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.

Windstream, USTelecom Reach Telecom Unbundling Compromise; Is UNE Era Set to End?

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Windstream and USTelecom have reached a compromise agreement involving telecom unbundling that would offer an alternative to a filing made by USTelecom back in May. The agreement requires FCC approval, but generally the FCC looks favorably upon agreements that opposing telecom stakeholders have been able...Learn More

Verizon’s Oath Launches Extended Reality Ads, Combines 3D and VR

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Oath, a Verizon subsidiary, today at Cannes showed attendees how to engage customers and prospects through extended reality (XR) ads. Oath Extended Reality ads combine data, 3D ad formats and brand building to deliver 3D, programmatic virtual reality (VR) ads. Oath houses Verizon’s digital media...Learn More

$220 Million Novacap Horizon Acquisition Deal Closes, Continuing Foreign Investment in U.S. Fiber Trend

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Canadian private equity firm Novacap today completed its previously announced acquisition of Horizon Telecom for $220 million. The Novacap Horizon acquisition provides Novacap more than 4,300 fiber route miles and nearly 550,000 fiber strand miles with over 1,600 on-net locations and 16,600 near-net buildings. It...Learn More

ASSIA Chief: DSL Could Support Terabit Speeds

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Copper twisted pair telephone wiring could someday support terabit speeds over distances of approximately 100 meters, according to Dr. John Cioffi, chairman and CEO of broadband software development company ASSIA. Technologies underlying terabit DSL would include a waveguide approach in combination with vectoring, explained Cioffi...Learn More

5G, IoT, Drive Carrier Router Evolution, Juniper’s New Approach

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As carriers get set to offer 5G services and to support a higher level of Internet of Things (IoT) traffic, we should expect to see a carrier router evolution, as news today from Juniper Networks illustrates. While many people are taking about applications such as...Learn More

FCC Relaxes Carrier TDM-to-IP Transition Requirements

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The FCC voted today to eliminate what it called “unnecessary regulatory hurdles for carriers seeking to move from the networks of yesterday to the networks of tomorrow.” Specifically, the commission streamlined carriers’ ability to discontinue legacy services as they undergo a TDM-to-IP transition. TDM-to-IP Transition...Learn More

Windstream CEO: We Are the Leader in SD-WAN

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Windstream SD-WAN services have become increasingly strategic to the company in recent months. At an investor conference yesterday, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas went as far as saying “We are the leader in SD-WAN.” Windstream is in a different position with regard to SD-WAN than many...Learn More

AT&T: The Business Case for Fixed 5G is Ugly, Verizon Seems to Beg to Differ

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Both AT&T and Verizon at one point cited fixed 5G wireless as a path they would both pursue. But AT&T is increasingly getting cold feet and now appears to be backing away, citing, in their view, an unfavorable business case for fixed 5G. In addition...Learn More

Broadband Forum: Citing Global Fixed Broadband Statistics, Fiber Now Underlies 77% of All Connections

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Fiber, copper and cable networks supported 77% of fixed subscribers worldwide at the end of last year, according to global fixed broadband statistics compiled by Point Topic. The new research from the company found that more than half of people get their broadband over these...Learn More

AT&T Airship Fueling Cloud, AI Initiatives, Including 5G Core

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Newly launched, the AT&T Airship open infrastructure project aims to simplify site operation for cloud operators. The company is working with Intel Corporation, the OpenStack Foundation and Korean telecom provider SKT on the initiative. “Simply put, Airship lets you build a cloud easier than ever...Learn More

Windstream CEO: Broadband and DIRECTV NOW Bundle Should be Effective Competitive Weapon Against Cable

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Windstream’s strategy for competing against cable companies will be based on a combination of Windstream broadband and other companies’ over-the-top (OTT) video offerings, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas at an investor conference today. Asked about Windstream’s value proposition in the 50% of its local service...Learn More

Exec: Wi-Fi is Comcast Broadband Differentiator

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Comcast sees Wi-Fi as a broadband differentiator, said David Watson, president and CEO of Comcast Cable, at an investor conference today. “Great coverage is essential,” said Watson. Comcast last year launched several Wi-Fi offerings aimed at ensuring that customers can use Wi-Fi throughout their homes,...Learn More

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