Carphone Warehouse buys Tiscali U.K. ops

In a long-anticipated move, Carphone Warehouse Group has sealed a deal to acquire the U.K. assets of Italian carrier Tiscali. The acquisition will make Carphone Warehouse the second-largest broadband

Positron acquires access vendor Aktino

Positron, a Sonet access vendor and equipment manufacturer whose history in telecom goes back nearly 40 years, has announced it is acquiring Aktino, an access vendor best known for its solutions in

Telstra names Thodey new CEO

Australian telco Telstra has chosen to elevate David Thodey, the company's head of government relations, to the CEO post to be vacated next month by Sol Trujillo. Thodey seems like an appropriate

Windstream profit slides 29 percent

Rural market telco Windstream Communications reported first-quarter earnings marked by a 29 percent decline in net income to $88.2 million, from $123.7 million for the first quarter of 2008. Revenue

CWA alleges unfair tactics by Frontier

Not much has happened lately in the ongoing contract negotiations between AT&T and the Communications Workers of America union, but there is labor news on another front: A CWA local group in

Cablevision rides Q1 revenue back to profit

Cable TV firm Cablevision Systems reported an 11 percent revenue increase to $1.9 billion for the first quarter, up from $1.7 billion for the same period last year. Net income was about $20.2

Genachowski confirmation process delayed

Julius Genachowski, President Obama's nominee for Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, was due to be considered for confirmation next Tuesday by the Senate Commerce Committee, but the

BCE profit up, mobile unit makes acquisition

Bell Canada Enterprises reported first-quarter net income of $377 million, an increase of about 46 percent from its $258 million profit mark from the same quarter last year. Quarterly revenue was

Qwest to offer AT&T Wi-Fi to broadband customers

Mimicking an increasingly popular practice among broadband service providers, Qwest Communications has struck a deal to offer AT&T's Wi-Fi service to its own broadband customers. The Wall Street

Cisco sees profit, revenue drop

Cisco Systems reported its fiscal third quarter earnings, which included a further drop in both net income and revenue, down 24 percent and 17 percent respectively. Net income was $1.3 billion, down

SureWest revenue up 19 percent

Independent telco SureWest Communications reported $2.5 million in profit for the first quarter, up from less than $300,000 for the same quarter a year ago. The company also posted revenue of $60.9

Occam cuts jobs amid stimulus paralysis

Occam Networks, which as a key vendor to rural independent telcos stands to benefit from broadband stimulus funds that will be awarded to those service providers in the coming months, is set to cut

IP talent shortfall in telecom

Telephony has been doing a series on the changing telecom industry job market, and one of the stories looks at the likelihood that many companies in the telecom industry could encounter a shortfall

TDS earnings slip, faces sale pressure

Independent telco holding firm Telephone & Data Systems, otherwise known as the owner of U.S. Cellular, is again facing pressure from investor Southeastern Asset Management, this time to either

FairPoint execs get bonuses, revenue dips

The two top executives at troubled FairPoint Communications customers received performance-based bonuses recently at roughly the same time that the company was being lambasted over its

Cinci Bell grows profit, will reduce headcount

Independent telco Cincinnati Bell reported a profit of $28.8 million for the first quarter, more than double what it had for the same quarter last year. But, the company still announced plans to

Global Crossing reports net loss

Global Crossing posted a $59 million net loss for the first quarter, which actually showed improvement over the $72 million net loss for the same period last year. Company officials also said that

The R&D exit continues

Not too long ago in this space we talked about the potential loss of Nortel Networks as the last of the big, independent network equipment vendors from a past era. Well, Nortel hasn't given up the

Alcatel-Lucent net loss grows in Q1

Alcatel-Lucent's net loss increased in the first quarter of 2009, as sales of both wireless and wireline communications gear fell in markets around the globe due to the economic downturn. The company

Colorado town fights Qwest for fiber

Silverton is the only country seat in Colorado that is not connected to the rest of the state by fiber optics. Qwest has a $37 million contract with the state of Colorado to link every county seat