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AT&T names Amdocs as systems integrator for its ECOMP virtual platform

AT&T has tapped Amdocs to serve as the integrator to help other service providers and enterprises that want to take advantage of its Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy (ECOMP) virtualization platform to build software-centric services.

Level 3's Storey: We'll do more to make smaller customers more profitable

Level 3 Communications saw lower end churn among its smaller enterprise customer base and wholesale customers take a toll on second quarter revenues, as these segments transitioned to other technologies and the industry consolidated.

Verizon's Shammo: We'll make a decision on our data center business in Q3

Verizon says it's closer to finalizing what it is going to do with its data center business, one that it has struggled to maintain in recent years as it faces greater competition from data center specialists like Equinix.

Broadband expansion, 5G rollouts will drive edge router revenues to $8B by 2020

Service providers' ongoing rollout of fiber-based broadband services and future 5G wireless deployments will drive up the worldwide service provider edge router market to $8 billion in revenues by 2020.

Juniper gets 'mixed message' from Tier 1 telcos on flat Q2 service provider revenue

Juniper Networks saw service provider sales uptick slightly quarter-over-quarter, but the overall market is in transition -- reflecting a trend the vendor is seeing with its Tier 1 customers.

Data center 25G, 100G adoption will drive Ethernet market to $26B by 2020, says research firm

The ongoing adoption of higher speeds in the data center and campus environments will help drive up Ethernet switch market revenues beyond $26 billion in 2020. Dell'Oro Group says that 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps will see demand in campus environments while 25 Gbps and 100 Gbps will drive upgrades for data centers.

FiberLight adds low-latency connections to its 10K Texas fiber miles

FiberLight has taken another step forward in its Texas statewide fiber network expansion, establishing additional low-latency connectivity between the western portions of the company's Texas network to tie its 10,000 mile network together.

Zayo brings dark fiber to north-central Texas schools, leverages existing FTTT investment

Zayo Group has won a new dark fiber and IP services contract with the Texas Education Service Center Region 11, furthering its strategy to leverage and extend existing fiber to the tower builds.

Verizon's McAdam: We are talking to other cities about FiOS deployments

Verizon changed its FiOS buildout tune in April when it announced it would bring FiOS to Boston via a $300 million, six-year investment plan. Now, the telco is indicating other cities could be in line for a similar build.

Verizon drops 13K FiOS internet subs in Q2 due to strike impact

Verizon saw its FiOS revenue grow in the second quarter, but the work stoppage due to a two-month wireline workforce strike took its toll, resulting in the loss of 13,000 internet subscribers during the quarter.

RCN Business serves up NFV-based managed security, monitoring service for fiber customers

RCN Business has debuted a cloud-based Managed Security offering, signaling the competitive provider's movement into virtual NFV services for business customers.

Verizon: CAF-II auction rules should focus on locations where funding was declined by provider

Verizon did not accept funding from the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund program, but the service provider wants the regulator to recognize the need for faster broadband nationwide by ranking bids higher for territories where funding was declined.

Cisco, Amartus co-develop MEF OpenCS packet WAN usage case

Cisco and Amartus are jointly developing the new OpenCS (Open Connectivity Services) Packet WAN Use Case that is part of the Metro Ethernet Foundation's Open Initiative to accelerate the industry transition to orchestrated "Third Network" services.

GVTC establishes interconnection point at Data Foundry's Texas 1 site, enhances wholesale Ethernet business

GVTC Communications has established an interconnection point at Data Foundry's Texas 1 facility, enabling the provider to extend its emerging wholesale Ethernet service set to a broader array of customers.

Orange and Vodafone plot NFV, SDN plans for business customers

AT&T and Verizon may be grabbing a lot of headlines for their network virtualization plans, but European service providers like Orange and Vodafone are being no less aggressive with their NFV and SDN migrations.

Midco completes 106-mile North Dakota fiber extension, enhances redundancy

Midco has wrapped up the buildout of a 106-mile, $5 million fiber network expansion from Williston to Bismarck and Minot, North Dakota, bulking up the number of locations it can serve and ensuring greater redundancy to prevent outages in the event of a fiber cut.

CenturyLink cuts PSTN power consumption by 37 percent by 'grooming' Class 5 switches

CenturyLink has set a goal to reduce power consumption on its public switched telephone network by nearly 22,000 megawatt-hours a year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as more customers migrate to VoIP and mobile voice services.

CenturyLink says dark fiber for E-Rate applications should not be treated as "special construction"

CenturyLink says that a request made by the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology to classify dark fiber leases or indefeasible rights of use agreements as special construction could have grave consequences.

Frontier sued for alleged misuse of $40.5M in federal broadband stimulus funds

Frontier's woes in West Virginia have come to a new head as competitive provider Citynet is suing the telco over abusing $40.5 million in federal stimulus funds to build a broadband network that would lock out competitors in the state.

Ethernet Alliance, UNH-IOL to hold plugfest for 2.5, 5 Gbps Ethernet service

The Ethernet Alliance and the Nbase-T Alliance announced a new collaborative effort they say is designed to accelerate mainstream deployment of 2.5GBase-T and 5GBase-T Ethernet. This technology multiplies network throughput of the more than 70 billion meters of Cat5e and Cat6 cabling sold throughout the last 13 years.