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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)
AT&T Mobility is enhancing its rural wireless coverage with a deal to acquire Sergeant Bluff, Iowa-based Long Lines' wireless network unit as the rural telco looks to sharpen its focus on its wireline business. Long Lines recently introduced a 100 Mbps broadband offering over its DOCSIS 3.0 network and offers 10 Gbps Ethernet, MPLS and data center services to local businesses(Read Full Article)
These buildouts have created a new wholesale service opportunity for Tier 2 and Tier 3 telcos, which are happy to provide the same fiber and Ethernet-based backhaul services that are typically only available in larger Tier 1 cities(Read Full Article)
The telecommunications industry is evolving rapidly. Wireline carriers are making significant investments in fiber infrastructures to deliver business, transport and residential services, and carrier Ethernet is emerging as an important access and backhaul technology around the globe.(Read Full Article)
- Southern Telecom, the telecom subsidiary of power utility Southern Company, is leasing more dark fiber to help wireless backhaul specialist Tower Cloud increase network capacity in Florida and Georgia. (Read Full Article)
Wholesale wireless backhaul services have become a growing revenue source for Tier 2 telcos, a number of which don't have a wireless operation and have spent much of their lives selling voice services. The timing to wire cell towers with fiber and Carrier Ethernet services comes as the largest wireless operators, including Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Sprint (NYSE: S), are forecasting continued 4G LTE service growth.(Read Full Article)
Management at PEG Bandwidth undoubtedly appreciates the importance of being in the right place at the right time. In their case the place was the Carrier Ethernet backhaul business and the time was 2009. That’s right about when wireless network operators got serious about ditching their TDM backhaul infrastructure for higher-speed Carrier Ethernet backhaul that meshed well with IP-based LTE deployments.(Read Full Article)
- As wireless operators expand their 4G LTE rollouts into secondary and tertiary markets, where they tend to have little, if any, wireline facilities, they have turned to a host of independent telcos for wireless backhaul services. How are carriers like Frontier, Shentel, and Hawaiian Telcom taking advantage of the backhaul opportunity? (Read Full Article)