AT&T says its Austin FTTH network was planned; Fibertech expands Delaware network

Wireline news from across the web:

@FierceTelecom RT @billho888: AT&T at Jeffries Conf: Revelation that Austin was planned on drawing board for AT&T fiber deployment, not a response to Google. | Follow @FierceTelecom

> Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei: New Zealand is one of our most important strategic markets. Release

> Marlin Equity Partners completes the acquisition of Nokia Siemens Networks' optical networks business, which will be run under the name Coriant. Release

> Fibertech has expanded its network in Delaware by more than 80 miles from Wilmington, through Dover and into Georgetown, DE. Release

Cable News

> Verizon Wireless' CEO Dan Mead said that new products and/or services from its joint venture with cable MSOs Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications will likely launch in Q4 2013. Article

> News Corp. said it nearly doubled the retransmission-consent fees collected from cable and satellite TV providers in its third quarter earnings, which helped it offset a ratings decline for Fox series American Idol. Article

Online Video News

> Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer met recently with Hulu to discuss a possible acquisition of the online video site. Article

> A number of online video ad companies, including YuMe, Tremor Video and Adap.t, are preparing initial public offerings. Article

And finally … Networks must get 'faster and flatter,' said Broadcom's Rajiv Ramaswami during this week's Interop conference in Las Vegas. Article