Google ignited a broadband storm in 2011 with its plan to build a 1 Gbps-capable fiber to the premises network in a select U.S. city. After a year of sifting through proposals from hundreds of local leaders, the search engine giant chose Kansas City, Kan., as its initial target. Since then, other providers like CenturyLink and AT&T have stepped up their speed game.
The second quarter has always been a time when service providers lose broadband subscribers, but a series of new speeds and pricing promotions helped drive up their subscriber bases and offset declines in legacy voice and DSL services. In our quarterly earnings wrap, we examine the broadband growth trends of all of the major U.S.-based service providers.
In the rush to build high-capacity wireline networks that can handle IP traffic demands for now and the future, one element that is sometimes overlooked by those outside the industry is the amount of energy it takes to power those networks.
Level 3 Communications recently struck a major coup by unseating AT&T as Starbuck's preferred Wi-Fi backbone provider via a partnership with Google. According to a research analyst, Level 3 could use the Starbucks relationship to upsell their growing base of enterprise solutions to other nearby potential clients that reside in the same buildings.
Verizon is apparently taking part in the move by incumbent carriers to shift customers away from the PSTN. First with its policy to move "chronic" customers off of copper; then with the deployment of Voice Link, a wireless service targeted at voice-only customers in rural areas where the carrier has not laid fiber.However, the company is now taking it in the teeth over Voice Link's deployment on Fire Island, N.Y.
Wholesale wireless backhaul services have become a growing revenue source for Tier 2 telcos, a number of which don't have a wireless operation and have spent much of their lives selling voice services. In our new feature, we look at how the top seven Tier 2 telcos are attacking the wireless backhaul opportunity.
Last week, Tom Wheeler faced a Congressional panel, one of the last formalities before he is approved as FCC chairman. It's a deal that appears to be almost done. What will Wheeler's legacy be? What side will he take on the issues in front of the regulatory agency?
In our fourth annual Women in Wireline feature, FierceTelecom is celebrating those women leaders who are making their mark in the industry through their work developing products and innovations or serving as advocates for specific technologies or service provider groups.
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?