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Wheeler's competition agenda, dark fiber, small cells and permitting dominated Comptel Plus Fall 2014

This fall's Comptel Fall Plus 2014 trade show centered on how the competitive industry is evolving to meet its customers' needs and new challenges as industry consolidation and the IP transition continue to ramp. FierceTelecom identified four key trends from the event that will have an impact on the competitive telecom industry.

Dark fiber, small cells represent the next stage of the wireless backhaul land grab

With much of the large-scale wireless backhaul networks built out to accommodate the growing 4G LTE service base, the question is: What's the next frontier for wholesale providers?

Telcos, cable and municipalities get aggressive with 1 Gig pricing

It's hard not to see how Google Fiber's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) initiative and its $70 a month pricing construct is forcing other traditional telcos, cable operators and municipalities to react with similar offerings.

AT&T, Verizon's fiber offerings center on reinvigorating their SMB customer bases

AT&T and Verizon are both well known as having large-scale networks that can serve the largest multinational corporation customers, but their recent moves to enhance their fiber offerings for businesses show they want to keep a tighter rein on the small to medium business (SMB) market where their brands are still household names.

Verizon, Cincinnati Bell's broadband service suites take charge of their wireline portfolios

Cable may enjoy the overall lead in the U.S. broadband race, but it's clear that telcos like Verizon and Cincinnati Bell are finding that consumers' desire for high bandwidth is outpacing the desire for linear television services.

MegaPath's Global Capacity sale poses new managed service opportunities, challenges

MegaPath's sale of its wholesale business to Global Capacity may not be the largest deal in the competitive service provider industry, but it's notable in that it allows it to become a managed and cloud services specialist.

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Cincinnati Bell's 1 Gig push keeps potential Google Fiber threat at bay

Cincinnati Bell has become the latest telco to enter the increasingly crowded 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service space, a move that enhances its competitive standing against not only Time Warner Cable but also Google Fiber, if it comes to Cincinnati.

CenturyLink's 16-city 1 Gig expansion will bring cloud bundles to more small businesses

CenturyLink is again driving the idea that fiber-based broadband is the fashionable item with its plans to extend its 1 Gig fiber into 16 markets. While the 1 Gig service will enable it to deliver a service that cable can't match in the consumer segment, the rollout will have an even larger effect on the small to medium businesses (SMBs) for which fiber-based solutions are hard to come by. 

Will AT&T, Verizon follow Windstream down the REIT asset path?

Windstream got the attention of the telecom world and financial community on Tuesday when it announced that it would spin off parts of its network assets into an independent Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Not surprisingly, this development quickly fueled speculation that other service providers could, or are considering, a similar move.