Hargray Communications, GulfPines go Ethernet over Copper with Actelis

Just as the baseball season heads into the playoffs, Actelis Networks scored a double play this week as independent ILEC Hargray Communications and CLEC Gulf Pines will extend their copper-based

AT&T to acquire VeriSign security business

Looking to beef up its network-based enterprise security war chest, AT&T announced it will acquire VeriSign's global security consulting business. Terms of the deal, however, have not been

BT Openreach to conduct FTTP trials in existing service areas

Long the holdout in the Fiber to the Premises race, Openreach--BT's local access network division--announced this week that it will launch FTTP trials in its "brownfield" service areas in January.

Rumor mill: Comcast could make bid on NBC Universal

Reports have emerged that Comcast may be thinking about purchasing General Electric's NBC Universal. A Wall Street Journal report revealed that people close to the matter said Comcast has been

Hub snub might be a good thing

At the beginning of the year, I made kind of a big deal about Verizon's next-generation home phone, the Hub. I really wanted one, but ultimately was turned off by the overall price involved for the

Current France Telecom CEO should resign, say political groups

Only days after a report emerged that another France Telecom employee committed suicide (the twenty-fourth in the past 18 months), French political groups have started saying that France Telecom's

Vertical: Global Ethernet interconnect market rises up

In its latest global business Ethernet report, Vertical Systems Group illustrates that six service providers are dominating the global international interconnect market. U.K. competitive operator

IBEW, AT&T iron out three-year contract

In the latest happening in the ongoing saga between AT&T and its union-represented employees, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) voted to ratify a three-year labor

Windstream to slash 5 percent of its workforce

Verizon and AT&T aren't the only service providers that are deemphasizing their landline roots. Seeing similar opportunities to capitalize on broadband business services to plug up the bleeding

Fiber to the Library movement picks up steam

Last week, a group of congressmen posed a challenge to the FCC to bring more fiber-based broadband services to anchor institutions including libraries, schools and hospitals. Now, the Digital Village

Orange Business: Unified communications improves business productivity

A new Orange Business Service CIO poll revealed that unified communications can improve productivity. CIOs that responded to the service provider's survey said that UC features like integrating

Huawei appoints Matt Bross to CTO post

Where in the world BT's former CTO Matt Bross? Well, that question has been answered today as Chinese telecom vendor Huawei announced that it has appointed the often outspoken technologist as the

Verizon: Metered broadband is on the horizon

During this week's Fiber to the Home Council trade show, Verizon's CTO Dick Lynch intimated that metered billing for broadband services could become a reality. As one of the first Verizon executives

ACA asks FCC to reject utilities' pole attachment proposal

The American Cable Association (ACA) is protesting a petition made by a group of electric utilities to the FCC that seeks to require cable operators offering VoIP service to pay the standard telecom

Cincinnati Bell gets its GPON grove on

Cincinnati Bell may be a bit less vocal than its larger ILEC counterpart Verizon around its FiOS Fiber to the Home (FTTH) drive, but it appears to be making progress. The Ohio-based service provider

Occam wants to make splash in European FTTP market

Occam Networks may have established itself as a common name in the U.S. independent telco market, but the last-mile vendor has broader ambitions to target the European market. The Santa Barbara,

Reliance Globalcom, Futron target federal government opportunities

Reliance Globalcom has set its sights on a new vertical market customer: the U.S. government. However, the Ethernet provider is not going it alone. To target the public sector segment, Reliance

XO rejects Icahn's latest buyout offer

The Carl Icahn XO Communications ownership saga has taken yet another turn this week as a special committee Board of Directors for XO Holdings turned down ACF Industries Holding's offer for the rest

France Telecom sees 24th employee suicide

Employee morale at France Telecom took another hit yesterday as a 51-year-old worker committed suicide by jumping off a highway overpass during peak morning traffic. The employee, who worked at

Ciena consummates the optical and packet marriage

It appears that Ciena has finally made a long-awaited follow up to its flagship CoreDirector platform with the debut of its CoreDirector FS. But when you peel back the layers, the CoreDirector FS is