Telcos spar over service pricing; WAN acceleration offers huge payoff

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Telcos spar over service pricing, 10/02/07: Representatives from both local and national telecom companies fought over the future of telecom service pricing during a House Energy Subcommittee hearing Tuesday.

AT&T clarifies vague service termination rule, 10/02/07: Relax, AT&T subscribers: The company says it won’t cut off your Internet service if you criticize it.

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AT&T acquires Interwise for $121 million, 10/01/07: In an effort to expand its IP business services, AT&T has agreed to pay $121 million to acquire Interwise, which specializes in Web conferencing.

EFF sues to uncover alleged telco lobbying, 09/28/07: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) believes telecommunications carriers are pushing for an amnesty to protect them from lawsuits over alleged illegal wiretapping, and it is suing for the evidence.

Orange offers businesses all-in-one security portal, 10/02/07: Mobile provider Orange Business services has launched a centrally-managed service to secure PCs in a number of risky situations, including home worker PCs, and roaming laptops.

Nortel names new CFO, 10/01/07: Nortel this week named a new CFO to replace Peter Currie, who resigned in April.

Interest growing in carrier Ethernet, 09/27/07: Technologies seem to go in cycles: Every few years, a new technology arises, gets promoted and adopted (or doesn't … anyone remember SMDS?). Then a few more years pass as users work out the kinks, economies of scale push down the prices, and the not-so-new-anymore technology gets worked solidly into everyone's business and operational processes.

3Com customers should ‘stand pat,’ analysts say, 09/30/07: Customers should feel little impact from this week’s acquisition of 3Com by Huawei and Bain Capital, analysts say.

Huawei, investment fund to buy 3Com for $2B, 09/28/07: Network equipment vendor 3Com has agreed to be acquired by Huawei and Bain Capital in a deal worth over $2 billion, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal on Friday.

Avaya shareholders approve $8.2 billion private equity buyout, 09/28/07: Avaya stockholders last week approved the company’s $8.2 billion acquisition by two private equity firms.

Standards bodies vow to resolve MPLS flap, 09/27/07: The Internet’s leading standards bodies have agreed to work together to ensure that a new transport protocol being developed for Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) networks is compatible with the billions of dollars worth of MPLS equipment that carriers have installed in recent years.

5 ways to turbocharge WAN applications, 09/27/07: Five times, 10 times, 20 times or more: The performance benefits from application acceleration are real — provided you understand what the technology can and can’t do for your network. Here are best practices for deploying application-acceleration devices.

Nortel takes its place in WiMAX universe, 09/27/07: Lest Nortel be left out of the growing WiMAX fanfare, the networking vendor announced Thursday it will offer PC cards and USB dongles to allow WiMAX connectivity to laptops, among other products.

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When to chose VPLS: From the Field blogger Michael Morris examines the pros and cons of VPLS.

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