The resistance to Verizon's replacement of copper infrastructure with fiber by six NYC landlords, and pushback by some subscribers, isn't entirely surprising. But the move to a fiber-based infrastructure is an important step forward.
It's been an interesting quarter for wireline and the telecom industry in general, with M&A activity continuing and traditional telcos swaying toward VDSL solutions. But some new trends have cropped up in the past few months.
For many smaller independent ILECs, which have spent much of their 100-plus year lives selling nothing more than traditional POTS, unified communications for businesses is becoming a new revenue savior. As the PSTN declines, UC could mean the difference between survival or extinction.
In our special Best of FierceTelecom 2012 issue, we highlight some of our most popular, most informative and most interesting special reports and interviews that we compiled during the past year.
As the Northeast continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, critics have been quick to point out how vulnerable the communications infrastructure is to giant, unprecedented superstorms. Getting lost in the storm of "what-ifs," however, are the examples and data that showed how resilient and adaptive that infrastructure, and the people responsible for it, could be.
I would like to call your attention to our second annual "Innovators who changed the course of telecom" series. With the consumer's reliance on gaming consoles and wireless devices as well as their expectation of always-available high speed Internet, it's easy to forget the many innovators who laid the foundations that make these applications a reality.
On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission approved a request to grant cable operators limited forbearance from Section 652(b) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, freeing MSOs like Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and Cox Communications to purchase CLECs. Is the business services segment set to explode?
For the most part, the look of the data center has not changed much over the past ten years. But data centers have taken the central role of the mechanism to deliver cloud services to both large enterprises and SMBs.
There has been no shortage of efforts to bring broadband to more consumers--including the FCC's CAF-I initiative and Google's community FTTH project in Kansas City. While these initiatives are both promising, neither addresses another obvious problem: the lack of affordable high-speed broadband services for businesses.
For the third year in a row, we at FierceTelecom are recognizing and honoring women who hold senior management and executive positions in wireline service providers across the United States.