At a time when the wireline industry is facing various challenges, including the erosion of their landline voice base and fierce cable competition, wireline telcos need forward-looking people who have the vision to make big bets on technology and service initiatives to improve network efficiency and increase top-line revenue. Here are five game-changers worth watching in 2013. (Image source: iStockPhoto)
Industry executives are converging in Orlando, Fla., this week to discuss the communications landscape at the GENBAND Perspectives13 conference. Jim Barthold, editor of FierceIPTV, is on site covering all of the news, announcements, and keynotes from this three-day event.
More than 95 percent of intercontinental Internet traffic travels via submarine cables. But these essential conduits for communication are at risk of being cut from a number of threats: accidents, political instability in key countries, and age. To keep the globe connected, redundancy is key--leading providers to search for new cable routes to get around key choke points. (Image source: Arctic Fibre)
How different are broadband subscription prices among U.S. wireline providers? With the continuing competitive challenges brought by cable operators, a key metric of choice among telcos like AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon and other independent incumbents is in how they price their services. (Image source: iStockPhoto)
To some industry observers, wireline voice is about as relevant today as two cans tied with a string. That's not the case for Sian Morgan, senior director of telephony and multimedia networks for Canadian cable operator Videotron. She talked with Jim Barthold about where the service, which launched in 2004, is going.
Mike Fitz, vice president, wireline and solutions engineering for Sprint, said that what separates Sprint from the pack is its simple approach to serving businesses. What has driven that simplicity is having an integrated team that supports both wireless and wireline services. One of the key initiatives Fitz and his team are driving in 2013 and into 2014 will be the introduction of Carrier Ethernet service. Sean Buckley, Senior Editor of FierceTelecom, spoke with Fitz about the trends he's seeing in Sprint's wireline segment.
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CenturyLink's chief financial officer said that its aggressive fiber to the tower plans will help it stabilize revenue and reduce maintenance costs.
Cincinnati Bell is taking careful steps in building its Fioptics network, its president and CEO said, setting a modest goal of 15 percent penetration within six months of building into a new neighborhood.
Dish Network and its Hopper DVR, DirecTV and its Genie, and Comcast's XG1 set-top box can all expect to receive a boost from a home networking device market in which MoCA-enabled equipment is increasingly sought after.
TDS Telecom is now offering ADSL2+ data services to some residents in Wind Lake, Wis., via its partially-completed broadband stimulus project in the area. It plans to bring more Wind Lake customers and others in nearby Waterford online.
eircom, Ireland's incumbent telco, has officially launched its new open access fiber-based broadband network, enabling speeds of up to 70 Mbps for, initially, more than 300,000 premises.
Lumos Networks is beefing up its management team again by naming Jeffrey "Jake" Miller as its senior vice president of business development.
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