NGN power problems

Powering the outside plant of next-generation networks (NGN) presents multiple challenges. Add a Hurricane and watch things break. Service providers have to deal with problems with improperly

GENBAND adds NextPoint

Knocking a couple of lines from its shopping list, GENBAND has acquired NextPoint. But how much was that company in the window? GENBAND executives made no secret they were shopping for competencies

SPOTLIGHT: How will India get broadband?

India is presenting an interesting case study on broadband technology adoption. The country's 1.1 billion inhabitants only have one broadband connection for every 400 people. A recent Heavy Reading

Cisco boosts Carrier Ethernet

Cisco has announced a new 40G line card for its 7600 router, along with enhancements to two of its ethernet switches, wrapping the announcements in a "better video wrapper." Aggregation service

BT & HP sign $660M partnership extension

BT and HP announced a $660 million, seven and a half-year extension to their existing partnership, the BT HP Alliance. HP will continue to serve more than 100,000 BT customers in the U.K. under the

Documenting the death of landlines

Landline abandonment is spreading from the consumer realm to businesses, with more people opting for a cell phone-only approach. Most people are moving away from dedicated phones to save $30 or more

SUPERCOMM: What's old is new again

SUPERCOMM is back, or at least it will be next June in Chicago. The Telecommunications Industry Association and USTelecom last week took another sharp turn in their colorful history of producing this

Juniper Networks goes virtual with security

Virtualization is one of the hottest trends in telecom, and now, Juniper Networks has announced the SRX Dynamic Services Gateway, a new platform that features security virtualization capabilities

AT&T works on Ike restoration

AT&T has brought in an additional 600 technicians to help the 1,400 or so already in place to respond to Hurricane Ike in storm-ravaged parts of Texas, according to a company statement. Some

DT faces its own union fight over streamlining

Germany's Deutsche Telekom has long seemed a safe haven from the layoffs and other operational cost cutting measures affecting many of the world's telcos, but now DT may be set to face the music. The

CLECs look for daylight

Economic pressure is squeezing the entire telecom industry, but CLECs may be feeling it more than the big former RBOCs. TW Telecom, Paetec and Cogent Communications are among the CLECs that have

SPOTLIGHT: Broadband age, paper tracking, phone service data

Trying to get phone service data out of state public utility commissions - now that the FCC has bagged collecting and reporting it - is a mixed bag. Every state has a different reporting standard,

Hanna, Gustav, now Ike

Disaster contingency plans are getting a heavy-duty work out this month, as service providers finish responding to Hurricane Gustav's fury and prepare for the landfall of Hurricane Ike. Gustav's

Dialogic devours NMS hardware biz

Dialogic is buying NMS Communications Platform business for the lump sum of $28 million in cash, subject to the signoff of NMS stockholders. It is the latest in a long string of acquisitions by

Cable's push and prayer for WiMAX

From all indications, the Clearwire/Xohm WiMAX merger deal should be completed by the end of the year. Cable operators are eager to get the ability to bundle wireless services with their current

Nokia Siemens shuffles executives

As Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) finishes its consolidation efforts, the company has added a new CFO and a head of Strategy and Business Development. Luca Maestri, formerly CFO of General Motors

Bell Canada upgrades customer service

Bell Canada rolled out a new customer service initiative Wednesday, promising faster response time to service issues in an effort to stem the loss of both landline and internet customers. Customers

Satellite: Google interested, Iridium busy

Google revealed its latest telecom passion this week--satellite telecom services. The Internet giant, along with several other companies, invested in O3b Networks, a new company that is looking to

Synchronoss acquires Wisor Telecom, faces legal heat

Mergers and acquisitions among operational support system vendors have been frequent in the last few years, and, for the most part, these deals have involved very large firms buying somewhat smaller

Survey: IR professionals see green benefits

Looking for even more fuel for your green strategies? Verizon Business and IR magazine conducted a survey of corporate investor relations professionals, and 87 percent said they believe that better