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Spherix sues Level 3 and Fairpoint over Nortel Ethernet patents

Spherix, a holder of Nortel patents, has filed two lawsuits against Level 3 Communications, the former tw telecom (which was merged with Level 3 in 2014), and FairPoint Communications claiming the companies infringed on intellectual property around Ethernet.

BCE acquires Manitoba Telecom for $2.5B, plans to expand 1 Gbps, IPTV

BCE, the parent company of Bell Canada, is acquiring Manitoba Telecom Services for approximately $2.5 billion (CAD $3.1 billion), enhancing its presence in the Western Canadian province with a larger wireline broadband and TV footprint.

Shentel fiber sales drive to $10M as E-Rate, tower business rise

Shentel's wireline network success in the first quarter, which contributed to the provider's net income rise of 35 percent year over year to $13.9 million, was driven by fiber sales to schools via the FCC's E-Rate program and to wireless operators in its region.

Verizon deploys additional contractors as CWA, IBEW reject telco's new labor offer

Verizon has made another move to keep its maintenance and installation schedules on time by deploying thousands of additional employees as wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers continue their labor strike.

CenturyLink, FairPoint and Frontier protest special access changes, say it will impact rural market growth

CenturyLink, FairPoint and Frontier banded together in protest of the FCC's passing of a proposal to realign the special access market, saying that it would have a detrimental effect on how service providers address Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets.

Google Fiber starts lighting select condos, apartments in Nashville

Google Fiber has launched limited services Nashville, offering 1 Gbps data to four apartment and condominium buildings. The internet giant will face off with AT&T and Comcast, which have already started to offer 1 Gbps services in Middle Tennessee.

 

Amazon Web Services commands 31% of worldwide cloud market, says research firm

Amazon Web Services continues to retain its top spot in the cloud infrastructure market with a 31 percent worldwide market share, according to a new Synergy Research report.

Juniper's Q1 revenues drop to $1.1B on weak service provider, enterprise results

Juniper saw the effects of a slower telecom spending environment in the first quarter, a factor that cut into its revenues. The company saw mixed results across its routing, switching, and security portfolios.

Charter's Rutledge says enterprise market penetration is low, but growth prospects are good

Charter Communications is poised to gain more market share in the small to medium and larger enterprise business markets -- two segments where it is still a young player.

Verizon presents 'last, best final' labor contract offer to wireline union workers

Verizon has put what it says is a final labor contract proposal on the table for wireline workers represented by the CWA and IBEW.

Wading through DirecTV's movement into 4K TV

DirecTV's shift into the 4K broadcast space has been anything but easy. News reports have documented how the first two of its planned 25 Major League Baseball games broadcast in 4K had to be scrubbed due to technical issues.

Comcast fears that FCC's special access proposals could harm new business service entrants

The FCC may have passed an order to explore how it can realign special access, or what it now calls Business Data Services (BDS) rules, but emerging business service providers like Comcast are fearful that new regulation could impede new competitors from growing.

CWA union claims Verizon temps are endangering citizens with shoddy wireline work

Members of the Communications Workers of America, one of the two unions whose Verizon workers are on strike, say that replacement workers hired by the telco to handle repairs and installations on its wireline networks are failing to abide by "basic safety practices."

Level 3 says small cell backhaul has potential, must align with other on-net business service opportunities

Level 3 Communications may have not have pursued the tower backhaul opportunity as aggressively as its other fiber-based counterparts, but the service provider continues to see potential in extending its fiber to small cell deployments.

Infinera Q1 revenue rises to $245M, but 'spending lumpiness' drives lower Q2 outlook

Infinera reported first quarter revenue was $245 million, up from the $186.9 million in the first quarter of 2015, but a key concern for investors was the vendor's second quarter outlook.

Verizon customers' perception of FiOS, wireless drops as worker strike rages on

As Verizon's wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers continue with their labor strike, consumers' view of FiOS and Verizon Wireless have plummeted.

Telia Carrier lights another low-latency West Coast route to connect Bay Area with Hollywood

Telia Carrier has built a new West Coast optical network in the United States to deepen its 100G transport services in its Bay Area metro markets in order to satisfy the growing needs of its content and entertainment provider customers.

Verizon data breach report reveals phishing, ransomware issues jumped in 2016

According to Verizon, cybercriminals are becoming more crafty in their ways. The telco's 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report shows a rise in phishing and ransomware, where data is encrypted and a ransom is demanded.

AT&T lights 1.6M FTTH customers with services, says it's on track to meet FCC commitments

AT&T is making steady progress in rolling out its GigaPower FTTH service to more customers with its wireline region as it looks to stave off competition from cable operators like Comcast and upstart provider Google Fiber.

SVOD leaders NBCU's Seeso, PlayStation Vue, Starz made aggressive new services push in Q1 2016

NBCUniversal's Seeso, Sony's PlayStation Vue and Starz were among the large providers that made big SVOD service debuts during the first quarter of 2016.