Bell Labs celebrates 50th anniversary of Telstar satellite; Xplornet expands satellite service in Canada

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> Ukraine's dominant wireline service provider Ukrtelecom is mulling a GPON-based Fiber to the Home (FTTH) rollout. Article

> West IP Communications MaxxConnect SIP trunking services are now certified to be compatible with Microsoft Lync 2010. Release

> MTN Nigeria has introduced a series of new services that will leverage the new West African Cable System (WACS). Article

> Xplornet, a Canadian rural broadband provider, is bringing satellite-based broadband to parts of the country where wireline broadband is not available. Article

And finally … The Thin Film Electronics and Bemis partnership will soon bring the "Internet of things" to the grocery store as the pair plan to incorporate printed circuits into everyday consumer goods like cereal boxes. Article

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