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 NetBond for Cloud Targets Cloud-to-Cloud Connectivity

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AT&T NetBond for Cloud, launched today, gives businesses the ability to establish a direct connection between two cloud services on the fly using a web portal developed by AT&T. The offering uses AT&T’s MPLS network, said AT&T’s Enterprise Networking Vice President Rosa Maria Boza in...Learn More

AT&T CEO: Bye-Bye DirecTV, Hello AT&T OTT Video

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AT&T plans to launch a cable TV-like service for delivery over-the-top over its own or a competitor’s broadband network in 2018, said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson at an investor conference today. The AT&T OTT video offering will be in beta trials before year-end and is...Learn More

AT&T Tests Single-Wavelength 400 GbE in Production Network

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AT&T has wrapped up testing single-wavelength 400 GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) in its production network. The announcement was the final step of a three-stage trial and readies the carrier to upgrade its backbone using the technology. “Introducing 400 GbE is a natural next step. Customer demands...Learn More

Uniti Group: Diversification Away From Windstream is a Priority

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When Windstream stock values took a plunge after the company cut its dividend several weeks ago, Uniti Group’s stock moved in near-lockstep. Almost two and a half years after Uniti Group was spun out of Windstream as a telecom-focused real estate investment trust (REIT), it...Learn More

Comcast Strategy: We Intend to Own the Home

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Comcast has set its sights on “owning the home,” said Matt Strauss, executive vice president of Xfinity Services for Comcast Cable, at a financial conference today. Strauss cited an example of how that Comcast strategy might be implemented: People using Comcast’s home control offering, dubbed...Learn More

MEF/ ATIS Carrier Ethernet Standard Targets Inter-carrier Ordering

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MEF and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions released a standard aimed at making it easier to order Carrier Ethernet services. The new MEF/ ATIS Carrier Ethernet standard, “Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification: Business Requirements and Use Cases,” is an effort to put universal ordering mechanisms...Learn More

Sprint NFV Strategy Will Support Gigabit LTE and 5G

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Network functions virtualization (NFV) will be an “essential building block” as Sprint makes plans to deploy gigabit LTE and 5G wireless capabilities, said a Sprint technology executive in a blog post today. The Sprint NFV strategy will enable “more efficient scaling of core network capabilities...Learn More

AT&T Fixed 5G Network Trials Expands to Three Additional Markets

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AT&T fixed 5G network trials will reach five total markets by the end of this year, the company announced. The three additional markets joining Austin and Indianapolis include: Waco, Texas; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana. AT&T is using mmWave spectrum in these fixed wireless...Learn More

Fusion Buys Birch Assets to Become Single-Source Cloud Services Provider

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Cloud services provider Fusion has agreed to purchase significant assets from Birch Communications, including Birch’s Cloud and Business Services division. The Fusion/ Birch deal will create a combined company with more than 800 distribution partners and serve more than 150K business customers in North America,...Learn More

Dakota Carrier Network Data Center Expands, Eyeing Nationwide Business

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Dakota Carrier Network, owned by 15 local telcos, has announced its fourth data center expansion project in just over a decade. The company said last week that it would build a 14,000-square foot Tier III data center in Fargo, N.D. that will be connected to...Learn More

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