AT&T Bolsters Southern Footprint with AT&T Fiber Deployments

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AT&T Fiber deployments can now reach 6 million locations across 61 metro markets, the carrier announced today. New markets are concentrated in the south and they include Columbus, Ga.; Lafayette, La., Montgomery, Ala. and Macon, Ga. AT&T says they are on target to reach 7 million locations by the end of 2017, with a broader...Learn More

AT&T Challenger Lays Out Advantages of FirstNet Opt Out; 18 States in Play

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Executives at Rivada Networks are trying hard to get states to use their company, rather than AT&T, to build statewide mobile broadband public safety networks that would interoperate with the FirstNet network that AT&T will be building in at least 27 states and territories. Several Rivada executives are testifying today at a joint hearing of...Learn More

Verizon OTT Delay Can’t Help Fios Video Declines, So Why the Hold Up?

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Verizon announced quarterly results today, revealing a decline in Fios video subs of 18K. Verizon CFO Matt Ellis directly attributed the losses to cord cutting and competition from OTT services. It’s a 3Q 17 theme we’ve already heard coming from traditional pay-TV operators, including AT&T. Unlike AT&T who has an OTT streaming TV offer with...Learn More

Verizon E-Rate Settlement: Carrier to Pay More than $17 Million to USF Program

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A Verizon E-rate settlement announced yesterday calls for the carrier to pay $17.68 million to settle cases by the FCC and the U.S. Justice Department for possible violations of FCC bidding rules under the E-rate program. Most of the settlement — $17.325 million will be repaid to the Universal Service Fund (USF). Verizon E-rate Settlement...Learn More

Wi-Fi Pause is Most Popular xFi Feature from Xfinity’s Home Wi-Fi Service

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According to a new survey about device usage in the home from Comcast, parents think that meal time should be device free. Yet nearly half (42 percent) of parents surveyed can’t recall when the family had a device-free meal, leading to usage of the most popular xFi feature. And more than half of parents have...Learn More

FirstLight 186 Communications Acquisition Completed

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The FirstLight 186 Communications acquisition, announced in July, has been completed. Northeast-based FirstLight says that it now has completed four acquisitions during the past year. “The past year has been a momentous one of growth and advancement for FirstLight, and today’s completed acquisition of 186 Communications further strengthens FirstLight’s position to best serve our customers,”...Learn More

IDC: Cloud, New Technologies to Push Worldwide ICT Spending to $5.6 Trillion in 2021

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The cloud and an exciting array of emerging technology will drive significant growth in worldwide ICT spending during the next five years, according to IDC. The firm reports that worldwide spending on information and communications technology (ICT) will grow from $4.3 trillion last year to $5.6 trillion by 2021, a compound annual growth rate of...Learn More

5G Monetization Survey: Operators Look to IoT for Revenue Growth

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Network operators worldwide are getting serious about 5G, with 78% already involved in trials, according to a new network operator survey from Ericsson. Operators are looking to the Internet of Things for 5G monetization, with 86% seeing it playing a major role in 5G revenue growth. The Ericsson findings echo those from recent Global Mobile...Learn More

President: Unite Private Networks Small Cell Expansion is Latest Example of Success Based Fiber Build Strategy

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A Unite Private Networks small cell expansion announced today is the latest example of the company’s success based fiber build strategy, explained Unite President Jason Adkins in an interview with Telecompetitor. “We don’t just build fiber and hope [customers] will come,” said Adkins. Instead, the company only builds where it has an anchor tenant. In...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Markets Grows to 50, Promising Service Delivery in 20 Days

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Windstream’s focus on SDN services is intensifying, with an announcement today of a growing market footprint. Windstream SDNow markets now number 50, including major cloud connectivity and peering locations across the U.S., the company reports. Marketed as Windstream SDN Orchestrated Waves, or SDNow, Windstream is counting on the SDN-based platform to help differentiate the company’s...Learn More

Qualcomm Announces First 5G NR Chipsets and Verizon Partnership; So What is 5G NR?

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Qualcomm said today that it has achieved gigabit speeds using a 5G NR (5G New Radio) modem chipset that the company is calling Snapdragon X50. The achievement could pave the way for 5G commercialization in 2019. That’s about a year earlier than what developers initially targeted for the technology. “Qualcomm Technologies has been instrumental in...Learn More

Research: Generation Z Tech Habits Include Checking Smartphones Every 3 Minutes

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Corporate executives charged with developing medium- and long-term corporate road maps should pay attention to research from CommScope about “Generation Z.” The bottom line of the far-ranging survey, which had 4,003 participants between the ages of 13 and 22 in eight worldwide cities, is that the this demographic group is quite unique and Generation Z...Learn More

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