Broadband Briefs for 11/04/09
• Pennsylvania’s Queen City gets FiOS TV
By Traci Patterson
Residents of Allentown, Pa., now have access to the FiOS TV service from Verizon.
Verizon is initially offering its FiOS TV service to more than 3,100 households in parts of Allentown, bringing consumers there 128 HD channels, more video-on-demand and faster Internet speeds.
FiOS is also available to small- and medium-size businesses.
• Operator heavyweights throw support behind IMS
By Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week
Several industry bigwigs, including AT&T, Orange, Vodafone and Ericsson, have voiced their support for IMS to handle voice and SMS traffic on Long Term Evolution networks. IMS is the protocol of choice by the 3GPP standards body, but proponents of alternate protocols argue that an interim technology is needed to handle voice and data over LTE before IMS is adopted.
One of these interim technologies, voice over LTE via generic access (VoLGA), has pushed the industry to adopt VoLGA as an interim measure. So far, that effort has only attracted one operator: Germany’s T-Mobile.
According to Steve Shaw with Kineto Wireless, a VoLGA Forum member, today’s announcement means “the path is wide open for VoLGA to be that interim solution” over competing technologies like circuit-switched fallback.
• Motorola hits 1M VOD milestone
By Traci Patterson
Motorola Home and Networks Mobility has shipped more than 1 million on-demand video streams worldwide. Motorola has aggressively pursued the VOD market. Today, the company offers the B-1 and B-3 video servers, as well as content management software to optimize on-demand resources.
All of Motorola’s solutions use the company’s Adaptive Media Management (AMM) framework for dynamically allocating resources across technologies, servers and the entire on-demand network. The Motorola CPS1000 software uses AMM to distribute content, assign streaming resources and share content libraries between video servers.
Motorola has more than 180 on-demand deployments across the globe.
• Frontier’s Q3 profit up 11% on lower costs
By The Associated Press
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – Frontier Communications Corp. on Tuesday posted an 11 percent increase in third-quarter net income as the rural phone company aggressively lowered costs in the face of falling revenue.
Frontier earned $52.2 million, or 17 cents per basic and diluted share, compared with $47 million, or 15 cents, in the same quarter a year earlier. Earnings include non-cash pension costs of $8.4 million and $3.7 million in expenses to acquire and integrate 4.8 million phone lines it's buying from Verizon Communications Inc.
Revenue fell 6 percent to $526.8 million from $557.9 million, as customers made fewer local and long-distance calls. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of 15 cents per share on revenue of $530.4 million. Estimates typically exclude one-time items.
Frontier ended the third quarter with 324 fewer employees, or 6 percent of its workforce. Shares of Frontier, based in Stamford, Conn., fell 7 cents to $7.20.