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Telco Video Landscape Changing as Consolidated Launches DIRECTV NOW Streaming OTT

Consolidated Communications will begin marketing AT&T’s OTT streaming service DIRECTV NOW, the company announced today. DIRECTV NOW (DTVN) offers a streaming live channel line-up and video-on-demand and is positioned as a lower-cost option to traditional pay-TV video, delivered over-the-top. It’s an interesting move for Consolidated,...Learn More

AT&T SD-WAN International Availability Expanded

AT&T is greatly expanding the availability of the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) offering it introduced last year in the United States. The AT&T SD-WAN international expansion will make the technology available in more than 150 countries and territories, the company said. “Managing connectivity should...Learn More

First Three AT&T Mobile 5G Markets Announced; Company Sees Path to Multi-Gigabit Speeds

The first three AT&T mobile 5G markets will be parts of Atlanta, Dallas and Waco in 2018, the company said today. The company also plans to launch nine other markets this year, but has not named them. As we previously reported, AT&T’s initial mobile 5G...Learn More

AT&T, Ericsson Team Up on IoT Certification, Launch Joint IoT Professional Services Practice

AT&T and Ericsson are teaming to offer IoT certification for devices. The collaboration includes testing, verification and “white glove” assistance with the regulatory approval process. “Companies want to connect things to extract value. We’re meeting that demand head-on by expanding our IoT professional services capabilities,”...Learn More

TDS-Owned OneNeck Patents Data Center Sensors That Pinpoint Server Hotspots

OneNeck’s new vertically sweeping roaming robotic-sensor, designed to move up and down a closed server cabinet has been awarded a U.S. patent, the TDS data center subsidiary announced. During each vertical sweep, the OneNeck data center sensor assembly records the heat and humidity then generates...Learn More

Windstream Unveils New Windstream Enterprise, Wholesale Brand Strategy

Roughly a year after completing their acquisition of enterprise and wholesale focused network provider EarthLink, Windstream has launched new Windstream Enterprise and Wholesale brands. Windstream is aiming to transform their overall business and a brand refresh helps with that focus. Like many traditional telephone companies,...Learn More

AT&T Taps Accenture for Microservices Development

AT&T and Accenture have announced a multiyear project that will replace legacy AT&T business applications with microservices. AT&T microservices are said to offer a faster and cheaper way to order the carrier’s products and services — from security services to fiber offerings. “Our collaboration with...Learn More

Verizon 5G Roadmap Takes Important Step with Successful Mobile 5G Call

The Verizon 5G roadmap gained another step with the first successful completion of a 5G new radio (NR) 3GPP standards compliant over-the-air mobile 5G call, the company announced yesterday. The call was completed over licensed spectrum on a 5G NR prototype device provided by Qualcomm....Learn More

KPIs Help with Implementation of NFV, SDN: ATIS

By examining the right metrics/key performance indicators (KPIs), communications service providers can more effectively put advanced network virtualization technologies into action in the network, according to a new report from the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). The report offers insight into best practices for...Learn More

Cable Company ImOn Deploys PON Fiber Network, Pursues Gigabit Broadband Strategy

Iowa-based cable company ImOn is pursuing a gigabit broadband strategy, with a hybrid network that includes traditional HFC-delivered DOCSIS and a FTTP PON network. The triple play provider with both a strong business services and residential focus, will use a Calix GPON platform to extend...Learn More

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