Verizon unions: Get ready to take fight to the street

Unity@Verizon reports that although bargaining is ongoing, most major issues on a new contract remain unresolved and “we may soon be taking the fight to the street. Everyone should be

France Telecom re-assures despite profit slide

France Telecom reported a 19% decline in profit for the first half of 2008 to about $4.17 billion, along with a slight revenue increase of 1.5%. However, while industry observers recently have been

Hardware Corner: Paetec, Toshiba team up

Telecom service provider Paetec made is SIP trunking service interoperable with Toshiba's Strata CIX VoIP system for businesses, a move which will broaden Paetec's ability to support business and

Cinci Bell revenue, profit increase

Independent telco Cincinnati Bell posted a 6% increase in net income in its second quarter earnings report and a 7% increase in revenue. The profit mark was $26 million and gave the company earnings

Sprint eyes nationwide femtocell availability

Sprint Nextel has a reputation for launching innovative services before other wireless carriers, an approach which usually gives it an early market edge though sometimes only briefly. Now more than

Another national broadband champion emerges

The list of well-intentioned groups pushing for for national broadband policy and universal broadband availability in the U.S. just keeps growing. The latest entrant is the Internet Innovation

Telecom vet Lefar takes over at Vonage

Telecom industry veteran Marc Lefar, who has worked primarily in the wireless market for both Verizon Wireless and AT&T, among others, has been named CEO of VoIP service provider Vonage,

Verizon, CWA, IBEW contract witching hour draws nigh

As the witching hour nears for Verizon and its 65,000 CWA and IBEW workers, the unions are getting more vocal and are taking their fight public. Last weekend, several thousand Communications Workers

Comcast adds 555,000 voice customers

Cable TV giant Comcast added 555,000 voice customers during the second quarter, an impressive number from a company that claims to be gaining a percentage point in voice market share every quarter,

Microsoft ordered to pay AlcaLu $512 million

Alcatel-Lucent has had a tough week, losing its CEO and chairman, but it may collect close to $512 million after a federal judge last week upheld an earlier jury decision that Microsoft infringed on

Service Provider Spotlight: Horry Telephone goes with Spirent

Who: Horry Telephone Cooperative Vitals: The nation's largest cooperative and 25th largest telephone company is based in Conway, S.C., in the midst of Horry County. It was founded in 1952, and now,

Embarq brings in higher profit, lower revenue

Independent telco Embarq reported second quarter earnings Tuesday, posting a net income of $206 million, or $1.38 per share, up 17% from the $176 million it earned for the same quarter last year.

BT acquires Ribbit for $105 million

U.K. telco BT said it has acquired Web voice platform company Ribbit, one of several companies that hard emerged in recent years to allow applications developers to create new VoIP-enabled Web

Qwest Q2 report coming soon

Qwest Communications is due to report second quarter earnings one week from today. A couple other big telcos have shown some pop in this quarter's reports, but will the story be the same with Qwest?

CWA, IBEW countdown to Verizon strike

Talks aimed at averting a strike by 65,000 CWA and IBEW union workers at Verizon are continuing, but prospects for a deal before the Aug. 2 contract expiration look increasingly slim. Unity@Verizon

Ding-dong, is DSL dead?

Has DSL heard its last hurrah in the United States? Second quarter earnings reports from AT&T and Verizon would indicate something’s amiss after the two telcos reported a combined 100,000

Bell Canada slashes 2,500 management jobs

Drastic times call for drastic measures. For 2,500 Bell Canada management employees that means the unemployment line is right around the corner. Bell said the restructuring will make it more

Alcatel-Lucent post huge loss; CEO, chairman step down

For anyone who’s been waiting for the other shoe to drop at Alcatel-Lucent, that thud you heard this morning was the head of CEO Patrica Russo getting the axe after the telecom supplier

California Dem wants USF accounting from telcos

With AT&T and Verizon delivering strong second quarters and Embarq poised to release its results after market close today, you knew there had to be some bad news for telcos on the horizon. It

What's really killing the landline telephone business

The telecommunications revolution of the 1990s and the rise of the Internet was akin to the California Gold Rush for the wired-phone industry, as access lines provided by incumbent local exchange