Ciena touts "Smart Raman" for optical networks; Former FCC chief Kennard joins Grain Management

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> Ciena said its new "Smart Raman" solution can ease Raman amplification for service providers as they move to 400G and Terabit capacities. Post

> William E. Kennard, former chairman of the FCC, will join private equity firm Grain Management, LLC this month as a senior advisor in its new Washington, D.C., office. Release

Cable News

> Brushing aside reports that he isn't interested in merging Time Warner Cable with Charter Communications and other cable MSOs, CEO Glenn Britt insisted Thursday that the company would agree to a deal if it made money for shareholders. Article

> Atlantic Broadband will build a TV Everywhere portal for TiVo that subscribers can use to receive personalized recommendations, Atlantic Broadband Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer David Isenberg told FierceCable. Article

Wireless News

> Crown Castle CEO Ben Moreland said that although most Tier 1 carriers' macro LTE buildouts are expected to be largely completed in the next few years, there will still be a lot of cell site activity and amendments. Article

> Google unveiled its Nexus 5 Android smartphone, built by LG, which Google will sell unlocked starting at $349 for the 16 GB model. Article

And finally …A new Blackstone Group report revealed that almost 70 percent of SMBs were using virtualization technologies to move servers from hardware to software. Article