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Alcatel-Lucent unveils transition solution for service providers' PSTN voice networks

Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a new solution that it says will help service providers, particularly those with large PSTN networks, migrate to an all-IP network infrastructure.

FCC Chairman Wheeler unveils $1.7B plan to extend broadband to the poor

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced a number of new proposals that he says will restructure and modernize the regulator's $1.7 billion Lifeline voice service program by redirecting funds to extend broadband to lower income residents.

NTS extends Gigabit network to downtown Lubbock, Texas

NTS Communications has completed the buildout of a new Gigabit fiber network in Lubbock, Texas, enabling it to provide service to local business customers in serviceable areas, including the city's downtown business district.

Report: Ciena, Juniper could become acquisition targets for Ericsson

With Nokia's recent move to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in full play, Ericsson is now looking at its own purchase options, which, reports say, potentially could include Juniper or Ciena.

TDS's 1 Gbps buildout plan to 25% of network drives users to higher speeds

TDS Telecom may not be the largest telco, but its ongoing buildout of 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets is helping raise is its overall broadband service provider profile.

Service provider interest in packet-optical transport deployments wanes, says IHS Infonetics

While service providers are still moving ahead with their packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS) plans for this year and next, a new Infonetics survey reveals that interest dropped a bit.

Charter's TWC, BrightHouse acquisitions make it a credible ILEC, CLEC business threat

Charter Communications made it official this week that it's going forward with its $56.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and its $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks, a three-way deal that will make Charter a bigger threat to ILECs and CLECs in the business market segment.

ECI CEO: Service providers don't have to throw away hardware to migrate to SDN, NFV

ECI is keen on helping its Tier 1 service provider customers migrate to software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), but it is advocating an evolutionary approach.

8x8 acquires DXI for $25.3M, strengthens its contact center capabilities

8x8 has signed an agreement to acquire privately held UK-based DXI for $25.3 million, a deal that will enhance its contact center capabilities.

HP enhances NFV portfolio by purchasing ConteXtream

HP has acquired startup ConteXtream, a deal that will enhance its play in the software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) software space.

Verizon says fewer customers are purchasing battery backup for fiber home voice services

Verizon is finding that as more of its customers migrate over to FiOS or it switches copper customers onto a fiber-based voice connection, more of its customers are increasingly using their cell phones as their voice connection during a power outage.

Cisco's VNI: Average wireline broadband speeds to increase to 42.5 Mbps by 2019

As consumers adopt more bandwidth-hungry services like Netflix and use more devices around their home, Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecasts that the global average bandwidth speeds will increase from 20.3 to 42.5 Mbps by 2019.

IHS Infonetics: Global optical hardware spending rises 5% on strong WDM, 100G sales

Global optical network hardware spending rose 5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 as EMEA began to show signs of recovery and North American web-based companies continued to enhance their optical networks, according to IHS Infonetics Research.

FCC fights AT&T, CenturyLink and others over net neutrality rules

The FCC has filed its opposition to requests made by USTelecom, AT&T and CenturyLink to stay the implementation of its net neutrality rules, showing that it is not going to give into the telecom industry's pressure to revise its order.

Reports: Google Fiber sending copyright fine notices directly to its customers

According to reports, Google Fiber has been automatically forwarding copyright infringement notices to customers who have downloaded copyrighted materials. The notices often offer to settle claims for $20 to $300.

Charter's proposed Time Warner Cable, Bright House acquisitions will bolster its fiber, Ethernet capabilities

Charter Communications made it official that it will acquire Time Warner Cable for $56.7 billion in cash and stock, a deal that will immediately enhance its fiber reach and Ethernet capabilities for business and wholesale carrier customers.

C Spire launches suite of cloud-based unified communications services

C Spire Business Solutions has introduced a new set of cloud-based unified communications (UC) services called C Spire Unifi.

How Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint led consolidation in the wireless industry

Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint's emergence as the top four wireless operators came through an aggressive campaign of consolidation of a number of regional providers, including Alltel, Leap Wireless, MetroPCS and others. FierceWireless, in partnership with Quexor Group, looks at acquisition patterns of the four major wireless carriers during the past 10 years.

Verizon extends free FiOS speed upgrade to small businesses

Verizon is giving its small business customers that reside in its FiOS fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) markets a free Internet speed upgrade.

Wave Broadband snags $130M in funding to expand West Coast gigabit network

Wave Broadband, an independent provider of 1 Gbps broadband services to communities in Washington and California, has raised $130 million in new capital. The company plans to use the new funds to expand its network into more cities within its existing footprint and launch a set of new residential and business services.