Windstream has accepted $175 million of Phase II Connect America Funds (CAF-II), a move that will enable it to extend broadband services to nearly 400,000 rural households across 17 states.
As online video increasingly shifts to mobile devices, the wireless network outage across much of the Southeast on Tuesday called into question the reliability of major carriers' networks.
AT&T said an issue with its wireline network was the culprit behind spotty wireless service coverage for it and a number of area wireless operators in its Southeast markets. Joined by fellow wireless operators Sprint, T-Mobile US, and Verizon Wireless, the issue affected AT&T customers in parts of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee last night.
Wireless service for customers at a variety of carriers was disrupted yesterday across parts of the Southeast due to a hardware issue in AT&T's wireline network. The issue affected customers in parts of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to media reports.
Telekom Austria announced plans to trial an over the top (OTT)-style mobile broadband TV service to complement an existing fixed-line service.
The nation's wireless carriers are expected to put the finishing touches on their respective LTE coverage buildouts, and then will use techniques including small cells and carrier aggregation to add density and capacity to their networks, according to industry experts. Specifically, Sprint and Verizon Wireless have pointed to both small cells and carrier aggregation as elements of their respective network buildout strategies for the remainder of this year.
Hawaiian Telcom has been making strides with its FTTH rollout, extending service to a total of 175,000 homes in the second quarter.
TDS Telecom is extending its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home and accompanying IPTV-based TDS TV service to Waunakee, Wis., the latest in several markets where it is going to offer its fiber-based residential services.
Sprint (NYSE: S) revealed a few more details about its network densification efforts but did not disclose its vendor partners for the project or exactly how many macro cell sites and small cells it will add to its network. However, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that "nearly all" of Sprint's existing macro cell sites will be upgraded to support 800 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2.5 GHz for LTE, which he said will improve coverage and capacity across the network.
Frontier Communications may have seen a $5 million revenue decline in Connecticut revenues, a factor it anticipated due to broadband pricing migrations, but it is fighting that trend by introducing a new 100 Mbps residential DSL speed tier.