Average cost of data center outages up 38%; AFL introduces active cladding fusion splicer

Installation news from across the Web:

> Emerson Network Power in conjunction with the Ponemon Institute has released its 2016 Cost of Data Center Outages report, which estimates the full costs associated with unplanned outages at data centers. The new research suggests the average cost of data center outages has risen 38 percent in five years. Cabling Installation and Maintenance article

> Westell Technologies has named Rick Good as its new Senior Vice President of In-Building Wireless (IBW) and Oscar Hernandez as Senior Vice President, Engineering and Outside Plant. Release

> Saint-Gobain & Corning announce new #JV to produce lightweight glazing for automotive market. Release

> AFL has introduced the Fujikura 22S active cladding alignment fusion splicer, which features moveable v-grooves to eliminate splicer errors due to dust and other contaminants. Release

Cable News
> Conducting a wide-ranging Q&A with the Los Angeles Times as his company faces tumult in areas of top-level leadership, program ratings and share prices, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said he wouldn't be surprised if stalled carriage renewal talks with Dish Network weren't also soon one of his problems. Article

> John Malone-controlled British MSO Virgin Media has announced plans to lay off 900 workers over the next two years. Article

Telecom News
> Windstream and Time Warner Cable are among 12 companies that have expressed interest in building a fiber network throughout the city of Lexington, Ky., as a means to increase Internet speeds and expand overall broadband access. Article

> Verizon's chief financial officer confirmed during a fourth quarter earnings call that the telco is looking at options for its data center business "to see if the asset is more valuable inside or outside of the portfolio." Article

Wireless News
> While the tier-one carriers continue their frenzied campaigns in an effort to poach competitors' consumers, AT&T this week began targeting business users. Article

> Sprint's struggles are taking a toll on parent company SoftBank. Article

And finally … Check out this Time Warner Cable fiber installation video. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article