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360networks takes VoIP footprint into Northern Cal.

Wholesale carrier 360networks has expanded its IP fortunes into Northern California. Adding coverage of 7.2 million people from 126 rate centers, 360networks will reach from Eureka through San

AboveNet wants to reach new markets in 2010

Buoyed by growth in the financial vertical segment, AboveNet, which currently operates in 15 U.S. metro markets and London, wants to expand its presence in new regions throughout 2010. "Over the

Alcatel-Lucent touts new optical vision

Looking to recapture the hearts of the optical community, Alcatel-Lucent is getting set to launch a new optical core technology next week in an online press conference. Other than saying the new

Global Crossing goes global with WAN optimization

While offering WAN optimization as a managed service is nothing new to Global Crossing, what is new is that the service provider is going to offer it on a global basis. For the new managed WAN

Mexico's Carlos Slim wants to create a wireline/wireless powerhouse

Seeing increased competition in the Mexican telecom market, telecom billionaire Carlos Slim is plunking down $21 billion to effectively consolidate his Latin American telecom holdings. With this

Leno vs. Conan and the perils of owning content

Telecom companies for the most part do not strive to be mentioned on TV or in the gossip columns unless the topic is how they are benefiting from some competitor's buffoonery. The pending Comcast-NBC

Frontier-Verizon deal faces regulatory showdown in W. Va.

The fate of Frontier's purchase of Verizon's rural lines in West Virginia is in the hands of that state's Public Service Commission, which is meeting this week to evaluate whether they should approve

Nacchio won't get a new trial

Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio thought he had finally found a get-out-of-jail-card, but a federal judge in Denver ruled that he will not get a new trial for his role in the insider trading scandal. In

Optimum Lightpath lights up school district with optical Ethernet

New Jersey-based Howell Township School District's drive for a better telecom experience is a similar story heard all too many times: it's paying for an expensive yet slow T1 service for its

Arris has high hopes for Q4 09

Arris continues to reap the rewards of its cable customer's DOCSIS 3.0 drive as the company has increased its Q4 earnings and revenue outlook. Wall Street liked the company's revenue forecasts of

In closing the digital divide, 'free' isn't the key

At a symposium in Washington, D.C. last month, the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) gathered public and private industry leaders to take a hard look at broadband adoption within communities of color.

Untangling the home network wiring debate

While none of the wireline side of the FierceTelecom group attended the CES extravaganza in Las Vegas last week, my fellow Irishman from Chicago Dan O'Shea and I did spend time reporting on one trend

Verizon crafts managed service offering for retailers

Verizon's latest managed services initiative targeted at retailers is a realization that to target vertical markets you can't take a cookie cutter approach but rather one that understands the

Motorola sells off its EMEA cable modem business

News broke yesterday that Motorola has reached a deal to sell its EuroDOCSIS cable modem business to Taiwan's Compal Electronics. Although financial details of the deal were not revealed, Compal will

Ericsson accelerates its professional services engine

In a single stroke, Ericsson has expanded its professional services capabilities by acquiring Pride Spa, an Italian consulting and systems integration company. With the Pride Spa acquisition,

Telenor to bid on second Serbian landline license

Already a well-known wireless provider in Serbia, Norway's Telenor is setting its sights on making a name for itself in the country's wireline telephony business. Although the Serbian government

MTS Allstream sells professional services group to PricewaterhouseCoopers

Looking to renew its focus on what it says are its core business offerings such as unified communications and converged IP services, MTS Allstream has reached a deal to sell its professional IT

24/7 puts spice into metro DC's fiber diet

If you're a carrier in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metro area looking for a new dark fiber source, your wish might be found in 24/7 Fiber Network. From the looks of its still to be developed

Cisco's new Asia Pacific strategy emphasizes China

Cisco is not about to just bow down to Huawei and ZTE--the two dominant Asia-Pacific vendors--so it has decided to restructure its Asia Pacific and Japan operations to support investments and growth

Windstream rolls out SIP trunking product

Windstream may not be the size of an AT&T or Verizon, but its business customer's desire for IP-based services is driving the tier 2 ILEC to add SIP trunking capabilities to its Dynamic Office