News network experiences short outage

Cloud computing may be all the rage, but's temporary outage shows that hosted applications are far from perfect. On Tuesday, 68,000 customers of the Software as a Service (SaaS)

Verizon sets 40 percent penetration goal for FiOS

With its Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network nearing completion, Verizon's CEO Ivan Seidenberg is turning his company's attention to increasing customer penetration in its existing markets.

Broadband Stimulus: What will it take to succeed?

by Dan Hays, PRTM While the recent announcement of an initial $183 million of broadband stimulus awards from the U.S. government may seem like a drop in the bucket when compared to the $7.2 billion

AT&T enriches its fiber-based wireless backhaul diet

AT&T may have finally completed the upgrade of its high-speed packet access (HSPA) network, but it comes with the price of adding more wireless backhaul capacity to its cell sites. A typical

Lantiq snaps up Metalink's home network assets

Lantiq has put another arrow in its home networking quiver by brokering a deal to acquire Israel-based Metalink's WLAN Intellectual Property and assets. Expected to be closed in January, Lantiq paid

CES 2010: IEEE releases powerline communications draft standard

At this week's CES show in Las Vegas, powerline communications (PLC) networking advocates got a nice win as the IEEE announced that it has released the P1901 Draft Standard for powerline

Qwest sets new FTTN goals, maintains bundling focus

As Qwest continues to shift its mindset towards becoming more of a broadband services company, the telco has set the bar to bring Fiber to the Node (FTTN) services to half of its 14-state footprint.

Comcast extends DOCSIS 3.0 march into Western Mass.

Comcast has reached the latest stop on its DOCSIS 3.0 tour with the addition of a number of Western, Massachusetts towns to its deployment roster. This latest deployment brings DOCSIS 3.0 service to

GTT snaps up pieces of Global Capacity

Once again Global Telecom and Technology (GTT) is going to the asset store with its latest deal to acquire the customers and assets of Chicago-based Global Capacity. GTT will pony up $8 million in

MoCA, HomePlug Alliance to compare notes

The Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) and HomePlug Powerline Alliance may use different wires to carry voice and data signals in the home network, but the two groups are finding that they could

Telecom Italia again debunks Telefonica acquisition rumors

Telco SpA's three main investors are railing against speculation that emerged in an article in Italian newspaper Milano Finanza (MF) that it may be selling the stakes it owns in Telco, the holding

Vendors eye potential acquisition of Ciena

Just as it nears the completion of its acquisition of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Network (MEN) division, rumors have emerged that a number of companies may be interested in purchasing Ciena. The idea of

Verizon comes under fire over employee benefits

Verizon Communications is facing the wrath of three former employees who are suing the telco and its former Yellow Pages subsidiary, Idearc. In their lawsuit, the employees claim that their

Huawei saw continued growth throughout 2009

While other traditional telecom vendors (Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks) have struggled to get to profitability, China's Huawei continued to hit it big in 2009 with $21.5 billion

BT Global: Lack of IT investments hurt businesses

A BT Global Services Enterprise Intelligence survey called "Enterprise Intelligence: The challenge for the CIO in 2010" revealed that cutbacks in IT spending during the current economic downturn had

Verizon adds wireless data backup to its SMB service portfolio

If you're an SMB that wants to back up your existing T1 line for Internet access, Verizon says you don't have to buy another T1, but rather use its existing wireless network via its Internet

Libraries, community colleges vie for additional broadband funding

It has been barely a month since the initial awardees of broadband stimulus grants were announced, but the American Library Association (ALA) is calling for the National Telecommunications and

Could private networks free up more corporate bandwidth?

Financial institutions and healthcare may be two of the largest vertical industry users of bandwidth, but they are continually finding that their connections are getting clogged up during peak usage

AT&T wants to put the PSTN out to pasture

It's hard to imagine that the same company that consumers relate to as their phone company, AT&T, is keen on doing away with the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and Plain Old Telephone

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

With 2009 barely in our rear view mirror and another New England winter storm on its way, I think now is as good a time as ever to take a look at what I think is in store for the wireline industry