Broadband Briefs for 8/11/08
• Knology improves in Q2
By Brian Santo
Second-quarter revenue at Knology was up 11.5 percent compared with a year ago, to $102.1 million, helping the service provider narrow its net loss from $7.2 million a year ago to $4 million in the second quarter just completed.
Total connections decreased 5,462 for the second quarter of 2008, ending at 666,011 as of quarter-end. Average monthly revenue per connection increased to $50.91, compared with $48.90 for the second quarter of 2007 and $50.36 in the previous quarter.
Business connections passed the 100,000 threshold, ending the quarter at 102,163, representing 21 percent growth from June 30, 2007.
• Verizon, union agree; Qwest labor talks iffy
By Brian Santo
One telco has apparently resolved its labor negotiations, while another remains unable to do so. Verizon reached a tentative agreement on three-year contracts with two unions representing its employees, while Qwest and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) remain at such an impasse that the CWA just voted to authorize a possible strike.
Verizon’s deal with the CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) includes wage increases that total 10.5 percent within three years. The company and the unions also agreed to shift from a defined benefit to a defined contribution retiree medical approach.
Meanwhile, CWA District 7 said that 93 percent of its voting members had authorized union leaders to call a strike if needed. The CWA’s current contract with Qwest expires on August 17. Issues include health care, retirement benefits and raises.
• Corning’s FutureCom 10TENe exceeds standards requirements
By Traci Patterson
Corning Cable Systems said that its FutureCom 10TENe system now exceeds international ISO/IEC 11801:2002 Amd1:2008 and American ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.2-10-CAT6A system standards requirements.
The FutureCom 10TENe system was developed to support 10Gbit/s applications over 100 meters, making the solution ideal for data center environments. It is fully compliant with the IEEE 802.3an and the new EA class, and it’s suitable for Power over Ethernet (PoE) and PoE Plus applications, the company said.
The FutureCom 10TENe system's high-quality level of performance ensures network security and an investment in the future, Corning Cable Systems said, and it facilitates upgrades to higher classes and future applications without the need to replace backbone cables. The cabling system is designed for optimal electrical characteristics at minimum diameter and weight, addressing the crucial space and cooling issues of data centers.
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