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Dell'Oro: Data center interconnection drives up optical equipment revenue to $2.8B

The optical transport market rose to $2.87 billion in the first quarter of 2015 as service providers increased spending on WDM equipment to satisfy growing data interconnection needs, says Dell'Oro Group.

Citi: Ericsson bid for Ciena, Juniper isn't going to happen

If Ericsson were to purchase Ciena or Juniper, the argument is that it could bolster its lagging wireline portfolio, but one Citigroup analyst says that neither deal is likely to happen.

Vonage says there's still 85% of the SMB market left to penetrate with cloud services

While other VoIP and cloud providers are anxious to move up markets into larger business accounts, Vonage maintains there's plenty of the small to medium business (SMB) market that has not been penetrated yet.

Zayo promotes Morley, Erickson as COOs of cloud and physical infrastructure units

Zayo Group has promoted two of its key executives, Matthew Erickson and Chris Morley, as COOs of their respective Physical Infrastructure and Cloud and Connectivity business units.

Equinix outbids Interxion for Telecity with $3.6B offer

Equinix has announced an agreement to acquire UK-based Telecity for $3.6 billion, effectively beating out Interxion, which announced an all-stock bid for the company in February.

Frontier targets millennials with OTT, over-the-air video trial

A top Frontier Communications executive revealed it is moving ahead with its trial of over-the-top video with its partner TiVo as a way to appeal to users who are not interested in traditional linear television services.

Alcatel-Lucent unveils transition solution for service providers' PSTN voice networks

Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a new solution that it says will help service providers, particularly those with large PSTN networks, migrate to an all-IP network infrastructure.

FCC Chairman Wheeler unveils $1.7B plan to extend broadband to the poor

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced a number of new proposals that he says will restructure and modernize the regulator's $1.7 billion Lifeline voice service program by redirecting funds to extend broadband to lower income residents.

NTS extends Gigabit network to downtown Lubbock, Texas

NTS Communications has completed the buildout of a new Gigabit fiber network in Lubbock, Texas, enabling it to provide service to local business customers in serviceable areas, including the city's downtown business district.

Report: Ciena, Juniper could become acquisition targets for Ericsson

With Nokia's recent move to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in full play, Ericsson is now looking at its own purchase options, which, reports say, potentially could include Juniper or Ciena.

TDS's 1 Gbps buildout plan to 25% of network drives users to higher speeds

TDS Telecom may not be the largest telco, but its ongoing buildout of 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets is helping raise is its overall broadband service provider profile.

Service provider interest in packet-optical transport deployments wanes, says IHS Infonetics

While service providers are still moving ahead with their packet-optical transport systems (P-OTS) plans for this year and next, a new Infonetics survey reveals that interest dropped a bit.

Charter's TWC, BrightHouse acquisitions make it a credible ILEC, CLEC business threat

Charter Communications made it official this week that it's going forward with its $56.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and its $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks, a three-way deal that will make Charter a bigger threat to ILECs and CLECs in the business market segment.

ECI CEO: Service providers don't have to throw away hardware to migrate to SDN, NFV

ECI is keen on helping its Tier 1 service provider customers migrate to software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), but it is advocating an evolutionary approach.

8x8 acquires DXI for $25.3M, strengthens its contact center capabilities

8x8 has signed an agreement to acquire privately held UK-based DXI for $25.3 million, a deal that will enhance its contact center capabilities.

HP enhances NFV portfolio by purchasing ConteXtream

HP has acquired startup ConteXtream, a deal that will enhance its play in the software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) software space.

Verizon says fewer customers are purchasing battery backup for fiber home voice services

Verizon is finding that as more of its customers migrate over to FiOS or it switches copper customers onto a fiber-based voice connection, more of its customers are increasingly using their cell phones as their voice connection during a power outage.

Cisco's VNI: Average wireline broadband speeds to increase to 42.5 Mbps by 2019

As consumers adopt more bandwidth-hungry services like Netflix and use more devices around their home, Cisco's Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecasts that the global average bandwidth speeds will increase from 20.3 to 42.5 Mbps by 2019.

IHS Infonetics: Global optical hardware spending rises 5% on strong WDM, 100G sales

Global optical network hardware spending rose 5 percent in the first quarter of 2015 as EMEA began to show signs of recovery and North American web-based companies continued to enhance their optical networks, according to IHS Infonetics Research.

FCC fights AT&T, CenturyLink and others over net neutrality rules

The FCC has filed its opposition to requests made by USTelecom, AT&T and CenturyLink to stay the implementation of its net neutrality rules, showing that it is not going to give into the telecom industry's pressure to revise its order.