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Juniper acquires BTI Systems, enhances optical and SDN capabilities

Juniper Networks has acquired BTI Systems, a provider of metro optical networking and software, bolstering its cloud and SDN capabilities. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

AT&T's strategic business revenues jump to $2.8B, but market softness has an impact

AT&T is seeing more of its business customers migrate from TDM-based services to IP-based Ethernet and VPN, but the service provider continues to see softness in certain market segments like the oil and gas industry, which impacted its overall revenues.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon led wireless advertising in 2015

Whether it is Verizon's colored balls commercial or T-Mobile CEO John Legere's infamous competition rants, it's clear that wireless operators spend a lot of money advertising their brands.

FirstLight Fiber's 36,000-mile fiber extension targets wireless backhaul, enterprise opportunities

FirstLight Fiber is enhancing its fiber diet by adding 36,000 miles into New York's Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties, enabling it to fulfill a mix of wireless backhaul and enterprise service opportunities.

USTelecom wants cable's business services dominance considered in new special access rules

As the FCC begins to cull through the mountains of data on special access services, USTelecom, the industry forum focused on incumbent telcos, says the regulator should consider how cable has become a dominant force in the business segment.

Comcast Business lights up Wi-Fi for SMBs, enterprise branch locations

Comcast Business has begun offering its small to medium business and enterprise branch office customers a Wi-Fi solution, playing into the growing BYOD (bring your own device) and Wi-Fi usage trends within businesses.

CenturyLink board member Zimmel departs over reported clash with leadership

Joseph Zimmel, one of CenturyLink's board members, recently resigned from his post over allegations that he was creating bad "chemistry" with other company directors and management.

AT&T sees uptick in consumer, business IP services in two Southeast markets

AT&T saw growing acceptance by consumers and businesses of its IP-based services in Alabama and Florida, noting a sequential uptick in migration from TDM in the third quarter.

Beanfield challenges Rogers, Bell, Shaw with sub-$100 gigabit Internet service

Toronto ISP Beanfield Metroconnect has laid a challenge at the feet of area incumbents like Bell Canada, Rogers and Shaw, launching a symmetrical 1 Gbps FTTH service for its residential customers for about $70.25 (CAD $100) a month, "with no bandwidth restrictions, no usage caps, no overages, and no installation fees."

Verizon becomes member of ONOS project, furthers SDN, NFV innovation

Verizon has become the latest major service provider to join ONOS (Open source SDN Network Operating System), an organization for service providers and networks and a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.

Republicans argue that Netflix, Amazon don't require anything near 25 Mbps

The FCC's 25 Mbps broadband definition is facing a fresh round of criticism from a number of Senate Republicans who say that video streaming sites such as Netflix and Amazon require speeds that are far lower than the regulator's requirement.

Verizon gets call for FiOS from the Bronx's Co-Op City development

Verizon is facing another call for FiOS in New York City, this time from a group of elected officials and residents in the Bronx borough's Co-Op City development, where 72 percent of the residents are interested in getting the FTTH-based service.

Sprint disses ILECs' inflated special access costs as FCC completes comment period

Speaking to the media on the heels of the deadline to submit comments for the FCC's special access proceeding, Charles McKee, VP of government affairs for federal and state regulatory at Sprint, said wireless backhaul costs the carrier pays to ILECs have continued to rise.

AT&T sees GPON, Ethernet-on-demand as next steps in its FTTB program

Now that AT&T has reached its goal of bringing fiber to 1 million business locations in its wireline territory, the service provider says the two next priorities for FTTB growth will be driven by its on-demand Ethernet service and GPON-based products.

WDM systems demand will boost optical transport to $15B, research firm says

Optical transport equipment sales will grow to $15 billion by 2020, driven by huge demand for WDM (wavelength division multiplexer) systems over the next five years, a new report by Dell'Oro Group says.

Verizon invests over $1.8B in New York state network, scales FiOS to 4M homes

Verizon told the New York Assembly Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions in a hearing this week that it invested over $1.8 billion in the state's wireline and wireless networks in 2014, refuting criticism that it has not lived up to its buildout commitments.

BT tests Adtran's G.fast platform at over 2,000 premises

BT has confirmed that it is testing Adtran's 500G fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp) platform as part of its G.fast trial taking place in over 2,000 premises in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

TDS' CLEC business faces price squeeze from the ILECs' wholesale Ethernet regime

TDS Telecom's CLEC arm, TDS Metrocom, says that delivering Ethernet services to customers, particularly to smaller businesses that want 20 Mbps and above where it does not have its own facilities, is challenged by high-priced wholesale ILEC access services.

Consumer coalition asks for stricter broadband privacy rules

A coalition of 60 consumer groups have asked the FCC to adopt rules that require large ISPs to protect personal data collected and shared without their consent.

Primus Canada wins creditor protection as it negotiates sale to Birch Communications

Primus Canada has received court protection from its creditors as it looks to sell itself off to Birch Communications following a series of quarterly revenue declines.