FairPoint says operators must support lit and dark fiber to compete for small cell backhaul

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.

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Estonia’s Velmenni to release Li-Fi broadband LED bulbs in 2018-19

Velmenni is taking a bold stance on the emerging Li-Fi technology trend, announcing that it will deliver a line of LED light bulbs that will support multi-Gbps data speeds. A number of researchers say that Li-Fi has a theoretical top speed of 224 Gbps.

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Cox Business serves up small cell solution for wireless operators

Cox Business is taking advantage of the emerging small cell opportunity with a new turnkey service that it says will enable wireless operators to deploy small cells to extend coverage and capacity.

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Salisbury, N.C.’s Fibrant lights 10G FTTH network

Fibrant, Salisbury, N.C.'s municipal broadband operator, has launched a 10 Gbps FTTH service in an effort to up the ante in the emerging Gigabit broadband race.

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CenturyLink to hold big data, cloud security forums for CIOs

CenturyLink is going educate more of the IT community about the emerging cloud services trends that are affecting IT departments inside businesses via a multi-city tour that will feature industry analysts and the telco's customers.

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40% of Enterprises Will Go "Wi-Fi First" by 2020

Ethernet cabling remains the mainstay for enterprise data connections, but Wi-Fi is becoming a “first choice” of employees, for a number of reasons. By 2018, 40 percent of enterprises will specify Wi-Fi as the default connection for non-mobile devices, such as desktops, desk phones, projectors, conference room, Gartner analysts now predict. User reliance on mobility is key. In the emerging economies, users are adopting smartphones as their exclusive mobile devices while in developed economies, multi-device households are becoming the norm, with tablets growing at the fastest rate of any computing device, Gartner says

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Huawei takes on the 100G PON challenge

Huawei is adding some heat to the emerging 100G PON optical access space by introducing its own time and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network (TWDM PON) system.

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Cross River Fiber gets snapped up by Ridgemont Equity Partners

Ridgemont Equity Partners is cashing in on the emerging dark fiber opportunity by reaching a deal to acquire Cross River Fiber.

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Thinking Phone Networks snaps up Whaleback Managed Services, enhances UCaaS play

Thinking Phone Networks has acquired Whaleback Managed Services, bolstering its status in the emerging Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market.

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Ericsson buys MetraTech, extends OSS reach into transport, utilities

Ericsson has added another element to its growing OSS/BSS empire by reaching a deal to acquire Boston-based MetraTech, a move that will extend its presence beyond the telecom industry into other emerging markets, including transport and utilities.

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France’s Arcep creates fiber to the distribution point architecture working group

Arcep, France's telecom regulator, is relying on a new working group to address the emerging fiber to the distribution point (FTTdp) concept, which allows for 200 Mbps speeds and above over existing copper by driving fiber very close to a subscriber's home or premises.

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Small Merchant Adoption of Mobile Credit Card Readers at 40%

With the possible exception of the Starbucks mobile payment system in the end user segment, retailer use of mobile credit card readers connected to smartphones and tablets are the standout winners in the emerging mobile payments business. In fact, some 40 percent of small and mid-sized businesses surveyed by BIA/Kelsey said they accept payments at the point of sale with a mobile credit card reader attached to a smartphone or tablet. About 16 percent of surveyed retailers said they were planning to add this capability in the next 12 months, according to

Small Merchant Adoption of Mobile Credit Card Readers at 40%

With the possible exception of the Starbucks mobile payment system in the end user segment, retailer use of mobile credit card readers connected to smartphones and tablets are the standout winners in the emerging mobile payments business. In fact, some 40 percent of small and mid-sized businesses surveyed by BIA/Kelsey said they accept payments at the point of sale with a mobile credit card reader attached to a smartphone or tablet. About 16 percent of surveyed retailers said they were planning to add this capability in the next 12 months, according to

In a mobile workplace, is VoIP antiquated?

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Jack McCarthy, the content manager at ShoreTel As organizations become increasingly mobile, many have questioned the viability of using a voice over IP phone system as a long-term solution. While companies may think that the technology is antiquated in the emerging mobile landscape, VoIP offers benefits comparable to mobile phones, making it a valuable business asset. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Apple injects Hotspot 2.0 into new iPhone 5s and 5c devices

Apple's new iPhone 5s and 5c devices may lack support for the emerging 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, but support for Hotspot 2.0, which enables automatic, seamless roaming between Wi-Fi hotspots, could be a game changer.

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Apple injects Hotspot 2.0 into new iPhone 5s and 5c devices

Apple's new iPhone 5s and 5c devices may lack support for the emerging 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, but support for Hotspot 2.0, which enables automatic, seamless roaming between Wi-Fi hotspots, could be a game changer.

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Eve Griliches, Jim Hintze find new roles at BTI Systems

BTI Systems has beefed up its management team by hiring two telecom industry veterans, Eve Griliches and Jim Hintze, to head up new cloud and software-defined networking (SDN)

North American utilities to invest $577.8M on home energy management, says IDC

North American utility companies, according to a new IDC report, will spend about $577.8 million on home energy management (HEM) solutions by 2016. With much of the North American utility investment in HEM being mainly spent on pilot programs and testing, the report said that investment in HEM solutions will be more conservative than other areas in the smart grid. By 2016, IDC Energy Insight said, adoption of HEM solutions will expand “as consumers become increasingly engaged and as utilities comply with regulatory mandates for home area network development as a critical component of the emerging smart grid.” However, North American electric utilities have to deal with a number of near-term challenges in deploying HEM solutions, including developing sound business cases, meeting HEM costs, and changing consumer behavior around fixed electricity rate structures.

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XO continues to find new fortunes in Ethernet over Copper

XO Communications is one of the largest advocates of fiber-based Ethernet services in the competitive telco space, but the service provider is also a purveyor of Ethernet over Copper (EoC) service. To date, the CLEC's EoC service is available in 447 Local Service Offices (LSOs). Sam Koetter, senior product manager, Ethernet services for XO, said what sets them apart from other emerging EoC competitors is their understanding that tweaking the copper pairs to get the speeds their clients desire is “a little more art than science sometimes.” Sean Buckley, Senior Editor of FierceTelecom caught up with Koetter in this Hot Seat interview. Read more..

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Examining the benefits, realities of unified communications

The IT and telecom industries are in agreement that there are a number of benefits to unified communications (UC), including lower costs, increased productivity and integration of more communications functions. However, early UC adopters face a number of near-term challenges. Many UC vendors' products are not interoperable, and there's increasing concern about IT department workloads–dealing with the emerging Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, and driving more applications into the cloud. FierceEnterpriseCommunications addresses the opportunities and realities associated with adopting UC in this latest eBook, Unified Communications: Where It Is, Where It's Going .

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