Virgin tests viability of aerial-based FTTH connections

Virgin Media is increasing its push to challenge BT in the broadband race by testing the effectiveness of Fiber to the Home (FTTH) by running fiber cable in aerial telephone pole deployments. The

Comptel 2010: Competitive providers, wholesalers find new identities

As I prepare to hop aboard a plane to head down to Nashville, Tn. on Sunday to attend my first Comptel show in six years, I thought this was a good time to put out my thoughts on what I think will be

FierceTelecom Leaders: Optical Internetworking Forum- Part II

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FierceTelecom Leaders: Jim Jones and Lyndon Ong, Optical Internetworking Forum

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Windstream stems landline bleeding with double-play offering

Wireline voice erosion is an ongoing reality for every traditional telco, but Windstream thinks that the right weapon to battle this problem is its $49.99 double-play data/local and long-distance

Telstra shares jump as government can't get support for breakup

With news emerging that the Australian government can't get the support it needs to divvy up the incumbent service provider, Telstra appears to be winning the fight as company shares were up 2.7

Sprint Wholesale loses Time Warner Cable voice contract

Since launching its wholesale voice service for cable, Sprint Wholesale has enjoyed a steady stream of ongoing revenue from major cable MSOs, but now the division will be taking a major revenue hit

Integra Telecom gets spot on Portland Trail Blazers roster

On the cusp of the NBA playoff season, Integra Telecom has secured the service provider position on the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team. Integra will provide Ethernet and other broadband

Zayo Enterprise Networks puts fiber in Denver businesses' diet

If anyone thinks there's a fiber glut, they obviously have not talked to Zayo Enterprise Networks. To keep up with new business service demands, the competitive provider is pumping 100 miles of new

Global Crossing upgrades submarine network routes

Growing demand from enterprise and service provider customers for more IP and Ethernet transport has prompted Global Crossing to expand the capacity on three of its Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC), South

Frontier-Verizon deal faces opposition in Illinois

Frontier's ambition to become one of the largest independent service providers through acquiring Verizon's rural lines hit a snag this week when an administrative judge in Illinois ruled that its

AT&T conducts 100 GigE dress rehearsal

AT&T's completion of its 100 Gbps backbone trial is another indicator that large service providers are realizing they need more horsepower to sate the seemingly endless appetite for wired and

Qwest plugs more Arizona regions into VDSL2-based FTTN

Qwest has been hard at work lately in expanding the availability of its FTTN-based service in its respective local service territories, and its latest deployments in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ areas

CenturyLink catches the 40 Gbps service wave

At next week's Spring Comptel show in Nashville, Tn., it's likely the talk on the show floor will center on how wholesale carriers are ramping up networks to satisfy mobile operator's wireless

Cisco unveils long-awaited CRS-1 upgrade

Cisco's long-awaited follow up to its flagship core router CRS-1 came today with the debut of its new CRS-3 core router. Offering up to 322 Tbps of capacity, Cisco says the CRS-3 offers unified

Telefonica considers joint bid on Mexican fiber auction

To challenge Mexico's telecom monopoly Telmex for network backbone capacity, Telefonica is considering an alliance with other competitive and even regional cable operators to bid on the Mexican

Tax confusion could hamper broadband stimulus deployments

Service providers and communities that were lucky enough to get a broadband grant in the first round of grant awards may have gotten through one hoop to fulfill their broadband ambitions, but they

GSA puts $35B Connections II vehicle on the track

By officially releasing a draft request for proposals this week for the upcoming Connections II contract, the General Services Administration (GSA) believes that government agencies will have a

What's a Telco to do?

By Keith Willetts, Chairman and CEO, TM Forum If you're a communications service provider (CSP) trying to make it in today's world, no one has to tell you it isn't easy. Just a couple of decades ago,

Verizon brings the 100 Gbps show to Dallas

Verizon is serious about 100 Gbps networking, and its latest field trial in North Dallas, Texas is another proof point in the service provider's desire. In the latest trial, Verizon worked with