R&M acquires REALM Communications Group; Microsoft tests underwater data center

Installer news from across the Web:

> CommScope counts down the top trends in indoor #Wireless focus on enterprise buildings. CommScope post

> The NFL issued a statement saying that a network cable, not the Microsoft Surface tablets, were the issue that plagued the Patriots during the AFC Championship game. NFL post

> Superior Essex recently introduced PowerWise Fiber, which the company described as "a premises optical fiber cable coupled with copper conductors to support Power over Ethernet applications, including those with distances that exceed the standard 100 meters provided by category cables." Release 

> The deployment of Wi-Fi access points based on 802.11ac gained momentum over the past year, rising to represent 39 percent of total Wi-Fi access points shipped in 2015, according to ABI Research. Release

> Swiss-based cabling provider Reichle & De-Massari (R&M) recently announced it has acquired REALM Communications Group, a Milpitas, California-based fiber cabling supplier. Cabling Installation & Maintenance article

Cable News
> Cox Communications has agreed to terms on a new broadcast retransmission deal with Nexstar Broadcasting Group, ending a five-day blackout that threatened to pre-empt the Super Bowl in several markets, including Las Vegas. Article

> Investors and analysts are concerned about the level of capital spending potentially involved with Comcast's entry into the wireless business, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. Article

Online Video News
Google's chart-topping video asset, YouTube, helped drive the unit's core Internet business -- which includes search and Android as well -- up 14 percent to $74.5 billion in 2015, Alphabet said in its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report. Article

Telecom News
> AT&T's interest in using G.fast as a way to extend broadband services where it can't build a business case to bring fiber directly to a home could spell opportunity for Adtran, one of the telco's key broadband infrastructure suppliers. Article

> Charter's business services division is reaping the benefits of realigning the unit to focus on the specific needs of small businesses and larger enterprise customers as revenues rose 12.3 percent year-over-year to $294 million. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T is asking the FCC for a three-year experimental license to conduct fixed and mobile tests in the 3400-3600 MHz, 3700-4200 MHz, 14500-15350 MHz and 27500-28500 MHz bands with "various types of experimental wireless equipment" in Austin, Texas. Article

> The MVNO market has grown at an impressive clip over the last several years as customers seek alternatives to tier-one carriers and as costs of operating a virtual network have declined. Article

And finally … Microsoft tests underwater data center. New York Times article

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