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KDDI hopes to revive growth with J:Com purchase

Looking to up its cable TV capabilities while its legacy wireline and wireless sales continue to remain flat in a competitive market, Japan's KDDI has crafted a $4 billion deal to purchase a major

Charter's Smit makes switch to Comcast

Barely two months after leading Charter Communications out of bankruptcy, Neil Smit is hanging up his CEO shoes to become President of rival MSO Comcast's cable unit. Smit will report to Comcast

Microsoft throws the book at TiVo

Only months after TiVO filed a patent infringement suit against Microsoft IPTV customer AT&T, Microsoft is now turning the legal screws on TiVo. This week, the computing giant filed a suit in San

FiberTower fills out its fiber footprint

Wireless backhaul specialist provider FiberTower is adding more fiber to its diet by acquiring 4,000 miles of dark fiber from FiberLight. Through this acquisition, FiberTower will instantly expand

BT reveals FTTX service pricing

Anxious to get its Fiber-to-the-X network up and running in time for the Olympic Games in London in 2012, BT has now spelled out how it will price its 'Infinity' service. Offering eligible

Alcatel-Lucent unveils its core packet optical switch

Alcatel-Lucent is fanning the flames of the packet optical networking debate with its core 1870 Transport Tera Switch (TTS). The TTS, which is reportedly in trials with major service providers, is a

MCNC enters the broadband stimulus winner's circle

Microelectronics Center of North Carolina's (MCNC) desire to build out an enhanced middle-mile network came one step closer to reality this week as it received word that it was awarded a $28.2

Portugal: A thriving FTTH market

Led by incumbent Portugal Telecom, competitive provider Sonaecom and cable MSO ZON Multimedia, Fiber to the Home (FTTH) deployments and customer take rates in Portugal steadily progressed throughout

Politicians oppose government-mandated breakup of Telstra

Australia's government may be set on breaking up incumbent phone operator Telstra, but those desires could be squashed by the country's parliament. Under the current proposal, which is going to be

Comcast beefs up consumer data security with Symantec pact

Comcast is not taking any chances that a virus from an unsuspecting consumer could infect its network so it's now offering Norton's Security Suite free for download to its residential and business

FCC order frees up programming for telcos, satellite providers

Telcos and satellite video providers got a big break yesterday when the FCC voted to shrink the so-called terrestrial loophole that allowed cable companies to block access to some video programming

Telekom Austria sees IPTV subscriber additions decline

Telekom Austria may have carved out a sizeable niche in the country's IPTV market, but its annual growth update revealed a subscriptions decline in 2009. At the end of 2009, Telekom Austria reported

Verizon temporarily waives charges on calls made to Haiti

Verizon is expanding its support to earthquake victims in Haiti by waiving both wireless and wireline long-distance residential voice charges through the end of January. Beginning this Wednesday, any

ADTRAN: Q4 earnings up, but predicts Q1 slowdown

Strong growth in broadband access and optical access drove better-than-expected results for ADTRAN in Q4 09. During the quarter, ADTRAN reported that sales rose 11 percent to $124 million, up from

Stealing copper comes with a heavy cost

At a time when the largest telcos are saying that the PSTN should be read its last rites, a recent raft of copper theft at Canadian service provider Telus reiterates the fact that the copper wire

Verizon expands Ethernet presence through CENX

Verizon Partner Solutions is arguably one of the largest wholesale providers of Ethernet services, but by becoming a partner with neutral carrier Ethernet exchange CENX's network they think they can

Ciena's stock takes a big leap forward

Ciena saw its stock jump up 9.8 percent yesterday when news broke that Credit Suisse upgraded its credit rating. Because of the credit lift--a decision Credit Suisse based on sales growth and

Comcast expands its usage meter

As it looks at how to better gauge consumer network usage patterns, Comcast is bringing its bandwidth usage meter beta into more Pacific Northwest markets. Initially available in just Portland, Ore.,

XO, Hibernia enter long-haul network pact

Hoping to sate the burgeoning demand for long-haul IP transport capacity, XO and Hibernia Atlantic have reached a deal to provide one another with network connectivity across the U.S. and Europe.

Mexican cable operators protest Slim's merger plans

It's been barely a week since billionaire Carlos Slim put his ambitious plan on the table to combine his wireless and wireline service provider holdings Telcel and Telmex into one bigger operation,