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Smile, Surfline among newest players to join Africa's 4G LTE fray

Africa may face a number of challenges, including terrain, economic prosperity, and political and regulatory stability, but that's not stopping a host of wireless operators from rolling out service. According to Ovum, there were 34 LTE network deployments across Africa as of February, up from 22 in mid-2014.

From AT&T to Shentel: Which is America's cheapest (and most expensive) broadband Internet provider?


It's clear that the U.S. wireline broadband market is in a state of transition. On one side, Google Fiber is turning the broadband industry on its head with its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) offerings, and on the other side major players like AT&T and Verizon are selling off their wireline assets. A key component of this transition centers on price. In this new report, we look at the cheapest and most expensive prices for broadband service across the country. To be clear, this is a ranking of telco providers, not wireless carriers or cable operators. Technologies covered include fiber and DSL.

FairPoint remains tight-lipped about standalone broadband service pricing

FairPoint Communications may be continually expanding its residential broadband data services throughout northern New England and other territories it serves in the United States, but the service provider remains tight-lipped about how it prices its DSL and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services.

Report: Wheeler's net neutrality rules come under FCC inspector general investigation

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's new net neutrality rules are now facing yet another investigation by the FCC's Inspector General David Hunt, who is also looking into whether the Obama administration improperly influenced the agency's development of the net neutrality rules, according to reports.

Zayo wraps follow-on public offering of 21.85M shares

Zayo has completed its follow-on public offering of 21.85 million shares of its common stock, including 4 million shares sold by the company and 17.85 million sold by shareholders, at $27.35 a share.

CenturyLink brings public cloud service to Singapore

CenturyLink is enhancing the reach of its public cloud platform in the Asia-Pacific region by making the service available in one of its data centers in Singapore.

Dish Network, Cablevision, Comcast, programmers license renewal battles rage onward

There has been no shortage of licensing renewal fights between pay-TV operators and programmers. Cablevision, Dish Network and DirecTV have seen their share of nasty wars throughout the past year.

Comcast Business addresses SMB, enterprise IP voice needs with SIP trunking service

Comcast Business is taking a long pass with its SIP trunking service, announcing that the service is available across its entire service area, covering 39 states and 20 major U.S. markets.

FCC's Wheeler: There were 'no secret instructions' from the White House to implement Title II regulation

It's been hardly a week since the FCC released its net neutrality order that reclassifies ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act, and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is now on the Congressional hot seat whether President Barack Obama drove the commission to make this new regulatory move.

NTCA, Vantage study reveals wireless is complementary, not a replacement for wireline networks

Wireless technology may offer a number of great advantages in terms of ease of use and convenience, but a new study conducted by NTCA and Vantage Point Solutions reveals that wireless technologies are a complement rather than a replacement.

AT&T strengthens solution partner bond with new partner exchange features

AT&T is roping in a number of new features for its two-year-old Partner Exchange platform, one that currently includes more than 275 solution provider partners.

Alaska Communications brings SIP trunking to SMBs, enterprises in Anchorage

Alaska Communications (ACS) is now offering SIP trunking services to Anchorage businesses, the latest in a series of moves it has made to enhance its wireline service focus.

Global Capacity establishes Ethernet interconnection into Google's cloud platform

Global Capacity's enterprise customers will soon have another way to connect to the cloud as its One Marketplace platform has become one of Google's cloud interconnect service providers, giving it a direct connection into the Google cloud platform.

MegaPath plays to mobile business workers' needs with new hybrid mobile/wireline UC capabilities

MegaPath Cloud Services is playing into the mobile nature of its business customers by adding SMS Text Messaging and mobile-to-desktop-device handover to its Unified Communications (UC) service.

Verizon extends reach of UCCaaS service, adds Cisco collaboration to portfolio

Verizon is giving its multinational business customers more options to get its Unified Communications and Collaboration as a Service (UCCaaS) solution by extending the service into Europe and Asia-Pacific while adding Cisco Collaboration Meeting Rooms to its portfolio.

FCC pauses shot clock again on Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirectTV deal reviews

For the second time, the FCC is pausing its 180-day "shot clock" for its regulatory reviews of this year's two mega mergers of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, and AT&T and DirecTV.

Frontier to distribute security products through Ingram Micro

Frontier Communications' security subsidiary Frontier Secure is broadening its addressable customer base by establishing a partnership with DistiNow that will distribute its security product through Ingram Micro's U.S.-based network of channel partners.

Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox drive cable MSO Ethernet trend, says VSG

Time Warner Cable continues to remain the top cable MSO providing Ethernet services to small to medium business (SMB) and large business customers, according to Vertical Systems Group's 2014 Cable MSO Ethernet Leaderboard.

Vonage snaps up SimpleSignal for $25M, enhances UCaaS capabilities

Vonage has reached a deal to acquire privately-held SimpleSignal for $25 million, a deal that will add another element to its Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) portfolio it is bringing to its growing small to medium business (SMB) customer base.

RCN Business enhances enterprise, SMB reach with agent program

RCN Business is broadening its reach into more enterprise and small and medium businesses (SMBs) by establishing a new agent program that it says will provide "select" national and regional telecom agents and systems integrators with resources and support to sell the service provider's IP-based data and voice services.