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

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