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AT&T, CenturyLink and others commit to SDN despite ROI uncertainty

The wireline and wireless industry segments have started, or are considering, implementing SDN and NFV into their networks to gain new network agility and the ability to drive automation into their service delivery processes. These providers' SDN/NFV strategies will be the focus of a panel I'm moderating at Mobile World Congress.

Comcast's 1 Gbps drive could shake up AT&T, Verizon broadband plans

Comcast has made its intent clear: it's finally going to bring its DOCSIS 3.1-based gigabit broadband services to five cities this year, a move that directly challenges AT&T and Verizon and their FTTH buildout and pricing strategies. How will these ILECs respond?

Verizon, Consolidated, and CenturyLink topped network performance in the fourth quarter

Whether you're a late-night Netflix video binger or a school teacher trying to file grades online, Internet users all have a common expectation that they will be able to get a good connection and overall experience. That still may not always be the case, however.

Sprint's thirst for dark fiber-based small cell backhaul spells opportunity for Zayo, Level 3, others

Sprint recently said during its fourth quarter earnings call that it would be using a mix of 2.5 GHz spectrum and dark fiber for small backhaul -- a move that could potentially benefit various competitive wireline carriers who have aggressively built out fiber networks in anticipation of the emerging small cell backhaul trend.

Have a great Martin Luther King Day!

In observance of the holiday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing on Monday.

CenturyLink gets aggressive with FTTH, but cable retains upper hand in sub-10 Mbps markets

CenturyLink is seeing its FTTH rollout in 16 markets helping create awareness for its broader broadband portfolio, enabling it to take share and win back share from cable. In the markets where CenturyLink offers 1 Gbps FTTH, it is no surprise that the service provider isn't seeing every user taking up service since most users don't need that much bandwidth.

CenturyLink's management shakeup reflects industrywide reassessment of cloud services

The recent shakeup of CenturyLink's cloud services management team hints that the telco may be looking to retool this unit. But the ILEC is not alone in this issue: providers like Windstream are also finding that the data center mountain is harder to climb than they initially thought, especially against competition like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing on Thursday or Friday. We'll be back in your inbox with the up-to-date news on the wireline industry bright an early on Monday, Nov. 30.

Your experience may vary: AT&T, FairPoint, Verizon network differences drive latency, other performance issues

With a bevy of choices available to get broadband service, consumers and businesses are more closely looking at wireline operators' network performance. We take a look at how the top providers fared in terms of network latency, throughput and availability during the third quarter.

Frontier's success in California, Florida and Texas hinges on not repeating Connecticut problems

When Frontier completes its acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas, a key indicator of early success for customers will center on two issues: minimizing network service disruptions and consistent pricing.