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Consolidated's Ethernet revenue gains help ease POTS, LD declines

Consolidated Communications reported that in the third quarter of 2014, Ethernet services were a star performer in its portfolio, rising 14 percent year-over-year, but that was not enough to completely offset the drag of legacy service declines. Commercial and wholesale revenues rose 4.7 percent year-over-year.

Ericsson enhances its NFV play with OPNFV certification program

Ericsson is launching an Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV) certification program, a move it says will create an environment to ensure network functions virtualization (NFV) systems and network infrastructure are compatible with emerging NFV standards and the open-source OPNFV reference platform.

CenturyLink employs Alcatel-Lucent to build national common core network

CenturyLink has brought consistency to all of the disparate core networks it acquired in recent years from Embarq, Qwest and Savvis by completing the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 XRS core router into its network.

Counting down the top wireless nightmares

Halloween is upon us and FierceWireless is counting down the top wireless nightmares in its annual feature. From Tim Cook's worries over China to John Legere's concerns over Sprint, Phil Goldstein, editor of FierceWireless, takes a look at various scary scenarios that are keeping wireless industry executives awake at night. Read more

Wireline Scarefest: What's making executives afraid to turn out the lights

Halloween is time for ghosts, goblins, or maybe firing up the Roku or Wii device to watch Bruce Campbell of Burn Notice fame fight off zombies in the B-movie classic The Evil Dead on NetflixBut it's also a time to reflect on some of the challenging issues and scenarios that the wireline industry is facing.

TDG: U.S. broadband homes continue to cut the pay-TV cord

Whether it is Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, it's clear that consumers have a plethora of online video choices they can access via their broadband lines.

Level 3, tw telecom deal clears FCC and stockholder approvals

Level 3 Communications cleared two major decisions in its move to acquire tw telecom, announcing that both the FCC and the stockholders of both companies have approved its acquisition of the competitive provider.

AT&T brings U-verse service to Adams County, Mississippi

AT&T may have focused a lot of its broadband attention on driving 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services into more communities, but its move to bring its fiber-to-the-node (FTTN)-based U-verse service to Adams County, Mississippi, shows it is not slowing down its traditional U-verse strategy.

Cox Communications to bring 1 Gig service to Virginia

Cox Communications is capitalizing on the growing 1 Gbps it decided to take part in by announcing that Virginia will be the next market where it will deliver the fiber-based broadband service.

CenturyLink taps Liberty Global, Covad exec Aamir Hussain to be new CTO

CenturyLink has appointed Aamir Hussain as its new executive vice president and CTO, taking over the role from Matt Beal, who left the company in April to become Vodafone's innovation and architecture director.

Granite, AT&T extend wholesale agreement through 2017

Granite Telecommunications has reached an agreement to extend its commercial agreement with AT&T through 2017, a move that will give it confidence to continue supplying its POTS voice and other data services to its business customers.

Infonetics: Wireless operators prefer Ethernet over fiber for small cell backhaul, but challenges remain

Offering an opportunity to quickly scale as traffic demands rise, fiber-based Ethernet has become the preferred method in the still developing small cell backhaul market, a new Infonetics report reveals.

eircom battles Vodafone broadband threat with 1 Gig FTTH plan

eircom has hatched plans to offer a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service to 66 communities, a direct response to Vodafone's move to offer a similar service in Ireland with its electric utility partner ESB.

FairPoint says vandalism on network has spiked during union strike

FairPoint Communications is reporting that the amount of vandalism incidents against its network and related equipment in northern New England has risen sharply since a union strike began last week.

Consolidated's Bob Udell to become CEO in January, replacing Bob Currey

Consolidated Communications has named Bob Udell as its next president and CEO, a role he will formally take on in January. A 20-year company veteran, Udell has more than 25 years of telecom industry experience and has been serving as Consolidated's COO since 2011.

ShoreTel's board rejects Mitel's $540M acquisition bid

ShoreTel's board of directors has rejected Mitel Networks' $540 million unsolicited bid to acquire the company, saying that it undervalues the company and its growth prospects.

Frontier beats Google Fiber to the 1 Gig punch in Oregon

Frontier Communications is making a move to take advantage of the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) trend before Google Fiber by lighting up service for residential customers in select neighborhoods in Beaverton, Ore.

Verizon integrates one year of free Netflix into triple-play FiOS promotion

Verizon's latest move to offer a promotional FiOS bundle that includes 75 Mbps, a $150 Visa gift card and 1 year of free Netflix shows how much influence the online video provider has on how consumers get their programming and the role that higher bandwidth can play in supporting the service.

Huawei takes on the 100G PON challenge

Huawei is adding some heat to the emerging 100G PON optical access space by introducing its own time and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network (TWDM PON) system.

BT enhances wholesale Ethernet connectivity to three new UK-based data centers

BT is giving its wholesale customers more connectivity options by establishing three new data center points of presence (PoPs) inside the UK as part of a broader investment program in its fiber-based Ethernet network footprint.