Two weeks ago, Verizon announced it would be replacing damaged and destroyed copper voice lines on some of the barrier islands off Long Island, N.Y., and in New Jersey with its recently developed Voice Link service. With deployment of this wireless-based alternative to traditional voice service beginning this month in other rural regions, Verizon's solution sets a troubling precedent for incumbents migrating off of legacy wireline networks.
The FCC wants to conduct trials related to the telecom industry's transition to all-IP networks, a proposal that is getting a mixed response from traditional telcos and industry groups.
At the first meeting of the FCC's Technology Transitions Policy Taskforce on March 18, the workshop will consider various topics around the final transition to IP. One suggestion that has received considerable support is that the process should protect consumers by including a few pilot trials to ensure that any issues that surface do so within a limited and safe environment.
Innovations in technology have meant leaving behind cherished LPs and cassette tapes for CDs and digital music, and throwing out analog televisions and rabbit ear antennae for digital TV and broadband-delivered video-on-demand. Things change, and phone service is no different.
Despite the overwhelming prevalence of IP traffic, phone companies must still operate an increasingly obsolete but costly circuit-switched POTS infrastructure alongside their IP networks. But is it wise to try to speed up the transition to an all-IP environment?
Telstra on Thursday completed the migration of its copper network in its South Brisbane Exchange area to fiber after beginning the project 18 months ago.
Lowell McAdam, CEO of Verizon Communications, on Tuesday revealed that the telco will replace the decades-old copper wires that were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy with fiber.
Fran Shammo of Verizon said on Wednesday that the telco plans to drive more of its business customers off of the legacy frame relay and ATM-based networks to its all-IP network.
Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S ) may have posted its first year-over-year revenue increase in years with the addition of 644K new wireless subscribers , but wireline revenues took a 12 percent hit
It's hard to imagine that the same company that consumers relate to as their phone company, AT&T, is keen on doing away with the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and Plain Old Telephone