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Infonetics: Wireless operators prefer Ethernet over fiber for small cell backhaul, but challenges remain

Offering an opportunity to quickly scale as traffic demands rise, fiber-based Ethernet has become the preferred method in the still developing small cell backhaul market, a new Infonetics report reveals.

eircom battles Vodafone broadband threat with 1 Gig FTTH plan

eircom has hatched plans to offer a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service to 66 communities, a direct response to Vodafone's move to offer a similar service in Ireland with its electric utility partner ESB.

FairPoint says vandalism on network has spiked during union strike

FairPoint Communications is reporting that the amount of vandalism incidents against its network and related equipment in northern New England has risen sharply since a union strike began last week.

Consolidated's Bob Udell to become CEO in January, replacing Bob Currey

Consolidated Communications has named Bob Udell as its next president and CEO, a role he will formally take on in January. A 20-year company veteran, Udell has more than 25 years of telecom industry experience and has been serving as Consolidated's COO since 2011.

IP Video: A Whirlwind of Innovation

By: Roland Mestric, Director, Video Solutions Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent Before the iPhone, the world of TV was relatively simple. Linear TV programs were delivered to the TV set over the air or to its set-top box (STB), which was directly...Show More Summary

ShoreTel's board rejects Mitel's $540M acquisition bid

ShoreTel's board of directors has rejected Mitel Networks' $540 million unsolicited bid to acquire the company, saying that it undervalues the company and its growth prospects.

The Fairpoint Strike Gets Ugly

Over the past 9 days or so, Fairpoint workers have been on strike for the usual things – better pay and benefits, fewer job losses, etc. Meanwhile, the company scrambles to keep its networks and services functional with the people it has. Labor disputes in the unionized part of the telecom world do happen of […]

Tuesday Roundup: Pacnet, Equinix, Telehouse, Bandwidth, Level 3

Here’s a quick roundup of news from the past few days, with three from the data center, one from VoIP, and the last from fiber M&A: … [visit site to read more]

Presentation on Sports Telecommunications Issues

In the last few days there have been several significant developments in the IPTV and sports/entertainment marketplace. The FCC may treat Over the Top video programmers as multichannel video programming distributors (“MVPDs”) if they offer a stream of content rather than on demand access. Show More Summary

Effective Date of TV JSA Filing Requirement Set

Readers will recall that, last spring, the Commission decided that certain TV joint sales agreements (JSAs) may create attributable interests for the purposes of determining compliance with the multiple ownership rules. And, thanks to that change, JSAs that do create such interests have to be filed with the Commission. Show More Summary

Wind Mobile Names Pietro Cordova CEO – Lacavera Remains Chairman

Wind Mobile is about to undergo further changes: The wireless startup announced yesterday that it is promoting Pietro Cordova to Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Anthony Lacavera, who has been the heart of the company, will remain Wind Mobile’s Chairman and a shareholder, and will take an active role at board level, including working with [...]

Frontier beats Google Fiber to the 1 Gig punch in Oregon

Frontier Communications is making a move to take advantage of the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) trend before Google Fiber by lighting up service for residential customers in select neighborhoods in Beaverton, Ore.

The New Facet of Customer Experience Management - Field Service 2.0

By: Rhodo Odysseos, Product/Solution Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent, and Jess Verbruggen, Motive Integrated Marketing Assistant, Alcatel-LucentTraditionally, communications service providers (CSPs) have treated the field service aspect of their organization as a cost center. Show More Summary

Cognitive Computing Helps Machines Make Sense of It All

The end result will be to transform computers from dumb devices capable only of crunching numbers to devices that combine that with intuition.

Verizon integrates one year of free Netflix into triple-play FiOS promotion

Verizon's latest move to offer a promotional FiOS bundle that includes 75 Mbps, a $150 Visa gift card and 1 year of free Netflix shows how much influence the online video provider has on how consumers get their programming and the role that higher bandwidth can play in supporting the service.

Huawei takes on the 100G PON challenge

Huawei is adding some heat to the emerging 100G PON optical access space by introducing its own time and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network (TWDM PON) system.

BT enhances wholesale Ethernet connectivity to three new UK-based data centers

BT is giving its wholesale customers more connectivity options by establishing three new data center points of presence (PoPs) inside the UK as part of a broader investment program in its fiber-based Ethernet network footprint.

TDS Telecom takes 1 Gig show to four southern Wisconsin towns

TDS Telecom is taking its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) data service to four southern Wisconsin communities, adding to its growing roster of fiber-based broadband communities.

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