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Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Charter broadband subscriptions rise amidst ongoing video losses

If there was one common theme the top cable MSOs saw in the second-quarter results, it was that broadband subscriptions continued to rise as more video customers cut the cord in favor of online video alternatives like Netflix and Hulu.

Likelihood of cord cutting varies depending upon demographics, content appeal

When it comes to cutting the cord, many analysts fail to look at different demographic groups and importance of content to the subscriber to determine the likelihood they will cut the cord, and how much, if any, savings will be accrued. 

TWC says it has nearly 20,000 cell towers wired for backhaul

Time Warner Cable is highlighting its growing portfolio of backhaul services, noting in a blog post that the company has nearly 20,000 cell towers wired for cellular backhaul service. That figure is important because it shows how important wholesale services have become to cable MSOs, particularly as residential video subscriber numbers are dropping.

Carriers will spend $5.7B on SDN by 2019, says IHS

The global market for software-defined networking (SDN) software, hardware and services is expected to skyrocket from $103 million in 2014 to $5.7 billion in 2019, according to IHS. The research firm, in its latest IHS Infonetics SDN study, also said that the industry is still early in this SDN transformation and it won't be until 2016 to 2020 that the industry will have widespread commercial deployments of SDN.

Netflix transitions 100% of IT services into the cloud, citing reliability, ability to scale

By the end of the summer, Netflix will run all of its IT services in the public cloud. The SVOD provider said it is shutting down its last data center soon, the culmination of an initiative that began seven years ago.

Frontier to introduce 100 Mbps service in Connecticut

Frontier Communications will soon debut a new 100 Mbps service tier in the Connecticut markets the company acquired from AT&T. During the company's earnings call earlier this month CEO Daniel McCarthy confirmed those plans but did not reveal any pricing details for the new service.

Boston-based NFV startup Rift.io raises $16M in funding

Rift.io, a Boston-based startup, is poised to make some moves in the network functions virtualization (NFV) space. The company just raised $16 million in series A funding led by North Bridge Venture Partners. The funding will be used to develop its open source NFV platform, Rift.ware, and expand its engineering and design team.

Wi-Fi calling is now a key part of wireless operator's networks

Wireless operators now consider Wi-Fi calling to be a key part of their service offering as companies like AT&T, Sprint and Google make Wi-Fi a key part of their service offerings.

Cisco's Robbins 'optimistic' on service provider division's growth

Cisco CEO and Director Charles Robbins sounded an optimistic note on the future of the company's service provider division, saying that its overall growth in the fiscal fourth quarter signals an alignment of the manufacturer's "architectural vision" with that of its customers.

FBI: San Francisco has been hit with 12 fiber optic cable cuts in a year

San Francisco's Bay Area has been the target for more than 12 fiber-optic cable cuts in a year that have resulted in service disruption and impacted emergency phone calls.  Some of these cuts have occurred repeatedly at the same location and the way they have occurred, often in the same night in areas of the East Bay and around San Jose, Calif., has authorities believing that the attacks were intentional, according to the Wall Street Journal.

America Movil CFO says company is eyeing wireline deals in Europe

Facing increased competition in Mexico from new competitor AT&T and a potential recession in Brazil, America Movil is considering possible wireline acquisitions in Europe to grow the company's revenues.

ABI: Global broadband CPE devices will top 153.6M by year-end

As consumers upgrade to better broadband networks they are driving growth in broadband customer premise equipment (CPE). ABI Research predicts that broadband CPE shipments will top 153.6 million by year-end with fiber-optic CPE devices increasing about 12 percent in 2015 and DSL and cable CPE devices slightly declining.

AT&T's Donovan: Network on Demand leads to 95% improvement in 'provisioning cycle times'

John Donovan, senior EVP of AT&T's technology and operations, said the carrier's move to software-defined networking (SDN) is already beginning to pay off. Specifically, he said the operator's new SDN-powered Network on Demand feature, which allows businesses to increase and decrease the amount of bandwidth they need in real time, has led to a "95 percent improvement in provisioning cycle times."

Spending spree: ranking wireless carriers on monthly ad spend

In July, the nation's wireless carriers spent an estimated $183.4 million on TV advertising, down $450,000 from June. Who spent the biggest chunk of that money?

CenturyLink's Ewing optimistic on second half of 2015, is considering tiered pricing

CenturyLink has seen declines in revenue in its wholesale business and a continuing drop in the number of voice access lines on the consumer side, but the telecommunications service provider expects to see improvement in its bottom line over the second half of the year, CFO Stewart Ewing told investors.

AT&T, Verizon strike worries do not concern Wall Street

Both AT&T and Verizon currently have thousands of workers working without contracts while company management  and the labor unions attempt to negotiate a resolution to contract disputes. Interestingly, both companies' stock prices are fairly stable and investors seem unconcerned about the threat of a strike.

Adtran CEO: SDN's impact on the industry is revolutionary

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Adtran's top executive said that he predicts software-defined networking (SDN) will have a huge impact on the telecom industry because, once deployed, it will allow operators to move more quickly and save money. And he believes Adtran is well positioned to take advantage of this trend once operators stop trialing SDN and begin converting their networks.

AT&T scores $150M deal with Marriott for VOIP, broadband and LTE backup

Marriott inked a three-year, $150 million deal with AT&T in which the operator will provide faster broadband services for Marriott guests, VOIP calling, cloud services and LTE backup.

Google Fiber likely to rebrand after Alphabet reorg: report

Google's surprise, late-afternoon Monday announcement that it will reorganize under a new holding company dubbed Alphabet may have some interesting ramifications for Google Fiber, as well as home automation-focused company Nest.

Verizon bundles VOIP and wireless for enterprise customers

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has combined its enterprise VOIP with the company's wireless service to offer Wireless Connected VOIP which is targeted at enterprises. Customers will benefit from cheaper long distance charges as the combo-plan eliminates long distance fees on calls that originate from a Verizon Enterprise VOIP customer.