Nokia Claims 600 MHz LTE Equipment First

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Nokia claimed a 600 MHz LTE equipment first today, announcing that it has completed the first pre-standard 600 MHz LTE call using commercially available equipment. The winning bidders in the FCC’s auction of 600 MHz spectrum are expected to use the spectrum to expand their...Learn More

Windstream Expands Metro Fiber Network in Little Rock

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Mar 22, 2017 —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in Little Rock. Windstream’s expansion will provide the area’s growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless...Learn More

Verizon Connected Car App Hum is One Example of Diverse Wireless Carrier IoT Strategy

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The Verizon connected car expansion announced yesterday illustrates the importance of the Internet of Things to wireless carriers. Verizon added a premium version of its aftermarket connected car line, dubbed Hum, and launched a free Hum app that could help spur future sales of the...Learn More

Snapchat Effect? Apple Clips App Lets Users Create and Share Sophisticated Photo and Video Creations

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Apple has introduced Clips, a mobile app designed to make it easier for users to combine video clips, photos and for the first time, voice-produced animated titles to produce their own video shorts and share them on social media networks. The Apple Clips app supports...Learn More

AT&T Offers DIRECTV NOW Customers One Year Of HBO Included with Service

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Dallas, Texas — March 20, 2017 — DIRECTV NOW, the AT&T live TV streaming service, just got a lot livelier for new customers. Starting today, new customers who subscribe to the DIRECTV NOW “Go Big” or “Gotta Have It” packages will have HBO included in their...Learn More

Report Reinforces 5G Fiber Backhaul Opportunity for Fiber Network Operators

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The importance of 5G fiber backhaul far outranks other backhaul options including copper, microwave, freespace optics and millimeter wave technologies, according to a report from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). All operators surveyed said fiber was important for 5G backhaul, including 83% who said it...Learn More

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company Announces Expanded Relationship with Sprint

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EDINBURG, Va., March 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (“Shentel”) (NASDAQ:SHEN) announced that it has signed an agreement to expand its relationship with Sprint. Shentel has amended its Affiliate Agreement with Sprint to expand its affiliate service territory, adding approximately 500 thousand additional...Learn More

European Commission Approves AT&T Acquisition of Time Warner

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March 15, 2017 — DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, has approved AT&T’s* pending acquisition of Time Warner. “We appreciate the skilled work of the European Commission’s team for their timely effort to analyze and clear the AT&T-Time Warner merger,”...Learn More

Report: Global LTE Connections Surpass 2 Billion, North American Penetration Approaches 300M

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Global LTE connections rose to 1.9 billion in 4Q 2016 and breached the 2 billion connection mark in February, according to the latest market data from 5G Americas via Ovum Research. North America boasts nearly 300 million LTE subscribers, as well as some of the...Learn More

Report: Fixed Broadband on ‘Thin Ice’ as More People Embrace Broadband Cord Cutting

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Fixed broadband is “on thin ice” in the U.S. as the mobile first generation may be fueling broadband cord cutting, according to ReportLinker. Although the majority of households still access the Internet via fixed connections (cable, telco, fiber, etc.), nearly 4 in 10 said they...Learn More

FCC Mobility Fund Plans Call For Two Year CETC Support Phase-out

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Wireless carriers, known as competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs), who currently receive Universal Service funding in areas that will no longer be eligible for support will have that funding phased out over a two-year period beginning one month after completion of an upcoming mobility fund...Learn More

ABI Sees Important Role for 4.5G LTE-Advanced Pro

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ABI Research expects the global base of customers subscribing to “high-speed data throughput” services to surge higher and exceed 641 million in 2021. Readily available access to next-gen 5G networks and services is still four to five years away, but 4.5G LTE-Advanced Pro technology is...Learn More