Ofcom to offer details on providing access to BT's poles; Corning's proposed acquisition of AFOP faces legal challenges

Installer news from across the web:

> UK regulator Ofcom will provide more details on plans to give BT rivals access to Openreach's ducts and poles by summer 2016. The Register article

> Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. is investigating potential legal claims against the board of directors of Alliance Fiber Optic Products (AFOP) regarding possible breaches of fiduciary duties and violations following an agreement to be acquired by Corning. Release

> Black Box announced the acquisition of technology and intellectual property from Cloudium Systems Limited (Cloudium), a privately held company headquartered in Limerick, Ireland. The Cloudium development team also will join Black Box. Release

> Is OTDR testing necessary for premise cabling? Syoptek post

> Nexcess.net, a global data center and managed hosting company, is opening two new facilities in Southfield, Mich., doubling its footprint in the region. Commercial Property News article

Cable News

> TiVo and Rovi Corp. continue to have serious discussions about a merger, Bloomberg reports. Article

> Cox Communications is extending its Connect2Compete low-cost broadband service to any household in its 18-state footprint receiving assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Article

Telecom News

> Windstream's efforts to tap into the burgeoning data center interconnection (DCI) market continues to pay off, as the telco's recent move to provide intra-data center services at Chicago's famed Cermak center shows. Article

> Mitel has struck a deal to acquire Polycom for $1.96 billion in cash and stock, giving it a set of new conference and video collaboration capabilities. Article

Wireless News

> Apple has created "a secret team" tasked with considering changes to its App Store, according to a Bloomberg report. Article

> Sprint's window of opportunity to reverse its financial course is closing, according to New Street Research analysts. Article

And finallyWinterGreen Research study concludes that LTE wireless infrastructure technologies are driving much higher capacity from the base station back to the fiber core, and that the fiber core is putting extreme pressure on service providers' infrastructure and backhaul networks. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article