Programmable carrier networks, a new, eclectic, emerging architectural approach, incorporate concepts such as SDN, NFV, shared mesh protection, path computation element protocol and cloud computing concepts and blends them with established transport, switching, routing and network management techniques. The objective of this merger is to overcome the barriers created by traditional network architectures that carriers are encountering as they try to accommodate high and volatile traffic volumes and unpredictable traffic patterns as well as respond to the innovative business models of cloud-based and OTT service providers.
AT&T's bid to merge with DirecTV is expected to be at the top of the agenda at Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley, Idaho, conference, long seen as an off-the-record industry incubator.
Vodafone Ireland and Irish electricity utility ESB are emerging as a new broadband challenger to incumbent telco eircom with a $615 million investment to build a fiber to the building (FTTB)-based broadband network that will deliver speeds ranging from 200 Mbps to 1 Gbps.
Allstream is employing NetCracker's NetCracker 9 suite to enhance its end-to-end order management and service fulfillment capabilities for its growing business customer base.
The Supreme Court on ruled on June 25 that Aereo's subscription video on demand service, which streams broadcast signals received via small antennas to DVRs and ultimately subscribers, violated copyright laws. Samantha Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, takes a look at the Supreme Court's decision and its impact on the online video, broadcasting and cable segments.
TDS Telecom has completed its latest broadband stimulus project around Salem, Ky., bringing service to area businesses and more than 650 residents--nearly 100 more than it projected in its funding application.
Zayo announced its acquisition of Atlanta data center and managed services provider AtlantaNAP, a purchase that will expand its data center count to 28 locations.
Consolidated Communications' move to acquire fellow independent telco Enventis for $350 million may not be on par with the blockbuster deals its independent ILEC counterparts CenturyLink and Windstream have made in recent years, but it's significant in that it is a sign of another smaller telco branching out of its all-voice service roots.
The FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau has initiated the Connect America Phase II challenge process for price cap territories.
Telecom New Zealand will become Spark New Zealand as of Aug. 8, a move that the service provider says better reflects its ongoing movement away from being just another provider of home telephone service to a multi-element service provider.