The growth rate of small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS) is down in 2015 compared to 2014, according to Wells Fargo analysts Jennifer Fritzsche, Caleb Stein and Eric Luebchow. But that will likely change in 2016.
Whether it's the aggressive rollout of LTE by major operators like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless or the fact that the industry is trying to define what 5G will be, the wireless industry like other segments of the telecom industry, is constantly evolving.
Verizon has introduced its "Security, Support & Storage Bundle" for both residential and small business customers, a sign that it's broadening the market scope of its security services.
A top Cisco executive sees a host of ongoing opportunities to equip its service provider customers with 100G optical switching and optical gear. Speaking during the Cisco Financial Analyst day, Kelly Ahuja, SVP, Service Provider Business, Products and Solutions for Cisco, said that they are seeing more of its service provider customer base migrate their core and optical networks to 100G.
AT&T and Cogent have become the latest service providers to establish a new interconnection agreement on the eve of the FCC net neutrality rules going into effect this week.
Verizon is seeing savings of 60 percent and greater from transitioning copper plant to an all-fiber network, said Sampath Sowmyanarayan, Verizon's senior vice president of transformation, while speaking at the Genband Perspectives 15 conference last month.
Verizon's largest union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), is on the warpath again, charging that the telco is not repairing its damaged copper lines in the Northeast, but is instead driving customers to its wireless Voice Link home phone service.
When it comes to small cells, the Tier 1 U.S. operators have very big differences. Verizon Communications appears to be ramping up its small cell deployments while AT&T Mobility is scaling back on its plans. T-Mobile US, meanwhile has said it has no immediate plans to deploy small cells, while Sprint flat-out refuses to talk about a small cell strategy.
CenturyLink and its government systems partner LGS Innovations have been tapped by the Department of Defense to upgrade the Defense Research and Engineering Network to support 40 Gbps at five of its supercomputing locations.
Ciena's move to diversify its customer base beyond large Tier 1 service providers like AT&T and Verizon continued to pay off in its fiscal second quarter of 2015 as revenues rose year-over-year to $621.6 million.