To some industry observers, wireline voice is about as relevant today as two cans tied with a string. That's not the case for Sian Morgan, senior director of telephony and multimedia networks for Canadian cable operator Videotron. She talked with Jim Barthold about where the service, which launched in 2004, is going.
AT&T and the Communications Workers of America District 1 have established a tentative four-year union agreement covering about 3,000 wireline employees in Connecticut.
MTS Allstream reported in Q1 2013 that broadband and converged IP revenues rose 3.2 percent year-over-year to CAD 54.2 million (USD 53.5 million) due to strong IPTV and broadband revenue gains.
Verizon will offer only wireless-based services in remote areas such as Fire Island, N.Y., and parts of New Jersey, plans that are drawing fire from the CWA and IBEW unions as well as local residents. The move is part of the carrier's plan to do away with its copper network in areas of the Northeast ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.
AT&T may have been one of the latest traditional service providers to reveal plans to launch a 1 Gbps fiber plan, specifically in the Austin, Texas market, but an executive maintains the carrier is not just responding to Google Fiber's move into the city.
Despite big improvements in telecommunications infrastructure on the African continent in the past five years, the quality and affordability of Internet services has not improved, a study conducted by Analysys Mason for the Internet Society finds.
Bell Canada reported that in Q1 it added 47,463 new Fibe TV IPTV customers in Q1 2013, up 41.9 percent from the same period a year ago, a factor that helped it stem traditional wireline voice revenue losses.
Cincinnati Bell reported that its Fioptics fiber to the premises service revenue rose 52 percent year-over-year in Q1 2013 to $22 million, helping to partially offset the ongoing impact of voice line losses.
Windstream reported that first-quarter business and consumer broadband revenue grew 5 and 2 percent year-over-year, but those results weren't enough to prevent overall revenues from declining 2 percent to $1.5 billion due to legacy revenue losses.
Wireless operators, which touted the software-defined networking concept during the Mobile World Congress show in February, are seeing that it could help them to quickly deploy more bandwidth or applications in an on-demand fashion.