Building a 20,000-pound antenna and then hoisting it up a 2,000-foot tower sounds downright crazy in the current mobile-dominated network landscape, where even 150-foot-tall macro cell towers are yielding to small cells and other less conspicuous deployments.
AT&T will soon begin offering unlimited broadband data without any caps, an effort it is taking to keep customers from fleeing to cable after being penalized for using too much bandwidth. But the real issue at hand is the fact that many broadband subscribers don't know what speeds they actually get, not just how much they use.
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Dark fiber may be remembered as a product of the .com age where competitive providers built out networks speculatively, but it's clearly back in telecom style. However, unlike the late 1990s build-it-and-they-will-come drive, dark fiber demand is today being driven by new service drivers -- small cell backhaul, data center connectivity and the FCC E-Rate program.
Verizon has put what it says is a final labor contract proposal on the table for wireline workers represented by the CWA and IBEW.
DirecTV's shift into the 4K broadcast space has been anything but easy. News reports have documented how the first two of its planned 25 Major League Baseball games broadcast in 4K had to be scrubbed due to technical issues.
The FCC may have passed an order to explore how it can realign special access, or what it now calls Business Data Services (BDS) rules, but emerging business service providers like Comcast are fearful that new regulation could impede new competitors from growing.
Members of the Communications Workers of America, one of the two unions whose Verizon workers are on strike, say that replacement workers hired by the telco to handle repairs and installations on its wireline networks are failing to abide by "basic safety practices."
Level 3 says small cell backhaul has potential, must align with other on-net business service opportunities
Level 3 Communications may have not have pursued the tower backhaul opportunity as aggressively as its other fiber-based counterparts, but the service provider continues to see potential in extending its fiber to small cell deployments.
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Strategy Analytics said global smartphone shipments fell by 3 per cent year-on-year to reach 335 million units in the first quarter of 2016, marking the first time in history that this market has shrunk on an annualised basis.
Strategy Analytics said global smartwatch shipments increased by 223 per cent annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016.