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Articles in category: Mobile Backhaul
Carrier Ethernet Awards were announced at the MEF quarterly meeting in Seattle this week. These annual awards recognize excellence and leadership in the development, marketing and delivery of Carrier Ethernet Services. They are presented annually for the Global market and Asia-Pacific, North America, EMEA, and Caribbean & Latin American regions.(Read Full Article)
TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Ethernet Backhaul Equipment market to grow (incremental) at a CAGR of 4.85 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the inexorable increase of mobile data. The Global Ethernet Backhaul Equipment market has also been witnessing the increasing investment in microwave backhaul. However, the delay in setting-up LTE ecosystems could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.(Read Full Article)
Frontier Communications is finding that the fiber to the tower builds it is conducting for its wireless operator customers is a good foundation to deliver fiber-based services to area businesses.(Read Full Article)
As one of the only woman CEOs of a major wireline telco, Frontier Communications, Maggie Wilderotter is in a unique place. Sean Buckley speaks with Wilderotter about the role of women in telecom and the industry's broadband and business services growth.(Read Full Article)
When competitive carriers arrived on the scene in the 1990s, their focus initially was on voice and traditional data services for business customers. After a couple of decades of consolidation and technology advances, the competitive carriers that remain are increasingly focused on Carrier Ethernet.(Read Full Article)
Time Warner Cable is increasing its Southeastern fiber network and business services footprint by reaching a deal to acquire Charlotte, N.C.-based competitive provider DukeNet from Alinda Capital and Duke Energy for $600 million in cash.(Read Full Article)
DukeNet has found a buyer and it’s not one that was high on any of my lists. Time Warner Cable today announced a definitive agreement to purchase the North Carolina-based regional and metro fiber operator from its energy utility parent and Alinda Capital, which bought in a few years back. … [ ](Read Full Article)
The metro and regional fiber business has a new name to remember, as Tech Valley Communications has rebranded itself as FirstLight Fiber. Meanwhile, they also gained certification with a major wireless operator for their Ethernet backhaul solutions. … [ ](Read Full Article)
DukeNet, a regional provider, now reaches over 3,500 cell sites as part of its growing fiber to the tower program that provides services to a number of the top wireless operators. The service provider currently operates over 9,000 route miles of fiber in the Southeast that in addition to offering FTTT also provides business services such as Carrier Ethernet.
IEEE Aims to Reduce EPON Cost with New 802.3 Amendment The IEEE on September 19 announced approval of its 802.3bk “Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for Extended Ethernet Passive Optical Networks” (EPON), which is designed to reduce cost of ownership for network operators by enabling higher density and longer range EPON applications. The new...(Read Full Article)
Through 2018 Ethernet services revenue will grow to over $13 billion by 2018 from nearly $5.5 billion this year as major data service providers, including cable MSOs, leverage now widely available Ethernet metro area and wide area networks, according to a new report from The Insight Research Corporation. The average annual growth rate...(Read Full Article)
With a focus on helping enable existing wireless operators to expand their rural coverage through roaming agreements, CoverageCo. will use FairPoint's fiber and Ethernet-based wholesale services as the transport mechanism to serve 200 miles of rural Vermont, beginning with service in Orange County.(Read Full Article)
In March, Alaska Communications became the first service provider in the state to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification. Along with Comcast Business (Nasdaq: CMCSA) in the United States and Telstra Wholesale in Australia ...(Read Full Article)
“Collaborative Vision: the role of Carrier Ethernet in the Ethernet ecosystem” Nan Chen, president MEF
The Metro Ethernet Forum was created to accelerate the adoption of Carrier Ethernet networks and services. Prior to the MEF’s formation, Ethernet was primarily designed for enterprise applications. The MEF’s mission is to help enable carriers to develop ubiquitous business services and applications that can be widely accessed over a variety of networks.(Read Full Article)
SDN could save operators over $4bn for mobile backhaul
Software defined networking (SDN) has so far been used predominantly to optimise datacentre resources in the cloud. But it has also been much discussed in the telco sphere and operators have tested SDN applications for operational network elements.
The application of SDN to transport and backhaul optimisation is so recent that there is little hard evidence to support SDN business cases for service providers.(Read Full Article)
Windstream reported that a rise in both business and consumer revenues were major factors in helping to increase revenues sequentially by $6 million to $1.51 billion and offset legacy wholesale and consumer declines.(Read Full Article)
Frontier Communications' no-frills broadband pricing had an effect in the second quarter as it gained 29,500 new customers. As of the end of June, the service provider had a total of about 1.8 million broadband customers. In Q3 and beyond, Frontier will focus on extending its Gigabit Ethernet product to more large business customers and looking for new opportunities to sell its service bundles to small businesses. As of the end of the quarter, the GigE product was available in 83 percent of its Central Offices.(Read Full Article)
"Based upon the contracts that we had in hand and our plans, we've already made significant progress in adding fiber-to-the-tower connections," said Paul Sunu, CEO of FairPoint. "We're up to 950 towers and have over 1,100 Ethernet connections for wireless carriers. Our plan is to get that to over 1,000 towers this year and 1,300 Ethernet connections."
PEG Bandwidth, an emerging wireless backhaul specialist, has added over 1,100 new fiber route miles by completing its acquisition of Contact Network, which does business as InLine.(Read Full Article)
Lumos Networks has introduced its Ethernet Commercial Reserve E-Line Service that will address a mix of business service and wholesale fiber to the tower applications.(Read Full Article)
A bit of fiber consolidation landed this morning in the deep south. The wireless backhaul specialist PEG Bandwidth has announced the closed the acquisition of Contact Network, Inc. d/b/a InLine. … [ ](Read Full Article)
Lumos Networks has rolled out a new Metro Ethernet service aimed at both enterprises and wireless backhaul across its footprint. Their Ethernet Commercial Reserve E-Line service combines guaranteed bandwidth reservation, diverse transport paths, and exclusive forwarding priority, and follows up on their MEF CE2.0 certification a few months ago.(Read Full Article)
In FairPoint's business and wholesale arenas, the story was once again driven by Carrier Ethernet, which contributed about $14 million of revenue, up from $10 million in the same period a year ago. Retail and wholesale circuits grew 49.2 percent year-over-year.(Read Full Article)
Chip maker Qualcomm has struck an R&D partnership with infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent as well as acquiring a stake in the equipment manufacturer. The two plan to collaborate on developing small cell base stations that enhance 3G, 4G and wifi networks in residential and enterprise environments. They said that they intend to accelerate the adoption of small cells and alleviate the impact of mobile data on wireless networks. According to news agency Reuters, Qualcomm will acquire a less than five per cent stake in the vendor in a deal worth around €100m. The two companies plan to jointly invest in ...(Read Full Article)