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Sonus Genband Merger Seeks Scale, Complementary Products, Values Combined Company at $745M

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A planned Sonus Genband merger, announced today, aims to “create a leader in next-generation communications networking, with increased scale and market reach across products, customers and geographies,” the companies said. Shareholders of each company will own approximately 50% of the combined entity. Sonus CEO Raymond...Learn More

Verizon CEO: Fixed 5G Line of Sight Not Needed, 5G Leadership is on Track

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Fixed wireless broadband service based on 5G technology will not require line of sight between the transmitter and receiver, said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam today. Advances in antenna and processing technology have essentially eliminated the need for fixed 5G line of sight, he explained in...Learn More

Verizon Reveals Next-Generation FTTP Plans, Including NG-PON2 Bonding

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By the time Verizon begins deploying next-generation fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) infrastructure based on the NG-PON2 standard later this year or early next year, the company also will have set plans in motion to simplify upgrades beyond the company’s initial deployment of the technology, said Vincent O’Byrne,...Learn More

Verizon 5G Indianapolis 500 Demo to Support Live VR Stream

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A Verizon 5G Indianapolis 500 demo will test delivery of next-generation 5G wireless broadband technology in a home situated “in the shadow” of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Supporting the demo will be Ericsson and Intel. The project partners will use a home network gateway based...Learn More

AT&T Nationwide LTE-M Internet of Things Network Completed

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AT&T announced the completion of its nationwide LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network ahead of schedule, management announced last week. AT&T’s 4G LTE-M IoT network marks another step forward along AT&T’s path, leading to commercial introduction of next-generation 5G wireless/mobile technology and wide-scale roll-out of...Learn More

CEO: Great Plains Communications Sees International Opportunities

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We were surprised to see Great Plains Communications exhibiting at International Telecoms Week in Chicago this week. The company operates a statewide Nebraska wholesale fiber network that also connects to several other cities in the central U.S., including Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Kansas City, Minneapolis...Learn More

Sprint Targets Next Generation IoT Across Nationwide Network

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Sprint announced an ambitious and far reaching plan to support next generation IoT devices across its nationwide network. Notably, Sprint is taking advantage of new LTE wireless broadband standards and technology in doing so. In a presentation given at IoT World 2017 in Santa Clara,...Learn More

Comcast SD-WAN Beta Marks Move into Fast Growing SD-WAN Market

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An announced Comcast SD-WAN beta trial signals a continuing move into business and enterprise services by the largest U.S. cable MSO. Comcast claims to be the first major cable company to introduce a carrier-grade SD-WAN solution, which will target both mid-market and enterprise segments. Cable...Learn More

Windstream Wholesale Expands Reach in Deal with Switch

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Windstream is now offering its wholesale, long-haul fiber network access via Switch Connect, a portfolio of networking and business management systems and services hosted at Switch data center campuses in Las Vegas and Tahoe-Reno, Nevada and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The deal with Switch expands the...Learn More

AT&T Offers AirGig Update, Reiterates Upcoming Trials for Fiber Fronthaul/Backhaul Alternative

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AT&T AirGig millimeter wave broadband technology provides better propagation than traditional point-to-point wireless options because it uses wave guide technology, said Bill Hogg, president of technology operations at AT&T, today. Developed by AT&T, AirGig is designed to be deployed on the same pole infrastructure as...Learn More

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