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Friday Bytes: Enventis, Ritter, iRis, EvoSwitch, Tata

To finish off this snowy week, two independent, regional network interconnections from the US, and two international items of interest.... [visit site to read more]

Mobile World Congress Parades Possibilities of 5G Wireless Tech

With the annual Mobile World Congress failing to deliver any real cutting edge mobile hardware this week, the mobile industry did the next best thing to wow the crowd: showcasing the limitless future of wireless technology. In particular the buzzword around the MWC this week was “5G,” as in the fifth generation of wireless technology [...]

FCC Chairman Defends Net Neutrality Regulations

Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, defended his Net Neutrality regulations at the Mobile World Congress this week, saying opposition to the plan are flat out wrong in their presentation of how such Open Internet standards will impact the the broadband industry. According to Wheeler the fears of Net Neutrality detractors are unwarranted, [...]

How do we tackle the final 5% in rollout of superfast broadband?

This week MPs gathered to discuss the Management and Delivery of Broadband in a Westminster Hall debate. Neil Parish MP (Con, Tiverton & Honiton) led the debate in which he focused on the “final 5%” not covered by the Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme. He called on Government to hold BT’s “feet to the fire” […]

Update: Comment Deadlines Set in 76-81 GHz Proceeding

Last month we reported on a batch of FCC proposals aimed at liberalizing the rules governing operation in the 76-81 GHz band. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has now been published in the Federal Register, so we now know what the deadlines for comments and reply comments are. Show More Summary

Let’s Dockerize VoIP

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by Tyler Cross, software engineer at Bandwidth As a curious software engineer working at a telecommunications company it was only a matter of time until I started learning about server-side VoIP software like FreeSWITCH, Kamailio / OpenSIPS, and Yate. Show More Summary

Why we love to hate the entertainment industry

The entertainment industry is suing Bredbandsbolaget, the Swedish ISP, over refusing to block The Pirate Bay. The trial is set for October 23, 2015, in Stockholm. Bredbandsbolaget has a compelling argument: “It is an important principle...Show More Summary

Tough Times for Tablets: Plenty of Ruggedized Devices Available

More tablets used for work are finding their ways into harsh environments; ruggedizing them is very important.

Equinix lights up five new global data centers, scales total to 100 centers

Equinix is continuing with its growth initiative, announcing that it will open five new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in the coming weeks, increasing the scale of its platform by more than 10 percent.

Lumos sees growth in wireless backhaul, data initiatives, but 2014 revenue drops to $202M

Lumos reported that during the fourth quarter it continued to see growth in both fiber-to-the-cell (FTTC) and enterprise revenue, which grew 16 percent and 3 percent sequentially.

AT&T says it can reach its FTTP goals even with reduced capex budget

An AT&T executive confirmed that even though the telco has reduced its capex budget for 2015, it can still meet its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) rollout goals.

How did AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile perform in Q4 2014?

With the fourth-quarter earnings season coming to a close, it's time to take a look at how the nation's top wireless such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile US fared. Conducted through a partnership with research firm Strategy Analytics, the FierceWireless team is taking a look at all of the major metrics, including churn, ARPU and revenue.

FairPoint reaches 1,110 cell sites with fiber, looks toward small cell opportunities

FairPoint Communications continues to make progress with its northern New England wireless backhaul plans, announcing during its fourth-quarter earnings call that it has reached 1,100 cell towers with fiber while preparing for new small cell opportunities.

5 reasons why AT&T, Verizon should see Level 3 as bigger business services threat

Level 3 Communications CEO Jeff Storey is confident that with the tw telecom acquisition firmly under the company's belt, it can now be a more formidable competitor against his main competitors--AT&T and Verizon--in the business services race. Show More Summary

Thomas: Windstream holds advantage in second, third tier markets

Tony Thomas took over the CEO role at Windstream CEO n in December when Jeff Gardner announced he was resigning from the company. Prior to his new role, he was president of its real estate investment (REIT) company and earlier served as CFO. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, recently caught up with Thomas to talk about his vision for the company in 2015 and beyond.

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