At a time when the wireline industry is facing various challenges, including the erosion of their landline voice base and fierce cable competition, wireline telcos need forward-looking people who have the vision to make big bets on technology and service initiatives to improve network efficiency and increase top-line revenue. Here are five game-changers worth watching in 2013. ( Image source: iStockPhoto )
Zayo reported that its fiscal third quarter 2013 revenues rose $7.9 million, sequentially, to $251.4 million due to an increase in net installations and growth, mainly from its acquisitions of First Telecom Services and Litecast.
Alteva reported that its first-quarter unified communications revenues, net of eliminations were $4 million, up sequentially 15.6 percent, a factor that helped to ease the pain of the 9 percent decline in telephone segment revenue.
Verizon's EVP and CFO Fran Shammo, according to a report in FierceCable , said that while the telco anticipates higher churn for FiOS products during the summer months, he is "confident" the telco will achieve its goal of adding 600,000 new subscribers by the end of the year.
Birch Communications, a growing IP-based competitive provider focused on SMBs, has signed a deal to purchase various customer and network elements from Lexington, Ky.-based Lightyear Network Solutions for an undisclosed sum.
AT&T is seeing some early success with its fiber deployments. Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson told investors at a J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference today that the company is seeing good uptake of its fiber to the building deployments from the small and medium-size business market.
Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of Windstream told investors this week that while the telco's wholesale sales force has been successful in selling fiber to the tower services, they will focus more on selling other network services.
BT Openreach reported that it is seeing delays in fulfilling Ethernet service orders for its carrier customers, due to strong customer demand and some systems issues.
BT's flat key revenue measure and fiscal fourth quarter revenues of just £4.8 million ($7.32 million), down 2 percent, didn't dampen spirits at the telecom, which noted that its fiber customer base doubled to more than 1.5 million subscribers.
Google Fiber has added Gladstone as the latest municipality in the Kansas City area to get its 1 Gbps fiber to the premises service.