Frontier Communications is seeing more retail small and medium business (SMB) customers starting to migrate to 1 Gbps Ethernet connections, with requests increasing by 60 percent over 2014. Lisa Partridge, senior manager of data market management for Frontier, told FierceTelecom that customers that were traditionally satisfied with 20-50 Mbps now want 1 Gbps Ethernet connections.
AT&T is confident that next-gen IP business service revenues--much like the trend it has seen in the consumer space--will eventually outpace legacy losses from declining services like T-1 access and frame relay.
TDS Telecom may be making waves with its own 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services for residential, but the telco is being no less aggressive with its own fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) initiatives for businesses in the territories it serves as an ILEC and as a CLEC.
Consolidated Communications says that while it's still very early days with its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service rollout in Kansas City, the service is resonating with eligible users and it expects to see take rates continue to ramp throughout the rest of the year.
Lumos Networks says that as it moves forward with its fiber-to-the-cell (FTTC) initiative, it expects that legacy TDM-based T-1 revenue will fade out of its wholesale wireless backhaul revenue at some point in 2016.
With more than 800,000 businesses in its footprint now being passed by its fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) services, AT&T is finding that existing building owners are making their facilities ready for fiber because they see it as a selling point for their tenants.
AT&T has been enriching its business services offering with a new fiber footprint that can now deliver 1 Gbps services to multi-tenant office buildings in more than 180 cities in the United States.
TeliaSonera has become the latest service provider to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification (CE 2.0), adding new quality and service enhancements to its retail and wholesale lines for business and carrier customers.
AT&T, Verizon and Windstream are among a group of Tier 1 service providers that are joining the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) to drive the next phase of the organization's Ethernet Interconnect Points (EIP) project to develop common guidelines service providers can use to interconnect their Ethernet networks when pursuing out-of-territory opportunities.
Birch Communications continues to make progress with its aggressive fiber buildout strategy, extending its facilities into an additional 46 buildings in four major U.S. markets.