Vodafone Germany, Alcatel-Lucent synch up on smart metering

Vodafone Germany and Alcatel-Lucent are putting their heads together to give German consumers a smart metering service. Marketed through the two companies' sales organizations as a managed service,

AT&T Government wins VPN contract extension from USPS

The U.S. Postal Service has just signed, sealed and delivered a four-year, $120 million network contract extension to AT&T Government Solutions. Awarded under the Postal Advanced

Report: Americans consume 34 gigabytes daily

According to a new report from the University of California, San Diego, U.S. consumers' insatiable appetite for information continues to show no signs of slowing down. In 2008 alone, American

Ohio regulators give thumbs up for Frontier's Verizon acquisition

Frontier may be one step closer to clearing another state regulatory hurdle in its pending purchase of Verizon's rural lines. Today, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and the Office of

Telstra: Breakup compromise with AUS government coming soon

After announcing late last month that it would run out of time to pass legislation to break up incumbent carrier Telstra in November before the end of the year, Australia's Communications Minister

FairPoint buys more time for reorganization

Following its Chapter 11 filing in late October, FairPoint is delaying the submission of its reorganization plan with the federal Bankruptcy Court in New York until Jan. 15, 2010. The ILEC said that

Republicans rail against FCC's broadband plan hired guns

Once again the FCC is coming under fire from yet another politician over how the Democrat-led agency is conducting research for the broadband plan it has to submit to Congress in February. This time,

Broadband Forum addresses VDSL2 chipset interoperability

As evidenced by ongoing deployments by major service providers including AT&T, Bezeq and Qwest, VDSL2 has certainly gained its place as the next generation copper broadband technology of choice.

Qwest will compete with OTT video and cloud computing

Out of the three RBOCs, Qwest continues to hold tight to its contrarian integrated services strategy. Qwest does not own a wireless network nor does it have any desire to build out a separate network

AT&T reaches the 2 million IPTV subscriber mark

Two million IPTV customers can't be wrong for going with AT&T. AT&T revealed today during the UBS 37th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference that two million customers subscribe

Cable takes aim at Frontier's impending Verizon acquisition

Frontier may be set to become the fifth largest ILEC if its deal to purchase Verizon's rural lines meets final state regulatory approvals, but in the meantime cable operators are wasting no time

France amps up its broadband plans

Following the launch of its Digital France 2012 plan last fall, France's ministry of the economy has debuted its 'Haut Debit Pour Tous' or "Broadband for All" certification. The French government

Verizon remains "cautiously optimistic" about its wireline prospects

As more end-users make wireless phones their only phone and defect to cable for their landline phone service, Verizon will continue to focus on reducing costs and improving its wireline businesses'

Telefonica to pump big bucks into Brazil

Telefonica has never been anything short of ambitious when it comes to its investment in the Latin American telecom market. Part of that ambition continues to be seen in Brazil where the Spain-based

Verizon helps Texas government agencies collaborate

Verizon Business is helping Texas State and Local government agencies become more collaborative. Through the Texas Department of Information Resources, Verizon Business has been awarded a contract to

IDC: Telecom, IT to rebound in 2010

If you're looking out for when the telecom and related IT industry is going to come back, look no further than 2010, says IDC. The research firm argues that a number of 'transformational changes'

Cable gets its wireless backhaul groove on

As I finally wrap up my special report on the top ten wireless backhaul wholesalers (you can read Part 1 today and then Part 2 on Thursday), I can't help but think about the cable industry's drive

FCC: STB innovations could enhance broadband adoption

The FCC believes that the set top box (STB) that resides on the top of your TV set could be yet another medium to increase broadband access. Last Thursday, the FCC put another request for information

Qwest gets sued again over lifetime broadband rates

Once again, Qwest is coming under fire for reneging on its "Price for Life" broadband service guarantee. Utah resident Rick Grosvenor claims that Qwest raised his broadband fees to $49.99 per month

BT Business scores big with the BBC

BT Business has found a new proof point of its network's worth in the BBC--Peel Media awarded the U.K. incumbent operator a five-year communications and IT contract for its MediaCityUK development in