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

Zayo Bandwidth flexes its wireless backhaul muscles

Wireless backhaul is no longer an incumbent's game as a host of new alternative players are coming to table. One of those alternative players is Zayo Bandwidth. Seeing an opportunity to support both

Motorola may spin off its cable business

With sales declining across all of its divisions and fears over the service provider community's movement towards IP-based video, Motorola may sell off its home-and-networks unit that sells cable,

Nortel weighs its optical auction options

Content with waiting to get the best offer for its Metro Ethernet Network (MEN) division, Nortel has decided to extend the deadline of the auction for that segment of the company. This latest

FairPoint to face NH lawmakers this week

New Hampshire's telecom regulators aren't the only ones that want to get insight into FairPoint's issues in New England as the state's lawmakers also want answers. Today, New Hampshire lawmakers are

Ericsson to cut employees from U.K. division

Ericsson announced this week that it would lay off 700 employees, or about 17 percent of its U.K. employee base, as it plans to shut down its Coventry R&D headquarters. Ericsson's plan, similar

Ovum: Huawei rides the Q3 09 optical revenue wave

Led by a very aggressive Asia-Pacific market, Ovum reported that the global optical networking (ON) market totaled $3.6 billion in Q3 09. However, overall growth in the market segment was down 4

Verizon reaches settlement with Florida PSC

Verizon Florida said it will now return $1.75 million to the region's customers and pay the state an additional $250,000 in a settlement with the state's Public Service Commission (PSC) for poor

CWA, AT&T Southwest craft four-year agreement

Following a proposed agreement put on the table in October, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and AT&T voted to ratify a four-year agreement. The new agreement covers 26,000 workers in

Strength in numbers at TelcoTV

One undercurrent of the TelcoTV 2009 event in Orlando this week is the concept of small independent telcos working together. Inspiring constituents to work as a team may be the mantra of many and an

Could XO be on the M&A hunt?

With the all of the tier 2 service provider consolidation going on it's only a matter of time until major CLECs such as XO Communications will make their own M&A move. While XO has not announced

Orange fans out its international Ethernet reach

Orange Business Services' new International Ethernet Link is a response to the growing need from Multi National Corporations (MNCs) to have Ethernet services that can connect to any of their diverse

IPTV Watch List: Highlighting 2009's IPTV innovators

FierceTelecom's sister publication FierceIPTV took time out during this year's TelcoTV show to issue a report on innovative service providers deploying video services. Seeing that Telco TV is not

TelcoTV: Focused content will help indie telcos stick out

The challenge for any telco building an IPTV business, especially a smaller independent telco that wants to compete with cable, is that they often fall into the trap of offering nothing more than

Windstream wraps up D&E acquisition

Windstream is now finally heading to the checkout counter to finalize the purchase of smaller independent ILEC D&E Communications--one of the three items on its service provider buying spree that

No done deal yet in Nortel's optical sale

Who will become the victor in acquiring Nortel's optical unit continues to be a mystery. A Bloomberg report emerged that the troubled vendor is going to extend yesterday's deadline to make a bid on