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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The submarine cable systems market doesn't get much attention beyond those within its specific telecommunications segment. With the exception of those times that a significant cable cut--such as a recent slew of outages in March off Egypt--impacts countries across a region, submarine cabling rarely makes the news. That may be changing.
Accelero Capital will acquire Canada-based Allstream, the business services unit of Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS), for $504 million, a move that will enable it to sharpen its focus on serving the enterprise services market.
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Led by the Asia-Pacific region, the global pay-TV subscriber base (which consists of cable TV, satellite TV and telco-based IPTV subscribers) grew 8 percent to reach 804 million worldwide pay-TV subscriber households in 2012, according to MRG.
CenturyLink users in Arizona, particularly in Avondale and Phoenix, are reporting that they are having issues connecting to the Internet.
Alteva, an independent telco that's been realigning its focus on the Unified Communications market segment, will lay off 20 percent of the staff in its Warwick, N.Y. facility.
Fibertech Networks, a regional fiber-centric service provider, has joined a growing list of service providers that have earned the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification.
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Comcast notified subscribers in Oregon this week that it will hike the fees on its limited basic programming packages by about 9 percent.
Steven Berry, president and CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association recently chatted with FierceBroadbandWireless Editor Tammy Parker about the connectivity issues faced by smaller operators in this On the Hot Seat .