CenturyLink, Qwest: A new service provider era?

CenturyLink's bid to acquire Qwest reminds me of the song 'Closing Time' by Semisonic where the singer croons: 'every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.' When CenturyLink does wrap

FairPoint snags $25 million Maine library network deal

FairPoint and good news in the state of Maine typically aren't two things you hear about in the same sentence these days. But this week the ILEC won a five-year, $25.8 million contract to provide

Net neutrality won't close the digital divide

by David Sutphen, Co-Chairman, Internet Innovation Alliance We are at a critical moment in the broadband revolution. On the heels of a decade of remarkable investment in Internet infrastructure by

Verizon offers try before you buy WAN optimization service

Enterprises may be tuning into how hosted WAN optimization can boost their network performance, but Verizon thinks that they should be able to see how the service could benefit their particular

Tellabs' Q1 revenue boosted by wireless backhaul, professional services

Tellabs' (NasdaqGS: TLAB) Q1 2010 better-than-expected results reflect the wireless operators' need to up their backhaul capacity. With AT&T, Sprint and Verizon on its customer roster, Tellabs

Tata Communications pushes further into Russian telecom market

Having already established a point of presence (POP) in Moscow, Tata Communications is going to expand its Russian network to provide telecom services to Russia and the Commonwealth of States (CIS).

France Telecom's international director to step down

France Telecom is once again seeing dissension in the management ranks as Jean-Yves Larrouturou, deputy CEO of the telco's international activities, has decided to resign. A France Telecom spokesman

Integra Telecom refinances its debt

Integra Telecom's ability to refinance its debt illustrates that the capital markets are showing some sign of a thaw out. This week the CLEC completed the syndication of $785 million in senior

FTTH: Connections up, but new growth could be slow

Replacing the copper-based last mile network with Fiber to the Home (FTTH) will be an ongoing process for years to come, but the work of aggressive large incumbents (Verizon) and smaller independent

KDDI wants to up its ownership of Jupiter Telecom

Having successfully acquired a stake in Jupiter Telecom in February, KDDI is thinking of increasing its stake in the cable operator to majority status. Although it did not reveal when it would strike

Ericsson's pain continued in Q1 2010

Service providers may be feeling a bit more optimistic about 2010, but that's been of little consolation to Ericsson (NasdaqGS: ERIC) whose net first-quarter profit slumped 26 percent due to weak

Colorado communities fear Qwest/CenturyLink deal could impact job market

The ink may be barely dry on CenturyLink's move to acquire Colorado-based Qwest Communications, but already local Colorado businesses are nervous that the impending deal will mean lost jobs and poor

Vivek Ragavan takes helm of Actelis Networks

Telecom industry veteran Vivek Ragavan has found a new home as the new President and CEO Actelis Networks. Ragavan, who previously ran other upstart telecom vendors Atrica (now Nokia Siemens

Cincinnati Bell lights up Cincinnati community square with fiber

Cincinnati Bell has found that its Fioptics Fiber to the Home (FTTH) product set has utility beyond the consumer's home as the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC) named the service

Infonetics: Wireless backhaul equipment spending up 21 percent

Buoyed by ongoing 3G and upcoming 4G LTE deployments by the likes of AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, IP/Ethernet-based wireless backhaul opportunities are giving microwave and IP/Ethernet

Nokia Siemens Networks down in Q1, but Q2 shows promise

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) just can't seem to find a way to right its troubled financial ship as it reported that revenues declined again in Q1 2010. During the quarter, NSN reported $3.62 billion

ABC tunes into Level 3's managed network channel

Level 3 Communications' (NasdaqGS: LVLT) Vyvx managed video network services (MVNS) story continues to resonate with the broadcast community with ABC being the latest broadcaster to tune in to its

Verizon's Q1 earnings down, but business services show signs of life

Much like its RBOC brother AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon's (NYSE:VZ) Q1 2010 earnings were another tale of slow wireless growth and continuing declines in its traditional wireline business. Verizon's

Overture snags $17 million in new capital

Hoping to capture a larger piece of the Carrier Ethernet pie, Overture Networks scored $17.2 million in new equity funding. Rising to the lead funding occasion is QuestMark Partners, which joins a

TTM builds bridge to Ethernet-based wireless backhaul

Wireless backhaul specialist Telecom Transport Management (TTM) is taking a 'be prepared' approach to meeting its wireless carrier's bandwidth needs for today's 3G and upcoming 4G wireless network