Future Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg: Will He Continue McAdam Legacy?

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Verizon’s next CEO will be Hans Vestberg, former CEO of key supplier Ericsson, who joined Verizon as chief technology officer just over a year ago. Verizon announced that he will assume that title August 1, replacing Lowell McAdam, who has been Verizon CEO for seven...Learn More

Consolidated: 50-60 Mbps is the Broadband Sweet Spot

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Consolidated Communications offers some of the highest broadband speeds of any local service provider, but Fairpoint — the company Consolidated acquired last year — had some of the lowest, noted Consolidated CFO Steve Childers yesterday in an investor presentation focused on the Consolidated Communications investment...Learn More

Windstream CEO: We Are the Leader in SD-WAN

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Windstream SD-WAN services have become increasingly strategic to the company in recent months. At an investor conference yesterday, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas went as far as saying “We are the leader in SD-WAN.” Windstream is in a different position with regard to SD-WAN than many...Learn More

Ergen’s New Hobby: A Dish IoT Wireless Network Costing $1 Billion to Start

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Some video executives might buy a hobby farm. But Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen’s new hobby is a Dish IoT wireless network that will cost $1 billion for phase one. “For me it’s not a job. . . it’s a hobby” Ergen reportedly told attendees...Learn More

Zayo Could Be Next Telecom REIT

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Fiber network operator Zayo said it has completed the first phase of an investigation on the advisability and feasibility of a conversion to a real estate investment trust (REIT). The investigation indicated that the company likely has alternatives that would enable REIT conversion. If that...Learn More

DISH Alliance Group Will Focus on ISP Co-Marketing, Allowing ISPs to Add Video to Broadband

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DISH Network Corp. today introduced the DISH Alliance Group, a business unit dedicated to supporting internet service providers (ISPs) interested in marketing their broadband services through DISH’s call centers. Additionally, the group will provide ISPs access to DISH’s residential and commercial video offerings, including the...Learn More

Rumored Frontier Sale of Verizon Lines: A Desperate Act?

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Citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg is reporting that Frontier is considering a sale of landline assets in California, Florida and Texas that the company acquired from Verizon. A Frontier sale of the Verizon lines would appear to be a rather desperate act aimed at improving the...Learn More

CenturyLink CFO: Integrating Level 3 is a Priority, But Digitizing the Customer Experience is As Well

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The top priority for CenturyLink for 2018 will be integrating the operations of Level 3, said CenturyLink CFO Sunit Patel yesterday. Other CenturyLink priorities for 2018 will include making the customer experience digital and positioning the company to offer its network on a shared services...Learn More

CFO: More Uniti Group Sale Leaseback Deals for Telecom Network Assets Expected

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When Uniti Group was spun out of Windstream as a telecom real estate investment trust in 2015, there was a lot of speculation about whether other telcos also would sell their fiber and copper assets to the telecom REIT and lease them back as Windstream...Learn More

Analysts: Telcos Destined to Lose, Frontier and Windstream Bankruptcies May be in Near Future

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Frontier and Windstream bankruptcies could be coming in the “not-too-distant” future, said MoffettNathanson financial analysts in a research note today. “The market anticipates that both these companies will go bankrupt in the not-too-distant future, judging by their sagging bond prices and nosebleed credit default swap...Learn More

Uniti Group CEO Envisions Non-Windstream Revenues Coming From Windstream Assets

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Uniti Group Windstream plans could include selling capacity on fiber currently leased exclusively to Windstream to other carriers, said Uniti Group President and CEO Kenny Gunderman at an investor conference today. From Uniti Group’s point of view, the goal would be to decrease the company’s...Learn More

During Wireless Competitive Storm, Verizon Sticks With Network Quality

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Verizon network quality will continue to be the company’s key differentiator, said John Stratton, executive vice president and president of global operations for the company, at an investor conference today. “The foundation of our brand is built on the quality and reliability of the network,”...Learn More

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