Carrier Evolution

As telecom carriers evolve, Carrier Evolution tracks the important developments in telecom and broadband which drive that evolution, including IP voice, unified communications, collaboration and consumer applications. Carrier Evolution offers original and curated content from external sources.

C Spire 5G Wireless Service Offers 120 Mbps Fixed Wireless Broadband for $50

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A new C Spire 5G fixed wireless service is being offered in select markets throughout the regional carrier’s Mississippi footprint.  While C Spire brands the service 5G, like other wireless carriers rushing to grab the 5G crown, this service does not use actual 3GPP 5G...Learn More

T-Mobile NB-IoT Launches Nationwide

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T-Mobile has launched its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) service nationwide, which the company claims is a first in the U.S.  The T-Mobile NB-IoT offering is also the first to operate in the guard bands, according to the company. T-Mobile likened guard band operation to...Learn More

Climate Change and Telecom: 4,000 Miles of U.S. Fiber Will Be Underwater by 2033, Researchers Say

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CenturyLink, Inteliquent, AT&T and other network operators got some bad news today in the form of a climate change and telecom report released by researchers at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and the University of Oregon. The researchers project 4,067 U.S. miles of fiber conduit...Learn More

Frontier Delivers UCaaS from its Own Cloud at Lower Prices

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Frontier today launched Frontier AnyWare UCaaS, a unified communications-as-a-service offering that the company will deliver from its own redundant data centers. The Frontier UCaaS offering is underpinned by software from Mitel, a Frontier spokesman told Telecompetitor in an interview. Frontier has offered cloud-based collaboration since...Learn More

Gluing Fiber to the Road: FiberTRAX Aims to Reduce Fiber Costs, Deployment Times

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Washington D.C.-area startup Traxyl offers a new take on fiber deployment: gluing fiber to the road. The company’s FiberTRAX offering uses a methyl methacrylate (MMA) coating designed to enable fiber to be deployed without trenching by adhering it to road surfaces, thereby reducing the cost...Learn More

Windstream, USTelecom Reach Telecom Unbundling Compromise; Is UNE Era Set to End?

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Windstream and USTelecom have reached a compromise agreement involving telecom unbundling that would offer an alternative to a filing made by USTelecom back in May. The agreement requires FCC approval, but generally the FCC looks favorably upon agreements that opposing telecom stakeholders have been able...Learn More

Verizon’s Oath Launches Extended Reality Ads, Combines 3D and VR

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Oath, a Verizon subsidiary, today at Cannes showed attendees how to engage customers and prospects through extended reality (XR) ads. Oath Extended Reality ads combine data, 3D ad formats and brand building to deliver 3D, programmatic virtual reality (VR) ads. Oath houses Verizon’s digital media...Learn More

$220 Million Novacap Horizon Acquisition Deal Closes, Continuing Foreign Investment in U.S. Fiber Trend

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Canadian private equity firm Novacap today completed its previously announced acquisition of Horizon Telecom for $220 million. The Novacap Horizon acquisition provides Novacap more than 4,300 fiber route miles and nearly 550,000 fiber strand miles with over 1,600 on-net locations and 16,600 near-net buildings. It...Learn More

ASSIA Chief: DSL Could Support Terabit Speeds

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Copper twisted pair telephone wiring could someday support terabit speeds over distances of approximately 100 meters, according to Dr. John Cioffi, chairman and CEO of broadband software development company ASSIA. Technologies underlying terabit DSL would include a waveguide approach in combination with vectoring, explained Cioffi...Learn More

5G, IoT, Drive Carrier Router Evolution, Juniper’s New Approach

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As carriers get set to offer 5G services and to support a higher level of Internet of Things (IoT) traffic, we should expect to see a carrier router evolution, as news today from Juniper Networks illustrates. While many people are taking about applications such as...Learn More

FCC Relaxes Carrier TDM-to-IP Transition Requirements

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The FCC voted today to eliminate what it called “unnecessary regulatory hurdles for carriers seeking to move from the networks of yesterday to the networks of tomorrow.” Specifically, the commission streamlined carriers’ ability to discontinue legacy services as they undergo a TDM-to-IP transition. TDM-to-IP Transition...Learn More

Windstream CEO: We Are the Leader in SD-WAN

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Windstream SD-WAN services have become increasingly strategic to the company in recent months. At an investor conference yesterday, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas went as far as saying “We are the leader in SD-WAN.” Windstream is in a different position with regard to SD-WAN than many...Learn More

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