Extreme snaps up Soapstone Networks at bargain price

Extreme Networks has acquired the software assets of Soapstone Networks for what it only reveals is for a price under $5 million. Upon completion of the deal, Extreme will own Soapstone's Provider

Government asks U.S. telcos to gauge broadband availability

In what could be the start of a new communal relationship between the government and the U.S. telecom industry, the nation's largest telcos and cable MSOs have agreed to help the Commerce Department

Challenging economy drives SMB interest in managed services

Even as SMBs hunker down during this ongoing financial storm, a new 11-country study from AMI Partners revealed a number of changes in how this segment buys and leverages IT technologies. One of the

Ericsson could be likely bidder for Nortel's MEN

The fight for Nortel's wireless (both CDMA and LTE) and enterprise assets may have garnered the attention of Ericsson and Avaya respectively, but no one has made a play for the beleaguered company's

tw telecom to offer global IP VPN service

Already well-entrenched in the U.S.-based medium to large business services market, tw telecom is now expanding its MPLS IP-VPN service into 64 new international markets. Such a service will resonate

Qwest sweetens broadband service with netbook promotion

Looking to gain an edge over its cable competition, Qwest will now offer any customer that signs a two-year broadband service contract (7 Mbps, 12 Mbps or 20 Mbps service packages) a Dell Inspiron

Calling for a broadband primer

The term "broadband" applies to the bandwidth of a medium. The bandwidth of copper wire depends upon distance, and over short lengths, copper wire (such as twisted pair) has bandwidth in the mega

Australia: City in Victoria gets fiber injection

Just as Australia's government puts the pieces of its National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative in place with the appointment of former Alcatel-Lucent star Mike Quigley as the entity's chairman, a

Don't take my broadband connection away!

The latest economic crisis may be causing consumers to wait on buying that new car or taking a vacation, but a broadband connection is one thing consumers just won't give up. And new studies confirm

Broadband boosts Surewest's Q2 revenue

Surewest continues to hone its skills as a broadband provider and its second-quarter and first-half 2009 results illustrate those efforts are paying off. During the quarter, Surewest reported its

CWA, AT&T make headway in contract talks

AT&T reported significant progress over the weekend with CWA District 4 and District 9 regarding contracts for unionized wireline employees that have been under negotiation for more than four

KPN not budging on offer for iBasis

The ongoing saga for KPN to acquire the remaining shares in Burlington, Mass-based VoIP wholesaler iBasis has taken yet another turn as the Dutch operator says it will not raise its offer for the

Golden Gate renames Infineon's wireline business LANTIQ

Golden Gate Capital, the new owners of Infineon Technologies' wireline division, are wasting no time in establishing a new company identity as the division will now become LANTIQ. Last month the

Fierce Independents: Comanche Telephone unclogs its backhaul bottlenecks

Located in DeLeon, Texas, Comanche County Telephone Company (CCTC) may not be your household name service provider, yet the service provider is seeing robust demand for residential and business

Zafirovski resigned from Nortel today

Mike Zafirovski may have been heralded as the turnaround man Nortel needed when he assumed the CEO post in late 2005, but today he announced that he's officially resigning as CEO of the company.

UK telcos ride the triple play wave

Looking to get a better bang for their communications buck, Ofcom's annual communications report revealed that U.K. consumers are increasingly adopting the triple play communications bundle that

Virgin Media stems losses, increases sales

Even as its customer base shrunk, U.K. communications conglomerate Virgin Media fared well as second-quarter losses decreased. During the second quarter, Virgin said net loss dropped to $83.3 million

New York coffee shops place restrictions on WiFi users

In the movie Reality Bites, Ethan Hawke's character Troy proclaimed to Winona Ryder's character Laney: "This is all we need. A couple of smokes, a cup of coffee, and a little bit of conversation."

Windstream: Q2 earnings slide, FCC OKs D&E acquisition

Seeing similar declines and increases as other Tier 2 ILECs, Windstream reported that second-quarter revenue slid to $91 million from $102 million during the same period last year. Company revenue

CenturyLink claims savings, but losses continue

With a newly minted logo and name in place, CenturyLink, formed by the merger of the former independent telcos Embarq and CenturyTel, reports that as a combined company it will be able to save $475