AT&T has been working with the MEF to drive consensus on how service providers should interconnect their Ethernet networks, but the initial challenge is understanding what element of Ethernet each carrier partner has.
DALLAS-- Verizon took a different path from its ILEC brethren in the special access market segment when it developed a proposal with Incompas have to regulate special access services.
DALLAS-- AT&T's Ethernet footprint expansion is being complemented with a group of higher speed 40G and 100G speeds that are starting to be adopted by more of the carrier's customer base, whose bandwidth needs are exceeding initial expectations.
AT&T may be one of the largest Ethernet providers, but the reality is that it can't reach into every business location that its customers may have.
AT&T has set fiber as a key element of its Ethernet strategy, something that was clearly reflected in the fiber-to-the-building initiative within its Project VIP program. However, while AT&T will continue to roll out fiber to new business building sites, the question becomes how the telco will serve business customers whose needs don't require fiber.
Frontier Communications may be a large ILEC that has to provide special access to competitive providers, but it does not see the pending FCC review as having a large impact on how it delivers these services or its revenue base.
IEEE has initiated two new 802.3 Ethernet projects aimed at advancing 50, 100, and 200 Gbps Ethernet speed services while extending the reach of 25 Gbps Ethernet services. The new projects will also modify the existing IEEE P802.3bs 400 Gbps Ethernet project.
Birch Communications isn't afraid of large cable MSOs like Charter Communications and Comcast pursuing larger business accounts, because that focus will enable the provider to win more small to medium business (SMB) customers, Birch's new CEO says.
AT&T has some grand plans for its growing SDN-enabled network, one that will see the provider launch the new service in multiple countries in 2016.
Sprint is looking to bolster its Ethernet strategy by offering customers the option to access two new options-- Ethernet over Copper (EoC) and Ethernet over DOCSIS (EoDOCSIS)-- via its growing array of access network partners this summer.