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.

Verizon, Partners Demonstrate Key NG-PON2 Interoperability Milestone

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Verizon said yesterday that it and its partners achieved interoperability in a vital element of its NG-PON2 platform. The NG-PON2 interoperability testing focused on the ONT management and provisioning element of the carrier’s OpenOMCI specification. Other participants were ADTRAN, Broadcom, Cortina Access, Ericsson/Calix and Intel,...Learn More

FirstLight Acquisitions Spree Continues with 186 Purchase

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The FirstLight acquisitions spree continues today with the news that the company plans to purchase 186 Communications. Like other FirstLight acquisitions, 186 operates in the Northeast – specifically Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. According to today’s press release, FirstLight is poised to operate approximately 14,000...Learn More

New C Spire TV Eliminates the Set-Top-Box, Moves to TV App Model

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Regional operator C Spire has launched a new app based TV service, C Spire TV, which leverages third party streaming devices as a replacement for set-top-boxes. C Spire has been working on this evolution for over a year and announced its commercial launch last week....Learn More

AT&T Venture Funding to Plow as Much as $200M into Disruptive SDN Technology, Start-Ups

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AT&T venture funding initiatives will include as much as $200 million invested into a venture capital fund that aims to  propel emerging connected services and platform technologies, the company announced last week. The carrier will work with Minneapolis-based high-tech venture capital specialist Coral Group’s Communications...Learn More

Long Independence Day Holiday Weekend Yields Closing of Multiple Fiber Acquisition Deals

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Not everyone got an opportunity at a long holiday weekend earlier this week. Multiple fiber acquisition deals valued at over $2 billion closed on Monday July 3rd, including Consolidated-FairPoint and Uniti-Southern Light/Hunt. Consolidated’s $1.3 billion purchase of FairPoint will create a top ten fiber provider...Learn More

Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm Complete VoLTE Over Cat M1 Call

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Verizon says that it has carried a live voice call over its LTE Cat M1 Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) network. The VoLTE over Cat M1 call, which was made with the assistance of Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, is an important step in the evolution of...Learn More

CenturyLink Stream Debuts as Latest OTT Virtual Pay-TV Service, Starting at $45/month

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The latest entrant in the growing virtual pay-TV world is CenturyLink Stream, which offers a traditional channel line-up through a streaming OTT solution. CenturyLink has been openly discussing this move for months. The service is now in beta, and it offers a live channel line-up,...Learn More

AT&T XGS-PON Field Trial Aims to ‘Cloudify’ 10 Gbps FTTP Service

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A planned AT&T XGS-PON field trial will introduce virtualized access functions with the next-gen FTTP technology, capable of 10 Gbps. XGS-PON is one of the next iterations of GPON technology, delivering 4x the downstream bandwidth, while co-existing with it, and having similar cost characteristics. “Our...Learn More

Report: Disruption of the Traditional Bundle Will Only Get Worse, Next-Gen Bundles Now on Tap

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U.S. consumers are embracing next-gen bundles and telco and cable providers need to adapt or risk losing significant market share to disruptors, says market research firm Ovum. Their new report, Digital Consumer Insights 2017: Multiplay, outlines changing bundling trends. The traditional triple play bundle of...Learn More

T-Mobile LAA Field Test Achieves Mobile Broadband Speed of 741 Mbps

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T-Mobile announced that it has completed the first live mobile broadband data session field test using License Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network. The T-Mobile LAA test is the first of its kind on a live commercial network by a U.S. carrier for the...Learn More

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