Behind the $16.5 Billion Nokia/ Alcatel-Lucent Merger Plan

Word that Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent were close to a merger agreement has proven true. The two companies today announced “their intention to combine to create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world.” The combined company will be called...Learn More

Behind $3.4 Million Verizon 911 Outage Settlement

The news this week that Verizon agreed to a $3.4 million settlement to resolve an FCC 911 outage investigation illustrates an important issue that has come into focus as the telecom industry transitions to IP-based network infrastructure. The settlement relates to 750,000 Verizon customers in...Learn More

XO Communications Expands Unified Communications Features

March 2, 2015 — HERNDON, Va.–XO Communications (XO), a leading national provider of advanced IP communications, launched today a full suite of unified communications (UC) features for its award-winning Hosted PBX (HPBX) service. The new XO HPBX features include: instant messaging; presence (availability status); integration...Learn More

Big Carriers Will Want Small Ones to Support VoLTE Roaming

As the nation’s largest wireless service providers roll out VoLTE, they’re looking for ubiquitous coverage – and that presents both opportunities and challenges for the nation’s smaller rural wireless operators that rely on roaming agreements with the larger carriers for coverage outside their home turf....Learn More

Huawei/ Far Lane Deal Targets Rural Broadband

A telecom veteran who has considerable experience in rural deployments has started a company to pursue opportunities to serve smaller operators deploying broadband. The company, known as Far Lane, is headed up by Bill Macfarlane, whose experience includes operating the Western Independent Networks fiber network...Learn More

Bell Labs Finds Big Savings from Optical-IP Convergence

Network operators that leverage and converge optical network transport and IP technologies stand to reduce network capacity demands by 40 percent, according to a study by Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent. Operators can achieve this by integrating and coordinating resiliency methods in...Learn More

Lumos Networks Reaches 28 Connected Data Centers

November 07, 2014 — WAYNESBORO, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lumos Networks Corp. (“Lumos Networks” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:LMOS), a fiber-based service provider of data, voice and IP-based telecommunication services in the Mid-Atlantic region, is now connected to 28 data centers within its footprint. This increase reflects the combination...Learn More

CenturyLink Builds Next Generation IP Core Network with Alcatel-Lucent

MONROE, La. and PARIS, Oct. 29, 2014 — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the U.S., has deployed the 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) to meet the growing data and video demands from...Learn More

NISC: Time Has Never Been Better for Telecom and Power Utility Industries to Partner

Broadband and IP networks have transformed the telecom industry and that same impact is now being felt with the electric power industry as well. Power utility companies are embracing the trend thanks to new technologies like the smart grid and “virtualizing power.” Many electric utilities...Learn More

Paid Text Apps May Gain PSTN, Voice Connectivity

Until now wireless carriers may not have paid much attention to some new players in the VoIP arena. These include companies like WhatsApp (now owned by Facebook) that sell smartphone apps that give users a limited ability to send text messages or place calls using...Learn More

C Spire Opens “State of the Art” Retail Outlet

August 06, 2014 — D’IBERVILLE, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–C Spire unveiled its new 3,458 square foot, customer-inspired store in D’Iberville today – promising to transform and redefine the retail shopping experience with a new, fresh approach that captures the imagination, discovery and excitement associated with shopping. The...Learn More

What NFV and IMS Can Do for You

It’s all too easy for network operators of all sizes to bury their heads in the sand of the technology landscape and think that so many new technologies don’t apply to them. But doing so in the case of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Network...Learn More