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Tekelec, Verisign simplify ENUM sharing

Jun 23, 2008 1:23 PM

Tekelec and Verisign this week implemented a draft IETF spec that will make it easier for service providers to manage ENUM addresses across multiple carrier networks....
NXTcomm08: NextPoint hires Global Logic for mobile development

Jun 20, 2008 2:55 PM

LAS VEGAS--Carriers aren’t the only telecom companies embracing managed services. ...
NXTcomm08: Sandvine creating DPI ecosystem

Jun 20, 2008 2:18 PM

LAS VEGAS--Sandvine has launched a partnership program through which it seeks to integrate its deep packet inspection (DPI) technologies with myriad other network-based applications...
NXTcomm08: Procera unveils higher performance DPI product

Jun 19, 2008 3:38 PM

LAS VEGAS--Procera Networks this week announced its PacketLogic PL10000, a deep packet inspection platform operating at 40 Gigabits per second full duplex or 80 Gigabits per second throughput, and deployable at multiple points in the network...
NXTcomm08: CableLabs CEO calls for telco, cableco cooperation

Jun 19, 2008 2:00 PM

The telecom and cable industries need to cooperate in supporting the U.S. State Department in its plan for the quadrennial reorganization of the ITU-T, the global telecom standards body...
NXTcomm08: Telecom innovation at risk, Infinera’s Singh says

Jun 19, 2008 1:48 PM

LAS VEGAS--Innovation within the telecommunications industry is at risk because of lower R&D spending, particularly at the component level, said Jagdeep Singh, president and CEO of Infinera, Thursday to the NXTcomm08 keynote audience. ...
NXTcomm08: Pet care among the possibilities of home networks

Jun 19, 2008 11:42 AM

LAS VEGAS--In the future, will telecom providers care for your dog when you travel?...
Ericsson ups the ante for GPON

Jun 18, 2008 6:52 PM

LAS VEGAS--In addition to its suite of IPTV, backhaul and mobile platforms, Ericsson this week at NXTComm08 demonstrated a 10 Gb/s Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) for IPTV, what it calls the world’s first. The system has four times the bandwidth of existing GPON making it the highest switch capacity on the market...
Sun’s McNealy touts open source for telecom

Jun 18, 2008 6:40 PM

LAS VEGAS--Service providers must embrace the same open source economics as their Web 2.0 rivals if they are to compete in a world where computing and telecom are merging at breakneck speed, Sun Microsystems chairman and co-founder Scott McNealy said Wednesday in a NXTcomm08 keynote address...
JDSU targets wireless backhaul testing

Jun 18, 2008 6:36 PM

LAS VEGAS--JDSU this week at NXTComm08 launched a test and service assurance platform focused on helping service providers manage the performance of Ethernet networks delivering wireless backhaul services...
Verizon COO undaunted by WiMAX

Jun 18, 2008 4:22 PM

LAS VEGAS--When asked if he was concerned about the Sprint Clearwire WiMAX venture, Verizon president and COO Denny Strigl told press conference attendees that concern was a word beyond what he felt in regards to WiMAX. While Verizon wants to stay aware of what its competition is doing, the operator is happy sticking with its 3G strategy for now....
NXTcomm08: Breaking the Internet

Jun 18, 2008 4:13 PM

The Internet is going to break—at least that’s what half of the people polled by Tellabs and IDC on the NXTcomm08 show floor believe. ...
Actiontec unveils green DSL modem, gateways

Jun 18, 2008 3:01 PM

LAS VEGAS--Broadband provider Actiontec unveiled a DSL modem for environmentally conscious service providers, in addition to two new DSL gateways targeted at the tier two and tier three markets, at NXTComm08 this week....
CTOs: Copper still critical

Jun 18, 2008 2:56 PM

LAS VEGAS--Service providers are squeezing all they can out of their existing networks, even as they invest in new IP-based core networks and look to offer new access services as well, the three participants in Wednesday’s Broadband in the Loop NXTcomm keynote panel agreed. ...
NXTcomm08: Sprint to turn up Baltimore WiMAX network in September

Jun 18, 2008 1:52 PM

LAS VEGAS--Sprint will commercially launch its first WiMAX market in September in Baltimore and turn up service in its two other trial markets, Chicago and Washington, D.C., before the end of the year, said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse during his keynote address at NXTcomm08....
Strigl: U.S. telecom industry unfairly maligned

Jun 18, 2008 12:40 PM

LAS VEGAS--Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl took on the critics of the U.S. telecom industry Wednesday in his NXTcomm08 keynote speech, saying the U.S. leads the world in broadband and mobile “in the ways that count”...
Stephenson: Telecom set to drive global growth

Jun 18, 2008 11:43 AM

The telecom industry is poised to “drive growth and prosperity on a global scale,” AT&T Chairman, President and CEO Randall Stephenson said in Tuesday’s NXTcomm08 keynote speech, and service providers and their vendors all have “an important role to play in making that happen.”...
Adelstein wants D.C. action on broadband

Jun 18, 2008 11:40 AM

Broadband is so important to the U.S. economic and well-being that the federal government and major telecom service providers need to work together to develop a broadband strategy that will also be in the industry’s best interests, Federal Communications Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein said Tuesday in a Wiley Rein Communications and TechLaw Forum session...
CTOs talk home networks, energy use

Jun 18, 2008 11:38 AM

Managing what Verizon calls “the fourth network” – the one inside the home, is a challenge to all service providers, the industry’s top technology executives agreed Tuesday at the ATIS TechThink CTO panel...
IMS Forum highlights Plugfest 5 results

Jun 18, 2008 10:59 AM

IMS interoperability testing will take a step forward at NXTComm08 this week as the IMS Forum on Wednesday unveils the highlights from the IMS Plugfest 5 interoperability event, held earlier this month with industry vendors and service providers...
Carriers ready to embrace outsourcing

Jun 18, 2008 10:52 AM

Carriers have been slower than other industry segments to embrace outsourcing, but the network transformation that faces the entire industry is likely to speed up that process, Mike DeVito, head of Global Telecom Market-Americas for BT Global Services, said Monday at Telephony’s Insights for ILECs Summit...
What the next FCC will do

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

LAS VEGAS -- Though it’s unknown who will next lead the Federal Communications Commission for a new president, some of the major issues facing the next Chairman are already apparent, according to panelists at the Stifel Nicolaus conference at NXTcomm08....
IPTV gets hands off

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

GestureTek, makers of camera-enabled gesture-recognition technology, is using hand-tracking applications and motion sensing to change the way consumers interact with their TV set – as actively or lazily as they want. ...
Reusability, ecosystem play key to making SDP pay

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

Service delivery platforms may be all the rage, but almost any way you cut it the first service delivered via an SDP will be more expensive than more traditional methods of service creation...
New Edge offers DSL with MPLS

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

New Edge Networks is selling DSL-based Multi-Protocol Label Switching on a wholesale basis to its service provider customers, to enable them to offer more than best-effort service to business users...
Tandberg ties Web search to TV viewing

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

Tandberg Television, a division of the Ericsson Group, is bringing search to the multi-screen experience with its launch of the MediaModeler Content Management System, a platform for operators to offer online video and search over their web portals...
Insights: Big M&A expected among ILECs this year

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

LAS VEGAS -- Consolidation is inevitable and imminent in the independent telco sector, according to panelists at Telephony’s Insights event for next-generation ILECs...
NXTcomm08 Conference Partner Sessions to review WiMAX, 4G Business Models

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

NXTcomm08 will feature state-of-the-art conference programming by ATIS, Broadband Wireless World, FierceVoIP and FierceTelecom, and IEC, today, Wednesday, June 18, including the following sessions...
Sun revs MySQL for telco apps

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

Sun Microsystem at NXTComm08 unveiled a new version of the open source MySQL database specifically built to the stringent requirements of service provider applications like subscriber databases (HLR and HSS) and service delivery platforms...
Carrier Ethernet mobilizes for new markets

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

The fast-growing carrier Ethernet equipment market is shifting in anticipation of a more multi­carrier environment for Ethernet services and in anticipation of burgeoning new areas such as mobile backhaul...
IP offers range of creative possibilities

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

As business services shift into the IP realm, service providers are looking for new ways to differentiate their service offerings and finding vendors eager to help them...
Talking to your television

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

Geoff Burke, director of field marketing for Calix, has been talking about IPTV for a long time because his company makes the network equipment that can help providers deliver this new service into the home. But now when he talks about IPTV, it’s rather personal — he’s an AT&T U-verse subscriber...
New to NXTcomm: McObject, Phybridge

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

Two NXTcomm newcomers are planning to capitalize on the growing demand for more advanced IP services, although in very different ways...
In the NXTcomm08 spotlight: Mark Wegleitner, Verizon

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

As senior vice president of technology for Verizon, Mark Wegleitner is something of a fixture at NXTcomm and has been participating in the annual chief technology officer panel with considerable regularity...
Telecom’s green future

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 AM

As eco and energy concerns mount, providers and vendors see opportunities to save (and make) money...
In carrier M&A, value grows more subjective

Jun 17, 2008 10:05 PM

Consolidation is expected to continue in the telecom service provider space, particularly among smaller players, panelists at the Stifel Nicolaus conference agreed. But conditions in the overall economy are forcing potential acquirers to view potential targets in a new way, one in which the value of telecom assets is, more than ever, in the eye of the beholder...
Cox Business brings cable voice to SIP Forum

Jun 17, 2008 7:23 PM

Cox Business today announced that it is the first cable MSO to join the SIP Forum, hoping to bring the needs of its business customers into the conversation around SIP trunking...
NXTcomm08: Soapstone demos carrier Ethernet service plane

Jun 17, 2008 2:21 PM

Soapstone Networks demonstrated its service control plane framework for assuring carrier Ethernet service via a live, multi-vendor network running on the NXTComm08 show floor....
NXTcomm08: Accedian offers real-time SLAs

Jun 17, 2008 11:08 AM

LAS VEGAS -- Accedian Networks on Tuesday announced the availability of an element management system (EMS) promising to enable what the company calls “real-time service level agreements (SLAs)” for Ethernet and IP services....
Embarq: Wireline isn’t dead yet

Jun 17, 2008 9:00 AM

Embarq no longer has a wireless business, and it has no intention of pursuing IPTV. It’s even outsourcing network operations. But what Embarq does have — voice and DSL — is plenty for the carrier to work with to create a new generation of innovative applications, said Dennis Huber, senior vice president for corporate strategy and development for Embarq, at Insights for Next-Generation ILECs, a Telephony Live Event at NXTcomm...
Ethernet driving new casino slot network

Jun 17, 2008 8:59 AM

Las Vegas is all about the gaming industry, and increasingly the gaming industry is all about networked applications, as casinos take advantage of new IP/Ethernet-based converged voice/data/video networks to track literally everything that happens inside their doors...
NXTcomm08: Adtran takes VDSL2 to the node

Jun 17, 2008 8:45 AM

LAS VEGAS -- Adtran today announced the addition of VDSL2 technology to its 1100 series of remote access nodes...
NXTcomm08: Alcatel combines PBB, VPLS

Jun 17, 2008 8:17 AM

LAS VEGAS -- Alcatel-Lucent today unveiled a method for transporting business services through metro networks that combines the vendor’s familiar multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) with Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) -- a Layer 2 technology whose use represents a departure for the vendor...
Flex-play priority one for rural telcos

Jun 17, 2008 12:00 AM

While the traditional concept of quad play as the bundle of voice, data, Internet and wireless offerings is often the simplest way to define it, for independent telecom service providers operating in rural markets, the flex play is usually always more important. Adding additional revenue-generating services is often the most feasible and profitable path to take, according to a panel of industry vendors speaking Monday at Telephony’s Insights conference...
DSL Forum changes its name

Jun 17, 2008 12:00 AM

The DSL Forum announced today it is changing its name to the Broadband Forum to better reflect its current, broader focus...
Nortel expands enterprise UC offerings

Jun 17, 2008 12:00 AM

Nortel, in partnership with Microsoft, today announced a fully hosted carrier solution for unified communications (UC) in the small and midsize businesses (SMB) sector. The platform leverages the Nortel Communications Server 2000, an IP multimedia softswitch, and Microsoft’s Hosted Messaging and Collaboration Version 4.5...
Amino unveils 100% digital HD IPTV STB

Jun 17, 2008 12:00 AM

IPTV technology provider Amino today introduced the AmiNET130M, a fully digital high-definition IPTV set-top box, at the NXTcomm08 conference in Las Vegas. The new STB supports only HDMI video outputs, no analog, and is both cheaper and simpler to install than earlier HD boxes...
Ethernet expands across fiber, copper in rural markets

Jun 17, 2008 12:00 AM

Ethernet, already a staple in metropolitan America, is rapidly making its way to its rural neighbors. According to an Insight’s panel of rural service providers and vendors, the Ethernet market for business in rural America is growing, and most companies are indifferent as to if it’s over copper or fiber – just as long as its fast...
Spirent takes testing in-home

Jun 17, 2008 12:00 AM

Spirent Communications today unveiled the Spirent Tech-X Flex, a handheld network and service quality tester to identify and troubleshoot IP Video services within the consumer’s home. The product tests service quality over Multimedia over Coax (MoCa networks), as well as Ethernet and Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN)...
What’s your telecom business worth?

Jun 16, 2008 9:05 PM

Owners of Independent telecom companies should have their businesses valued by a company that specializes in that task five years before they want to sell it. That was the advice of Allen Oppenheimer, president of business brokerage A.M. Oppenheimer, addressing attendees of a VIP lunch at the Insights conference presented by Telephony Magazine at NXTcomm on Monday...
Verizon targets Q1 for ‘cloud’ computing launch

Jun 16, 2008 6:02 PM

Verizon Business has been building for eighteen months and will roll out in the first quarter of 2009 a new “on-demand” computing service that will let its large enterprise customers pay-as-they-go for core computing resources, Verizon executives detailed at the NXTcomm08 show on Monday...
Minerva sees momentum building

Jun 16, 2008 4:35 PM

In what is still a crowded IPTV middleware field, Minerva Networks claims to be gaining momentum and is backing up those claims with significant new customer announces and with new capabilities for Minerva’s iTVManager Release 3.2...
NXTcomm08: NEC to sell Genband femto gateway

Jun 16, 2008 2:07 PM

NEC has selected Genband’s G9 Converged Media Gateway for its femtocell portfolio, giving Genband key exposure to NEC’s customers Asia and South America. ...
NXTcomm08: GenBand, a profile in unexpected success

Jun 16, 2008 11:20 AM

When Charlie Vogt took over as president and CEO of what was then known as General Bandwidth in 2004, he announced a strategy for making the company a dominant player in the media gateway business that included expanding its product set, increasing revenues and developing partnerships with other equipment makers. ...
Microsoft Mediaroom adds ecosystem partners

Jun 16, 2008 9:47 AM

Microsoft today announced major new additions to its Microsoft Mediaroom ecosystem, including three systems integrators, two testing and quality assurance companies, and a new encoder partner in Harris...
Allot extends DPI product suite

Jun 16, 2008 8:00 AM

In conjunction with NXTComm08, Allot Communications today introduced a series of new deep packet inspection (DPI)-based products with partners including PeerApp and Qosmos. The joint products allow Internet video and voice-over IP (VoIP) applications, respectively, to leverage DPI in new services and improved user experience...
NXTcomm08: ECI adds edge ROADM, ADM card

Jun 16, 2008 6:15 AM

LAS VEGAS--ECI Telecom today introduced a new version of its reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) for edge networks....
Targeting Generation Why: June Bower, Alcatel-Lucent’s Teen Lab

Jun 16, 2008 12:00 AM

June Bower, vice president of marketing for consumer entertainment for Alcatel-Lucent, spoke with Telephony Associate News Editor Sarah Reedy to dispel the biggest myths surrounding the often-elusive teen market and to help discover what teens really want...
In the NXTcomm08 spotlight: Dan Hesse, Sprint

Jun 16, 2008 12:00 AM

In a recent interview with Telephony Senior Editor Kevin Fitchard, Sprint Nextel CEO Hesse discussed the challenges Sprint faces as well as Sprint’s investment in WiMAX and the carrier’s reputation of being a maverick in the industry...
The M2M opportunity

Jun 16, 2008 12:00 AM

Wireless carriers are tapping into machine-to-machine communications, but specialty service providers offer strong competition...
Is the U.S. losing its research edge?

Jun 15, 2008 12:46 PM

Slashed engineering staffs coupled with the realities of the outsourced era have slowed the pace of innovation in the U.S....
TIA makes major environmental push

Jun 12, 2008 3:35 PM

Staff members of the Telecommunications Industry Association, with USTelecom the sponsors of the NXTcomm08, will be wearing green shirts to promote the TIA’s major efforts to address environmental issues affecting its members....
Broadening the definition of broadband

Jun 12, 2008 1:14 PM

Broadband, as a word, is becoming slipperier and perhaps less meaningful every day. Increasingly over the next few years, the term is likely to refer to such a diverse range of offerings that any two people with “broadband” could have vastly different experiences...
NXTcomm08 vendors tackle FMC

Jun 11, 2008 12:51 PM

It may be some time before we think of the networks of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless -- or those of AT&T and AT&T Mobility -- as single unified platforms, but NXTcomm08 vendors are looking to help them down the convergence path. The first stop on the way is the femtocell...
Moto targets US, Europe for LTE

Jun 10, 2008 3:40 PM

Motorola said today it plans to initially build its Long Term Evolution platform for the 700-MHz and 2.6-GHz frequencies, targeting spectrum held by major US and European cellular operators....
Zhone aims to revive metro Wi-Fi

Jun 10, 2008 1:38 PM

Hoping to redefine the struggling metro Wi-Fi space, multiservice access provider Zhone Technologies today officially launched SkyZhone...
Kontron, Astute offer ATCA storage for IPTV

Jun 10, 2008 11:28 AM

Embedded computing provider Kontron and bladed storage provider Astute Networks today teamed up to introduce an Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) bladed Ethernet server-storage platform for network equipment providers (NEPs) to design edge-level content delivery....
Calix promises more bandwidth and flexibility

Jun 10, 2008 11:04 AM

Two new products announced today by Calix are aimed at helping service providers address the surge in demand for bandwidth by increasing both capacity and flexibility at the edge of the network....
Vendors, U.S. operators target WiMAX IPR

Jun 9, 2008 4:14 PM

Six vendors and operators have agreed to collectively pool their patents related to WiMAX in an effort to create a transparent intellectual property environment that encourages the WiMAX embedded devices market....
IPTV much more than video

Jun 9, 2008 12:49 PM

As IPTV is being deployed at mass scale by large telecom service providers around the globe, the service is quickly morphing from a video service to compete with cable and satellite into a whole-home communications and entertainment system that ties the TV set into the voice and computing systems consumers are already using...
Carrier Ethernet vendors preview new wares at NXTcomm08

Jun 9, 2008 11:24 AM

Some equipment vendors set to unveil new carrier Ethernet gear at the NXTcomm08 trade show next week are spilling the beans a week early, including Redback Networks, RAD Data Communications and Aktino....
Verizon portal simplifies account management

Jun 9, 2008 11:09 AM

In its latest effort to unify wireline and wireless services, Verizon Business now offers enterprise customers a single portal from which to manage both accounts....
FMC’s reality check

Jun 5, 2008 11:13 AM

NXTcomm08 promises to talk about what is, rather than what could be. Nowhere is this more important than in the oft-hyped, oft-disappointing arena of fixed-mobile convergence (FMC). At this year’s conference, exhibitors will tell you that FMC -- and the more general idea of convergence -- is today being defined by the services it enables, not by the paltry array of devices available today. And, they’ll tell you, there is cause for optimism...
Sprint taps Bridgewater for Xohm security

Jun 4, 2008 2:49 PM

Sprint this week said it will use network access control technology from Bridgewater Systems to control access to its planned Xohm WiMAX network...
Alcatel-Lucent carves out managed broadband offerings

Jun 4, 2008 2:42 PM

Alcatel-Lucent today announced an update to its triple-play platform designed to add higher service quality options to best-effort broadband...
NXTcomm08 brings together community of buyers, suppliers, investors

Jun 3, 2008 6:16 PM

NXTcomm08 won’t be the same old telecom trade show. Whereas in years past the topics permeating the show floor revolved around buzz, hype and surmising about the future potential of technologies, this year’s show will be all about where the industry is today -- how to deploy technology, interoperate it with other networks and how to bring together a community of buyers, suppliers and investors to ultimately change the way everyone does business...
Sharedband’s bonded broadband gains traction

Jun 2, 2008 3:30 PM

Sharedband is making progress bringing its bonded-broadband offering up to speed, billing US customers for the first time in May while it works to sign up more...
Zayo closes seventh acquisition, eighth to follow

Jun 2, 2008 1:10 PM

Zayo Group has closed its seventh acquisition and is working on eight, the regional network provider announced today...
NXTcomm names Eos award winners

Jun 2, 2008 12:31 PM

Alcatel-Lucent was a double winner today as NXTcomm announced its 2008 Eos Awards, honoring companies for the best new technologies or enterprise solutions in 12 categories of wireless, broadband and next-generation technologies for public and enterprise networks...
Comverse converged platform targets quad play

Jun 2, 2008 12:00 PM

Comverse today announced a new version of its core billing platform today featuring a single data model and product catalog, new capabilities that will allow service providers to take a more strategic approach to billing and feature bundling, the company said...
Assuring IP service quality is job one

May 30, 2008 12:00 AM

As IP services proliferate, keeping them up and running to the same uptime and quality metrics as traditional telephony services is becoming a challenge for all service providers...
Verizon may expand FiOS, rural wireless

May 29, 2008 2:32 PM

Verizon Communications is considering expanding its fiber-to-the-premises network beyond its original target of 18 million homes, according to the company’s chief financial officer...
Finding profits in IP

May 28, 2008 6:09 PM

The transition to all-IP networks is a foregone conclusion, and a technological certainty. Less certain, however, is how service providers will make their profits in the all-IP universe, and avoid being relegated to the packet pipe. At NXTcomm08 (June 15-19), exhibitors will be very much focused on answering this all-important question by showing how to deliver profitable IP-based services to both the business and consumer markets...
Standards process changing with the times

May 28, 2008 11:04 AM

Standards have always been a critical part of the telecom industry’s progress, but in the last few years, that process has changed, according to the woman who leads North America’s leading telecom standards leadership organization...
Mushroom shrinks broadband bonding gear for SMBs

May 28, 2008 10:54 AM

Mushroom Networks today introduced a half-sized version of its broadband bonding appliance designed for small and medium business users (SMBs)....
Zeugma aims to redefine edge

May 27, 2008 10:16 AM

A Canadian start-up company with a Greek name is introducing a new approach to delivering broadband services designed to streamline delivery and pump up revenues for service providers...
Sprint Clearwire JV has broad implications

May 23, 2008 5:43 PM

Sprint and Clearwire’s renewed engagement didn’t just boost WiMAX’s profile in the U.S. According to global vendors, it enormously benefited WiMAX worldwide, giving operators who were on the fence about WiMAX the confidence to deploy their networks...
Microsoft spiffs up Mediaroom developers’ kit

May 22, 2008 3:17 PM

Microsoft this week released a beta version of its Microsoft Mediaroom Presentation Framework to the 150 software developers that are part of the Microsoft program, allowing them to now directly import Web Services content into IPTV applications...
Zayo lights Northeastern ‘express lane’

May 22, 2008 1:38 PM

Zayo Bandwidth has stitched together networks from three different acquisitions to light a new optical network in the Northeast that the company claims will offer lower latency because it takes an especially direct route...
Openet policy, billing tools aim to make pricing a product

May 21, 2008 2:42 PM

Vendor Openet this week debuted two new OSS/BSS products to help service providers move to more dynamic pricing models, opening the doors to new service offerings that take advantage of network capabilities like quality of service and real-time service delivery...
Verizon Business makes professional services push

May 20, 2008 10:10 AM

Verizon Business today announced a major new push into professional services, making products out of things the telecom giant is already doing for many of its enterprise customers...
Survey shows managed services boom

May 19, 2008 12:25 PM

The latest results from a multi-year Ovum study, commissioned by Cisco Systems, confirm the telecom market’s move to managed services, a strategy that Cisco has embraced for its service provider customers...
MU brings “Dynamics” to service assurance

May 19, 2008 12:07 PM

MU Security today announced a major change in its corporate strategy, as well as a new name – MU Dynamics -- to reflect the broader role the company wants to play in helping service providers prevent network downtime. ...
Embarq move raises questions about quad-play model

May 15, 2008 4:02 PM

Embarq’s severance of its partnership with Sprint Nextel for the wireless portion of its bundled offerings raises questions about to what extent the company will remain true to the strategy of fixed mobile convergence laid out by former CEO (now Sprint CEO) Dan Hesse...
Samsung, LG get green light on mobile TV standard

May 15, 2008 3:17 PM

The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OVMC), an organization of 850 local broadcasters, today submitted its viability report findings giving Samsung and LG the stamp of approval to pursue mobile TV based on the best of both manufacturers’ competing standards...
IMS deployments on the rise

May 15, 2008 1:55 PM

As vendors and service providers prepare for the NXTcomm conference in Dallas next month, news of growing IMS contracts and deployments represent a strong step forward for this up-to-now languishing technology...
iHollywood Forum debuts first-ever "green forum"

May 15, 2008 12:13 PM

With energy prices on the rise and global warming accelerating at an alarming rate, “going green” is no longer a fad. The telecom industry is serious about making changes, which is why conference producer iHollywood Forum opted to host the first-ever Communications Goes Green forum in conjunction with NXTcomm08...
MultiService Forum readies global demo

May 15, 2008 11:30 AM

Carriers including Verizon, BT, Vodafone and new member China Mobile will be among the host test sites for the MultiService Forum's global interoperability demonstration of next-generation networks...
Broadweave to heal iProvo by shedding wholesale fiber model

May 14, 2008 1:04 PM

Broadweave Networks, a provider of fiber-based triple-play services in greenfield developments, has acquired the municipal fiber network of Provo, Utah, vowing to improve the operation by replacing its open-access wholesale model with one in which Broadweave both owns the network and offers services over it...
NDS teams with Cox for next-gen user interface

May 14, 2008 12:56 PM

In a move to differentiate its television offering, third-largest cable provider Cox Communications today announced it has chosen NDS to implement a next-generation video user interface (UI)...
Qwest CTO on femtocells, open access and wireless broadband

May 13, 2008 7:56 PM

As the only Bell carrier without a wireless arm, Qwest Communications can claim a unique intersection with the wireless world and a unique view of the technologies and trends now bridging the wireless and wireline worlds. Qwest’s Chief Technology Officer Pieter Poll explores this terrain, lending his views on a range of pertinent technology issues, including femtocells, open access, fixed-mobile convergence, wireless broadband and more...
Why Cisco’s U.S. service provider business is down

May 13, 2008 7:53 PM

Cisco Systems reported a decline in orders among U.S. service providers in the quarter ending in April but insisted it was a temporary phenomenon...
FiberNet expands nationally as capacity demand grows

May 13, 2008 7:50 PM

FiberNet is embarking on a $2-million network expansion project to add capacity to its network and connect new metro markets just as the company is reporting an increase in higher-bandwidth optical transport services not seen in some time...
Cogent revamps sales as productivity sags

May 13, 2008 7:47 PM

Cogent Communications is making sweeping changes in its sales force to reduce churn and boost productivity following the lowest quarterly sales productivity numbers in the company’s history...
MagicJack attacks

May 13, 2008 7:43 PM

MagicJack founder, and inventor of its technology, Dan Borislow, doesn’t like the term voice-over IP (VoIP). He thinks it has a negative connotation in an industry prone to struggles. Why not call it what it is – really, really cheap phone service? ...
Big OSS projects go live

May 13, 2008 7:40 PM

Operations support services “transformation” projects are beginning to move off the drawing board and into production, with executives behind those efforts warning colleagues they'll take longer than expected, fail without employee and exec level buy-in, and put greater pressure on IT to contribute to top-line growth, according to service providers at the recent B/OSS World Show in Chicago ...
Jangl to dead pool; execs, assets to Jajah

May 13, 2008 7:36 PM

That’s one less “j” Web VoIP provider for service providers to worry about. But with subscriber claims seemingly easier to come by than revenues, it’s not clear the Jangls, Jajahs and Jaxtrs of the world have incumbent service providers quaking in their boots just yet, anyway....
Active Ethernet grows in PON's shadow

May 13, 2008 3:39 PM

When it comes to fiber-to-the-home technology in North America, passive optical networks get all the attention. But FTTH based on active Ethernet technology is quietly growing more prevalent...
MEF to streamline wholesale Ethernet services

May 13, 2008 3:37 PM

The Metro Ethernet Forum continues its important work on a range of industry standards fronts. Perhaps one of the forum's most auspicious efforts is its most recent one: the formation of a new wholesale access group assembled to author a set of standard procedures for ordering Ethernet services on a wholesale basis...
Adva aids Ethernet handoff

Apr 30, 2008 10:13 AM

Adva Optical Networking introduced a new demarcation device designed to manage the interface between carrier networks....
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