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Lumos' aggressive fiber build strategy will help it overcome TDM transition growing pains

Lumos Networks' fiber expansion plans to support fiber to the cell (FTTC) tower for wireless backhaul and business services ambitions are taking shape. But in the near-term, the reality is that its gains continue to be hindered by ongoing declines in legacy voice and access.

Verizon gives 'FiOS-envy' markets little reason for hope

Verizon may be focused on enhancing its FiOS subscriber counts in the markets where it already built out fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure, but as seen in its first-quarter earnings results, it looks as though those markets are becoming saturated. Yet it's doubtful the company will expand into new markets for FiOS. 

 

Will AT&T's grand FTTH plan live up to its promise?

AT&T fed into the growing 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) craze earlier this week when it announced its plans to extend its last-mile fiber network to 100 of what it calls candidate cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. But the $1 million question is: Will it actually make good on this promise?

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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.