The NTCA (National Telephone Cooperative Association) says in a FCC filing that the ability for smaller telcos to get access to competitively-priced video content in rural areas will drive competition and new broadband investments.
As part of Sprint's years-long effort to reband public safety entities, the FCC has granted a waiver that will allow Sprint to deploy its 800 MHz network in parts of Washington state that are considered key to its service in the Portland, Ore., metro area.
In a new filing to the FCC, Verizon, T-Mobile US, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent blasted a proposal by the Wi-Fi Alliance to certify LTE Unlicensed technologies, arguing the Wi-Fi Alliance is seeking to become a "gatekeeper" for technology in unlicensed spectrum. The companies said the Wi-Fi Alliance's proposal would "jeopardize the [FCC's] entire framework that has made unlicensed spectrum so successful as an open platform for permissionless innovation."
IEEE has formed two new study groups to better understand the future of Passive Optical Network and network storage.
TDS said that the FCC's move to modernize the E-Rate program, which provides discounted telecom services to schools and libraries is producing positive results, but the voice support phase-down requirement remains a concern for its customers transitioning from TDM to IP-based voice.
Unite Private Networks has extended dark fiber services to its 100 th cell site in Iowa for a large wireless operator.
Vodafone Turkey emerged as the highest bidder in a 4G network tender process launched by the country's Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) that aims to raise €2.3 billion ($2.6 billion) in total.
Ooredoo Qatar awarded a nationwide 3G and LTE small cell deployment contract to Nokia Networks following successful trials of the equipment vendor's infrastructure in the country's capital, Doha.
BT Openreach said that if its latest G.fast trial in Huntingdon is successful and if Ofcom regulation is favorable towards new investments it will deploy the technology over the next two years as a complement to its fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services.
Windstream has taken another step forward in its ongoing 100G network expansion into the New York market by deploying its core network infrastructure in Zayo's area colocation facilities.