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Industry keeps 100G tests coming

Just in case you thought otherwise, a world teetering on economic uncertainty has not forgotten about telecom technology innovation, or, more specifically, demonstrations of big-time bandwidth.

Nortel deal speculation heats up

Recent reports had Nortel Networks seeking financial advice with the possibility that it might consider filing for bankruptcy (Is that tentative enough for you?). Amid those reports, there wasn't

BCE sues for $1.2 billion break-up fee

Bell Canada Enterprises has filed a lawsuit against the parties that had sought to acquire the company, in an attempt to recovery the $1.2 billion break-up fee that was written into the deal. The

Free Press proposes $44 billion for broadband

Yet another group is calling for Congress, President-elect Barack Obama and the federal government to steer funds in the direction of the U.S. broadband effort. The Free Press media reform advocacy

Criticism mounts against PCCW privatization bid

Richard Li Tzar-kai, chairman and major shareholder of PCCW, and his partner China Netcom's bid to privatize Hong Kong's PCCW is in doubt after two advisory firms recommended that PCCW's

Phorm: BT trial done, deployment next

Phorm, the U.K.-based deep packet inspection vendor that has been engaged with BT in a controversial trial involving Internet usage data collection for the purposes of targeted advertising, has an

AT&T pair-bonding? Wait 'til next year

AT&T still has not begun its planned VDSL2 bonding trial, but the carrier told Telephony late last week it will do so in 2009. If you have been keeping track, it originally looked like AT&T

SureWest to hunt for acquisitions

Like some other telecom network operators of note, SureWest Communications, the independent telco based in Roseville, Calif., will curb its capital spending on network construction within the next

Ahmed has left Sonus Networks

Sonus Networks, one of the pioneering IP network technology firms of the last decade, continues to endure an overhaul under relatively new CEO Richard Nottenburg. The company announced job cuts last

Telus talks up big 2009 goals

Amid all the talk about the collapsed deal for the takeover of Bell Canada Enterprises, Telus may be Canada's forgotten telco. This week, Telus is doing its best to remind everyone it's still around

Carrier Ethernet Consolidation: Overture Networks buys Ceterus Networks

Bigger is better when it comes to selling to carriers. At least that's one of the reasons we think Overture Networks has acquired Ceterus Networks. Terms of the deal between the two privately-held

SPOTLIGHT: Google builds a CDN. Does the WSJ know what a CDN is?

Is Google really abandoning Net Neutrality? Or just spending its cash to improve performance? The Wall Street Journal says Google's OpenEdge project is designed to give Google content bandwidth

G.hn unified home networking standard passes ITU

The International Telecommunication Union has blessed the G.hn standard for next-generation home networking, but the big challenge now is to get everyone on board. G.hn establishes a single global

Qwest speculation: Turnaround or takeover

Investors have been focusing on Qwest's shortcomings, but at least one Wall Streeter is looking hungry like the bull at the stock. Turnaround specialist George Putnam says the company is looking good

Virgin Media rolls out 50 Mbps broadband in UK

Cable operator Virgin Media has officially rolled out its 50 Mbps broadband service in the UK on Monday. The launch offer includes unlimited downloads and no traffic management - an offer U.S. cable

Telstra gets the boot out of multi-billion Australia broadband project

Australia's newspapers are aflame over Telstra's disqualification for participation in the country's $6.7 to $10 billion (US) national broadband network project. Australia's broadband minister said

Telecom takes its flu shot

I always hated getting a flu shot because of the way you felt after it: Kind of like the shot itself gave you the flu. So, I didn't get one for several years. Most of those years, I ended up getting

Infonetics: MPLS-TP gaining carrier mindshare

At the end of a year in which transport-multiprotocol label switching (T-MPLS, known in standards circles as MPLS-TP for "transport profile), and provider backbone transport (PBT, otherwise known as

Charter looking at financial options

Charter Communications, the cable TV company in which Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen owns a controlling stake, is attempting to negotiate with its bondholders to alter debt financing to help the

Ciena: 2009 won't be 2002

Optical networking firm Ciena Corp last week added its own declining revenue report and negative outlook to the cascade of concerns about how the telecom industry will fare in 2009. The increasing