Cisco's Chambers predicts a 'brutal, brutal' IT consolidation; tw telecom sees strong demand for fiber-based broadband in NYC

Wireline news from across the web:

@FierceTelecom RT @ Craig Settles: Because broadband [is] not mature yet, we have to consider everything we do experiment. We're pioneers, must be flexible in creating roles, ROI #gignat. | Follow @FierceTelecom

> Cisco's CEO John Chambers foresees a "brutal, brutal" IT consolidation. Article

> tw telecom's Robert Bianco says that the quest for better broadband services in New York City is stronger than ever. Article

> Sonus Networks agreed to repurchase 2 million shares of the company's common stock in a privately negotiated transaction reached with Empire Capital Management L.L.C. on Friday, May 23. Release

Cable News
> Longtime ESPN Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer announced he is leaving pay TV's top channel at the end of May after serving there for 33 years. Article

> As it seeks to combine the number-one and -two pay TV and Internet service providers, is Comcast getting help from the other big media merger currently taking place--AT&T's proposed $49 billion takeover of DirecTV? Article

Wireless News
> Samsung Electronics has more up its sleeve in terms of wearable products, according to recent patent filings, including a gadget that can perform various tasks based on gestures the user makes with their hand or wrist. Article

> Apple will soon announce its plans to have its iPhone become a central remote control as part of a larger connected home platform, according to a report from the Financial Times. Article

And finally… A new report in The Guardian reveals that when the Internet controls the unlocking of our car or home, the consequences of lax security become a concern. Article

Suggested Articles

Highlighted by growth in its number of broadband subscribers, Comcast's net profit in the fourth quarter increased by 26%.

Amazon has filed a motion that seeks to pause Microsoft's work on the Pentagon's $10 billion cloud contract until a court rules on its protest.

Vodafone Group and Sunrise announced a partnership that allows Sunrise's enterprise customers to tap into Vodafone's business services.