Verizon is giving its business and wholesale Private IP customers access to more international points by expanding the service into the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions.
Verizon said Tuesday that it gained 92,000 FiOS TV customers in the fourth quarter, with subscriber growth slowing compared to the 134,000 net FiOS TV additions that it reported in Q4 2012 and the 194,000 that it picked up during the same period in 2011.
The deal will help speed the deployment of "next generation video service, both integrated with Verizon FiOS fiber-optic networks and delivered 'over the top' to any device," the companies said in a press release.
Verizon's fourth-quarter wireline segment success was again driven by FiOS, where revenues rose 14.9 percent year-over-year to almost $2.8 billion as more customers purchased higher speed broadband tiers.
Right before CES--where we cared more about who crashed whose party and got kicked out rather than substance--Verizon and T-Mobile came to a significant spectrum deal. Under a series of agreements, Verizon will sell T-Mobile 23 700 MHz A Block licenses covering more than half of the U.S. population, including some of the largest markets in the United States: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta and Detroit. As part of the agreement, T-Mobile and Verizon are re-aligning spectrum blocks in Northern California and Atlanta.
Verizon said Tuesday that it plans to launch "next-generation" video services on its FiOS TV platform and through a new over-top-video service, using the OnCue interactive TV technology it picked up through the acquisition of Intel's Intel Media division.
Verizon recently announced that it signed IP VoIP interconnection terms with four new service providers, a move that rings in the next technology and regulatory showdown in the telecom industry's TDM to IP technology shift.
Deutsche Telekom's new CEO said an increase in the value of its US unit has already compensated for a €7.4 billion ($10 billion) writedown on T-Mobile US undertaken in 2012, and the unit's value has now returned to levels seen before the failed attempt to sell it to AT&T in 2011 for $39 billion.
Verizon is making one of many new moves to implement software defined networking (SDN)-based elements into its cloud services suite by signing an agreement to develop a storage solution based on Hitachi's Cloud Platform (HCP) and Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere (HCP Anywhere).
Relatively little attention has been paid to 3G and LTE latency speeds--which is notable considering a number of operators have pointed to improved latency as a major reason behind the push to LTE. Latency is defined as the time it takes for a source to send a packet of data to a receiver. Latency is typically measured in milliseconds. The lower the latency (the fewer the milliseconds), the better the network performance.