Category: Unified Communications

Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications

Analysts think global 5G smartphone shipments will overtake 4G in 2023

July 1, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

After years of buildup, 5G is finally here — albeit more as a trickle than a deluge. These things take time, of course. Carriers are adding coverage, city by city, promising dozens by years end. And as for hardware, early […]

Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications

Vermont takes rural broadband into its own hands under new law

June 24, 2019

Via: StateScoop

Vermont will fund homegrown internet service providers under a broadband expansion bill Gov. Phil Scott signed into law last week. The move makes Vermont the latest in a series of states that, underwhelmed by the federal government’s solutions to provide […]

Infrastructure, Unified Communications, Wireless Infrastructure

Wireless carriers fight ban on throttling firefighters during emergencies

April 26, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

The US mobile industry’s top lobbying group is opposing a proposed California state law that would prohibit throttling of fire departments and other public safety agencies during emergencies. As reported yesterday by StateScoop, wireless industry lobby group CTIA last week […]

Federal, Infrastructure, Policy, Unified Communications

Trump to staff on AT&T/Time Warner merger: “I want that deal blocked!”

March 5, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

President Donald Trump tried to pressure the Department of Justice into blocking AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner Inc., according to a new report by The New Yorker. However, White House staff apparently ignored the president’s orders to pressure the DOJ, […]

Cloud Infrastructure, Infrastructure, Networking, Unified Communications, Wireless Infrastructure

IBM and Vodafone form cloud, 5G and AI business venture and ink $550M service deal

January 17, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

IBM is one of the world’s biggest system integrators, but to get closer to where enterprises are actually doing their work, it’s been inking partnerships with companies that build devices and run the networks enterprises are using for their IT, […]

Federal, Infrastructure, Networking, Policy, Unified Communications

Ajit Pai killed rules that could have helped Florida recover from hurricane

October 19, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

The Federal Communications Commission chairman slammed wireless carriers on Tuesday for failing to quickly restore phone service in Florida after Hurricane Michael, calling the delay “completely unacceptable.” But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s statement ignored his agency’s deregulatory blitz that left […]

Applications, Infrastructure, Unified Communications

DHS sets two-pronged approach to EIS adoption

October 8, 2018

Via: FCW

The Department of Homeland Security is moving ahead with its plans to leverage the federal government’s $50 billion next-generation telecommunications contract to modernize the DHS’ sprawling IT operations, according to the agency’s CIO. This past summer, DHS brought in two […]

Infrastructure, Unified Communications

FCC announces plan for new direct-to-911, location-sharing rules

September 27, 2018

Via: StateScoop

The Federal Communications Commission took a small step on Wednesday toward making it easier both for people to be connected directly with emergency services and for first responders to locate 911 callers faster. The FCC published its proposed rules showing […]

Infrastructure, Operations Security, Security, Unified Communications

How the Energy Dept. is operationalizing emergency response

September 19, 2018

Via: FCW

The head of the Energy Department’s energy security office is looking to build relationships with emergency response and cybersecurity agencies at the Department of Homeland Security to sharpen overall government and private-sector awareness of cyber and physical threats. “We’re a […]

Data Center, Infrastructure, Unified Communications

Golden State senators want answers on data throttling

September 10, 2018

Via: FCW

California’s Senate delegation is demanding details from telecommunications carriers about their data policies in the wake of reported data “throttling” of Santa Clara firefighters battling a massive July wildfire in the state. In a Sept. 6 letter to top executives […]