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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

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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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

FierceTelecom will not publish on Monday, Jan. 20, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We will return to your inbox on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

TDS' OneNeck IT Solutions rebranding cleans up its managed services message

TDS this week renamed its growing Hosted and Managed Services (HMS) subsidiary OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, giving it a more memorable brand identity that goes beyond technology and IT solutions.

Frontier's AT&T Connecticut deal could spur U-verse, Northeast expansion

Frontier's move to acquire AT&T's regional Connecticut operations, once known as Southern New England Telephone, for $2 billion immediately deepens the telco's presence in the Northeast part of the United States. When it completes the acquisition, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania will become part of its new Northeast region.

Verizon's stalled FiOS expansion will drive consumers to cable

If you reside in a part of Verizon's territory where it does not yet offer FiOS service, you will never get it. You'll have better luck with your local cable operator.

Any Telecom Act makeover should be done with care

Two House Republicans are calling on lawmakers to revamp the 1996 Telecom Act to better reflect the realities the communications industry is seeing in today's broadband and wireless era. But exactly what changes they want to make are not clear.