Stories by Jim Duffy

SBC gets Michigan nod

FRAMINGHAM (09/18/2003) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission this week granted SBC Communications Inc. approval to offer long-distance service in Michigan.

Cogent offers pre-paid Internet

FRAMINGHAM (09/15/2003) - Cogent Communications Inc. this week announced the launch of a pre-paid offering for service providers that gives them 10M bit/sec connections for US$1,000 a month.

SBC joins appeal of FCC order

FRAMINGHAM (09/15/2003) - SBC Communications Inc. this week became the fourth RBOC to appeal the recent FCC ruling that the companies claim enables competitors to use their local access facilities at less than wholesale rates.

Ciena buys stake in Laurel

Ciena has acquired a stake in edge router maker Laurel Networks and will resell Laurel's ST200 router.

Nortel, Bell Canada push IP telephony

Nortel Networks this week said Bell Canada will invest $US146 million over three years in Nortel products to provide enterprises with IP telephony and multimedia applications and services.

Covad, MCI in accord

Covad Communications and MCI have reached an agreement whereby MCI will offer Covad's DSL service for its Neighbourhood HiSpeed and Business Complete HiSpeed services.

DSL down 19%, WCDMA up four-fold in Q3

Worldwide sales of DSL access concentrator (a router or switch at the service provider's edge of a public access network) and customer premises equipment (CPE) in the third quarter declined 19% from the second quarter, to $US775 million, according to the latest figures from Dell'Oro.

Advisor says US should fund, test 'net security

The US government should fund and test Internet Engineering Task Force developments and initiatives to bolster the security of internet communication, including extensions to the BGP protocol, a presidential advisor says.

Broadband alive and well, firm says

Increasing user demand for faster connections to the web has led to "substantial" broadband subscriber growth over the past year, according to market research firm In-Stat/MDR.