Cisco touts data center analytics platform; AT&T files request to operate in Costa Rica

Wireline news from across the web:

> Cisco is touting its Tetration Analytics platform, which helps companies analyze 100 percent of their data centers in real time and deliver actionable insights, says CEO Chuck Robbins. Channel Partners article

> Billings, Montana Public Schools is upgrading its aging, copper-based technology platform throughout the district's 26 school sites with Zhone Technologies' FiberLAN solution. Release

> BT has announced a new Smart Hub router, which has seven antennas for a more powerful Wi-Fi signal. Release

> U.S. and Chinese officials are slowly moving toward more open lines of communication about cybersecurity and cybercrime. WSJ article

> AT&T filed a request for authorization to operate in Costa Rica in the data transfer services and leased lines market. Telecompaper article

Cable News
> A trade group backed by Google, Netflix and Amazon has derided the pay-TV industry's counter-proposal to an FCC plan to open cable, satellite and telco TV set-tops to third-party manufacturers, labeling it a ploy to delay negotiations with the agency. Article

> Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have announced the witnesses (a.k.a. those getting grilled) for their upcoming hearings on pay-TV customer service. Article

Online Video News
> Ellation, an OTT video company whose major funding comes from Otter Media—the joint venture of AT&T and The Chernin Group—is launching a new multichannel video platform targeted straight at millennials. Article

Wireless News
> Facebook is working with T-Mobile to make its video technically compliant with the carrier's Binge On offering, Recode reported late Thursday. Article

> Microsoft acquired Wand Labs, a startup that develops messaging apps as well as technology to enable those apps to act more intelligently. The companies didn't disclose terms of the deal. Article

And finally … How Big Data can work for small to medium businesses. Forbes article