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Equinix says $60B hybrid cloud market to benefit from enterprise, SaaS provider migration

Equinix and other large data center providers will gain potential new revenue growth opportunities as more enterprises and SaaS providers migrate to the private and hybrid clouds.

Bell Canada's MTS deal gets shareholder thumbs-up

Bell Canada's pending acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services overcame a major hurdle this week as MTS shareholders have voted 99.6 percent in favor of the deal.

Smart home devices slow to catch on in U.S. broadband households

Comcast's recent purchase of iControl may be a signal that service providers are trying to get a piece of the smart home services market, but in reality these services aren't resonating with consumers.

AT&T West, CWA continue labor contract negotiations, hash out work assignments

AT&T employees represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union have worked out grievance and unfair labor issues.

Windstream asks to discontinue legacy telephone services due to low demand, joining AT&T, Verizon

Windstream is looking to weed out more legacy services from its portfolio by asking the FCC for permission to discontinue a host of operator assisted services across its ILEC and CLEC territories.

Cincinnati Bell conducts 400 Mbps over copper trial, sees potential for small cell backhaul services

Cincinnati Bell has completed a trial that delivered residential broadband speeds of up to 400 Mbps over existing copper as a method to complement its aggressive fiber-to-the-premises Fioptics rollout.

Comcast Business ups competitive ante against Verizon with $9M Virginia fiber network investment

Comcast Business plans to invest over $9 million over the next 12 months to expand its fiber network in Virginia, enabling it to reach over 3,000 businesses with Ethernet services.

Google Fiber acquires Webpass, bolsters fiber network expansion plans

Google Fiber is acquiring Webpass, a San Francisco-based ISP that offers fiber and wireless-based broadband services, in a deal that will enhance the service provider's fiber expansion efforts.

North Carolina governor sets universal broadband access goal for 2021

Pat McCrory, the governor of North Carolina, has set an ambitious broadband goal: universal statewide access by 2021. As of this year, McCrory claims that nearly 65 percent of the state's classrooms have access to a broadband connection and that number will increase to 100 percent by 2018.

Google throws support behind alternative set-top proposal

Google is showing support for a pay-TV group's recently proposed alternative to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal.

Verizon virtualization drive will reduce capex, boost network builds, says research firm

Verizon may be less vocal than AT&T about its SDN and NFV transition, but with plans to have all of its relevant network functions in a virtual environment by the end of 2018, it's clear that this transition is a top priority for the telco. 

Google Fiber granted 82 fiber hut permits in Charlotte, North Carolina

Google Fiber is progressing with its FTTH build in Charlotte, North Carolina as the service provider has been granted 82 permits for aerial and underground network facilities.

Cleareon establishes dark fiber presence in Digital Realty's NYC data center facilities

Cleareon, an emerging dark fiber provider, has expanded its network to include Digital Realty's "NYC Trifecta" by establishing points of presence in Digital Realty's NYC1, NYC2 and NYC3 data centers.

CenturyLink furthers SDN transition with new SD-WAN service

CenturyLink has made another step in its virtualization journey by introducing a new fully managed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution.

Frontier hires Stein to lead Southeast region following rocky Verizon assets transition

Frontier has appointed Matt Stein as VP of Southeast region marketing, marking the latest in a series of appointments it has made to bolster leadership in the regions the telco entered through its purchase of Verizon properties. Consumers and business suffered downtime immediately following the cutover of those assets to Frontier.

As AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink migrate to SDN, reliability and service agility are top priorities

At the recent TIA 2016 trade show, a group of service providers including CenturyLink, Verizon and XO Communications gathered on a stage to talk about transitioning to SDN and NFV. What was striking about the panel was how all three operators were concerned about making SDN and NFV reliably work in their networks.

FCC's Wheeler: Lack of backhaul competition could delay 5G wireless deployments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says as wireless operators hone their 5G plans, which will leverage higher band frequencies, there will be a need for more cost effective wireline-based backhaul solutions.

Altice's Cablevision acquisition expands 1 Gbps, business capabilities

Altice is now the fourth largest U.S. cable operator as it completed its $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision, making it a powerhouse provider of residential broadband and business services.

Birch expands channel partner program, taps Masters to lead unit

Birch Communications has promoted Paul Masters to be SVP of its Alternate Channels unit as part of a broader plan to expand its channel partner program.

Windstream, Broadsoft target hospitality market with Virtual PBX service

Windstream has established a partnership with BroadSoft to provide a new Virtual PBX and unified communications solution targeting hospitality industry opportunities.