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5G is no pipe(less) dream for Verizon if it means fixed access

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Tilting Verizon completely over to wireless by the end of the decade naturally seems like a small piece of insanity to any of us in enterprise networking. Certainly consumer connectivity is now dramatically moving beyond fixed-line telecom, with U.S. mobile … Continue reading


Verizon on the strike: Nothing to see here but ‘force majeure’

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It’s lovely that Verizon said it would be business as usual during the now more than month-long CWA/IBEW strike. Nothing to see here, folks, we’ve got all day-to-day business covered. So it may seem a little odd that business customers … Continue reading


The mess at Frontier and the problem of enterprise focus

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With all of the attention to the Verizon strike on the East Coast, it’s easy to miss another mess out on the West Coast. On April 1, Frontier took over the legacy GTE ILEC territories in Florida, Texas and California … Continue reading


Verizon strike bites in the real world of customers as well as employees

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Yesterday Verizon issued its BAFO, or Best and Final Offer, to the CWA and IBEW to resolve their current strike. The proposal includes 7.5% in wage increases and some marginal-looking changes to Verizon’s outsourcing and employee-transfer policies. As a consultant, … Continue reading


Eyes on the strike: The continuing evolution of Verizon

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The current strike by 36,000 members of the Communications Workers of America and the IBEW is hardly going to sink Verizon. It’s less than one-quarter of Verizon’s total workforce even if certainly a concentrated number of people in their East … Continue reading


The Verizon-XO deal is about everything except the customers

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If you missed the news from earlier this week that Verizon is buying XO Communications, I could spin you a story as to why the lack of hype is a good thing. Nobody’s come out with the typically Orwellian bit … Continue reading


John Legere flips out at RootMetrics, and why that matters

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere had a bad day on Wednesday. RootMetrics, the carrier network evaluation firm, kind of ruined it for him. Actually it might be more correct to say that John let RootMetrics ruin his day. His overreaction was … Continue reading


Bad Merger Watch: Verizon held in check by valuation disagreements, so far

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With all of the concern about Verizon possibly selling off a chunk of its business to concentrate on wireless, it’s worth noting the ongoing chatter about Verizon buying companies instead. The latest is the idea that Verizon will take poor … Continue reading