Leviton acquires Brand-Rex; Cisco, Philips co-market PoE switches, LED lighting

Installer news from across the web:

> Leviton has acquired Brand-Rex, a developer of cabling solutions for network infrastructure and high-performance industrial applications. Release

> Cisco and lighting giant Philips recently announced their strategic alliance, through which the companies will co-market and co-sell Cisco's Power over Ethernet-enabled switches and Philips' PoE-powered LED lighting. Release

> West Plains, Mo. is continuing with its own city-wide fiber installation that will connect city offices to on the same network as the police and fire departments, as well as the civic center. Ozark Area Network article

> IHS found in a survey of service providers that operate DAS systems found that, on average, respondents expect the DAS nodes in their networks to more than triple between now and 2018. OSP Magazine article

> The MulteFire Alliance has established a goal of developing and promoting MulteFire – an LTE-based technology for small cells operating solely in unlicensed spectrum, such as the global 5 GHz unlicensed band. Release

> Searcy, Ark. Aldermen vote to discontinue the installation of the fiber optic network project due to lack of funds. The Daily Citizen article

> Spirent has introduced a 50 Gbps Higher Speed Ethernet test solution that will enable its customers to meet the growing needs of the cloud service provider (CSP) space. Release

Cable News
> Despite the record-breaking $517 million worldwide performance of its new Star Wars movie, the Walt Disney Co. finds itself once again reeling on Wall Street due to the struggles of its suddenly faltering ESPN networks. Article

> Cablevision has fired back against the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), claiming the MSO had a right to fire a part-time worker the labor groups are currently defending. Article

Telecom News
> CenturyLink has asked the FCC for permission to merge some or all of its ILEC operating companies to reduce the number of Study Areas in each state it serves. Article

> Canada-based business provider Allstream, which is in the process of being acquired by Zayo, is already moving to penetrate new business service opportunities in the United States by introducing cross-border service for its Hosted Collaboration Solution. Article

Wireless News
> Ericsson and Apple said they have settled a high-profile patent dispute, bringing an end to pending lawsuits in three European countries and two U.S. courts. Article

> AT&T executives met with FCC officials last week to discuss the repacking process for next year's incentive auction. Article

And finally … Analyst: Telcos selling off data center assets is a real estate move, not an IT move. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article