EarthLink names Turek to board; Undersea cables are vulnerable, says NYU researcher

Wireline news from across the web:

> EarthLink appointed of Walter L. Turek, executive chairman of Ascentis Corp. to EarthLink's board of directors. Release

> Mexico's telecommunications sector has attracted 13 percent of Mexico's foreign direct investment since the country implemented its reform of the Telecoms Act in 2013. Telecompaper article (sub. req.)

> Undersea cable systems are vulnerable to attack, says a New York University media scholar. Wired article

> NTS Communications launched a 1 Gbps service in Amarillo, Texas, that will run over its growing FTTH network. Release  

> PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia plans to complete its acquisition of Guam-based GTA by the end of the first quarter of 2016. TeleGeography article

Cable News
> Comcast went back to the investment-banking well for its latest executive hire, Morgan Stanley's Robert Eatroff as its new executive VP of corporate development and strategy. Article

> In what could be its last quarterly earnings report as an independent company, Cablevision reported modest video subscriber losses of 33,000 for the third quarter. Article

Installer News
> While it's expected to kickstart moribund U.S. demand for 4K, the upcoming proliferation of complimentary technology High Dynamic Range (HDR) is going to expose weaknesses in the video industry's cable standard of choice, HDMI. Article

Online Video News
> Dish Network-owned Sling TV is now available to Chromecast users who are casting from Android and iOS devices, moving the linear OTT service one step closer to being available on all major streaming devices. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint reported that it gained postpaid handset customers on the Sprint network in the third quarter, the first time it had done so in a full quarter in more than two years. Article

> Sprint MVNO FreedomPop plans to launch a smartphone next year designed for its Wi-Fi-first service in a partnership with Intel. Article

And finally … Sixty percent of mobile operators say acquisition and backhaul are top two deployment issues. Alcatel-Lucent post

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