Verizon communications equipment caused the outage July 26 that knocked out landline calls in a portion of midtown Manhattan. Verizon recently reported losses of $198 million for the second quarter, which the company blamed on a number of one-time factors.
Verizon experienced an outage July 26 that knocked out landline calls in a
portion of midtown Manhattan.
AT&T's wireless network in the area was also affected.
"A piece of communications equipment (a digital cross connect, to be
specific) in one of our Manhattan
central offices did not operate normally Monday. Verizon technical teams and
our vendor troubleshot the issue," a Verizon spokesperson e-mailed to
eWEEK on July 27. "Not all voice calls in the area were impacted by this
piece of equipment."
The spokesperson added that any calls routed through that hardware, located
on East 30th Street,
experienced a fast busy signal. At eWEEK's offices, located on East
28th Street, phones were dead; Verizon
representatives told an eWEEK IT administrator that an outage had affected data
lines for the office telephones and faxes. Other outages were reported across a
swath of midtown, from East to West.
AT&T's wireless network in the area was also affected, according to
reported losses of $198 million for the second quarter
, despite revenues of
$26.8 billion. The one-time factors responsible for that loss included
integration costs and taxes associated with the carrier's Alltel acquisition,
and charges of $2.3 billion related to buyouts of 10,000 employees.
During that same period, however, Verizon claimed it added 1.4 million net
customers, bringing its total customer base to 92.1 million-enough to keep it
just ahead of archrival AT&T, which boasts 90.1 million subscribers and the
exclusive right to carry the bestselling iPhone in the United
In order to counter AT&T's exclusive contract for the iPhone, Verizon
has been pushing its own franchise of Android-powered smartphones, including
the Droid Incredible and the Droid X. The
latter device has sparked strong demand
, selling out at Verizon's retail
"Our approach is to support a number of different operating systems and
platforms, and to offer a robust lineup of devices, which gives us the
opportunity to not only attract new customers, but upgrade our existing
customers," John Killian, Verizon's chief financial officer, said during a
July 23 conference call with media and analysts. "I can't say enough about
the opportunity we see ahead."
In June, Barclays Capital analyst James Ratcliffe predicted that the iPhone
will launch on Verizon's network in early 2011, based on "channel checks
by our communications equipment and semiconductor research partners." Verizon
executives have also deemed the iPhone's appearance
on their platform as "inevitable,"
but other analysts have suggested that
T-Mobile could be the device's next U.S. carrier