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Shentel's cable segment helps drive up Q2 2015 total fiber sales to $10.2M

Shentel reported that second-quarter carrier access and fiber revenue for the quarter was $10.2 million, a 5.3 percent increase from $9.6 million for the same quarter last year, due to growth in new fiber contracts driven mainly by the cable segment.

Ciena wraps $400M Cyan acquisition, further SDN, NFV plans

Ciena has completed its acquisition of Cyan, a deal that immediately enhances its software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) plans. With the acquisition now completed, Ciena said it will unify the software activities of both companies under a single brand that will be known as the Blue Planet division.

10 GigE server network ports to make up 50% of market by 2017, report finds

Server network ports are on the front edge of an emerging growth curve. According to a new Dell'Oro Group report, 10 GigE ports will comprise over 50 percent of total server network ports by 2017.

Ethernet Internet Access service boosts Frontier's growing wholesale channel

Frontier has added Ethernet Internet Access (EIA) designed to serve its wholesale carrier customers, including its mix of wireless and traditional providers looking to expand their off-net Ethernet footprints.

Google Fiber gets green light to bring 1 Gig service to Tempe, Ariz.

Google Fiber has gotten permission to bring their 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home service to Tempe, Ariz., as the city council voted to unanimously approve their agreement.

Frontier to refresh its FiOS platform, expand FTTH footprint after Verizon deal closes

Frontier plans to revamp its FiOS platform and expand the FTTH network in the three markets it will enter once its pending acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets takes place.

No strike yet: Verizon, CWA, IBEW unions to continue negotiations as contract expires

Verizon and members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers unions said they will continue negotiating a new labor contract covering 39,000 workers after the current one expired on Saturday.

PON, DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades to drive broadband access revenues to $19B by 2019, says research firm

As more traditional telcos upgrade their networks to support higher speed DSL and even 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) services it is creating a potential revenue windfall for PON, DSL and cable vendors, says research firm Dell'Oro Group.

Granite says ILEC's IP migration shouldn't compromise competitors' voice, data service offerings

Granite Telecommunications may be motivated to transition to IP-based technologies, but in the near-term the service provider still needs to use the ILEC's ubiquitous copper and TDM-based networks to serve its growing base of large retail customers that have multiple locations throughout the U.S.

BT, Assia reach settlement on DSL technology patent dispute

BT and ASSIA, a provider of software solutions that enable telcos to increase the rate and reach of broadband services they deliver over their existing copper networks, have agreed to settle their long-running patent dispute that began in 2011.

Frontier, CWA reach labor agreement covering workers in Texas and Missouri

Frontier has reached another labor agreement with the Communications Workers of America District 6, covering workers in Texas and Missouri, clearing another key issue as it proceeds with its acquisition of Verizon'swireline assets in Texas, California and Florida.

TDS Telecom to launch IPTV, fiber broadband in 7 new markets in 2015

TDS Telecom is moving ahead with its targeted fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and IPTV services build with plans to roll out services in an additional seven wireline markets by the end of this year.

Cincinnati Bell sees growing potential in dark fiber, small cell backhaul

Cincinnati Bell is one of a growing number of smaller telcos that are finding growing interest from wireless operators and other traditional carriers for dark fiber and small cell backhaul services.

Online video providers seek out ways to provide personalized content

The notion of personalized video content has become the latest buzzword in the OTT video space as users demand more content that suits their own viewing habits and interests. A potential scenario could be that a user could turn on their television set and see content being offered that is tailored specifically to that individual.

New York mayors chime in on Verizon-CWA union negotiations, FiOS rollouts

A group of mayors in New York have joined the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in their current union labor negotiations with Verizon Communications, while asking the telco to bring its fiber-to-the-home FiOS service to their communities.

Alcatel-Lucent prepares to complete Nokia merger, names interim management team as Combes departs

Alcatel-Lucent is moving ahead with its merger with Nokia, announcing that CEO Michel Combes will be leaving the company on Sept. 1.

AT&T designates Kentucky's 4-Star Industrial Park as 'Fiber Ready'

AT&T has designated 4-Star Industrial Park in Robards, Ky., as "Fiber Ready," illustrating that it is making progress with driving fiber into more commercial buildings to deliver IP-based Ethernet and cloud services.

Zayo wraps dark fiber route build between NYSE and Equinix NY5 data centers

Zayo has completed the buildout of a dark fiber route between the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) data center facility at 1700 MacArthur Blvd in Mahwah, N.J., and Equinix's International Business Exchange (IBX) data center at 800 Secaucus Road (NY5), enabling it to better respond to financial companies' desire for low-latency network services.

Cincinnati Bell adds 25K Fioptics addresses, sees increased sales to single-family homes

Cincinnati Bell continues to be aggressive in expanding in its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) Fioptics business by passing more multi-dwelling units (MDUs) and single-family homes in its territory.

Verizon, CenturyLink don't want interim special-access pricing for commercial Ethernet

Verizon and CenturyLink may be in support of giving their CLEC wholesale customers fair pricing as they transition from legacy TDM to IP-based services, but any rules should only be applied to DS1 and DS3 special access services, they say.