As expected, FairPoint Communications is bringing down the axe on 90 wireline positions across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont over the next several months. The layoffs aren't a surprise as they were part of a collective bargaining agreement signed last year.
Australia's Liberal-National coalition political party has proposed an alternative plan for the country's National Broadband Network that would use fiber to the node, rather than fiber to the premises to deliver 25 Mbps speeds to the country's residents and businesses.
The Czech telecommunications regulator, or CTO, announced new conditions for a spectrum auction following the regulator's unusual move last month to cancel the auction over concerns that bids were too high.
Deutsche Telekom has received got conditional approval from the country's telecom regulator to move ahead with upgrading its existing copper plant with VDSL2 and vectoring technology to more effectively compete with cable competitors.
Initial results from LTE interference tests in the UK indicate that the impact from LTE signals on digital TV reception is much lower than originally anticipated.
Bankrupt LightSquared and a hedge fund connected to Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen could be headed for a showdown in bankruptcy court as the hedge fund has been buying up LightSquared debt, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Three of the largest independent wireline telcos--CenturyLink, Frontier, and Windstream--have sent a letter to the FCC asking them to provide additional Connect America Fund Phase I money to extend broadband into more rural locations.
U.S. wireless operators will be flocking to New Orleans in a couple of weeks to attend the annual Competitive Carriers Expo, which takes place April 17-19 at the New Orleans Marriott. I expect such hot-button topics as incentive auctions, data roaming and IP transition will likely be debated at the conference.
As the major telcos migrate toward IP-based services and their legacy wireline voice service revenues decline, it has cut into revenues that would be used to pay for union health and retirement benefits--leading to sometimes-acrimonious negotiations between the two sides. Where do carriers and wireline unions stand in the latest contract negotiations? ( Image source: CWA )
It's a double-whammy for Pac-West Telecomm, which has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In addition, South Dakota revoked the Stockton, Calif.-based competitive wholesale provider's certificate to operate in the state due to unpaid taxes.