Verizon CEO: Move to 5G Will Make Verizon Network King Again, Leaving Competitors Behind

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Under CEO Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s key differentiation strategy has been network quality – a differentiator that has been increasingly difficult to maintain now that competitors have largely completed their LTE network buildouts. That’s set to change soon, however, McAdam told investors today. “When you’re ready...Learn More

T-Mobile Surpasses Gigabit LTE Speeds in Lab Trials, Gains Bragging Rights for Now

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T-Mobile, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies have broken the 1 Gbps barrier with commercially available LTE equipment. The gigabit LTE tests were conducted at T-Mobile’s labs, achieving download speeds of 1.175 Gbps, the companies said. “We are helping customers maximize the value of their existing networks...Learn More

What Happens If a State Decides to Opt Out of FirstNet Plans from AT&T?

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Rivada Networks and U.S. Cellular are the latest companies to challenge AT&T’s progress in gaining agreements to build a nationwide mobile broadband public safety network known as FirstNet. Just a few weeks after Verizon said it would build a core public safety network core in...Learn More

Verizon Digital Media Services’ Powers OTT for Stadium Digital

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LOS ANGELES (Aug. 29, 2017) – Verizon Digital Media Services, part of Oath, today announced that its Uplynk Video Streaming service has been integrated into Canadian sports technology leader Stadium Digital‘s All Access Platform –  a proprietary digital loyalty and fan engagement platform. By supporting the streaming...Learn More

AT&T Drones Help with Hurricane Harvey Relief

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AT&T has dispatched 25 drones to parts of southeast Texas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The AT&T drones will be used to inspect cell towers that can’t be reached in other ways because of flooding. “Drones can take HD video and photos of a cell site,...Learn More

Despite Hurricane Harvey Telecom Outages, Industry Steps Up Good Will Efforts

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Hurricane Harvey telecom outages were substantial in Texas and Louisiana, with more than 4.7% of cell sites out of service in 55 counties designated part of the disaster area, the FCC reported yesterday. Two counties had more than 50% of cell sites out of service....Learn More

Verizon CBRS Demo Ups Ante on Big Carrier Efforts to Change License Rules

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Verizon’s news today that it has demonstrated mobile wireless service using LTE Advanced carrier aggregation in the CBRS spectrum band ups the ante on large mobile carriers’ efforts to establish new rules for that spectrum band – rules that opponents say would benefit the large...Learn More

Fixed 5G Forecast: Verizon, AT&T Will Help Drive $1 Billion in U.S. Service Revenues by 2019

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5G fixed wireless networks, which will be the first broad use case for 5G, will generate service revenues of $1 billion in the United States by the end of 2019, according to a fixed 5G forecast from research firm SNS Telecom. The report, “5G for...Learn More

AT&T G.fast Launch Will Expand Broadband Reach Outside of its Traditional Territory

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AT&T G.fast service, announced today for multi-dwelling units (MDUs) in 22 metro areas, will provide broadband service over a combination of fiber and coax cable at speeds up to 500 Mbps, said an AT&T spokesperson in an email to Telecompetitor. The spokesperson also confirmed that...Learn More

Verizon SD-WAN Offerings Expand With Integrated Security

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Verizon is expanding its software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) offerings, announcing today that it will offer an SD-WAN customer premises solution dubbed SD-Branch that incorporates security and other functionality. The new Verizon SD-WAN option will use software from Versa Networks that runs on generic...Learn More

Verizon Gigabit LTE Trial Breaks the Gigabit Speed Barrier

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Following a recent Verizon Gigabit LTE field test, Verizon announced a new speed breakthrough in a lab trial. Working with Ericsson and Qualcomm again, Verizon says they reached 1.07 Gbps download speed in this latest lab test. “These efficiencies will enable the delivery of the...Learn More

Report: Verizon Moves in to Top 3 for Carrier Ethernet Market Share

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Eight companies have at least 4 percent of the U.S. Ethernet services each, according to Vertical System Group’s mid-year U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Those Carrier Ethernet market share leaders, in order, are AT&T, Level 3, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise (Charter), CenturyLink, Comcast, Windstream and Cox. There...Learn More

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