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Verizon's CWA union members to release results of strike vote at upcoming rally

Verizon wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America union said they will reveal the results of the strike authorization votes taken over the last two weeks during a rally to be held on Saturday.

Juniper sees 2016 as growth year for security business, but journey will be bumpy

Juniper Networks is confident that security will be a key revenue driver in the next year for the company as more service providers and enterprise customers purchase its SRX platform and security software.

AT&T's Stephens: We're encouraged by our 1 Gig progress

AT&T is confident that its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home is on track and is happy with the subscriber take rates it is seeing thus far in the markets where it is delivering the service. That's according to CFO John Stephens, who said the carrier is sticking to its buildout commitments.

Hawaiian Telcom says SEA-US submarine cable producing nearly $30M in sales

Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more service providers and content providers continue to purchase capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, coming close to $30 million in sales.

Cisco sells off STB unit to Technicolor, realigns IoE, cloud activities

Cisco's new CEO Chuck Robbins is wasting no time making his impression on the company by selling off its set-top box business to French media technology conglomerate Technicolor and realigning the company's Internet of Everything and cloud activities.

Verizon, CWA union lock horns over pension benefits

Verizon and the Communications Workers of America union continue to be at odds over how to structure pension benefits for a new labor contract. The current contract expires on Aug. 1.

Bell Canada, Telus face CRTC mandate to open fiber networks to competitors

Canada's large incumbent telcos, including Telus, Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and others, must continue to provide special access to competitive carriers for wholesale services--and now must make their fiber networks available, too, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ruled.

Infinera's Fallon: There's a pent up demand for 100G

Infinera's CEO is seeing continual demand for 100G optical equipment from its mix of traditional telco and emerging data center customers for its Cloud Xpress product line. Speaking to investors during its second-quarter 2015 earnings call, Tom Fallon said customers see 100G as a key requirement.

OpenDaylight's Jacques sounds off on the future of SDN, NFV

I talked to Neela Jacques, executive director of OpenDaylight, in FierceTelecom's first Twitter chat on Friday, July 24, at 3:00 p.m. EDT. OpenDaylight is a group dedicated to developing open processes for business and technical issues related to the implementation of SDN and NFV, which are being embraced by a growing number of service providers in both the telco and cable community such as AT&T and Comcast. Check out the transcript of our chat.

TDS expands 1 Gbps network to southwestern Wisconsin

TDS continues to make progress with its 1 Gbps FTTH rollout, adding Bagley, Wis., and surrounding areas to its growing rural service footprint.

Cloud services to drive 50 percent of server shipments by 2017, says research firm

Cloud service adoption will provide benefits to server vendors. Beginning in 2015, a Dell'Oro Group report says, cloud data centers will become the key growth driver for server shipments while shipments into enterprise data centers will drop.

CenturyLink ramps data center capacity to 185 MW with 6-market expansion

CenturyLink continues to ramp up its global data center footprint, completing expansions in six major markets in its U.S. and international footprint that have enabled it to boost data center capacity to over 185 megawatts.

USDA releases $85.8M in funding for rural broadband projects in 7 states

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has put forward an additional $85 million in funding that it says is dedicated to increasing broadband Internet access in seven states. This funding consists of $74.8 million in telecom loans and $11 million in Community Connect grants.

AT&T-DirecTV deal gets nod from Wheeler, with conditions to expand FTTH, interconnection

AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV may have gotten the green light from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, but in giving his support he has asked the telco to stick to its word on its FTTH expansion and not discriminate against online video competitors like Netflix whose applications run over its broadband network.

Global Capacity lights D.C. area metro fiber ring, expands One Marketplace network

Global Capacity has lit a new metro fiber ring in the Washington, D.C., area, a build that will expand the availability of its One Marketplace network over more of its own network facilities in key U.S. Internet markets.

Verizon's Shammo: Union negotiation process will take some time

A high level Verizon executive says that the telco expects that, due to the changes they want to make in order to control costs, the negotiation process with union workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will take time to complete.

Frontier continues to expand broadband in former AT&T, Verizon territories

Frontier Communications said in an FCC filing that it is on track with the broadband expansions it promised to make when it purchased Verizon's rural assets in 2010 and AT&T's Connecticut wireline assets in 2014.

Network functions virtualization market to reach $11.6B by 2019, says analyst firm

As service providers like AT&T and CenturyLink ramp up their hardware-to-software transition plans, IHS Infonetics forecasts that the network functions virtualization (NFV) hardware, software and services market will reach $11.6 billion in 2019, up from $2.3 billion in 2015.

AT&T wins IP-based 911 contract with State of Kansas

AT&T was awarded a contract to deploy a new next-gen 911 system for the State of Kansas from the state's 911 Coordinating Council.

PEG Bandwidth nabs W.L. Gore's fiber network, enhances Mid-Atlantic on-net building reach

PEG Bandwidth has acquired W.L. Gore & Associates' 48-mile fiber network, a deal that will deepen its network reach in Delaware and Maryland to address a mix of enterprise and service provider wholesale opportunities.