AT&T acquires Centennial Communications

AT&T announced it is buying Centennial Communications, in a deal that is primarily about improving the giant's wireless coverage in the Midwest and the Deep South, and extending it to Puerto Rico

Nortel to cut 1,300 jobs on $3.4 billion loss

Nortel Networks has already been through its share of tough times, but the long-time Canadian technology supplier again took it on the chin in the third quarter, reporting that ongoing economic and

CWA membership approves Qwest contract

Communications Workers of America (CWA) members have voted to approve a revised four-year contract offer from Qwest Communications after the completion of the union vote was initially postponed for

FairPoint numbers down, cutover on track

North Carolina's FairPoint Communications announced third quarter earnings that included a net loss of about $25.1 million, and revenue of $328 million, both figures down from the same quarter last

Windstream line loss slows, but profit, revenue drop

Independent telco Windstream Communications isn't exactly keeping its landlines, but its third quarter earnings showed that its rate of line loss was just 5 percent compared to a year ago, better

Recovery Friday and the VoIP Fierce 15

It's been a busy week for the Telecom and Digital Media (TDM - Ha!) Group. We've moved FierceOnlineVideo from Fridays to Wednesdays. Sent out our preview edition for TelcoTV on Thursday - Dan O'Shea

Verizon kicks off NFL Network on broadband field

Verizon broadband customers will get special bonus features for viewing eight NFL games, including the ability to select from multiple camera angles. Verizon and the NFL Network have cut an exclusive

Sonus Networks reports 3Q slowdown

No matter how you measure it, Sonus Networks third quarter revenues dropped. The company cites a slowdown in September as the cause. Sonus reported $62.2 million in revenues for 3Q08, compared to

It takes a village: Future broadband in the UK

The next generation of broadband in the UK is likely to be radically different from the present one, says Francesco Caio, one of the government's chief advisers on next generation access and the

SPOTLIGHT: Thomson bails out of retail handsets

Those guys at OnRelay could be right - maybe handsets are really dead! Thomson, OEM for GE and RCA consumer phones, has decided to "exit with immediate effect" its retail telephony activities in

AT&T offers 18 Mbps DSL – with a catch

Next week, AT&T is making 18 Mbps downstream DSL available to its customer base. However, right now the higher speed is only "exclusively available" for AT&T U-verse TV customers. It will be

SPOTLIGHT: Global Crossing going shopping

Running cash positive these days, Global Crossing is now on the hunt for possible mergers and acquisitions to get bigger. Global Crossing head John Legere says he expects a new wave of consolidation

Cablevision gains phone, loses TV customers in 3Q

Cablevision Systems Corp. brought in a third quarter profit, but didn't hit the numbers analysts predicted. The company added phone customers but, more ominously, lost TV customers. With a diverse

Consolidated's profit, revenue increase

Independent telco Consolidated Communications Holdings of Matoon, Ill., reported third quarter earnings that included net income of $5 million against $2.3 million for the same quarter in 2007. The

SureWest swings to loss, sales up

Independent telco SureWest Communications reported a $101,000 net loss as part of its third quarter earnings report. That seems like a far drop from the $20.9 million profit the company recorded in

PCCW privatization proceeds

Richard Li, chairman and part owner of Hong Kong carrier PCCW, and fellow PCCW shareholder China Netcom are looking to acquire the 52 percent or so of PCCW that they do not already own, in an effort

Cisco plans $1 billion in cost cuts

Cisco Systems reported fiscal first quarter earnings that showed a 5 percent increase in net income to $2.5 billion and an 8.1 percent increase in revenue to about $10.3 billion. While Cisco CEO John

Report: FairPoint searching for new CEO

Can you name a single telco that had more access line in the third quarter of 2008 than it had at the end of 2007? I can: FairPoint Communications, which had 1.8 million lines at the end of 3Q,

Eric Heikkila's thoughts on ATCA

Last week in Hardware Corner, we talked a bit about IDC's ATCA market outlook, and this week, I interviewed Eric Heikkila, director of the embedded hardware and systems group at VDC Research Group.

Telecom awaits President Obama

We elect a president on promise, but how much of that promise can he fulfill, and how will he have to compromise lofty goals in the name of actually accomplishing change? Perhaps no one wants to