Stories by Jim Duffy

Results upbeat for vendors, not so for carriers

FRAMINGHAM (01/29/2004) - Verizon Communications Inc. and SBC Communications Inc. posted mixed fourth-quarter results, while equipment vendors Nortel Networks Corp. and Avici Systems Inc. both saw top-line growth.

Juniper bags big in Q4

FRAMINGHAM (01/15/2004) - Juniper Networks Inc. this week blew away earnings and revenue estimates for its fourth quarter.

AFC nabs Marconi's access unit

FRAMINGHAM (01/06/2004) - Advanced Fibre Communications Inc. this week said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marconi Corp. plc's North American Access (NAA) business unit for US$240 million in cash.

Acra discusses his plans for Procket Networks

FRAMINGHAM (01/06/2004) - Six months after losing its CEO, router start-up Procket Networks Inc. has landed a new one: Roland Acra, formerly Cisco Systems Inc.'s senior vice president and Service Provider CTO. Acra, who reported to Cisco Chief Development Officer Mario Mazzola, jumps to Procket as Cisco keeps the industry waiting for its next-generation high-end router and operating system. On his first day at his new job, Acra shared some thoughts with Network World Managing Editor Jim Duffy.

DISA awards network contracts

FRAMINGHAM (01/05/2004) - The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced the winning bidders for the agency's Global Information Grid - Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) network.

Lightpath picks Nortel for DWDM

FRAMINGHAM (12/03/2003) - Lightpath, a New York-area CLEC, is deploying DWDM gear from Nortel Networks Corp. as the foundation for new service provisioning across its fiber-optic network.

Chiaro chirps, then cuts

FRAMINGHAM (11/21/2003) - After an upbeat briefing last week, core router start-up Chiaro Networks Inc. this week says it's laying off 15 percent of its workforce due to the continued telecom malaise and a shift in priorities.

Verizon to go VoIP

FRAMINGHAM (11/21/2003) - Verizon Communications Inc. plans to unveil residential VoIP service next year. In the first phase of a two-phase rollout, Verizon will turn up a "non-QoS" VoIP service for consumer DSL customers in the second quarter of 2004, the company says. The second phase will be a managed service offering over DSL and T-1 access lines for residences and enterprises in the fourth quarter of 2004.

Lucent bundles, brands convergence gear

FRAMINGHAM (11/20/2003) - Lucent Technologies Inc. this week bundled its voice-over-IP products and services under a common brand umbrella and said Qwest Communications International Inc. plans to deploy the technology as the foundation for its VoIP services.

Verizon picks AFC for FTTP

FRAMINGHAM (11/17/2003) - As expected, Verizon Communications Inc. has tapped Advanced Fibre Communications Inc. (AFC) as one of four vendors to supply fiber-optic and electronic equipment for Verizon's Fiber-to-the-Premises buildout.

Qwest acquires Touch America assets

FRAMINGHAM (11/14/2003) - Qwest Communications International Inc. this week said it will purchase frame relay and ATM assets from Touch America Holdings Inc., a bankrupt service provider Qwest has been in litigation with.

Router start-up ready for next phase

FRAMINGHAM (11/14/2003) - At a time when most telecom equipment start-ups are slashing staff or conspicuously maintaining a low profile, core router maker Chiaro Networks Ltd. is building some momentum.

Qwest offers long-distance data

FRAMINGHAM (11/03/2003) - Qwest Communications International Inc. this week said it can now offer long-distance data and IP services, in addition to voice, to businesses and government agencies in most of its 14-state region as a result of the carrier's recent financial restatement.

BellSouth offers SMBs VoIP

FRAMINGHAM (10/31/2003) - BellSouth Corp. this week announced services designed to migrate small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Lucent picked by Verizon

FRAMINGHAM (10/29/2003) - As expected, Lucent Technologies Inc. has been awarded a three-year deal by Verizon Communications Inc. to equip the carrier with next-generation SONET add/drop multiplexers.