DQE Communications acquires Met-Net

DQE Communications said on Thursday it will expand its fiber-optic network for businesses, starting with a July 1 acquisition of Met-Net Communications of Findlay.

Met-Net’s network always has been powered by DQE, a subsidiary of Downtown-based Duquesne Light Holdings, so customers should notice few changes, DQE said.

The value of the deal wasn’t disclosed. DQE said the Met-Net addition along with capital investments will boost the capabilities of its commercial-grade network in Allegheny and six...

By TotalTelecom, 08 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, N America.

Verizon Wireless Ups Regulatory Charge $0.03, Will Pay Difference For Life Of Contract Instead Of Waiving ETF

There was a whole bunch of Regulatory Charge talk going on around these parts over the last week or so, and we’ve got some additional information on it today to pass along to those of you looking to exit your VZW contract.

According to our sources, Verizon did indeed up the Regulatory Charge by $0.03 and did not offset the cost in another area. That technically counts as a material adverse effect since it raises your bill and should allow you to exit your contract without paying an ETF (early...

By TotalTelecom, 07 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, N America.

SIP Trunking – Addressing the Hidden Costs of Telephony Networks

The issue of SIP trunking has become increasingly important over the past year or so as a natural part of the evolution of VoIP networks.

Initially, most VoIP networks were deployed as intracompany nets with the traffic running over internal packet networks. Any connection to the PSTN were via traditional TDM trunks for a very good reason: TDM trunks were the only viable method for connecting to the PSTN. (Made the decision rather simple…)

Now, however, service providers are supporting packet-based SIP...

By TotalTelecom, 01 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, N America, VoiP.

Smartphones Now Majority of New Phone Purchases in US – Nielsen

The US smartphone market is continuing to grow, states the latest survey from Nielsen.

According to Nielsen’s May survey, 38 percent of the mobile consumers in the US now own smartphones. 55 percent of those who purchased a new handset in the past three months stated they had brought a smartphone instead of a feature phone; up from 34 percent a year ago.

Of the US smartphone market, 38...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 01 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Research, Smartphones.

Pittsburgh Area Fiber Optic Network News

Back in mid-2009, Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ:LVLT, news, filings) unveiled a new plan to take better advantage of its local assets by decentralizing decision-making power and investing in locally focused personnel. They went on to take the concept to several dozen markets over the next year or so, and then spent the following year turning those markets into growth engines – and touted the improving results in the mid-Market division that followed.

But those markets were not the only ones it seemed...

By TotalTelecom, 22 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Industry, N America.

Time Spent on Mobile Apps Surpasses Desktop For First Time

A report released by Flurry today highlighted a significant shift in the way we consume information. For the first time, smartphone and tablet shipments have exceeded desktop and notebook shipments. The mass consumption of information is now done via mobile devices.

The report compares how daily interactive consumption has changed over the last twelve months between the web (desktop and mobile web) and mobile native apps. The report draws on data collected from comScore, Alexa and Flurry Analytics.

Time Spent...

By AlwaysOnMessage, 21 June 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, N America.