GE is going to build a 100G network as part of an industry test bed to support its industry Internet initiative that the company says will support Internet of Things (IoT) communications across connected control systems, large infrastructure products and manufacturing plants.
Sprint has started actively deploying two-carrier carrier aggregation technology on its 2.5 GHz spectrum in dozens of major markets across the country to deliver faster speeds for customers, according to an internal Sprint document posted on Reddit by a Reddit-verified Sprint employee.
Sprint has said it plans to massively densify its network via its "Next Generation Network" (NGN) plan and has received approval from parent SoftBank to proceed on the plan. Yet without any visible movement on the plan in the last few weeks, analysts are questioning whether its momentum has stalled.
AT&T has restored service on its network in California after vandals cut through one of its fiber lines that shut down service for 22 hours, reflecting the latest in a string of targeted network attacks in the region.
WDM vendors like Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena and Cisco will continue to see revenue benefits over the next four years as more service providers upgrade their metro networks, a segment that Dell'Oro says will grow at a 10 percent CAGR. Demand for metro WDM capacity will drive up the overall optical transport revenues to $15 billion by 2019.
Ericsson reported stronger sales and operating profit than analysts had expected in the second quarter, and the network vendor said that its business in the U.S. market had stabilized during the period.
Network shutdowns are a way of life in the wireless industry, as technologies evolve and advance, and one era gives way to the next. U.S. wireless carriers and others have been shutting down legacy networks for more than a decade and the shuttering will continue this year.
Offering greater flexibility to deliver new cloud and optical services to businesses and consumers, it should be no surprise that the large ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are keen on migrating off their legacy copper and TDM networks to IP and fiber. However, CLECs and their small to medium business customers are concerned whether ILECs will provide equivalently priced access to IP services.
As technologies evolve and new standards emerge, it's inevitable that the wireless industry will need to retire old technologies. FierceWireless compiled a list of some of the more notable network shutdowns. Special Report
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