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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

Qwest joins the Climate Registry

Verizon Communications and AT&T have started to gain a lot of notice for environmentally-friendly network policies and service practices, but neither company is among the founding members of the

TWC reports telephony, broadband boosts

Time Warner Cable, which is nearing a separation from its corporate parent Time Warner, reported third quarter earnings that showed 21 percent profit growth from strong jumps in broadband Internet

SureWest deploys Allied Telesis gear

Roseville, Calif., independent telco SureWest Communications plans to report third quarter earnings tomorrow, but in advance of the financial news, the telco is making technology news. SureWest has

New Reding reform plan in the works?

Viviane Reding, the European Union Telecom Commissioner, may be about to announce a revised set of telecom market reforms for Europe, after her initial radical reform plan got minced into a much

Parsing the intercarrier compensation mess

While a vote to reform intercarrier compensation - how big carriers and little carriers "agree" to settle traffic - has been postponed, the arcane mess remains. Saul Hansell at the NY Times does a

Cox trimming jobs, predicting results for TWC

As Cox Communications plans to cut 460 jobs out of its work force, analysts gear up to predict Time Warner Cable's third quarter earnings, which will be announced on Wednesday. Cox plans to use a mix

AT&T puts bandwidth squeeze on Reno

Poor Reno. First, the Comedy Central show "Reno 911." Now AT&T will be experimenting with bandwidth caps and overage charges starting this month in the Nevada city. (Gee, and both concepts

SPOTLIGHT: Frontier warns of broadband overage charges

Rochester-based Frontier Communications is saying it will "probably" charge its subscribers a dollar or two per gigabyte of Internet traffic if they go over monthly allotments of 5 GB that the

Verizon cranks DSL pricing bundles, hikes speeds

After a drop in DSL subscriptions last quarter, the gloves are coming off at Verizon. The company announced new, lower-cost, DSL-based, triple-play bundles today, along with announcing higher speeds

Martin folds; FCC telecom overhaul vote delayed

Under pressure from Congress and consumer groups, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin Martin has canceled a vote tomorrow on a plan to overhaul intercarrier compensation and

Time to be budget-wise, consumer-friendly

The third quarter of 2008 so far has not been as scary as many of us might have anticipated, but while telcos and their competitors continue to add broadband and TV subscribers and paint cautiously

French gov't to retain France Telecom stake

Rumors circulated after France Telecom's third quarter earnings report last week that the French government might be ready to sell some of its 26.79 percent stake in the nation's incumbent telco.

Will FCC chairman postpone big vote?

The Wall Street Journal and Telephony both reported late Friday night that sources were indicating that the Federal Communications Commission may postpone a significant vote on changes to

Internap takes $99.7 million CDN charge

Internap Network Services announced in advance of its third quarter earnings report that it was taking a $99.7 million charge on the write-down of content delivery network assets related to last

Sprint disconnects, re-connects with Cogent

Sprint and Cogent Communications have been engaged in a network peering dispute in recent weeks that late last week resulted in Sprint disconnecting its network from Cogent's network. That action