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China Telecom profit sinks along with 2009 spending

China Telecom, the largest telco in China, said that its 2008 net income of $129.4 million was about 96 percent lower than the previous year, despite a 3.3 percent increase in revenue. Some of the

Verizon eyes long-haul optical overhaul

Light Reading, reporting out of OFC/NFOEC in San Diego, has a story on Verizon Communications' request to optical technology firms to create a new long-haul network element similar to metro

Infinera demos 400 Gb/s circuit

Infinera, an optical networking company out of Sunnyvale, Calif., announced Tuesday it has demonstrated working 400 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits and said these chips would save 80 percent in

Lobbyists, public interest groups square off over broadband stimulus rules

Policy wonks and telecom lobbyists are squaring off in a battle royal over which strings will be attached to broadband stimulus money. The fights aren't seen as a one-time battle, as the precedents

BT partners with OnRelay for Enterprise FMC trials

BT Global Services has entered into a customer trial agreement with OnRelay. Under the agreement, BT Global will begin on-site trials of OnRelay's MBX software with "a number of UK-based and

Nokia Siemens Networks intros new compact 40G optical platform

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced what it calls the most compact and cost-efficient 40Gbps platform in the industry. Release 4.25 of the company's hiT 7300 system can put 40 Gbps into seven

Ovum: Possible CWA strike won't affect AT&T capex

Ovum analyst Ron Klein says a potential strike by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) wouldn't affect AT&T's short term capital expenditures. If anything, AT&T will likely press to

Nortel execs get $7.3 million in bonuses, employees get nada

As eight unnamed Nortel executives collect a total of $7.3 million in retention bonuses, thousands of former employees are being denied severance payments. Instead, Nortel has offered former U.S.

Maine PUC: FairPoint generates largest number of complaints

Six weeks after FairPoint took over Verizon's landline service in northern New England, affected customers are still not happy. The Maine Public Utilities Commission says people are complaining more

Some Supercomm questions answered

The following are excerpts from an e-mail Q&A with Ron Mathews, Supercomm event director and vice president of Reed Exhibitions, regarding the postponement of Supercomm 2009 from June to October,

FairPoint: Debt payment delay not needed

FairPoint Communications has withdrawn its request for a three-month delay on an $11.25 million debt payment, a request that had increased criticism of the company at the same time that complaints

Adelstein headed to RUS job?

Long-time Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein likely will be leaving his FCC post to take charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service, following reports

Amoroso testifies on government security practices

AT&T chief security officer Edward Amoroso and other network security experts took part in a government cybersecurity hearing hosted by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and

IPv6 customer commitment wavers

ISPs and other companies involved in the IPv6 transition have told the Internet Society in a new survey that corporate customers have not seen enough real business need for moving from IPv4 to IPv6,

Nacchio team officially appeals to Supreme Court

Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio's legal team formally appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday, asking judges to overturn Nacchio's insider trading conviction. The action had been expected for several

AT&T workers protest in Connecticut

NECN.com reported Sunday that AT&T workers in Hamden, Conn., protested outside of an AT&T call center in opposition to the telco's plan to train management employees how to run the center in

Hawaiian Telecom generates its own bankruptcy bonus controversy

As Hawaiian Telecom (HT) works through its bankruptcy proceedings, it has managed to draw the ire of Hawaii's chief executive for proposing a $6 million bonus package for employee bonuses. On

Phone companies move deregulation forward in Florida

Legistlators in Florida are scoring a win for AT&T, Verizon, and other telecommunications providers on March 19. The House Energy & Utilities Policy committee passed a bill to remove most

Windstream offers SMB audio and web conferencing

Joining the club for hosted SMB services, Windstream is now offering flat-rate web and audio conferencing for small and medium business customers. Bundled pricing is a flat $35 per month, says the