Verizon Ericsson Deal Plots Verizon 5G Entry

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Ericsson will provide Verizon with networking equipment for the carrier’s 5G launch, the companies have announced. The Verizon Ericsson deal involves pre-standard radio network and 5G core network gear to be deployed in select markets during the second half of next year. The Verizon Ericsson...Learn More

XGS-PON Plugfest Confirms Vendor Interoperability

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The second XGS-PON Interoperability Plugfest, which concluded in Tauxigny, France recently, brought together 13 tech companies from across the globe in an attempt to improve the interoperability of one of the latest iterations of PON technology. The XGS-PON plugfest focused on interoperability between XGS-PON Optical...Learn More

T-Mobile LTE Advanced Now in More Than 920 Markets, Gigabit LTE Available in Nearly Half of Them

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T-Mobile has expanded the T-Mobile LTE Advanced footprint to more than 920 markets. T-Mobile claims the 920 markets surpass those of other carriers that have deployed LTE Advanced technology. T-Mobile also said it has three speed-boosting technologies – carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM –...Learn More

U.S. Cellular 5G Fixed Wireless Tests: 8.5 Gbps Using Macrocell Antennas at 28 GHz

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U.S. Cellular has achieved speeds of 8.5 Gbps in tests of 5G fixed wireless technology at 28 GHz using macrocell antennas. The U.S. cellular 5G fixed wireless tests were the first to use an antenna height of 123 feet, the company said. Because distances covered...Learn More

Sckipio Demonstrates Gfast Speeds of 3.1 Gbps Downstream over Copper, Calix Takes Advantage

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Manufacturers continue to enhance the broadband speeds that copper phone wiring can support using the Gfast standard. Sckipio today said it demonstrated Gfast speeds of 3.1 Gbps downstream and 900 Mbps upstream at the Broadband World Forum in Berlin. The demonstration used two copper pairs...Learn More

Cisco Broadsoft Acquisition Targets Booming Collaboration Market, Helps Cisco Diversify

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Cisco announced a definitive agreement to acquire Broadsoft for $1.9 billion, or $55 a share, assuming fully diluted shares including conversion of debt. The Cisco Broadsoft acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company. The acquisition is expected to close during...Learn More

Qualcomm Announces First 5G NR Chipsets and Verizon Partnership; So What is 5G NR?

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Qualcomm said today that it has achieved gigabit speeds using a 5G NR (5G New Radio) modem chipset that the company is calling Snapdragon X50. The achievement could pave the way for 5G commercialization in 2019. That’s about a year earlier than what developers initially...Learn More

Cable Broadband’s Future Lies in Deep Fiber, WOW! is First Up

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As the cable industry rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 over existing infrastructure, cable companies should have no trouble offering gigabit broadband – at least for a while. But as take rates climb and as the cable companies get set to support multigigabit speeds, they are looking...Learn More

CBRS LTE Fixed Wireless Broadband Set to Deploy, Despite Uncertain Future

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Fixed wireless broadband continues to gain traction with the news today that Georgia-based wireless internet service provider (WISP) Paladin Wireless will deploy fixed service using LTE technology in the CBRS band. Paladin is targeting a December turn-up for the network using an experimental license, said...Learn More

EVUE-NOW! Streaming Video Service is App-Based, Targets Service Providers

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A new cloud streaming video service announced today aims to make it easier for service providers to offer a skinny bundle of local broadcast and cable channels delivered over IP. The offering, dubbed eVUE-NOW!, comes from Evolution Digital, and also supports cloud-based DVR capabilities. End...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Demo Will Use SDN for Wavelengths on Demand

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A quartet of companies will demonstrate what they are calling “intent-based” SDN operations, including on-demand automation of wavelength services in a multi-platform and multi-domain environment at the MEF17 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase, which will be held Nov. 13 to 16 in Orlando. The goal...Learn More

G.fast Enhancements Will Support Gigabit Speeds Over Copper

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The next generation of G.fast chips will give network operators the ability to support gigabit speeds over twisted pair copper or coax wiring over distances of 100 meters or more – and chipmaker Sckipio expects to support the maximum possible bandwidth, said Michael Weissman, vice...Learn More

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