Manitoba Telecom subsidiary MTS Allstream has launched HDTV in Brandon, Winnipeg, the company said. The IPTV service includes 30 HD channels, whole-house DVR using Alcatel-Lucent gear and Microsoft's Mediaroom software platform.
Regional telecom CenturyLink will deploy Calix's optical-network terminals to provide a fiber-based mobile-backhaul service to wireless operators in its coverage area, the company said Monday. The move is designed to help wireless carriers with cell towers add more bandwidth to alleviate network traffic jams.
Merging the best assets of rural telecoms and utility companies would create a smart-grid service powerhouse, said the head of Carina Technology, a provider of smart-metering technology. Speaking at a fiber-industry event Monday, Chief Operating Officer Michael Smalley said telecoms' intelligent networks and data-gathering services could combine with utility companies' assets to offer a cost-effective and profitable energy-management program to consumers.
A pair of Louisiana companies that built fiber-to-the-home networks said Cox Communications responded to the competition by freezing or dropping prices and adding new services, a move the upstarts said had forced them to become even more aggressive and creative in their efforts. "One way we fight [pricing competition] is with contracts -- we are able to give customers substantial discounts for [longer-term] contracts," said Trae Russell, an executive with telecom EATEL in Ascension, La.
Atlanta-area subscribers to AT&T's U-verse TV service can now make calls over the Internet. The telecom has introduced its VoIP package, dubbed "U-verse Voice," which it is bundling with its video and broadband services. The company has said that almost two-thirds of its customers generally sign up for the service once it is offered in their areas.