FirstLight Fiber Upgrades IP Core Network

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Albany, NY – March 17, 2014 – FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating fiber optic networks in Upstate New York and Northern New England, announced today the upgrade of its IP core network to further support area businesses demanding high quality Internet connectivity....Learn More

AT&T Invests To Support AT&T Partner Exchange

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Dallas, Texas, February 25, 2014 — AT&T today announced its investment to accelerate its work with solution providers through a $300 million commitment of resources over three years that began in 2013. The vast majority of this investment is expected to be spent this year...Learn More

Sasktel Deploys Next-Gen IP Service Infrastructure Using Oracle

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Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 27, 2013 — SaskTel wanted to deploy a single IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) network core to support its transition to an all-IP infrastructure and better support next-generation communications solutions for its more than one million wireless and wireline customers. The...Learn More

TDM-to-IP Transition: ATIS, SIP Forum to Create Interconnection Standard

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The idea of transitioning today’s telecommunications infrastructure to the Internet protocol gained further traction yesterday with an announcement from the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions and the SIP Forum that they would work together to specify a network-to-network interface for IP networks. “As standardized IP-based...Learn More

FCC Will Work With NSF, Other Agencies on TDM-to-IP Transition Trial

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FCC officials said at the commission’s monthly meeting today that they will enlist the help of other agencies for TDM-to-IP transition trials.  Officials also provided a few more specifics about other elements of the TDM-to-IP transition trials, about which they pledged to provide detailed recommendations...Learn More

Pluses and Minuses of Wheeler’s IP Transition Post

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A blog post about the TDM-to-IP transition from the new FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has a tone of urgency, noting that “The impacts on networks have already begun and will be profound.” In the post Wheeler pledges that in January the commission will adopt an...Learn More

AT&T Wants to Phase-Out Long-Term Special Access Contracts

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Companies that buy special access circuits from AT&T could be facing price hikes, the Wall Street Journal reported today. AT&T reportedly notified customers that as of November 9 it would no longer offer contracts longer than 36 months, which would effectively prohibit customers from getting...Learn More

BroadSoft, Sonus Partner with ANPI to Target Rural Telco Sector

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Depending on how you count, there are anywhere from 800 to 1,100 rural telcos (RLECs) across the country. The RLEC segment holds promise for companies like BroadSoft and Sonus, given the ongoing transition to all IP networks and the growing opportunities for hosted unified communications...Learn More

Interconnection May be Toughest Part of TDM-to-IP Transition

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As the telecom industry contemplates the TDM-to-IP transition aimed at replacing traditional voice service with VoIP, some of the biggest challenges will center on interconnection. The move to IP will require rethinking how service providers exchange traffic with one another from a business, regulatory and...Learn More

Can ILECs Adapt Quickly Enough?

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The New York Times recently published an interesting story, Shifting Tech Scene Unsettles Big Players, in which Quentin Hardy highlights how large bellwether IT companies like Microsoft, Dell, and HP are struggling to adapt to a new business environment. These companies built their fortunes on...Learn More

All IP Wireless Carrier for Data and Voice Emerges

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The shift to an all IP wireless network is well underway, with a new service from TextNow as a great example. TextNow started as a texting and calling app for smartphones, offering a free OTT texting and calling service. It has now morphed into a...Learn More

C Spire Business Solutions Launches New Push-To-Talk Service

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Ridgeland, Miss. – July 22, 2013 -– C Spire Business Solutions today launched its next generation Push-To-Talk (PTT) service for businesses, government agencies and service organizations that helps customers communicate faster, to larger talk groups and across more types of devices than ever before. The...Learn More