Ciena introduces new on-demand software portfolio; Aero acquires Phoenix Installation

Wireline news from across the web:

> Ciena introduced a software portfolio that includes a multilayer SDN controller for the WAN and an initial set of three new software applications that enables the delivery of virtualized, on-demand network services and functions. Release

> Aero Communications acquired broadband network construction and maintenance services company Phoenix Installation Services as part of a plan to increase its national footprint. Release

> CudaTel has tabbed Flowroute as a Preferred SIP trunking provider after completing interoperability testing. Release

> Forty-seven percent of the rural population in Romania surfs the Internet and 80 percent have Facebook accounts, according to a study made by Starcom Media Vest Romania, with Facebook serving as the main channel used by rural Romanians after Google Search. Story

> AdEPT Telecom reported its 11th consecutive year of increased underlying EBITDA as pre-tax profits rose by 12.8 percent to $3.17 million. Story

Cable News
> Block Communications has agreed to buy MetroCast cable systems serving 45,000 subscribers across the Mississippi from Harron Communications. Terms were not announced for the deal, which is expected to close by the end of 2014. Article

Wireless News
> Americans continue to cut landlines from their households and choose wireless service only, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, the rate at which people in U.S. households are ditching their landlines has slowed down from recent years, the data shows. Article

And finally… Romania's Ministry of Communications and Information Society of Romania (MSRI) will use Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania to construct a national telecommunications network for disadvantaged areas. Story