Verizon continues to make progress with its copper-to-fiber migration strategy. The service provider, according to a series of FCC filings, is retiring copper network facilities in White Plains, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Falls Church, Va., and Providence, R.I.
Nokia's CEO Rajeev Suri said that its deal to acquire Alcatel-Lucent is progressing well, and that the most difficult integration will be the companies' individual wireless businesses. Suri, in an interview with The Times of India, also said that the combined company will offer a more comprehensive set of services than rival Ericsson.
AT&T said that in Carbon Hill, Ala., and West Delray Beach, Fla., the two markets where it is conducting its TDM-to-IP trials, it is seeing more customers purchase IP-based services, but at a slower pace.
AT&T's transformation to becoming a software-defined operator will make it a more flexible software-driven company but that change will result in job cuts, said Chris Antlitz, telecom senior analyst with Technology Business Research.
A low unemployment rate of 5.1 percent may be promising, but a number of factors such as a slowing Chinese economy and a weak European market are forcing a number of wireless companies to cut jobs.
Although the economy has rebounded somewhat since the depths of the Great Recession and companies in the wireless industry are no longer shedding jobs on a seemingly weekly basis as firms were in late 2008 and early 2009, not everything is rosy. FierceWireless has compiled a list of the five largest job cutting programs in wireless in 2015 thus far.
Both PCIA and Ericsson pushed Congress to streamline the installation of wireless network equipment on federal lands, arguing that the process right now is too cumbersome.
Continuing the 1-Gig push, AT&T is expanding its U-verse with GigaPower service to several communities in the Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., area. The expansion brings the number of cities with GigaPower to 17. The company said it still plans to expand GigaPower to the Jacksonville, Fla., and St. Louis metro areas as well.
BT is moving forward with its strategy to get ultra-fast broadband technology deployed in select parts of the United Kingdom in the near future. The carrier is working with Alcatel-Lucent on a consumer test of G.fast, a technology that can enable broadband speeds up to 330 Mbps over copper, in Gosforth, located in northeast England.
Telco Systems, an Israel-headquartered SDN and NFV specialist, Orange, Cisco, Intel and NFV network quality assurance company Netrounds are demonstrating an NFV automation proof-of-concept at this week's SDN & OpenFlow World Congress.