Verizon CFO on SDN Economics: Software Won’t Reduce Capex

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While some advocates tout the ability of software defined networking to reduce telco capital and operational expenditures, at least one major carrier expects SDN economics to have little impact on capex. Verizon capex consistently runs in the range of 17.2% to 17.7%, noted Verizon Executive...Learn More

Sprint Bundles Amazon Prime

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 13, 2016 – Beginning today, Sprint is including a 12-month Amazon Prime membership with the Amazon Better Choice XXL plan. Customers get 40GB of high-speed data to share and unlimited talk and text – double the shared data of...Learn More

Rise Broadband Fixed LTE to Expand to Over 20 More Markets

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Rise Broadband fixed LTE will be expanded to at least 20 more small- to mid-size markets, the company said yesterday. That move will enable the company to raise Internet speeds to as high as 50 Mbps in those markets, according to a press release. Residential...Learn More

Telecom IPX is Hot Topic at International Telecoms Week

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Telecom IPX is a hot topic, as the results of a survey presented at International Telecoms Week in Chicago yesterday revealed. In a survey of global telecom wholesalers conducted by Capacity Media, 69% cited IP exchange (IPX) as a game changing technology that was on their company’s...Learn More

Shentel Completes nTelos Acquisition

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Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) today announced it has completed its acquisition of nTelos Holdings Corporation (nTelos), a provider of wireless communications services in portions of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. Shentel is a local company that operates as a Sprint...Learn More

Verizon LTE in Rural America Carrier Deploys XLTE, Exec Says More to Come

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When Verizon made its XLTE spectrum and technology available to participants in the Verizon LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, it wasn’t clear how popular the offering would be with the rural carriers.  But Verizon on Monday announced in a blog post that one LRA...Learn More

Bell Canada to Acquire MTS

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MONTRÉAL and WINNIPEG, May 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – BCE Inc. (Bell) (TSX: BCE) (NYSE: BCE) today announced that it will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) (TSX: MBT) in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9...Learn More

Rise Broadband Exec: Broadband Wireless Economics Are Better Than Ever

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Broadband wireless economics are poised for a boost thanks to impending technology advances and the availability of new spectrum, said Rise Broadband Co-founder Jeff Kohler in an interview with Telecompetitor this week. And if you’re seeking an insider view on the broadband wireless market it’s...Learn More

Bell Labs Wireless Capacity Vs. Demand Forecast: Carriers Must Invest More

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Network service providers won’t be able to keep pace with surging wireless traffic unless they increase investment in next-generation technologies, according to a wireless capacity vs. demand forecast from Bell Labs Consulting. Researchers advise providers to invest in technologies such as 5G and cloud platforms...Learn More

iGR: Rural Wireless Churn Less Likely, Requires Proper Motivation

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The average rural wireless customer tends to be older and less likely to have children living at home in comparison with the typical American wireless customer, which has implications for rural wireless churn. This according to new rural wireless churn research from research firm iGR....Learn More

Small Cell Revenue Forecast to Top $2 Billion by 2019

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A new small cell revenue forecast from IHS Technology calls for revenues to total more than $2 billion by 2019. Small cell deployments increased at a double-digit rate year-over-year (YoY) in 2015, but the market remains tiny when compared to that for 2G/3G radio access...Learn More

Sprint Offers Monthly Amazon Prime Membership

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Overland, Park, Kansas — March 31, 2016 — Sprint (NYSE: S) today unveiled a unique offering that allows customers to purchase Amazon Prime as an add-on to their monthly plan. Sprint will offer new or existing customers the opportunity to stream tens of thousands of movies...Learn More