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Embarq chooses MetaSwitch IP gear

Independent telco Embarq has picked vendor MetaSwitch to support a rollout of new IP service features to business customers. The telco will be using MetaSwitch's IP softswitch, media gateway and

Qwest makes more executive moves

After recently naming a new chief operating officer, Qwest Communications International has initiated a handful of further executive changes under new COO Tom Richards. As part of the shuffle, Dan

Verizon CTO: Net neutrality clouds engineering needs

Verizon Communications CTO Richard Lynch, speaking at the Progress and Freedom Foundation's Aspen Summit, told attendees that the over-politicized concept of Net neutrality and paranoic

XO expands Ethernet over copper, VPLS

Service provider XO Communications has started offering a new, extended-reach Ethernet over copper service to its business customers. Based on Hatteras Networks technology, the service is targeted at

Arbor study: IPv6 traffic just a trickle

Arbor Networks has a new study out on the emerging IPv6 protocol that says adoption of the next-generation protocol has been painfully little thus far. The network security and deep packet inspection

AT&T sells Dallas tower, will lease it

Just as AT&T prepares to move its corporate headquarters from San Antonio to Dallas, the telco giant has sold its 37-story One AT&T Plaza office tower in downtown Dallas. However, the company

New Zealand broadband market squeezes small ISPs

New Zealand ISPs are facing a shakeout that will eliminate smaller players in the market. Shrinking margins and an increasing entry cost are squeezing out companies that don't have the scale to

Analysts say Windstream ready to buy

When industry insiders are asked about the next company likely to enter the U.S. telecom industry's recent M&A fray, Arkansas-based Windstream Corp. seems to be the tip-of-the-tongue response.

Eastern Europe telecom M&A likely to heat up

Eastern and Central Europe should continue to be busy merger and acquisition territory for telcos, as the industry looks for growth in these mature markets through consolidation, says a new report

Gartner sees telecom spending up despite economy

The economy may be stuck in low gear, but telecom and IT spending will continue to be strong for at least the next three years, says research firm Gartner Inc. The firm expects 2008 spending to

Verizon says FiOS bet already paying off

Verizon says its planned $23 billion FiOS project is already more successful than it anticipated when it announced the project four years ago. The company says FiOS will be run past 19 million homes

For Qwest unions, modest pay hikes, modest health care losses

With a little give and take on the key sticking point--health care--Qwest and its unions managed to put together a deal before next week's Democratic National Convention comes to the telco's hometown

iControl enters home control/security fray

Increasing advanced home networking infrastructures are giving rise to a multitude of new applications, including home energy management and home security. iControl is the latest company looking to

Tandberg talking to potential buyer

Oslo, Norway, videoconferencing company Tandberg, not to be confused with the Tandberg TV group now owned by Ericsson, is in preliminary acquisition talks with a private equity firm. Tandberg

Qwest, unions forge contract agreements

Just a day after ongoing negotiations with the Communications Workers of America seemed to be faltering, Qwest Communications has reached new contract agreements with both the CWA and the

MegaPath buys merchant provider to bolster niche appeal

Ethernet service provider MegaPath last week announced that it is acquiring IP Merchant Solutions, a company focused on connectivity for credit card processors. MegaPath is in the process of creating

Penn. residents criticizing Comcast cabinets

Some Pennsylvania residents are complaining about the deployment of unsightly, above-ground cable TV pedestal boxes near their homes by Comcast. The say the company should deploy its network

Qwest, unions keep talking after contract expires

Qwest Communications was still talking to its labor unions Sunday after contracts with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers expired Saturday

Hawaii no paradise for struggling telco

Hawaiian Telecom is one of the oldest ILECs in the United States and the largest telco in Hawaii. It's also more accustomed to losing money than Bear Stearns. The company, which Verizon sold to

Qwest prepared for massive amounts of digital content and data at DNC

With labor turmoil (Qwest and it's unions have a 12:01 a.m. MT Sunday deadline for a new contract) and its battles with the FCC for