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.
CenturyLink is seeking to shut down its legacy Frame Relay and ATM services in both its Embarq and CenturyTel affiliate regions, reflecting the service provider industry's ongoing shift to IP-based Ethernet business services. It filed a similar application for its Qwest affiliate last year.
Frontier Communications has cleared the last major hurdle in its pending purchase of AT&T's wireline operations in Connecticut as the State of Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) has given its final approval of the acquisition.
AT&T is expanding its 1 Gig fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) program with plans to bring the U-verse GigaPower service to four cities.
Verizon FiOS has redeemed itself on Netflix's ISP Speed Index, jumping from the No. 10 spot to the top spot with an average speed of 3.17 Mbps.
Verizon Communications is teaming up with General Electric to provide connectivity for GE's software-enabled industrial machines and devices. The partnership comes exactly a year after GE and AT&T struck a similar arrangement.
AT&T, Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless are bringing the new AT&T Wi-Fi Hub to market, making it possible for wireless operators to deliver turnkey Wi-Fi roaming services to their customers.
AT&T is using big data and network analytics to better understand its customers' network experience and thereby improve on that. Through AT&T's program, called Service Quality Management, AT&T Labs has invented "breakthrough technologies that use sophisticated analytics to make sense of this massive volume of network data and discern what customers are experiencing."
Major League Baseball wants every stadium to have Wi-Fi by opening day of the 2015 season--but maybe not for the usual reasons. In a twist to the traditional model, the league says it really wants to provide Wi-Fi to its customers so they can do the marketing for them.
Chip Pickering, one of the key architects behind the landmark 1996 Telecom Act, took over the helm at Comptel as CEO in January. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Pickering at Comptel's fall show to talk about his first nine months on the job and how he sees the growth of Comptel and the changing competitive service provider landscape.