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Iain Morris BT Plots G.fast Rollout, Mobile Launch
Iain Morris  
1/30/2015   1 Comment
BT has announced plans to run large-scale trials of G.fast, the next-generation fixed broadband technology, this summer and said it looked forward to launching converged services following the acquisition of mobile operator EE. The news came early Friday morning as the UK incumbent reported an increase in profit on declining revenues in the October-to-December quarter.
Mitch Wagner Comcast Apologizes to 'A**hole' Brown
Mitch Wagner  
1/29/2015   4 comments
Pro-tip for Comcast customer retention: If your customer is quitting, calling the customer a dirty name probably isn't going to change their mind.
Dan Jones FCC's Monster Auction Ends at $45B in Bids
Dan Jones  
1/29/2015   1 Comment
The Advanced Wireless Services-3 (AWS-3) auction closed at $44.89 billion in total bids Thursday. The FCC had set an initial reserve price of $10 billion. At stake was a swathe of nationwide spectrum suitable for high-speed data wireless services. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) auctioned off 65MHz of spectrum in the 1.7GHz and 2.1GHz bands, including 50MHz of paired channels for LTE uplink and downlink. (See Mid-Band's No Turkey! FCC Auction Tops $38B.)
Dan O'Shea Comlink Jumps Into 100G
Dan O'Shea  
1/29/2015  
Metro 100G is the talk of the optical sector, and on the roadmaps of every service provider great and small. The smaller network operators might not seem the most obvious candidates for 100G upgrades, but the reality is that bandwidth-chomping large enterprises and data centers are everywhere, and so are wholesale carriers' carrier opportunities. As one of our special features for optical transport month, we checked in with small but rapidly growing regional operator Comlink, which just this week announced the activation of its first 100G circuit. (See Comlink Enters 100G Race and Comlink Turns On 100G With Transmode.)
Mari Silbey FCC Sets 25/3 as New Broadband Bar
Mari Silbey  
1/29/2015   1 Comment
As expected, the FCC today boosted the minimum broadband speed threshold from 4 Mbit/s downstream and 1 Mbit/s upstream (4/1) to 25 Mbit/s downstream and 3 Mbit/s upstream (25/3).
Alan Breznick TWC Roars Back to Life
Alan Breznick  
1/29/2015  
Maybe Time Warner Cable doesn't need Comcast so badly after all.
Mitch Wagner Citrix to Axe 900 for Renewed Mobile Focus
Mitch Wagner  
1/29/2015  
Citrix Systems plans to cut 900 positions -- 700 full-time and 200 contractors -- and will also consolidate some of its less popular products to improve efficiency, the virtualization vendor revealed on its fourth-quarter earnings call.
Iain Morris Nokia CEO Defends Licensing Outlook
Iain Morris  
1/29/2015   1 Comment
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri has insisted the outlook for intellectual property licensing has not weakened amid investor concern about a sharp fall in operating margins at the Nokia Technologies business during the October-to-December quarter.
Mari Silbey Sony & Dish Two Sides of a Coin
Mari Silbey  
1/29/2015   1 Comment
While Dish may be ushering in a new era of skinnier TV bundles with Sling TV, it looks like Sony is headed completely in the opposite direction. (See Sling TV - Like Pay-TV, but Skinnier.)
Robert Clark NTT DoCoMo Takes on Retail Broadband
Robert Clark  
1/29/2015   7 comments
Hard-pressed Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo has waded into the retail broadband business.
Jason Meyers The Granddaddy of Gigabit Gatherings
Jason Meyers  
1/29/2015   2 comments
I've been on kind of a whirlwind Gigabit Cities tour since I started reporting on this topic for Light Reading last July. It's so far taken me (both virtually and in person) to the more obvious places on the US gigabit map -- Chattanooga, Kansas City and Austin, to name a few -- and to the far less obvious, like Sebewaing, Mich., Longmont, Colo. and Bemidji, Minn.
Mitch Wagner Radisys Introduces Load Balancer With Brains
Mitch Wagner  
1/29/2015   1 Comment
Radisys today introduced an "intelligent load balancer" designed to help carriers scale SDN networks for voice, video, 4G, 5G, Internet of Things and other high-traffic applications.
Paul Rainford Eurobites: Sky Goes Mobile With O2
Paul Rainford  
1/29/2015   1 Comment
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefonica buys stake in Indra; ETNO calls for level playing field with OTT crowd; Cinven bids for Telekom Slovenia.
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Iain Morris Pain in Spain & Eurasia Hits TeliaSonera
Iain Morris  
1/29/2015   1 Comment
Sweden's TeliaSonera has reported a decline in operating profit on flattish revenue growth after being hit by price-based competition in Spain and mounting economic problems in Eurasia during the October-to-December quarter. Operating income fell by 4.8%, to 6.76 billion Swedish kronor (US$820 million), while revenues squeaked up by 0.2%, to SEK26.6 billion ($3.23 billion), compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. The Swedish company -- which operates networks in an array of European and Central Asian markets -- indicated that revenues would have dropped by 2.2% were it not for favorable foreign exchange movements.
Dan Jones Google Searching for 5G Wireless Engineer
Dan Jones  
1/29/2015   5 comments
Google may not be a mobile operator just yet but its wireless ambitions already extend to the as-yet-unwritten 5G standard.
Brent Mello The Telco's Dilemma: Building or Outsourcing?
Brent Mello  
1/29/2015  
The IP transition is opening doors for new entrants and smaller carriers alike to a telecom market that is ripe for innovation and growth. To walk through those doors, service providers need to expand within existing markets, while also opening up new markets to acquire new customers and keep their existing customers happy. The key is to provide a feature-rich, high-quality experience at a low cost.
Ray Le Maistre Nokia Ends 2014 on a High
Ray Le Maistre  
1/29/2015   1 Comment
Nokia ended 2014 with a flourish, improving sales across all parts of its business, generating profits and predicting further growth in the coming year.
Carol Wilson Is Juniper's Cautious Confidence Justified?
Carol Wilson  
1/28/2015   2 comments
Juniper's 2014 earnings announcement capped a tumultuous year for the network and security gear maker and the results themselves reflected that tumult. The company reported a fourth-quarter loss, admitted its security business had been overvalued, and remained cautious about the immediate future, yet saw its stock price rise in response. (See Juniper Reports Q4 Sales Dip.)
Iain Morris CommScope Agrees $3B Takeover of TE Network Assets
Iain Morris  
1/28/2015  
Ending speculation about the likelihood of a deal, CommScope has agreed to pay $3 billion for most of TE Connectivity's networks business with the aim of boosting its international presence and expanding into new parts of the equipment market. (See CommScope Eyes $3B Takeover of TE's Networks Unit.)
Ray Le Maistre Amdocs Ramps Sales, Adds Customers
Ray Le Maistre  
1/28/2015   1 Comment
Amdocs clearly hasn't hit its peak yet. The Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) giant reported record quarterly revenues of $906.3 million for its fiscal first quarter that ended December 31, a year-on-year increase of 4.9%.
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