AT&T Takes on Verizon, Comcast with Gfast Deployment, Opening an Interesting Competitive Dynamic

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AT&T is embarking on an interesting expansion strategy by launching AT&T Gfast based broadband service to MDUs outside of their traditional service territory. The latest example is Boston, where AT&T announced the availability of Gfast delivered broadband services to select apartment complexes. AT&T Gfast can...Learn More

Verizon 5G Roadmap Takes Important Step with Successful Mobile 5G Call

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The Verizon 5G roadmap gained another step with the first successful completion of a 5G new radio (NR) 3GPP standards compliant over-the-air mobile 5G call, the company announced yesterday. The call was completed over licensed spectrum on a 5G NR prototype device provided by Qualcomm....Learn More

Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study: Unlimited Data Users Report Fewer Problems

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Wireless customers are relatively pleased with the quality of their networks and their legacy wireless devices, according to a new wireless customer satisfaction study from J.D. Power. The research firm says that quality may not have actually improved, but customer perception of quality has due...Learn More

Rumored Frontier Sale of Verizon Lines: A Desperate Act?

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Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg is reporting that Frontier is considering a sale of landline assets in California, Florida and Texas that the company acquired from Verizon. A Frontier sale of the Verizon lines would appear to be a rather desperate act aimed at improving the...Learn More

New NY Broadband Funding Winners Include Frontier, Windstream, TDS, Hughes, Others

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While Verizon’s $82 million funding was the big news from the recent New NY broadband funding announcement, other carriers also received funding for rural New York – including Frontier, Hughes Network Systems, TDS Telecom, Windstream and numerous smaller carriers. Funding also went to Fairpoint Communications,...Learn More

Verizon Awarded $82 Million in Broadband Funding; Is This a Change of Heart on CAF?

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Verizon will receive $82.7 million in state and federal funds to bring broadband to unserved parts of rural New York. Most of the funding — $70.7 million – will come from the New NY Broadband Program, with an additional $12 million coming from the federal...Learn More

Verizon: Next Gen Fiber Broadband Era to Begin with Tampa NG-PON2 Trial

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Verizon is planning large scale NG-PON2 deployments, which will begin this quarter with a customer trial in Tampa, said Verizon Director of Technology Planning Vincent O’Byrne in an interview. NG-PON2 can co-exist with GPON on existing fiber-to-the-home networks, boosting capacity and service speeds by layering...Learn More

Verizon 400G Trial Demonstrates Interoperability, Juniper and Ciena Platforms First Up

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Verizon says it has successfully completed a field trial using 400 Gbps Ethernet speeds on a single wavelength. The Verizon 400G trial used MPLS core routers over a packet-optical network. The trial is believed to be an industry first. This trial demonstrated interoperability of equipment...Learn More

Verizon Virtualizes the Session Border Controller, Introduces SBCaaS — Session Border Controller as a Service

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Verizon once again relies on an outside vendor partner to support its latest virtualized service. Verizon Session Border Controller as a Service (SBCaaS) will leverage a partnership with Ribbon Communications, developer of cloud-based virtualized communications offerings. Verizon SBCaaS Session border controllers (SBCs) provide security and...Learn More

Speed Tests Show Unlimited Plan Impact on Wireless Speeds Reversing, T-Mobile Still Tops

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After all four of the nation’s largest wireless carriers introduced unlimited plans early last year, the industry saw major shifts in average 4G speeds. Both AT&T and Verizon saw their average speeds drop for six straight months, according to OpenSignal, which collects data from consumer...Learn More

Verizon and NBA Expand Multi-platform Content and Technology Partnership with New Innovation Component

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January 17, 2018 — Verizon and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced an innovative, multi-year partnership that will deliver one of the most comprehensive video streaming offerings of NBA content – from live out-of-market games via NBA League Pass to highlights, fantasy basketball, original...Learn More

Analyst: Verizon 5G Fixed Wireless Competitive Threat is Modest at Best

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A research note from New Street Research throws a little cold water on a potential 5G fixed wireless competitive threat to cable broadband. Verizon is expected to launch the fixed wireless service later this year in 3 to 5 markets, including Sacramento, Calif., a Comcast...Learn More

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