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Cincinnati Bell's Fox: Fiber will give us an upside in the SMB market

Cincinnati Bell has set an aggressive target with its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) build with hopes to penetrate 80 percent of the city with fiber, but the fiber investment is going to also give it a weapon to battle cable for small to medium business (SMB) customers.

Alcatel-Lucent wraps up sale of majority stake in enterprise unit to China Huaxin

Alcatel-Lucent has completed the sale of a large stake in its enterprise business to China Huaxin Post & Telecommunication Economy Development Center for $362 million.

GTT acquires UNSi, deepens Ethernet, managed services customer base

GTT has acquired UNSi, a competitive business-focused service provider, for $40 million in cash and stock, a deal that will immediately expand the company's Ethernet and managed services footprint.

Windstream names Bob Gunderman as interim CFO

Windstream has made another move in the realignment of its top management team, naming Bob Gunderman as interim CFO. The move comes after the company said it plans to spin off certain telecommunications network assets into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT).

JW Player, iLOOK offer alternatives to YouTube in the enterprise online video race

YouTube may be the household name in the online video market for both consumers and increasingly enterprises, but a host of new players such as JW Player and iLOOK are on the scene.

TeleGeography: 10 GigE port price declines continue to slow down

The global decline in IP transit prices in major cities has started to slow, according to new data from TeleGeography's IP Transit Pricing Service.

FCC's Wheeler: E-Rate reforms should address 'closing the rural fiber gap'

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told attendees during an education event in Washington, D.C., that more schools and libraries, particularly those in rural areas, need access to more fiber-based network facilities.

Windstream begins the second phase of its 100G network build

Windstream has started work on the second phase of its 100G long-haul optical network covering nearly 4,100 miles that's set to be completed by the end of the year.

Alcatel-Lucent reinforces plan to take submarine network division public

Alcatel-Lucent has confirmed that it will launch an initial public offering for its submarine cable network unit in the first half or 2015, but the exact timing will be driven by market conditions.

AT&T lights up U-verse in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

AT&T is serving up its U-verse product suite to New Hanover County, N.C., residents thanks to its Project Velocity IP (VIP) network build initiative to expand and enhance IP wireline networks.

CenturyLink establishes managed hosting, cloud presence in China

CenturyLink is extending its global managed hosting service set into China, an effort it says is driven initially by U.S.-based multinational corporations (MNCs) that want to establish a presence in the country.

The enduring need for competition policies in the IP era

From the desks of engineers to the halls of Congress, there is excitement and interest around the ongoing IP transition in communications. There are especially lively discussions about what government can and should do to smooth the transition. Suggestions range from modest adaptation of existing FCC rules to a wholesale overhaul of the Communications Act itself.

Cisco commits $1B to build Intercloud network, adds 30 new partners

Cisco is making a serious bet on the cloud market, announcing that it will invest $1 billion over the next two years to expand its Intercloud offering, while linking to over 30 partner cloud providers' data centers.

Sizing up the Comcast Media Center

Comcast's Media Center in Centennial, Colo., just outside Denver, has emerged as one of the largest facilities for shooting, producing, originating, uplinking and storing high-definition video for cable television.

Frontier taps Edward O'Connor Jr. to lead Connecticut sales

Frontier Communications has put another piece of its pending AT&T Connecticut deal in place by naming Edward H. O'Connor Jr. to lead that state's sales efforts as vice president of sales for Connecticut.

Ericsson continues OSS buying spree with GEOSS deal

Ericsson is moving to purchase Germany-based operations support systems (OSS) consulting company GEOSS, a move that it says will further strengthen its position in providing OSS products for service providers.

GVTC lights over 40,000 San Antonio-area homes with fiber broadband service

GVTC continues to make progress with its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout, announcing that it has connected over 40,000 homes to its network with plans to extend service to another 2,600 homes in select residential neighborhoods.

eircom's CEO Hribar steps down; CFO Moat takes on interim CEO role

Herb Hribar, CEO of eircom, has told the company's board of directors he will not seek to renew his contract and will leave the company. The announcement comes after the Ireland-based company abandoned plans for an initial public offering.

VSG: 1M carrier Ethernet ports will be in service by 2018

More small and large businesses continue to migrate away from legacy T-1 services to Ethernet, a factor that a new Vertical Systems Group report says will drive up customer installations to 1 million ports in 2018.

Frontier, Mitel move Illinois Wesleyan University into the cloud

Frontier Communications and Mitel have jointly brought Illinois Wesleyan University into the cloud-based voice world by upgrading its existing communications systems.