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TelePacific trialing SD-WAN solution for business customers

TelePacific Communications is piloting a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology solution for customers in New York, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and Washington ahead of a national service rollout.

Level 3 reportedly exploring 'strategic options,' Comcast fingered as possible suitor

According to a new report, Level 3 is exploring strategic alternatives, and Comcast may be interested in purchasing the company. A Level 3 spokesperson said the company doesn't comment on "rumors or speculation," and a Comcast representative didn't immediately respond to questions on the topic.

AT&T open sources ECOMP to Linux Foundation, hopes to make it industry's standard for SDN

AT&T today announced it will release its Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) platform to the wider telecom industry as an open source offering managed by the Linux Foundation. The goal, the company said, is to make ECOMP the telecom industry's standard automation platform for managing virtual network functions and other software-centric network capabilities.

Adtran's sales, income up on demand for FTTP and 100 megabit portfolios

Vendor Adtran reported year-over-year increases in both sales and net income, which the company attributed to strong demand for its FTTP and 100 megabit portfolios. As a result, the company's stock rose roughly 10 percent in the hours following the release of the company's second-quarter earnings, to around $19.74 per share.

Tracking wireline telecom earnings in Q2 2016

The second-quarter 2016 earnings reporting season has begun, and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed. Check here throughout the reporting season for updates on providers, vendors and integrators in this segment.

San Diego buys Nokia's IP/MPLS and packet microwave technology as vendor expands beyond traditional telcos

The city of San Diego said it purchased Nokia's Internet Protocol/Multi-protocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) and packet microwave radio technology to backhaul the P25 digital trunked radio system for its public-safety communications.

Google Fiber to challenge Verizon, AT&T, others as it enters business services segment

Google Fiber announced it will begin selling internet service to businesses, a move that will widen the company's battle against entrenched telco companies like AT&T and Verizon that also sell internet services to business users.

Bipartisan Senate group forms broadband caucus

A bipartisan group of senators are joining together to launch the Senate Broadband Caucus, which will focus on broadband infrastructure and deployment and will address broadband issues affecting Americans, specifically increasing connectivity and closing the digital divide that particularly impacts rural America.

Cisco sharpens focus on network security, stays positive on Brexit aftermath

Cisco is fine-tuning its network security portfolio, announcing several new products at its Cisco Live event that it says improve and simplify security within network infrastructure as well as at endpoints, utilizing the cloud.

Verizon's CIO warns of 'mind-numbing complexity' in move to virtualized network

Verizon's CIO Radhika Venkatraman said the carrier doesn't plan to hire thousands of additional workers to virtualize its network functions. Instead, Venkatraman said Verizon is hoping to work with its suppliers on the transition – as long as those suppliers can make the move simple and cheap.

CyrusOne, Equinix driving data center market with 'no signs of slowing down,' Barclays says

During the second quarter, the data center sector outperformed with rest of the communications infrastructure market, as both CyrusOne and Equinix have experienced sharp growth, according to Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski.

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint gear up for national conventions in red-hot election

It's election season, and as the two leading candidates gear up for their parties' respective national conventions, wireless providers including AT&T and Verizon are prepping for two events that are suddenly much more high-profile than they may have anticipated several months ago.

AT&T begins deploying GigaPower in Louisville, Kentucky

AT&T is continuing its shift into competitive mode when it comes to gigabit services, and is moving forward with its deployment of GigaPower into Louisville, Kentucky. Local news sources reported sighting the carrier's around the city, with AT&T confirming that its technicians are installing fiber in various neighborhoods.

Verizon: We'll grandfather in XO's Ethernet over Copper services ... probably

Current XO Communications business services customers that want to continue using its Ethernet over Copper services after Verizon takes over the company's assets may be able to do so -- depending on several factors. That's according to a Verizon filing with the FCC that addresses how it will deal with legacy infrastructure following the acquisition.

AT&T, CenturyLink sound off on legacy voice transition, BDS rules

With the Federal Communications Commission proposing a streamlined process for migrating legacy, copper-based voice services to newer IP-based infrastructure, incumbent telcos including AT&T and CenturyLink are hoping to guide that process a bit.

Cox's UPN deal spells fiber, business services opportunities, but how will they leverage the assets?

Cox Communications made a bet on its fiber-based future by acquiring a large stake in Unite Private Networks (UPN), giving it access to a pool of assets and capabilities to fulfill wholesale and business service opportunities.

Astra closes Logix acquisition, appoints Murphy as new chairman and CEO

Texas-based enterprise fiber voice and data provider Logix has been officially acquired by Astra Capital Management, a D.C.-based equity firm co-founded by Grande Communications veteran Matt Murphy. The deal, announced in November, closed this week.

Verizon sets West Roxbury as Boston's first FiOS neighborhood

Verizon has named West Roxbury as the first destination for its FiOS FTTH buildout plan in Boston, following the results of the telco's campaign for residents to pre-register for service. Beginning in September, Verizon will start building out network facilities in the northwest section of the community, and the first customer will be connected at the end of the year.

AT&T stays ahead of Comcast threat with Indianapolis 1 Gig launch

AT&T has launched 1 Gbps service for residential and business customers in Indianapolis, signaling another move by the telco to keep apace of competitive threats from Comcast as it introduces similar service over its hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network.

IEEE wraps work on four new Ethernet standards, addresses 25G and IoT applications

The IEEE has released a series of four new standards that will address a variety of speeds, including 1 Gbps, 25 Gbps, and 40 Gbps. Ethernet players will be able to respond in a standards-based way to a host of applications such as hyperscale data centers, enterprise, cloud computing, automotive, Internet of Things (IoT), and Power over Ethernet (PoE).