AT&T has jobs to fill in Ohio; Broadband providers in Minnesota seek $44M from state fund

Wireline news from across the web:

> AT&T said it's seeking applicants to fill more than 120 jobs around Ohio, including more than 90 new jobs in a reflection of "AT&T's continuing investment in its Ohio network and team." Press release

> Cities, counties, cooperatives and telecom players in Minnesota want more than $44 million in state money--more than double what state legislators approved this year--to build better broadband networks. Story

> NBN Co, the company overseeing Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) project, has outlined the principles to "pave the way for the full transition to a multi-technology network and support the company's commitment to roll out the NBN at the least cost to taxpayers and as quickly as possible," the company said. Story

> Singapore Telecommunications' second-quarter net profit rose 19 percent to $806 million based on strong information and communications technology and digital-marketing revenue, along with growth in mobile data. Story

> Private equity firms Bain Capital and Apax Partners have an $8.8 billion bid to buy the Portuguese operating business of Portugal Telecom from Brazil's Oi to match an offer from European telecom group Altice. Story

Wireless News
> Ericsson plans to cut costs by $1.21 billion (9 billion Swedish kronor) by 2017 and will slash jobs as part of that effort, though the vendor did not say how many positions it will cut. The cost cuts are part of Ericsson's larger strategic transformation toward software, media and working with customers that are not telecommunications carriers. Article

Cable News
> Leveraging its installed base of 35 million U.S. PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, Sony unveiled long-anticipated plans for its new, cloud-based pay-TV service. Article

> And finally… African independent data, voice and IP provider Liquid Telecom plans to launch an FTTH network in Kenya and Uganda early next year. Story