot Using LTE-M — So What is LTE-M?

AT&T this week launched what the company says is the first LTE-M enabled commercial site, which will support an Internet of Things pilot involving several companies, including PepsiCo, Samsung and others. “We think LTE-M will be the workhorse for low-power wide area” connectivity, said Cameron...Learn More

CenturyLink Level 3 Deal is Latest Mega Merger Rumor

A reported CenturyLink Level 3 deal is in the works, in which Louisiana-based CenturyLink acquires Colorado-based Level 3, according to the Wall Street Journal. The two are in advanced talks according to the report, although the deal could still fall through. CenturyLink Level 3 Deal...Learn More

Central Office Consolidation Could Get Boost from Calix Broadband Equipment

Central office consolidation should get a little easier as the result of technology advances made by Calix, said Shane Eleniak, vice president of product line leadership for the company, at the 2016 Calix User Group Conference in Las Vegas this week. Eleniak made his remarks...Learn More

Adtran: Dynamic Time Allocation Brings More Bandwidth Flexibility

+ dynamic time allocation is now available on equipment from Adtran, the company said today. Dynamic time allocation automatically adjusts the amount of bandwidth that is allocated to upstream and downstream communications in response to consumer usage patterns, explained Kurt Raaflaub, Adtran head of solutions...Learn More

Western Fiber Expansion Aims to Enhance Windstream Enterprise Strategy

Despite an increased emphasis on residential broadband over the last year or so, Windstream hasn’t lost its focus on the enterprise market, as an announcement today about a western fiber transport network expansion illustrates. The Windstream enterprise strategy emphasizes nationwide coverage — and while that...Learn More

Embracing and Retraining for Innovation: AT&T Strategy Aims to Disrupt Itself Part II

An evolving AT&T strategy has set out on a journey to maximize its business opportunities in IoT, network virtualization, entertainment/OTT, and network security, among others. Many of these opportunities are disruptive technologies, and AT&T says to take advantage of them, they must disrupt themselves. That...Learn More

10G PON: More Bandwidth for Sure, But There is More, Much More

After learning more about next generation PON standards, the benefits of each are clear. XGS-PON, with its fixed wavelengths, provides simplicity. It is essentially GPON on steroids, providing common capabilities at higher bandwidths. However, the additional wavelengths of NG-PON2 bring service providers some very unique...Learn More

ABI: Mobile Carrier Big Data Spending Helps Transformation to Digital Service Provider

Mobile carrier Big Data spending will exceed $50 billion through 2021, according to new reports from ABI Research titled ¨Big Data & Machine Learning¨ and ¨Telco Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning.” The forecast includes machine learning analytics. Enhancing fraud mitigation and revenue assurance number...Learn More

Windstream Adopts SDN Wavelength Management

Windstream is using software defined networking (SDN) to automate delivery of managed wavelength services across its multi-vendor optical network. The SDN wavelength management capability is made possible by equipment from Ciena supporting Blue Planet orchestration software. According to a press release, the SDN attributes of...Learn More

U.S. Cellular 5G Tests Show Technology’s Potential for Rural Markets

5G wireless technology could be an important technology for mid-sized and rural markets, as news today about U.S. Cellular 5G testing illustrates. The company said it had collaborated with Nokia to test 5G and demonstrate 5G in a fixed wireless configuration. U.S. Cellular and Nokia...Learn More

AT&T Strategy Aims to Disrupt Itself, Part I

At an industry analyst meeting held last week in Dallas, an AT&T strategy of disruption of its own business was a key theme throughout. “We are setting out to disrupt ourselves,” said AT&T vice chairman Ralph de la Vega in his opening comments to the...Learn More

Latest Wheeler Business Data Services Proposal Calls for 11% Cap Reduction on TDM Offerings

A new proposal for regulating business data services from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calls for an 11% reduction in the cap on incumbent local carriers’ TDM service pricing to be phased in over three years, beginning in July 2017. TDM services sold on a wholesale...Learn More