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 New York Public Service Commission went ahead with granting Verizon "limited approval" to replace Hurricane Sandy-damaged wireline voice networks with its VoiceLink wireless service on Fire Island, one of a few areas in New York and New Jersey where Verizon said repairs to the PSTN will be too expensive or difficult.
Frontier Communications is one of the first service providers to offer discounted broadband services in Eastern Ohio under a new FCC pilot that is focused on extending broadband to eligible Lifeline program participants.
Dish Network is giving its users more options to view their content in more locations by extending its VOD programming to the Apple iOS and Android devices.
AT&T is enhancing its South Carolina network staff with plans to hire 70 new employees as it looks to expand both its wireless LTE network and wireline U-verse services throughout the state.
TDS Telecom said it has upgraded its Microsoft Mediaroom platform to version 2.3 as a way to make the customer's viewing experience "more intuitive and easy-to-use."
Vodafone Ireland is posing a challenge to incumbent telco eircom with the launch of its fiber-based broadband service, offering consumers and businesses speeds of up to 70 Mbps. Beginning at €30 ($39) a month, eligible users can opt to purchase a standalone or bundled voice/data option.
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