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AT&T reportedly ends CallVantage sign-ups

AT&T reportedly is no longer accepting new customer orders for its CallVantage VoIP service. The company previously had stopped its active marketing of the stand-alone VoIP brand through

Sandvine still hanging in at Comcast

The Federal Communications Commission order punishing Comcast for delaying peer-to-peer Internet traffic called for the cable TV giant to adopt a new traffic management approach. It's existing

VoIP leads IMS charge

Infonetics Research has a new report suggesting that about 75 percent of service providers around the world plan to offer VoIP services over IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) infrastructure by the first

Verizon adds voice to customer referral program

One of the most interesting aspects of Verizon Communications' marketing approach for its FiOS broadband service has a been a referral program that gives customer's $50 for each friend they refer who

TXP, CIG target ONT cost reduction

Following up on a news announcement from Friday's edition of FierceTelecom, two small gigabit passive optical networking companies--TXP and Cambridge Industries Group (CIG)--are merging into a new

Embarq to eliminate up to 1,000 jobs

Independent telco Embarq will shed between 500 and 700 full-time jobs and about 300 contract positions as it looks to eliminate costs in light of continued loss of access lines. The company will ask

Harbinger ups ownership stake in Cablevision

Cablevision management might want to pick up their pace a little, because hedge fund Harbinger is gaining on them. Regulatory filings yesterday showed the activist investor, which likes to shake up

AT&T takes on the Geek Squad

Just how deep have telcos had to dig to replace revenues lost as their fixed-line services join dial-up Internet as failing income generators? AT&T, the nation’s largest phone company,

DPI, NebuAd moving into the public spotlight

DPI and targeted advertising have been big stories for telcos, cable companies and ISPs this summer from Congressional inquiries on NebuAd, to FCC panels, to plenty of stories in the trade media.

Africa soon to have a glut of bandwidth

New submarine cables, scheduled for completion over the course of the next several years, could take Africa from a severe shortage of international bandwidth to a more-than-comfortable excess. In

Deutsche Telekom hit by data trade scandal

Deutsche Telekom has had a tough summer. First, it was caught in a scandal involving spying on its own executives and board members. Now the German telecom is embroiled in a scandal involving the

BT feeling the heat at home from AT&T and Verizon

AT&T and Verizon Communications increasingly are putting the pressure on BT in Europe, pressing for contracts to supply telecom networks and IT services to multinationals. AT&T's latest score

The tiger by the long tail: AT&T vs. Apple

by Carl Ford I am a BellHead by nature. But even I can find irony in the poor business decisions made at AT&T regarding its WiFi network and Apple. While four million iPhone users complain in the

Verizon to conduct FiOS safety checks in NY

Verizon Communications will conduct safety inspections of all FiOS installations completed in New York before Aug. 1, after the New York Public Service Commission uncovered electrical code violations

Zayo says M&A window still open

Zayo Group, the Colorado fiber network operator that has acquired eight regional fiber networks within the last year or so, still sees the telecom industry M&A window as open and wouldn't be

Hardware Corner: JDSU experiences supply shortage

JDS Uniphase recently became the second optical components company to say that demand for some products is out-pacing its supply. Fellow components vendor Bookham made a similar statement earlier

Cox eyes $500 million wireless investment

Cable TV company Cox Communications already has committed $300 million at auction to acquire 700 Mhz wireless spectrum, and company president Patrick Esser said at the Progress and Freedom

FCC issues Comcast throttling order

The Federal Communications Commission finally issued a formal order condemning Internet traffic throttling practices Comcast undertook that delayed peer-to-peer traffic on its network. The 67-page

10G GPON may challenge WDM-PON

What's the next PON? It may be GPON to network operators who have not even deployed gigabit passive optical network yet (and we're talking about most network operators). However, for technology

Service Provider Spotlight: ACS pushing multiple frontiers

Who: Alaska Communications Systems Vitals: This service provider is based in Anchorage, has about 214,000 local access lines and 148,000 wireless customers, and provides multiple services over about