Australia could be closer to naming NBN contractors

An article in Bloomberg today citing a report in the Australian Financial Review revealed that the Australian government may have put two contractors on its shortlist to build its National Broadband

AT&T predicts uptick in 2010

AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson believes that they will see the light at the end of the economic tunnel in the second half of 2010. This comes in the face of ongoing layoffs, widening landline

Verizon offers free promotion to slow DSL defection

FiOS may be Verizon's future, but with a loss of 135,000 DSL customers during the third-quarter--its worst reported loss to date--the ILEC wants to do something to stem the bleeding. Its answer is

TelcoTV: Rise above the generic

The sun may have been absent during last week's TelcoTV show in Orlando, Fla., but one of the resonant trends that I saw in my relatively two short days at the show was the drive to differentiate. As

West Virginia protests Frontier's Verizon acquisition

Frontier's impending acquisition of Verizon's rural lines continues to come under fire. Although it did get approvals from three states recently, West Virginia has joined Oregon and Washington State

Utah's Utopia: You want fiber, you pay for it

Utah's Utopia municipally-owned wholesale fiber network has never been able to live up to its proposed potential. However, the city still believes in the network so it has enacted a new model:

Nortel stems the bleeding a bit in Q3

It's pretty hard to find anything positive to say about the state of Nortel, yet the company managed to narrow its ongoing losses from $3.41 billion in Q3 2008 to $508 million in Q3 2009. Still, the

Vonage settles with states

Vonage once again has found itself paying someone to get out of hot water. This time, the VoIP provider is paying $3 million to 32 U.S. states over a probe into its business practices. In addition,

In-Stat: Business wireline spending down in 09

It's not hard to equate the world's weak economy with lackluster wireline business data sales. In-Stat's latest report US Business Spending by Size of Business and Vertical: Telecom-Wireline Data

Sprint's stock gets a boost

Dan Hesse's efforts to turn Sprint around finally saw some positive financial news this week as the wireless/wireline provider saw its stock rise after it cleared a major piece of debt off the books

Vivendi outbids Telefonica for Brazil's GVT

A two-month battle to acquire Brazil service provider GVT may soon be coming to an end as France's Vivendi has one-upped Telefonica's rival bid for the company. Vivendi's latest offer of $32.43 per

Could Juniper Networks be on the upswing?

Well, one financial analyst believes so. Ittai Kidron, an analyst with Oppenheimer, is so confident about Juniper's prospects that he upgraded the company's shares last Friday. Kidron believes that

Cisco offers new price to acquire TANDBERG

Okay, Tandberg we're increasing our offer to buy you to $3.39 billion, says Cisco, but this is it. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, Cisco said its latest offer, which will expire on December

Liberty plunks down $5.2 billion for Germany's Unitymedia

Liberty Global's dream of gaining a bigger foothold in Germany's cable market is now coming true as the company reached a deal to purchase Unitymedia, the country's second largest cable operator, for

Kennedy: Transport, routing and switching converge

by Michael Kennedy, Managing Partner of Network Strategy Partners, LLC (NSP) Technological progress in underlying component technologies, new architectural standards initiatives, and a changing

France Telecom: We'll meet our 2009 goals

It has been a tough year to say the least for France Telecom, yet the company remains confident that it will achieve its financial targets for 2009. The once state-run telco has seen an unprecedented

AT&T, Northeast union negotiations remain in a standstill

AT&T Southwest reached a milestone last week when they ratified a new contract with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, but the Northeast region and AT&T continue to be miles

AT&T expands video, broadband presence in Ohio

Large telcos may have great ambitions to deliver video services, but what often gets in the way for providers such as AT&T is not just the technical issues, but rather local regulatory issues.

NSN's COO to flee the coop

Following the departure of Simon Beresford-Wylie from the CEO post and a new restructuring program, Nokia Siemens Networks' COO Mika Vehviläinen will now be flying the friendly skies as

TelCentris sets stage for nationwide CLEC deployment

TelCentris may not be a household name service provider, but the San Diego, Ca.-based company, which created the Skype competitor VoxOx, is confident it can make an impact as a nationwide