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Cincinnati Bell's wireless sale enhances its fiber-based broadband, business push

Cincinnati Bell's pending sale of its wireless assets may be a sign of the challenge regional wireless operators face in competing against behemoths like AT&T Mobility. But the other part of the story is that it will free up resources to enhance Fioptics, its growing consumer fiber-based broadband service, and its business and wholesale arms.

CenturyLink, Verizon, others sharpen their data analytics skills

The use of telecom analytics is becoming a bigger factor in the wireline segment of the telecom industry as service providers look to retain their customer base and get a better handle on their specific usage behaviors and preferences. 

Copper retirement, cable wholesale, international expansion and small cells took center stage at COMPTEL Spring 2014

The COMPTEL Plus Spring 2014 showed itself again to be the flagship event for the competitive service provider industry. According to show organizers, the spring event attracted about 1,700 attendees, 70 percent of which were senior-level executives that were ready to conduct deals with other members of the competitive provider industry.

AT&T's IP transition trial should consider impact on business customers

When AT&T Wholesale customer Granite Communications said last week it would participate in upcoming TDM-to-IP trials serving towns in Alabama and Florida, it illustrated the need to understand how this transition will affect small to medium businesses (SMBs) whose livelihoods hinge on getting consistent phone service.

Cincinnati Bell's aggressive fiber rollout stems its legacy revenue bleeding, but competitors loom large

Cincinnati Bell may be much smaller than its larger ILEC brothers AT&T and Verizon, but it has come to the same realization that having a fiber-based broadband strategy for consumers and business will be a new revenue driver.

CenturyLink's OSS build sets stage for software-defined networking ecosystem

CenturyLink's recent move to implement a foundation for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) with Ericsson reflects the reality that the real value of these technologies won't truly be seen until a large service provider like CenturyLink deploys it on a large scale.

Presidents Day holiday

FierceTelecom will not publish on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday. We will return to your inbox on Tuesday, Feb. 18. 

Comcast's TWC deal will deepen its medium business Ethernet niche

Comcast may have been one of the last major cable MSOs to enter the business services space, but its bid to acquire fellow cable operator Time Warner Cable will make it an even more dominant force in the traditionally underserved mid-sized market.

Goodbye Savvis, hello CenturyLink Technology Solutions

CenturyLink recently bid adieu to the Savvis brand by renaming the division CenturyLink Technology Solutions, a move that reflects the company's growing identity in the managed services, colocation and cloud services space. So what does this name change do for existing CenturyLink and Savvis customers?

Verizon, incumbents need to play fair in the IP VoIP interconnection game

Verizon recently announced that it signed IP VoIP interconnection terms with four new service providers, a move that rings in the next technology and regulatory showdown in the telecom industry's TDM to IP technology shift.