The growing interest in low power wide area (LPWA) networks, which are seen as a critical component to support a range of connected objects with long battery lives and low data rate requirements, is driving a battle between a mix of standard and proprietary technologies.
AT&T is turning its software-centric attention to its optical networks, announcing during this week's Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) that has joined up with Ciena, Fujitsu, and Nokia to create a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) for open reconfigurable add drop multiplexers (ROADM) group.
AT&T continues to make progress with transforming more of its network to software, telling attendees at this week's Open Networking Summit that it will migrate 80 percent of its applications into a private cloud by the end of the year.
Incumbent carrier FairPoint Communications is changing its tune on dark fiber services, advocating the technology as the changing E-Rate program for schools and opportunities around small cell technologies are too good to pass up.
AT&T has been one of the most aggressive telcos implementing SDN and NFV in their networks, and the service provider is seeing its bet pay off to enhance how it delivers services to customers.
EarthLink sees software defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) services as one of the next potential sources of growth for its business customer segment, particularly as customers adopt hybrid services.
As wireless operators move forward with their C-RAN deployments, it could spell new opportunities for a host of competitive fiber providers and tower providers like Zayo Group and Crown Castle that offer dark and lit fiber services.
AT&T's interest in using G.fast as a way to extend broadband services where it can't build a business case to bring fiber directly to a home could spell opportunity for Adtran, one of the telco's key broadband infrastructure suppliers.
As broadband providers like AT&T, Comcast, Google Fiber and others compete to bring 1 Gbps and higher speeds into more U.S. communities, the need for a somewhat futureproof solution to consumer and business demand is growing. These providers need to take a look at G.fast, which can accelerate broadband over existing copper pairs, a research analyst said.
FairPoint Communications, keen to get a piece of the emerging small cell wireless backhaul and services market being fueled by major wireless operators like Sprint and Verizon, is doing an about-face on dark fiber.