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Samantha Bookman is the editor of FierceOnlineVideo and managing editor, Wireline, with FierceMarkets' Telecom group. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the web editor for Horizon House's two trade publications, Telecommunications and Microwave Journal. When not covering the fast-evolving online video ecosystem, she can be found digging through the comics stacks at Outer Limits, hiking, or practicing martial arts. Based in Boston, Mass., Samantha can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @FierceSamantha on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Samantha Bookman
Updated: AT&T is reportedly considering increasing its U-verse broadband speed to 60 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream sometime this summer.
The largest remaining piece of Sycamore Networks, its Intelligent Bandwidth Management business--which it sold to Marlin Equity Partners last September for $18.75 million in cash--has been folded into another Marlin-owned company, Coriant, and rebranded as Coriant America. The newly created division will remain headquartered in Sycamore's hometown of Chelmsford, Mass.
Where will U.S. telcos purchase assets next? Eyes are turning toward Europe, as the continuing economic trouble there makes telecom acquisitions more attractive. But will investors' hopes be dashed in the coming months if AT&T, Verizon, or other carriers balk at a major purchase?
For SMBs as well as large enterprises, being able to bundle wireline services is an increasingly important factor in overall customer satisfaction, a J.D. Power and Associates report reveals.
Racing to market with services ahead of the competition is the top driver for operators using service delivery platforms, according to survey results published by Infonetics Research. And as OTT providers take a bite out of operator revenues, survey respondents say they are using SDPs to create and manage their own offerings.
Two weeks ago, Verizon announced it would be replacing damaged and destroyed copper voice lines on some of the barrier islands off Long Island, N.Y., and in New Jersey with its recently developed Voice Link service. With deployment of this wireless-based alternative to traditional voice service beginning this month in other rural regions, Verizon's solution sets a troubling precedent for incumbents migrating off of legacy wireline networks.
The optical WDM (wavelength division multiplexing) equipment market segment saw its third consecutive quarter of growth, Infonetics Research said, recording $2.6 billion in sales for Q1 2013 and up 10 percent year-over-year.
Rumors around exactly what Akamai would do with the technology it gained from last year's Verivue acquisition have been put to rest as the network provider debuted two new products for its Aura Operator CDN (OCDN) platform: Aura Lumen and Aura Spectra. The products target large telecom and cable operators looking to capitalize on IP media delivery.
As criticism mounts over Verizon's move to replace its copper-based voice lines with its new Voice Link service in areas of New York and New Jersey impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the carrier went to work explaining the logic behind its actions.
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.