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OFFLOAD : Verizon Hunts for Wi-Fi Small Cell Smarts

OFFLOAD : Verizon Hunts for Wi-Fi Small Cell Smarts | Verizon | Scoop.it

Verizon Wireless is looking for Wi-Fi talent to help it integrate the wireless Lan technology with LTE, small cells and new 802.11 initiatives, despite its disdain for large-scale public hotspot networks.

Verizon is currently advertising for a "Distinguished Wi-Fi Engineer" in New Jersey to help with its Wi-Fi deployments in large sporting arenas and with future integration between 4G and Wi-Fi.

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The ad also hints that Verizon might add native support for Wi-Fi calling as it develops its next-generation 802.11 plans. The job calls for the engineer to define best practices for Verizon applications that could support "VoIP (IMS) services over WiFi."

Verizon has not offered Wi-Fi calling as a feature before, although users can, of course, download third-party apps such as Tango to make calls over Wi-Fi.

One thing that subscribers can apparently be sure of, however, is that Verizon will not be following AT&T Inc. down the massive public Wi-Fi route. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo was asked about Wi-Fi during the operator's second-quarter earnings call in July.

"From a Wi-Fi perspective, obviously we always like people to offload when they are in their home in a secured Wi-Fi network," he said. "But ... major massive public Wi-Fi is not interesting for our customers at least in this point in time from a security standpoint."


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This would include:

Activities to introduce a new network element to support Wi-Fi to LTE offloading and handoff.Planning to migrate the current Wi-Fi implementation to the Hotspot 2.0 architecture.Defining a path to support integration with small cells.
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FDA approves Verizon remote health monitoring solution

FDA approves Verizon remote health monitoring solution | Verizon | Scoop.it

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given 510(k) clearance to Verizon's Converged Health Management, a cloud-based, remote patient-monitoring medical device, marking the first time the...


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Here’s a Clever Reply to Bell’s Open Letter to Canadians Regarding Verizon | iPhone in Canada Blog - Canada's #1 iPhone Resource

Here’s a Clever Reply to Bell’s Open Letter to Canadians Regarding Verizon | iPhone in Canada Blog - Canada's #1 iPhone Resource | Verizon | Scoop.it
Ben Klass has taken the time to formulate a thoughtful reply to Bell's open letter to Canadians.
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Hold onto your wallets! Verizon launches 500 Mbps FiOS tier for ...

Hold onto your wallets! Verizon launches 500 Mbps FiOS tier for ... | Verizon | Scoop.it
It's not Google Fiber gigabit service, but Verizon does have a new 500 Mbps FiOS download tier complete with 100 Mbps uploads. Those speeds won't come cheaply though: You're looking at $300 a month or more.
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NY: AT&T Backs Verizon Bid to Eliminate Landline Service on Fire Island | Bloomberg BNA

NY: AT&T Backs Verizon Bid to Eliminate Landline Service on Fire Island | Bloomberg BNA | Verizon | Scoop.it

AT&T Inc. lent support July 29 to Verizon Communications Inc.'s plan to eliminate landline telephone service permanently for a few hundred residents on New York's Fire Island, saying it would make “no sense” for state or federal regulators to try to require Verizon to rebuild the copper infrastructure that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy.

 

“That would force Verizon to invest in obsolete facilities and equipment, much of which has been or soon will be discontinued by their manufacturers, and for which replacement parts and knowledgeable technicians are increasingly scarce, if not altogether unavailable,” AT&T wrote in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission.

 

“More importantly, even if those facilities and equipment were readily available, it is unlikely that any provider would have a business case for deploying such facilities in the locations at issue, given their unique geography and demographic conditions,” the company added. “Where, as here, there is no prospect for adequate recovery of investment in network facilities, the [FCC] could not lawfully order a service provider to make such investments.”

 

Verizon's request to the New York Public Service Commission and FCC has become a flash point in the debate over whether regulators should allow telecommunications providers to permanently stop selling what is known as POTS--Plain Old Telephone Service--and start offering their customers internet protocol-based equivalents or, in some cases, home wireless services.

 

In Verizon's case, the company wants to offer such a wireless service, Voice Link, to the western end of Fire Island, rather than replace the old copper wires capable of carrying POTS calls.

 

The public-interest community has cried foul, arguing that Voice Link cannot support broadband internet service, fax machines, some medical devices, or alarm systems. In a recent letter to the New York Public Service Commission, Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, wrote: “It is clear that Verizon is leveraging the storm damage from Sandy as part of its long-term strategy to abandon its copper networks.”

 

But in AT&T's view, the IP transition is “inevitable, driven by market forces and technological changes.”

 

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Verizon Reportedly Provides British Spy Agency Access To Its ...

Verizon Reportedly Provides British Spy Agency Access To Its ... | Verizon | Scoop.it
According to the leaks, Verizon's secret name as part of the program was 'Darcon.' The article goes on to note that having the participating companies now exposed will lead to “dismay” at the GCHQ, as consumers may be not ...
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Verizon and the NSA - FutureOfCapitalism.com

Verizon and the NSA FutureOfCapitalism.com A recent New York Times article reporting on two small Internet companies that shut down rather than comply with government requests for user information picks up a theme I wrote about in a recent column,...
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Verizon tests 200Gbps between NY, Boston | TeleGeography

Verizon Communications has reportedly completed a field trial of 200Gbps coherent transmission technology on its ultra-long-haul fibre-optic network between New York and Boston.

 

The trial used technology from Ciena Corp. Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president of Ciena’s Global Products Group, commented: ‘Proving greater spectral efficiency and a lower cost per bit, this trial illustrates the ability to double the traffic carrying capacity of optical channels with no change to the underlying infrastructure’.

 

According to Lightwave Online, the trial comes after Ciena revealed that there was interest in using the technology being developed for 400Gbps transmission to boost the data rate carried over current 100Gbps links.


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Analysis: Ottawa set to leave telecom door open for Verizon

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's wireless industry is bracing for its biggest shakeup in decades as Ottawa appears impervious to pleas that it block U.S.
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Goodbye PSTN, Verizon pushes flawed Voice Link service | NetworkWorld.com

It probably had to happen at some point in the future but now it looks like that time may be a lot closer for some areas. Yep, within the next few years the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) that we all know and love will slowly vanish and be replaced by cellular networks.

 

Part of the drive for this phase-out is due to the cost of maintaining copper-based telephone infrastructure (and many argue that copper infrastructure hasn't been well-maintained for years anyway) while a cellular infrastructure is, in theory, more robust in the case of a disaster (at least if Cellular Service Providers are prepared for such eventualities with spare portable cell towers). I'd guess that from the viewpoint of the big telephone companies still supporting copper infrastructure cost savings far outweigh emergency preparedness in importance.

 

Bruce Kushnick, Chairman of Teletruth and Founder and Executive Director of New Networks Institute, which are both telecom and broadband customer advocacy groups, told me:

 

"... since 2000 the [telecom] companies defunded the utility networks and took the monies and spent it on a) going into long distance and b) overseas and c) on FiOS ... they are using the public funding to create a cable service and d) wireless build outs of the cell towers ... more than a decade ago we filed with the CWA about a report they put out about how the lines were deteriorating and not being maintained."

 

Kushnik pointed out that maintenance is also about 'quality of service' and most states have relaxed if not removed any quality of service obligations. Interestingly the NY state attorney general filed a petition over this matter with the state in April 2012 but then the Hurricane Sandy hit.

 

Kushnik also contends

 

"AT&T pulled a massive bait and switch. The entire [U-verse] deployment is copper-to-the-home, fiber to the press release. The idea that that there is talk of 'shutting off the copper' then is simply a line in the sand. ... Why California and other states haven't been screaming about this is beyond me."

 

And Kushnik is absolutely right about the telcos trying to wriggle out of their copper infrastructure obligations: The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to Verizon's network was enough for the company to try to accelerate their plans to switch customers to a new wireless network they're pushing heavily in some areas.

 

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Report: Verizon, Vodafone and BT gave UK government unlimited ...

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PRISM isn't just for US agencies -- last month it was revealed that the UK's Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) has been using the program to.
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