China creates broadband universal service fund; ECI introduces new Apollo OPT 9000 series

Wireline news from across the web:

> China is creating a broadband universal service fund (USF) for the deployment of broadband networks as part of efforts to meet policy targets for internet penetration, speeds and prices. Article

> ECI has introduced the Apollo OPT 9900 series, the newest addition to its Apollo optical product line, at the WDM and Optical Networking Event in Nice, France. Release

> FierceWireless' new e-book examines the opportunities with #NFV and #SDN. Post

> Data center model could be new telecom central office. Article

Cable News 
> While consumer electronics makers and pay-TV companies complain about the dearth of available 4K programming needed to grow the market, 8K video has already surfaced on YouTube. Article

> Striving to stay operationally viable despite spending 15 out of the last 16 months in regulatory limbo, Time Warner Cable announced the promotion of John Keib to executive VP and COO of residential services. Article

Installer News
> IHS believes that the Wi-Fi extender market will grow from 5.3 million in 2014 to 9.6 million in 2019, driven largely by the adoption of multiscreen TVs. Article

Online Video News
> The media and entertainment industry is struggling with new ways to package their content for a younger, OTT-friendly audience. Article

Wireless News
> Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri confirmed the rumors that have been swirling around the company for a few months, and said that next year the company will re-enter the mobile phone market by licensing its brands and designs. Article

> In 2015, IDC thinks that 33.1 million smart wearables will ship worldwide, up from 4.2 million in 2014. IDC expects smart wearables shipments will increase to 89.4 million in 2019. Article

And finally … The @zeplerinstitute has produced a record 11km hollow core photonic bandgap fiber with broad transmission bandwidth. Article