AT&T continues to make headway with the fiber to the building portion of its Project VIP initiative, lighting up 232 multi-dwelling units in Nevada and San Jose, Calif.
FairPoint Communications continues to make progress with extending broadband DSL services to more communities with two recent drives to bring connectivity to nearly 600 households in Maine and New Hampshire.
Google has introduced Project Link, a new fiber-based broadband initiative targeting Kampala, Uganda that it says will allow any local service provider or ISP to get access to higher speed metro network connections.
Transtelco has completed its acquisition of XC Networks, enhancing its fiber and wireless assets to serve its growing customer base in Texas and in Mexico.
Verizon continues to make progress with migrating what it calls "chronic" copper customers to its FiOS fiber to the home network, an effort that helped it eliminate 600,000 repair dispatches in 2013 alone.
Tim Biltz, president and CEO of Lumos Networks, may have spent much of his career in the wireless industry, but that experience prepared him to help transform the once rural-only telco into a major provider of fiber-based services for enterprises and wireless operators.
Australia's NBN Co. has invited the country's retail service providers to take part in a three-month fiber to the building pilot that it plans to start in January.
Tom Wheeler, the FCC's new chairman, wants to get the TDM to IP transition moving and has proposed that the regulator issue an order on the matter at its upcoming meeting in January, a move that AT&T applauded. The incumbent's own IP migration has been stymied by the Commission's slow pace on the matter.
Zayo has turned its attention to the Miami market as its latest expansion target as its subsidiary zColo builds out a new colocation facility in Digital Realty Trust's (DRT) data center, located at 36 NE 2 St. in downtown Miami, and a new metro fiber network that will connect the new location.
Huawei, Ciena and Alcatel-Lucent benefited from a 4 percent year-over-year rise in WDM equipment spending during the third quarter, reports Infonetics in its quarterly optical network hardware report.