Oct
20
2014

Sprint Cuts Another 452 Jobs at Headquarters -

Back in January, a Sprint SEC filing stated that the company would be launching “workforce reduction plan to reduce costs and better meet the changing dynamics of the marketplace.” Those reductions have been ongoing throughout the year, with a recent SEC filing indicating that Sprint intended to take a $160 million hit in the second quarter due to severance packages. A filing last Friday indicated that the latest round of layoffs include the elimination of […]

Oct
20
2014

Telefónica Launches 1 Gbps Access Plan Using Huawei XG-PON Solution

SHENZHEN, CHINA — Huawei announced that it will deploy its XG-PON (also known as 10G-GPON) solution for Telefónica in Spain, enabling the operator to provide fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services to customers at symmetrical speeds of up to 1 Gbps, boosting connection speeds by up to ten times faster than current fiber-based services when it launches in 2015. Ensuring Competitiveness in FTTH Market As the future standard for optical fiber subscribers, the XG-PON solution will ensure Telefónica […]

Oct
19
2014

Do Programmers Really Believe in Streaming, or Just Business Leverage?

The latest moves by HBO, CBS, ESPN and Starz in the area of channel unbundling have been heralded as the beginning of a wave of over the top streaming moves by a wider range of networks. Such moves, it is said, will put pressure on the distributor relationships that have anchored the linear video subscription business. And that might be precisely the point, some argue. In that view, the whole point of launching over the […]

Oct
19
2014

UPN Announces Extensive Fiber Network Expansion in Nebraska

OMAHA, NE — Unite Private Networks (UPN) announced a major fiber-optic network expansion in Nebraska. The nearly 600 mile route will create new diverse metro rings in Omaha, Lincoln, and surrounding communities throughout central and eastern Nebraska. The network is the result of several anchor customers including macro and small cell deployment projects for a major wireless carrier. “When the expansion is complete, UPN will have over 2,000 route miles of fiber in the state, […]

Oct
19
2014

Lawmakers probing NSA face German secrecy hurdles

German lawmakers probing the NSA following Edward Snowden’s revelations have hit a hurdle: their own government. Officials have refused to hand over dozens of German intelligence documents detailing the extent to which the country’s spy agencies cooperated with their U.S. counterparts. Experts say the government’s reluctance to fully inform Parliament stems from a fear that leaks could imperil the flow of vital intelligence information from the United States. Read more about Lawmakers probing NSA face […]

Oct
19
2014

Amdocs system paves path to network virtualization

Amdocs has introduced a product that service providers can use to define and activate services on their networks. Network Cloud Service Orchestrator can be used for service definition on both physical and cloud-based networks, which the company said make it appropriate for service providers planning a transition to network function virtualization (NFV). Read more about Amdocs system paves path to network virtualization Comments

Oct
19
2014

The sound and the fury: Gigabit services

“Gigabit” has a long way to go in terms of replacing the ubiquitous “cloud services” as the most used tech term, but there’s no doubt that, thanks to Google, Gigabit is now firmly entrenched in at least some consumers’ minds. For those scoring at home, AT&T, Grande Communications, Google Fiber, Suddenlink Communications, TDS Telecom, CenturyLink, Bright House Networks, Atlantic Broadband, Comporium, and Cox Communications have, or plan to have 1-Gigabit services available in parts of […]

Oct
18
2014

"Fast Follower" Strategy Might Not Work in Video Streaming Business

As a rule, major transitions in technology and revenue models are slower to develop than most predict. In other words, the amount of change tends to be overestimated in the near term, and underestimated in the long term. That has direct implications for would-be suppliers. Overestimating near term demand means some firms will enter too early, and fail before the opportunity can be realized. Others simply will overinvest in promotion, before conceivable sales justify that […]

Oct
18
2014

Light Brigade Releases 2015 Training Catalog

SPARTANBURG, SC – Light Brigade, AFL’s training division, is releasing its 2015 Training Catalog, a 30-page brochure detailing Light Brigade’s training courses, DVDs and fiber optic tool kits. The catalog features a complete schedule of training dates and locations throughout the United States and Canada for each of Light Brigade’s 16 training courses, including: Fiber Optics 1-2-3 Advanced Hands-on Training Emergency Restoration FTTx for Installers and Technicians FTTx OSP Design Certified Fiber to the Home […]

Oct
18
2014

Application Dates Announced for Rural Broadband Experiments Competition

WASHINGTON — The application filing window for participation in the rural broadband experiments will open on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9AM EST and close on Friday, November 7 at 6PM EDT, according to the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, the competition’s sponsoring agency. Applicants must complete and submit FCC Form 5610 to participate in the rural broadband experiments. As part of Form 5610, applicants must attach a dedicated bid form for each proposed project, a […]

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