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Vivendi makes play to diversify its international fortunes

French telecom and media conglomerate Vivendi SA submitted a $2.9 billion offer for wireline service provider Brazil's GVT Holdings. The proposed deal represents a company-wide effort to expand

IBM plugs more money into the broadband over powerline circuit

Powerline technology may have found its niche in home networking and, more recently, in the emerging smart grid movement, but it has continually struggled to establish a presence as a broadband

Juniper, NSN move forward with carrier Ethernet venture

After a brief courtship, Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens announced this week that they have received regulatory approvals for Carrier Ethernet Solutions BV, their new Carrier Ethernet venture.

Windstream stays out of the large M&A fray

While Frontier and CenturyTel have engaged in multi-billion dollar merger and acquisition deals, Windstream has yet to make a major move. The service provider seems content to acquire smaller telcos,

Teleworking: a challenge and an opportunity

Being a full-time teleworker, it's good to see that the FCC is now turning its attention to this topic as part of the broadband plan it will submit to Congress in February. At this point, the FCC is

iSMART Consortium tested souped up version of VDSL2

Recent deployments by large incumbent carriers Qwest and TeliaSonera are proving that VDSL2 can deliver multi-megabit speeds over existing copper, but impairments will severely degrade what's

Broadband Forum: Americas see upswing in broadband subscriptions

Boosted by aggressive network deployments by major service providers, it was a stellar year for broadband and IPTV growth in the Americas region. According to the Broadband Forum's yearly broadband

Comcast puts the pedal to 100 Mbps metal in Minneapolis

Taking a page from its 50 Mbps DOCSIS 3.0 rollout playbook, Comcast is targeting Minneapolis with a 100 Mbps Internet service. Initially targeted at businesses, Minneapolis was the first market where

Part 3 - Interview with Dave Pistacchio, President of Optimum Lightpath

FierceTelecom: With all of the fiber that Optimum Lightpath has put in the ground over the years, I have to ask how is the wholesale business doing these days? Pistacchio: That's an interesting

Part 2 - Interview with Dave Pistacchio, President of Optimum Lightpath

FierceTelecom: Are there specific markets segments where the need for Ethernet is ripe? Pistacchio: Health care has been consistent in terms of its use of telecom technology. Financial markets

FierceTelecom Leaders: Dave Pistacchio, President of Optimum Lightpath

Dave Pistacchio may only have been named President of Cablevision's business services subsidiary Optimum Lightpath at the end of May, but the 15-year Cablevision veteran says the new position really

Belgacom ICS ups ante of its wavelength service offerings

As Belgacom International Carrier Services (ICS) sees it, the carrier that can respond quickly to customer needs at the lowest cost wins. With that mandate in hand, the carrier's carrier is expanding

Atheros plugs into powerline networking with Intellon acquisition

WiFi silicon supplier Atheros Communications is picking up new powerline networking skills as it reached a deal to acquire Intellon. Under the terms of the agreement, Atheros will acquire the

Ashish Chowdhary to head Nokia Siemens' services unit

With the crown just fitted for Rajeev Suri's ascension to the CEO throne, Nokia Siemens Networks announced today that Ashish Chowdhary will now become the head of the company's profitable services

Actelis secures funding to expand European, North American ambitions

To fund ongoing Ethernet over Copper demand in both the European and U.S. markets, Actelis Networks announced it has completed a multi-million funding round with its major investors. Although the

TeliaSonera launches nationwide 100 Mbps access service

TeliaSonera is taking charge of the VDSL2 opportunity by launching what it says is the first 100 Mbps service in Finland. The Finnish telco will use the new network to offer the country's residential

AT&T invites Ericsson to preferred wireline suppliers club

Ericsson is fulfilling its North American wireline dreams as AT&T named the Swedish vendor as one of its main suppliers under its newly-created "Domain Supplier" Program. This development comes

FCC adds smart grid, teleworking to broadband shopping list

As the FCC works to draft its national broadband plan for the U.S. Congress, the agency wants to know how broadband can be leveraged for smart grid and teleworking. The FCC wants to know what the

FairPoint: NH consumer advocate says no more concessions

The Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont Public Utilities Commissions (PUC) will hold their first joint meeting in Derry, N.H. on Wednesday to discuss FairPoint Communications' ongoing operational issues

Is a video teleconferencing bubble emerging?

Cisco calls their video teleconferencing system "TelePresence," and it has the full backing of Cisco's chairman and CEO John Chambers, according to an article in the Aug. 29 issue of The Economist.