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February 23, 2011  3:54 PM

As operators speed 4G LTE migration, complications follow



Posted by: Tom Nolle
4G, LTE, metro networks, mobile backhaul, mobile operators, packet-based backhaul, smartphones, tablets, TDM

The smartphone and tablet wars are putting pressure on mobile providers, and in particular, creating competitive drive to migrate to LTE. Operators tell us that their LTE migration strategies have been...

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October 15, 2010  12:53 PM

Discrepancy alert between network-builders and vendors



Posted by: Tom Nolle
access networks, aggregation networks, core networks, Ethernet, infrastructure, metro networks, network operators, Networking, telecom service providers

It's always fascinating to listen to network operators and even large enterprises talk about their infrastructure projects, and I'm just starting to analyze the first round of our fall strategy survey, so I'm getting that chance on a large scale. It's too early to say how everything is going to...


August 2, 2010  6:02 PM

MPLS standards dustup smacks of Ethernet PBT wars, metro concerns



Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, IETF, ITU, metro networks, mobile backhaul, MPLS, MPLS-TP, Networking, PBT, standards

One of the recent standards flaps in networking is the debate over MPLS-TP versus the older T-MPLS. Standards types can be incredibly obtuse at best, and in arguments they're likely to fall into jargon and acronyms and lose communication with the real world. The publicity on this particular...


July 21, 2010  4:40 PM

Tyco ADC acquisition could signal metro plant changes



Posted by: Tom Nolle
broadband equipment, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, metro networks

With the acquisition of broadband network connectivity vendor ADC for $1.25 billion in cash, Tyco Electronics may be looking at profiting from the broadband-driven changes to metro plant for incumbent local exchange providers...


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