Is a Verizon FirstNet Plan in the Works? FCC Letter Seeks Clarification

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When the Commerce Department earlier this year awarded the contract to build the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband public safety network to AT&T, it wasn’t a done deal for all 50 states. Individual states still must opt in (which at least five already have done) or...Learn More

TBR: Carrier Enterprise Revenue Sees Decline

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Major U.S. carrier enterprise revenue trends declined between the first quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017, according to new research from Technology Business Research. AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink saw declines in the range of 5%, while Level 3 saw flat enterprise revenues....Learn More

Verizon, General Motors Connected Car Deal is About Global Connectivity

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Global connectivity is the focus of a Verizon, General Motors connected car deal announced today. The deal calls for Verizon Telematics and global connectivity provider Globetouch to launch “upgraded network solutions” that will be used for GM’s OnStar connected vehicle service. Verizon, along with several...Learn More

J.D. Power: Business Telecom Satisfaction Highest for Largest Companies, Highlighting SMB Opportunity

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Business telecom satisfaction is highest among large companies with 500 or more employees, according to new J.D. Power research. While those companies had overall internet and telephone satisfaction levels of 815 on a 1,000-point scale, the average score for very small businesses with 19 employees...Learn More

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

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

Verizon Wireless Beats Back T-Mobile for PC Magazine’s Fastest U.S. Mobile Network Title

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Verizon Wireless held on to the title of the fastest U.S. mobile network, at least when it comes to mobile network speeds among the nation’s four largest carriers, which amounts to essentially the same thing, according to PC Magazine’s latest annual nationwide speed test. Verizon...Learn More

Verizon: We’re Doubling Down on Fiber Broadband, Just Don’t Call it Fios

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Verizon’s message at Fiber Connect, taking place here in Orlando this week, was music to the fiber broadband ecosystem’s ears. Fiber is back at Verizon, and in a big way, according to Kyle Malady, SVP and chief network officer of wireline for Verizon. “All the...Learn More

Verizon Oath Strategy: Mobile Usage Data is Our Oil and Oath Will be Our Oil Rig

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Building “brands people love” will differentiate Verizon’s strategy for the digital media business it will operate when its Yahoo acquisition is completed and those assets are merged with Verizon’s AOL business, said Marni Walden, Verizon executive vice president and president of the company’s Media and...Learn More

With Verizon-CWA Copper Settlement, Union Forces Verizon’s Landline Hand

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A complaint filed with the Pennsylvania public utilities commission has driven a Verizon-CWA copper settlement involving maintenance of the company’s traditional landline network infrastructure. Verizon union workers represented by the CWA argued that the company was in violation of statutory obligations to provide adequate service...Learn More

Frontier CAF Investments Support Broadband Expansion to 140K+ Homes in Four States

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Approximately 140K+ rural homes in across four states in the south have improved broadband access, due in part to Frontier CAF investments, the company reported yesterday. Impacted states include West Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Tennessee. With 134K homes, West Virginia saw the bulk...Learn More

Verizon CEO: Fixed 5G Line of Sight Not Needed, 5G Leadership is on Track

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Fixed wireless broadband service based on 5G technology will not require line of sight between the transmitter and receiver, said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam today. Advances in antenna and processing technology have essentially eliminated the need for fixed 5G line of sight, he explained in...Learn More

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