Tiscali expands optical backbone and its LLU coverage

Tiscali is building a new foundation for growth through the expansion of its optical backbone and CLEC operations. First on its list is the upgrade to its nationwide backbone and metro networks by

Australian government unveils regional fiber backbone plan

After it was revealed last month that it was close to naming its network construction partners, it looks like the Australian government is finally putting together the first piece of its National

Cox Business: Wireless backhaul, healthcare will drive our revenues

Now that it's a private company, Cox may no longer be shackled to Wall Street's near-term results drive, but it did reveal at this week's Future of Cable Business Services that it is confident it

Cisco gets green light to wrap Tandberg acquisition

Cisco may be celebrating Christmas early this year as it has just received the necessary 89.1 percent shareholder approval it needs to finish its $3.4 billion acquisition of video networking supplier

Verizon launches on-screen purchase widget for FiOS TV

Verizon thinks that FiOS TV customers should be able to make holiday purchases right off their remote control. Through a partnership with the Home Shopping Network (HSN), Verizon has launched its HSN

Qwest's 2009 forecasts boosted by business, wireless backhaul

Qwest's CFO Joseph Euteneuer is upbeat about the company reaching its earnings and cash flow goals for 2009 and is confident about its prospects for Q1 2010. Speaking during the Bank of

AT&T, cable operators protest Illinois broadband initiatives

Now that the broadband stimulus funding applications are in, it's not surprising to see that AT&T and Comcast have picked their latest fight with Illinois. According to an article in Chicago

FCC wants information on the PSTN's all-IP migration

Although the PSTN is likely to be around for years and decades to come, the FCC wants to get a better understanding of how service providers are making the switch to an all IP-based voice network.

Windstream fulfilling dealmaker dreams

Rural telco consolidation has been a pet topic of Wall Street for about a decade, when the largest telcos were first looking at off-loading their least-lucrative access lines in smaller markets.

Seeing through the clouds: Challenges still to overcome

by Jim Warner, Vice President and Head of TM Forum's Digital Media, Advertising & Cloud Computing Program Cloud computing has hit a fever pitch in 2009, with more and more companies being

FairPoint: Maine PUC wants ILEC to lower rates

In the latest installment of the never-ending saga between FairPoint Communications and New England State Public Utilities Commissions, the Maine PUC is mandating that the beleaguered service

Comcast seeks federal regulator's blessing for Cimco acquisition

Comcast is keen on enhancing its SMB service capabilities, so now it's asking the FCC to approve its pending acquisition of Chicago-based CLEC Cimco Communications. Since the FCC's decision has to

Sorry NSN, but Ciena will get Nortel's optical division

After losing out to Ciena, Nokia Siemens Networks' made one last ditch effort yesterday to bid on Nortel's optical network division by not only upping its paying price, but also filing an objection

France Telecom names Stephane Richard to deputy CEO post

France Telecom made it official this week that Stephane Richard will become the telco's Deputy CEO beginning in January 2010. Richard's appointment was submitted by France Telecom's current chairman

Ofcom puts BT's pension deficit under review

Ofcom this week has launched an investigation into whether BT Group PLC's pension deficit should be a factor when the incumbent carrier sets its wholesale service rates. Although it's not clear how

FCC wants to refocus USF on broadband access

Taking a page from Spain's and Finland's efforts to use their respective USF funds to expand the availability of broadband throughout their respective countries, U.S. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

Comcast launches bandwidth metering trial

Comcast is giving Portland, Oregon customers a no-surprises way to check how much bandwidth they are consuming through its usage-metering pilot. For the next few weeks, customers will be able to view

Zayo Bandwidth sets aggressive network spending target

Zayo Bandwidth may only be a regional fiber-based bandwidth provider, but it's worth noting that its $65 million capex commitment to expand its network in 2010 is bucking conservative capital

NSN takes another pass at Nortel's MEN

Ciena may have beat out Nokia Siemens Networks with a $769 million bid ($530 in cash and $239 million in convertible notes) for Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks and optical assets, but NSN isn't

Windstream's acquisition binge draws credit concerns

Windstream's spending spree, which will increase its overall debt, appears to have hit a snag as Fitch Ratings has placed the company's credit rating on "Rating Watch Negative." In the past year, the