2012 telecom equipment rebound 'unlikely'; ALU boss keys on network value

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> A pair of telecom equipment suppliers--Fabrinet and Benchmark Electronics--have predicted that any equipment rebound is unlikely to happen this year because the economic outlook is still "cloudy." Article

> Alcatel-Lucent Americas president Robert Vrij used a TIA 2012 keynote to urge the industry to "tear down the walls" between fixed and wireless networks. Release

> In Canada, Allstream President Dean Prevost praised a federal government that "recognizes the need to drive more investment and competition (and) tap into the global risk capital" that he expects will drive the telecom industry forward. Article

> Verizon reminded Massachusetts subscribers of the federal government's new process for applying Lifeline discounted phone service. Release

> Figuring two heads--or companies--are better than one, Vodafone and Telefonica have announced plans to share a network in the United Kingdom. Article

And finally … If you haven't had enough of IPv6 talk or you never really understood what it was all about, New York Times blogger Brian Chen has offered up a pretty neat explanation.