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AT&T, Verizon's fiber offerings center on reinvigorating their SMB customer bases

AT&T and Verizon are both well known as having large-scale networks that can serve the largest multinational corporation customers, but their recent moves to enhance their fiber offerings for businesses show they want to keep a tighter rein on the small to medium business (SMB) market where their brands are still household names.

BT achieves 1 Gig rates with G.Fast copper trial, creates new broadband lab

BT revealed that during its trial of G.FAST, a technology that allows service providers to gain higher speeds over existing copper on short loop lengths using a fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) architecture, it achieved combined downstream and upstream speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

Huawei makes three-year, $4B bet on wireline broadband R&D

Huawei sees great potential in the wireline broadband market, so much so that it announced that it will invest $4 billion in conducting new research and development in the area through 2017.

TDS addresses consumers' digital device appetite with new personal cloud service

TDS is tackling its consumer customers' growing desire to carry content on multiple wireline and increasingly, mobile devices, with the introduction of its "younited" personal cloud service.

Bell Aliant's Sheriff to retire as BCE completes company privatization

Bell Aliant's CEO Karen Sheriff will retire from the company at the end of the year as the company becomes integrated into its parent company Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE).

MEF paves own SDN/NFV path with its 'Third Network' concept

The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is making its own play in the network virtualization industry with a new network as a service (NaaS) initiative called the "Third Network," one that could potentially complement or challenge existing efforts to develop SDN and NFV by focusing on connectivity services.

CableLab's DOCSIS 3.1 standard certification to kick off in Q2 2015

CableLabs is getting ready to get DOCSIS 3.1 certification underway. During a session held at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014 show in Denver, CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown said that interoperability testing on the platform will start in late December and certification of products are set to start in the second quarter of 2015.

AT&T, Verizon say broadband data caps are helpful, not harmful

AT&T and Verizon not only think that 4 Mbps is a sufficient definition for broadband, but they have told the FCC that the regulator should not look at data caps when defining whether an Internet service should be qualified as a broadband service.

Verizon adds Amazon Web Services to its third-party cloud partner list

Verizon is enhancing the cloud experience for its business customers by adding Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the list of third-party cloud providers via its Secure Cloud Interconnect (SCI) service.

tw telecom enhances network presence in New York, western Connecticut

tw telecom is continuing with its northeast U.S. network expansion effort, announcing that it is expanding its network and product suite in the New York Hudson Valley and western Connecticut regions.

Lumos completes buildout of its Project Ark wireless backhaul initiative

Lumos Networks has officially completed the buildout of its Project Ark fiber-to-the-cell (FTTC) network initiative and has already begun testing with one wholesale customer.

AT&T's Hughes on FTTB: We're making steady progress

AT&T has set an aggressive path to enhance the reach of its fiber network into more buildings to serve businesses through its fiber-to-the-building (FTTP) program. One of the key voices in developing new products for AT&T's FTTB effort is Tom Hughes, vice president of Small Business Product Management. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, sat down with Hughes to talk about the progress AT&T has made with its FTTB initiative and the new Business Fiber product.

Comcast exec says new products, customer satisfaction are key to staying competitive

Tony Werner, EVP and CTO of Comcast Cable and the Cable-Tec Expo program committee chair, told audience members attending the Cable-Tec Expo 2014 in Denver that in order to stay competitive, the cable industry as a whole has to focus on three main goals: developing new products, improving the customer experience and leveraging the scale of their networks.

Telstra makes investment in transaction management company DocuSign

Telstra has made a strategic investment in eSignature and digital transaction management (DTM) provider DocuSign, a move it says will help it accelerate paper-based processes for its enterprise customers.

tw telecom enhances its San Diego network reach

tw telecom, which is being acquired by Level 3 Communications, is adding more firepower to its existing network in San Diego by extending service into the various business parks located in Carlsbad.

AT&T appeals to power broadband users with U-verse, HBO and Amazon Prime bundle

AT&T is serving up a new promotional offer that gives U-verse customers a bundle of broadband, HBO and a year of Amazon Prime for $40 for one year.

Time Warner Cable Business enhances Ethernet portfolio with nationwide coverage, customer portal

Time Warner Cable Business Class is looking to appeal to medium and large multi-site business customers by serving up a number of new features for its Ethernet services suite.

365 Data Centers brings local cloud storage to 17 U.S. markets

365 Data Centers, a company that emerged after purchasing 16 of Equinix's data centers in 2012, is making its move into the hybrid cloud market with the launch of its storage-as-a-service (STaaS) offering in 17 markets.

Orange Business taps into hybrid cloud opportunity with VPN offering

Orange Business Services is targeting the growing multi-site enterprise hybrid cloud opportunity by adding a Business VPN Internet offering to its growing business VPN service product suite.

Frontier targets new home cybersecurity opportunities via real estate partnership

Frontier Communications has established a new channel with William Raveis Real Estate to route its Frontier Secure digital protection and tech support products targeting consumers relocating to a new location.