ATIS names AT&T, TDS executives to vice chairman posts; Canonical, Juniper partner on Contrail Cloud platform

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> Level 3 Communications' subsidiary Level 3 Financing Inc. has issued a notice to redeem 100 percent of the aggregate principal amount of its 9.375 percent Senior Notes due 2019 on April 1, 2015. Release

> ATIS has appointed Andre Fuetsch, AT&T's senior VP for domain 2.0, architecture and design, as its first vice chairman of the ATIS board and Joseph Hanley, the senior VP, technology, services and strategy at TDS, the second vice chairman. Release

> Canonical and Juniper have partnered on Contrail Cloud platform, an OpenStack-based SDN and NFV solution for carriers that is based on open standards. Article

> Ecuadorian state-owned telco CNT has begun deploying a GPON-based last mile fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network with 1 Gbps transmission capacity, with the possibility of upgrading to 10 Gbps, according to TeleGeography, citing a TeleSemana report. Article

Cable News
> With cable companies increasingly focused on developing products and services to monetize their fast-growing Wi-Fi networks, Mavenir Systems is introducing a voice-over-Wi-Fi calling solution targeted to MSOs. Article

> After blaming slowing TV ad sales in each previous quarter of 2014 on everything from government shutdown fears to Winter Olympics disruption to cold weather, media analyst Michael Nathanson says "excuses are running out" for the worst ad sales quarter since the great recession. Article

Wireless News
> Samsung Electronics unveiled the next versions of its flagship line of smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, with high hopes that these devices will be a bigger hit than their predecessor, the S5. Article

> Microsoft reiterated that it will release at least one flagship Windows phone when it rolls out Windows 10 later this year, even as the company unveiled new mid-range Windows smartphones, the Lumia 640 and 640 XL, at Mobile World Congress. Article

And finally… @evankirstel: Long before net neutrality, rules leveled the landscape for phone services. Article