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Rapid investment returns fuel Ethernet over Copper growth

Having collectively spent billions of dollars building out fiber-based Ethernet services, service providers are expanding their portfolios with lower-speed Ethernet over Copper-based services, a new

Genachowski appoints FCC managing director and general counsel

Newly appointed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is wasting no time getting his staff in order, as he has appointed Microsoft alum Steven Van Roekel as managing director and Austin Schlick as General

Cable sees solid but not impressive VOD growth

By offering users control of their video viewing experience, Video on Demand (VOD) has become a solid business for cable operators, but its growth has remained relatively stagnant. While VOD is

Vodafone Germany puts VDSL on the runway

Looking to expand its service capabilities beyond wireless services, Vodafone Germany went public with its plans to build a VDSL pilot network in Heilbronn, Germany. Working in conjunction with

Cox Business enhances its data center reach

Already well-entrenched in the large and medium-sized enterprise services market, Cox Business now has extended its fiber network into i/o Data Centers' Phoenix One collocation facility. Cox Business

Goodbye Integra5, hello MediaFriends

Converged applications server vendor Integra5 is giving its company image a makeover by changing its name to MediaFriends. Integra5's executives believe the name change signifies its service provider

KPN makes move to buy remaining stake in iBasis

Even in a weakened economy, Royal KPN N.V. sees the acquisition of wholesale voice provider iBasis as an expansion opportunity too good to pass up. This week Royal KPN N.V. made an initial move to

NTIA seeking volunteers to evaluate broadband stimulus applications

President Obama's broadband stimulus plan, a provision of the administration's ARRA (American Recovery and Reconstruction Act), continues to be the talk of the broadband service provider town.

Analyst: Multiple technology substitution risk increasing for telcos

Are telcos only focusing on the tip of the iceberg when it comes to landline voice decline in favor of VoIP or mobile substitution? An emerging theory from Eclicktick Consulting analyst Alistair

Traffic pumping fight heats up in South Dakota

Traffic pumping is in the news again. The Chicago Tribune has an Associated Press story on how the practice, which has caused controversy in Iowa in recent years, is now at the center of a legal

VZW promo angers Verizon union members

As major telcos continue to draw growth from their wireless units while seeing only decline in their wireline units, it is not surprising that they are placing more emphasis, resources and future

Cisco replaces Nortel in 2012 Summer Olympics

One of the disappointing side effects of a corporate break-up is that you miss out on all kinds of opportunities for high-profile promotions. This is hardly the most disappointing side effect, but

Telecom Italia: We're keeping our TV network

Despite ongoing speculation that it wants to get out of the television business, Telecom Italia Media SpA said in a Wall Street Journal article that it has no intention to sell its La7 television

Verizon Business gets serious about application security

Cyberterrorism was a hot topic this past week as the U.S. and South Korean governments reported major network attacks on government agency Web sites. To help large enterprises keep such security

JDSU expands storage testing capabilities with Finisar buy

JDSU has taken the opportunity to take out one of its optical component enemies by making a $40.6 million cash bid for Finisar's Network Tools Division. Confident that it can complete the acquisition

RCN abandons bid for FiberNet Telecom

After what could have become a bidding war, competitive cable and business service provider RCN decided to withdraw its bid to acquire FiberNet Telecom for $96 million. RCN's June 16 offer was the

BT unveils aggressive Fiber-to-the-X timeline

Responding to its main cable rival's (Virgin Broadband) claims of having a faster broadband network, BT revealed its plans to pass more than 1 million homes and businesses with a fiber-enabled

Ovum: Move over DSL, here comes Fiber-to-the-home

Given that Japan and Korea are traditionally early adopters of new technology, it's not surprising that Fiber-to-the-home/business broadband access is outpacing ADSL in these countries. But

Verizon Business announces major Russian partnership

Verizon Business announced today an agreement with Russian telco Synterra that will give Synterra's Russian customers access to Verizon's global network, according to the companies. Through the deal,

Sprint hands wireless and wireline network keys to Ericsson

After months of speculation, Sprint made it official today that it will be outsource its wireless and wireline network operations to Ericsson. Calling the deal "Network Advantage," Ericsson, under