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The Telecom Digest for Wed, 20 Apr 2022
Volume 41 : Issue 67 : "text" format

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Verizon Cascades Cash Into Casa Systems' MEC Model
Re: Wireless companies assessed by the SCC
What is this thing on the phone pole?

Message-ID: <20220419221112.76172799@telecom2018.csail.mit.edu> Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2022 23:11:12 +0100 (IST) From: Sean Murphy <murphy.s@remove-this.telecomdigest.net> Subject: Verizon Cascades Cash Into Casa Systems' MEC Model By Dan Meyer Verizon took an investment stake in cloud-native core platform vendor Casa Systems, which further propels and diversifies the telecom giant's wide-ranging mobile edge computing (MEC) plans. The $40 million investment garners Verizon a 9.9% ownership stake in Andover, Maryland-based Casa Systems. The purchase price was at a 9% premium over Casa Systems' closing price of $3.89 at the end of last week. That investment does not get Verizon a seat on Casa Systems board, though former Verizon executive Dan Mead is a member of that group. https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/verizon-cascades-cash-into-casa-systems-mec-model/2022/04/
Message-ID: <t3n06s$rv1$1@dont-email.me> Date: 19 Apr 2022 14:49:02 -0400 From: "Michael Trew" <michael.trew@att.net> Subject: Re: Wireless companies assessed by the SCC On 4/6/2022 11:43, Bill Horne wrote: > Wireless Companies Assessed by the SCC > o Appalachian Wireless > * East Kentucky Network, LLC (SNIP) > > If anyone who reads this is familiar with the matter, please tell me > what was assessed, and why. Thanks for your help. > > Bill Horne > Moderator I can't answer your question, but I would assume, since the assessment was based in Virginia (from your link), perhaps they are assessing network coverage in the state from cellular providers? I have to add that I find it interesting that "Appalachian Wireless" still maintains their own network, independent from the now "Big 3" AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile/Sprint. I was aware that US Cellular had their own network, but I thought that all of the local/regional wireless providers (aside from MVNO's) were gobbled up years ago. Apparently, there are a few others. Appalachian Wireless, in specific, serving parts of Kentucky and WV, is turning off their CDMA network at the end of 2022 (like many other companies), even though Wikipedia claims that all of their voice service only runs through CDMA (not LTE).
Message-ID: <t3n9f4$174g$1@gal.iecc.com> Date: 19 Apr 2022 21:27:00 -0000 From: "John Levine" <johnl@taugh.com> Subject: What is this thing on the phone pole? On a phone pole near my house someone recently installed something related to mobile phones but I can't tell what it is: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uPHi64SVJX9nNv7u9 The box in the first picture has a MAC and an IMEI so it may be some sort of mobile router. The blue light frequently flashes. In the second picture you can see labels WAN1, WAN2/DIV, GPS, 2.4GHZ and NAN. In the third picture you can see a small antenna up on the pole, to the left of the transformer. I happen to know that this pole also has Spectrum cable and phone company copper and fiber, so it's not like there's any shortage of communication options. The phone company central office is two blocks away so it seems too close to be a telco repeater. Any ideas? R's, John -- Regards, John Levine, johnl@taugh.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies", Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. https://jl.ly

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