Alcatel-Lucent initiates Thales sale

Alcatel-Lucent is following through on its previously reported intention to sell a stake in Thales, its defense technology unit, to fellow French company Dassault Group for $1.9 billion. That will

Saksena moves to Tellabs CTO job

Tellabs has not had a chief technology officer in almost two years, and though that may have not been its biggest problem in the interim, it will have a new CTO as of Dec. 8. That's the day Vikram

ENUM gets carrier workout and GSMA blessing

NeuStar and the GSM Association announced the successful completion of the pilot of their Carrier ENUM service. The PathFinder service is now generally available for anyone dealing with phone

Evslin: No more landlines under Obama

VoIP guru Tom Evslin is predicting the death of copper landlines by the end of Barak Obama's first term. We aren't sure if he's a little too bearish on the subject. Evslin recites the current trends

Adobe goes VoIP, service hosted down in CoCoMo

Finally, Adobe Systems has released a public beta of CoCoMo, a hosted service that developers can use to add VoIP, video conferencing and other collaboration features to apps built with Adobe's Flex

GPON Interop operational

GPON vendors marked their seventh interoperability test event last month, pulling in a dozen vendors under the Full Service Access Network (FSAN) flag. Equipment manufacturers of optical line

SPOTLIGHT: Verizon continues sports binge

Verizon FiOS has inked a new deal with CBS College Sports, adding to its deals with Major League Baseball and the NFL Network. Verizon will offer CBS College Sports on its Extreme HD and Sports TV

Comcast, Verizon square off in Northwest

Comcast has announced it will roll out 50 Mbps Internet service in parts of Washington state, pitting it head-to-head with Verizon's current offerings in the region. Verizon, already planning battle

Voice could hop to Ribbit's rhythm

Last week, we talked about one possible future direction for telcos' voice endeavors. But, outsourcing voice or wireline operations doesn't necessarily mean that telcos should completely remove

Hatteras prepares for telecom hurricane, cuts jobs

For those who survived the telecom industry's nuclear winter earlier this decade and are expecting another downturn, the meterological analogy of choice may become the hurricane. That's the analogy

Targeted ad tech draws new lawsuit

A new class action lawsuit was filed last week against deep packet inspection firm NebuAd and several ISPs, with the allegation that DPI technology used in trials went beyond the bounds of the

Alcatel-Lucent awaits wireline outsourcing

We recently tried to stir the pot a little by suggesting the outsourcing of some elements of wireline operations might be a good next step for AT&T and Verizon, two old-school telcos re-defining

An increasingly cloudy outlook

You're going to hear a lot more about cloud computing, but the marketing people seem to be determined to - ahem - fog up what cloud computing is and what it means for businesses large and small. More

Alameda P&T to sell cable assets to Comcast

After years of troubles and debts, Alameda Power & Telecom wants to sell off its Internet and cable TV system to Comcast for $17 million. Last fall AP&T proposed three options to get out of

We don't need no Internet regulation, say telcos

Kvetching in Washington this week, representatives from the telecommunications industry would like to stave off an anticipated wave of Net Neutrality and Internet regulations under a Democratic

Gartner to Telecoms: Love The Google

A report out by Gartner Research explains why carriers need to partner with Google, not compete against the search engine giant. "Dataquest Insight: How Google May Influence the Future Direction of

SPOTLIGHT: AT&T rocks with Guitar Hero

A promo wanna-be rock stars will love: AT&T has teamed up with Activision to provide VIP access to Guitar Hero World Tour. Purchasers of AT&T high-speed Internet or qualifying new U-verse TV

Verizon bringing FiOS TV to Philly

The challenger, Verizon Communications, is coming to the City of Brotherly Love, against the home-town cable giant, Comcast. Lets get ready to rumblllllllllle! More seriously, Verizon has negotiated

Telecom's fingers in Obama transition team

If there was any doubt that former Federal Communications Chairman Reed Hundt would have his fingers in an Obama administration, they were laid to rest. Hundt and several others mixing politics and

BT job cuts to hit 10,000

U.K. telco BT reported fiscal second quarter earnings that included a drop in EBITDA that the company had earlier issued a warning about, but the bigger news was that BT announced it will cut a total