Verizon’s cloud consulting: Helping hand, foot in the door or throat to choke?

Verizon Business (NYSE: VZ) is positioning its new cloud-computing consulting offering – which fluidly combines consultation, professional services and some of the carrier’s own managed telecom/IT services – as an open-ended best-of-breed approach. The company hopes to advise enterprises on their cloud strategies, whether based on internal or third-party infrastructure or a hybrid of the two, even when those enterprises get their cloud computing services from a competitor to Verizon – say, Savvis, Rackspace or AT&T.

“The client may want our full support or just a helping hand,” said Bruce Biesecker, senior strategist at Verizon Business. “They may want design help or other resources. Or they may just want us to provide some training and then fade out into sunset gracefully.” more…

Tellabs-WiChorus a done deal

Tellabs (NASDAQ:TLAB) today finalized its acquisition of upstart mobile core gateway WiChorus, making Tellabs the newest entrant into the 3G and 4G core space. Announced just over a month ago, the purchase of the small and privately held WiChorus was a relatively painless process. Meanwhile, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO) still has a few more hurdles to overcome in its own acquisition of mobile core vendor Starent (NASDAQ:STAR), which it announced just a few weeks earlier. As a publicly traded and much larger company (Cisco is paying $2.9 billion as opposed to the $165 million Tellabs shelled out for WiChorus), Cisco must has to run a much bigger regulatory gauntlet and doesn’t expect to finalize the deal until the first half of next year. more…

Usage-based pricing key to AT&T’s iPhone woes, analyst says

By now it’s commonly known that consumer data habits on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone haven’t been friendly to AT&T’s (NYSE:T) overloaded 3G network. The average iPhone user consumes five to seven times the monthly bandwidth of an average wireless subscriber, and two times the amount of an average 3G smartphone user, according to Bernstein Research senior analyst Toni Sacconaghi. As smartphone penetration continues to increase, his belief is that usage-based pricing is inevitable in the US. more…

AT&T drops VZW ‘map for that’ lawsuit

Though AT&T (NYSE:T) had another hearing in federal court coming up on Dec. 16, it has chosen to drop its lawsuit against Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) over its series of TV ads attacking AT&T’s 3G network coverage. In two separate filings today with the US district courts in Atlanta and New York, AT&T and Verizon Wireless agreed to dismiss the suit as well as VZW’s counter claims against AT&T. more…

Aricent to power ADC WiMax core platform

ADC (NASDAQ:ADCT) has tapped Aricent to supply the packet core technologies behind its ever-increasing line of WiMax base stations. Rather than develop a hardware-based access service network (ASN) gateway from scratch, ADC is choosing to partner, either allowing carriers to hang its micro-cell or pico-cell architecture off of another vendor’s packet core or packaging the ASN as a software component in its radio base stations, as is the case with Aricent’s Access Service Node platform. more…

Clearwire CEO: WiMax smartphones by Christmas 2010

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) wrapped up its 2009 WiMax rollout ahead of schedule today, announcing commercial launches in Seattle and Honolulu. Encouraged by the momentum, the WiMax provider has also put a deadline on its plans for WiMax smartphone introductions – CEO Bill Morrow told MocoNews today that WiMax smartphones would be on the market by Christmas of 2010. more…

FCC plans to turn over private data to aid broadband stimulus

The public has until Monday (Dec. 7) to comment on plans the FCC announced the day before Thanksgiving to release its vast database of private telecom services to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for it to use in evaluating whether broadband stimulus proposals refer to so-called “unserved” and “underserved” areas. more…

Clearwire completes 2009 WiMax footprint

With a month to spare, Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) closed out its 2009 WiMax rollout, announcing the commercial launch of its final two markets planned for the year: Seattle and Honolulu. Clearwire has now fulfilled its promise of covering 30 million people with the 4G mobile broadband network by year end. It now has all of December to pave the way for an even larger rollout in 2010 that will see its footprint expand by a factor of four and bring some of the largest metro areas in the US under its umbrella. more…

VZW: iPhone for girls, Droid for boys? - video

Verizon Wireless’ (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) rebuttal to AT&T’s (AT&T:T) latest commercial painted a pretty clear message that the iPhone may be pretty (a “tiara-wearing digitally clueless beauty pageant queen” if you will), but the Droid is fast, not to mention perfect for men who enjoy destruction and explosions.

Since the release of the Droid on VZW, Motorola (NYSE:MOT) has beaten out Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in brand loyalty amongst men 18 years and up, so VZW is clearly playing up that angle. It may be alienating some of its potential women buyers, but that appears to be its intention.

Whose court is the ball in now?

AT&T & VZW continue to duke it out on the air – video

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) and AT&T (NYSE:T) won’t be calling a truce anytime soon. The competing carriers continued their commercial attacks on one another today. For AT&T, actor Luke Wilson shares the value of AT&T’s rollover minutes compared to VZW, a message that AT&T has been driving home in most of its commercials to date. AT&T lets users keep their unused monthly minutes, but they do expire after a year of non-use.

Roll-over minutes are nice, but there seems to be a lot more pressing issues (the network!) that AT&T could be addressing. Is it time to pick a new marketing message, AT&T?

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