Sizing up the wireline telecom industry in Q4 2013

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With the fourth quarter 2013 earnings season now complete, FierceTelecom is taking a look at the results of the top U.S. ILECs. In this report, we break down the numbers in our quarterly chart, which summarizes how the top 13 ILECs performed in terms of revenue, access line losses and subscriber additions.

Windstream's Gardner: IP transition should recognize difference between enterprises and consumers

LAS VEGAS--Jeff Gardner, CEO of Windstream, recognizes that while residential consumers have a number of service options, the enterprise market is still evolving. Speaking at the COMPTEL Spring 2014 Convention & EXPO trade show, Gardner said that regulators and policy makers in Washington, D.C., need to better understand how the proposed TDM-to-IP transition proposed by AT&T will affect business customers.

BlueOSS' new billing platform sets focus on wholesale cloud opportunities

LAS VEGAS--BlueOSS, a provider of cloud-based billing and analytics tools, has introduced its Wholesaler Pricing and Support Program that will target the emerging wholesale cloud services segment.

Synergy: UCaaS is growing nearly 30 percent annually

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is growing annually at a rate of nearly 30 percent and currently accounts for about 8 percent of all managed and hosted business voice subscribers, according to a report from Synergy Research Group.

Frontier converges voice and data with cloud-based VoIP offering

Frontier Communications launched a cloud-based VoIP service called AnyWare that is targeted at enterprise customers. The service, which is powered by Mitel, offers a variety of call management capabilities and is available nationwide.

AT&T extends one year of free 6 Mbps U-verse broadband to Missouri-based SMBs

AT&T is giving its small and medium business (SMB) customers that reside in its Missouri serving areas up to 12 months of free 6 Mbps AT&T U-verse Internet service.

FirstLight Fiber employs Cisco ASR for core upgrade, aligns New England, upstate NY presence

LAS VEGAS--FirstLight Fiber has completed the upgrade of its IP-based core, which it built both organically and through acquisitions such as TelJet in recent years to serve business and wholesale customers in upstate New York and northern New England.

UNSi establishes interconnection agreement with Alpheus, deepens Texas Ethernet presence

LAS VEGAS--UNSi has signed an External-Network to Network Interconnection (E-NNI) agreement with Alpheus Communications, giving it immediate access to 129,000 Ethernet-qualified locations in Texas.

IP video to take center stage at upcoming NAB show

IP-based video, while still a nascent development, could potentially shape the way pay TV providers like Comcast deliver services to consumers. Steve Donohue, editor of FierceCable, will address this issue at his "Profiting from IP video" session during a breakfast panel he'll host on April 8 during the upcoming NAB show in Las Vegas. Read more

San Antonio creates foundation to work with Google Fiber

San Antonio has signed an agreement with Google Fiber for the preliminary placement of "fiber huts" throughout the city, reports the San Antonio Express-News.

TNCI names Bill Farwell as CFO, gears up for more M&A

TNCI has named telecom veteran Bill Farwell as its new CFO at a time when the service provider is expanding its network and service reach through a series of targeted acquisitions.

Cisco's Russian unit faces SEC, Justice Department bribery investigation

Cisco said it is complying with a request from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations that its Russian unit has engaged in bribery, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Verizon extends FiOS to nearly 1.3M Virginia homes

Verizon reported that as of the end of 2013, its FiOS network service was available to almost 1.3 million homes and businesses throughout northern, central and southeastern Virginia.

Level 3 grabs two new multi-national enterprise wins

As if to underscore the company's growth in the enterprise segment, Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) this week announced two new deals that will see it deliver its connectivity solutions to more high-end customers.

Juniper, Coriant jointly achieve long-haul DWDM, router interoperability

Juniper Networks and Coriant are taking advantage of this week's Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC 2014) to showcase their creation of an integrated packet transport network (IPTN).

Michigan House passes bill to ease AT&T's POTS shutdown

AT&T has another ally on its side in its aim to shut down POTS as a new bill passed in the Michigan House that will make it easier for large wireline telcos to shut down traditional TDM-based wireline phone service in 2017, reports

Alca-Lu, Ciena, Infinera score with OTN, says Infonetics

Service provider adoption of optical transport network (OTN) switching and transport equipment became a large growth engine for three of the largest optical vendors in 2013: Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena and Infinera, according to Infonetics Research.

AT&T's IP transition trial should consider impact on business customers

When AT&T Wholesale customer Granite Communications said last week it would participate in upcoming TDM-to-IP trials serving towns in Alabama and Florida, it illustrated the need to understand how this transition will affect small to medium businesses (SMBs) whose livelihoods hinge on getting consistent phone service.

Sizing up top U.S. wireless operators in Q4 2013

As the fourth-quarter earnings season draws to a close, FierceWireless is taking a look at how the top wireless operators performed. In tandem with research firm Strategy Analytics, the report tracks all of the major metrics including churn, ARPU and revenue of each operator. Read more

Bell Aliant spends $4.3M to bring FTTH service to three new Newfoundland, Labrador locations

Canada's Bell Aliant is investing $4.3 million to light up three new towns in Newfoundland and Labrador with its fiber to the home (FTTH)-based FibreOP service. When the telco completes this latest build, it will serve a total of 8,100 customers in Harbour Grace, Deer Lake and Stephenville.