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Virgin Media taps Cisco for digital TV upgrade

As Virgin Media proceeds with its nationwide DOCSIS 3.0 network build out, the U.K. operator is turning to Cisco to upgrade its existing digital TV systems. The cable MSO will deploy Cisco's Next-Gen

France Telecom: labor minister to discuss employee suicides

After a France Telecom employee committed suicide last Friday by jumping out of her office window, French labor minister Xavier Darcos has scheduled a meeting with the telco's Chairman and CEO Didier

Telefonica faces dollar battle in Venezuela

Telefonica may be one of Venezuela's largest service providers, but a South American dollar shortage is hampering the telco's ability to repatriate profits. At first glance, Venezuela continues to be

West Virginia FiberNet launches hybrid satellite/dialup data service

No matter how hard the telecom industry tries, there are going to be places where building out terrestrial broadband services will be next to impossible. But West Virginia FiberNet, a CLEC that

Frontier requests $55M in broadband stimulus funds

Frontier, unlike its independent telco brothers Windstream and CenturyLink, is not too proud to apply for broadband funding through the Obama administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Verizon to axe more jobs

Verizon's Chief Financial Officer John Killian is not sugarcoating what's in store for the ILEC's workforce: more job cuts are coming. During an investor conference late last week, Killian said

Loosening bans, tightening control

After an appeals court recently struck down the long-standing ban on cable TV firms being able to serve more than 30 percent of U.S. pay TV customers, I figured it would take just a few weeks for the

AT&T brings tech support to the mid-sized business market

Similar to most small to medium-sized businesses (SMB), the mid-sized business also usually lacks the in-house IT capabilities of a larger enterprise, but AT&T says "we can help." Leveraging the

Analyst weighs benefits of a Comcast-Time Warner union

It's been barely two weeks since the cable industry convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn the FCC's 30 percent cable ownership cap ruling, and already rumors of cable mega-mergers are

Tata to extend Ethernet service into China

Tata Communications is taking its Ethernet ambitions beyond its home border as it expands the service into China. Building on its current MPLS and IPLC capabilities it already offers there, Tata's

Telmex faces anti-trust allegations

While Carlos Slim is working hard to take the title of the world's richest man away from Bill Gates (according to recent estimates in Forbes Magazine), his telecom fortunes are now coming under

Sarin makes return to Cisco's board

Cisco announced on Wednesday that they have reappointed Arun Sarin, Vodafone's former CEO, to its Board of Directors. Previously, Sarin served on Cisco's board from 1998 to 2003, when he became

Huawei again shoots down AlcaLu union rumors

For the second time in the span of two weeks, rumors of a marriage between Chinese vendor Huawei and Alcatel have been squashed. A report in French magazine Challenges--one that Fierce Wireless

Comcast, Cablevision think the FCC's exclusivity ban should be eliminated

After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned the FCC's 30 percent subscriber ownership cap, the cable industry thinks it may have the leverage it needs to also have the exclusive

FairPoint asks for yet another extension to resolve problems

Taking a quote right out of the movie Office Space, FairPoint executives yesterday said during a joint meeting with the PUC commissioners in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont that it needs more time

Vivendi makes play to diversify its international fortunes

French telecom and media conglomerate Vivendi SA submitted a $2.9 billion offer for wireline service provider Brazil's GVT Holdings. The proposed deal represents a company-wide effort to expand

IBM plugs more money into the broadband over powerline circuit

Powerline technology may have found its niche in home networking and, more recently, in the emerging smart grid movement, but it has continually struggled to establish a presence as a broadband

Juniper, NSN move forward with carrier Ethernet venture

After a brief courtship, Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens announced this week that they have received regulatory approvals for Carrier Ethernet Solutions BV, their new Carrier Ethernet venture.

Windstream stays out of the large M&A fray

While Frontier and CenturyTel have engaged in multi-billion dollar merger and acquisition deals, Windstream has yet to make a major move. The service provider seems content to acquire smaller telcos,

Teleworking: a challenge and an opportunity

Being a full-time teleworker, it's good to see that the FCC is now turning its attention to this topic as part of the broadband plan it will submit to Congress in February. At this point, the FCC is