Week in Research: Broadband subscriptions pass 500 million; wholesale VoIP needs to get competitive

Broadband growth on target: The number of broadband subscriptions worldwide reached almost 509 million in the third quarter of 2010, the Broadband Forum announced in its Global Broadband and IPTV

Level 3's Crowe: Backhaul represents one of many opportunities for its fiber network

Wireless backhaul may represent a great opportunity for large wholesale carriers that have an abundance of metro-based fiber, but James Crowe, chief executive officer of Level 3 Communications

AboveNet establishes connection into Philadelphia Technology Park

AboveNet (NYSE: ABVT) is once again on the network buildout trail. This time the service provider is bringing its network connectivity to the data cent provider Philadelphia Technology Park. By

MegaPath targets SMBs with new symmetrical Ethernet service

MegaPath's new symmetrical 2x2 Ethernet service reflects the idea that if you're an SMB, you should have more choices to get more bandwidth than having to buy another expensive T1 circuit. Customers

TeleGeography: Skype rises while traditional long-distance revenues continue landslide

Skype maybe had initially been dismissed as a technologist hobbyist's toy, but its influence continues as traditional service provider long-distance voice traffic declines. According to a new report

NARUC names Vermont PSB member Burke as Telecom committee chair

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) has appointed Vermont Public Service Board member John Burke as Chairman of the Association's Committee on Telecommunications. Set

Nebraska, Utah regulators bless CenturyLink-Qwest deal

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) got a double shot of approvals this week for its pending acquisition of Qwest (NYSE: Q) from both the Nebraska and the Utah Public Service Commission (PSC). The Nebraska PSC

Verizon's Seidenberg: Wireline growth driven by clouds, enterprise, and fiber-based services

With its landline voice business continuing to decline at a regular clip, Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) CEO and Chairman Ivan Seidenberg has made it a goal in 2011 to drive growth in its wireline business.

Lightower establishes fiber network agreement with NSTAR Communications

Lightower Fiber networks is once again moving to expand its metro fiber network presence by singing a long-term agreement to license all of NSTAR Communications remaining fiber network capacity.

Frontier to jack up FiOS video prices in Indiana, Oregon, Washington

If you're an existing Verizon (NYSE: VZ) FiOS customer that resides in an area of Indiana, Oregon, or Washington State that was part of Frontier's (NYSE: FTR) 14-state line acquisition, you're going

Qualcomm acquires Atheros for $3.2 billion to expand presence in WiFi market

Qualcomm is sharpening its WiFi edge by striking a deal to acquire WiFi silicon vendor Atheros for $3.2 billion, or $45 per share. Through this acquisition, Qualcomm not only gains Atheros' WiFi

CES 2011: Broadcom takes spot on HomePlug Powerline Alliance's board

Looking to further solidify its place in the powerline segment of the home networking market, Broadcom (Nasdaq: BRCM) has become a sponsor member and has taken a seat on the HomePlug Powerline

BT 21 CN pioneer George Nazi joins Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent is once again dipping into BT's (NYSE: BT) 21CN talent pool by appointing George Nazi as a new member of its Quality Assurance and Customer Care team. Reporting to Janet Davidson,

Sonus Chief Operating Officer Guru Pai steps down

Guru Pai, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS) has resigned from the company with less than a year under his belt in the position. Citing personal

Skype's China partner remains unfazed by government's outside VoIP ban

China's recent move to ban "illegal VoIP telephone services" from operating in its country isn't rattling Skype's China partner TOM Group, who said that its service is not violating any of the

NTT DATA wraps up acquisition of Keane International

NTT DATA (Other OTC: NTDTY.PK) has put the final touches on its acquisition of U.S.-based IT services company Keane International. With the acquisition complete, Keane International and its various

TDS employs Calix for 20-state VDSL2 service rollout

TDS Telecom (NYSE: TDS) is serious about expanding the availability of its VDSL2 25 Mbps service, so it's turning to its existing vendor Calix (NYSE: CALX) to extend the service to 20 states across

BT names 6 winners of its FTTX broadband contest

BT Retail (NYSE: BT) named the six communities that are the winners of its "Race to Infinity" competition, a process designed to gauge where the interest in its ultra-high Fiber to the X broadband

Bell Canada to levy $1 per gigabyte penalty on heavy users

Conveniently hidden in the fine print of its DSL offering page, Bell Canada's (NYSE: BCE) DSL subscribers will be required to pay $1 per gigabyte if they go over a 300 gigabyte limit each month. As

Ericsson sells off its government division

Ericsson (Nasdaq: ERIC) concluded that while even though it had the right goods to serve the U.S. government's complex technology and IT needs, it might be better to put into another more focused