Biography for Sue Marek
Sue joined FierceMarkets in January 2007 and is currently the editor-in-chief of FierceMarkets Telecom Group. In her current position, she oversees the editorial content of several FierceMarkets' newsletters and web sites including FierceWireless, FierceCable, FierceTelecom, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceDeveloper, FierceWireless:Europe and FierceWireless:Tech, and provides editorial guidance for the publications’ advanced products and live events. Sue has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the telecom industry. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the executive editor of Wireless Week. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an analyst for Paul Kagan Associates, specializing in wireless and broadband technologies. She also was the managing editor of Convergence magazine, a monthly magazine for cable television, phone and wireless network operators. Sue is based in Denver and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Sue Marek
MegaPath has hired former Speakeasy COO Kurt Hoffman to be president and CEO of its cloud services division, replacing Dan Foster, who is leaving the company. Hoffman will report to CEO Craig Young and oversee the company's direct and channel sales, marketing, product development and operations.
A colocation pricing survey from TeleGeography found that fiber cross-connect pricing is much higher in the U.S. than in Europe. In North America, the median cross-connect price is $300, more than five times higher than $58, which is the median price in Europe.
Alcatel-Lucent may be able to make good on its promise of delivering positive free cash flow for the first time since the two telecom companies merged in 2006. CEO Michel Combes said during the company's year-end and fourth-quarter earnings call that free cash flow is a goal of the company's turnaround, which he expects to happen by year-end.
Long-time AT&T executive Marian Croak, who headed up the company's Domain 2.0 initiative, has retired after 32 years with the company. Croak, who most recently was senior vice president of Domain 2.0 architecture and advanced services at AT&T Labs, has been replaced by Andre Fuetsch, who previously served as AT&T's senior vice president of software development and engineering. He will now oversee the company's Domain 2.0 initiative.
Sales of software-defined networking gear for Data Centers is on the rise and will likely jump 65 percent this year, according to new research from the Dell'Oro Group.
Zayo's zColo division is teaming with Netflix to sponsor and house FL-IX, a non-profit peering group that will serve the southeastern U.S. and Latin America. Besides Netflix and Zayo, FL-IX's other members include Akamai, CloudFlaire and Host.Net. These members are all actively seeking peering partnerships.
AT&T merged its Mobility and Business Solutions divisions and the new group will be overseen by AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega, who will have a new title of CEO of AT&T's Mobile & Business Solutions Group.
AT&T's growing GigaPower footprint will be a competitive differentiator because it offers symmetrical upstream and downstream speeds of 1-Gig and can meet the growing amount of upstream traffic, said a top AT&T executive.
BT Wholesale and Avaya have decided to jointly sell cloud services to midmarket and enterprise customers. As part of a five-year deal, BT Wholesale will deliver Avaya UC and contact center applications as a cloud service to customers.
Optical components are seeing a rise in demand thanks to the surge in transceiver sales for fiber-to-the-antenna applications used in LTE network buildouts.