Frontier testing Wi-Fi gateway that can support 1.3 Gbps; Verizon examining NG-PON2

Wireline news from across the Web:

> CenturyLink has agreed to sell $1 billion of newly-issued unsecured eight-year senior notes. The senior notes due 2024 were priced at par with an annual coupon rate of 7.5 percent. Release

> Telefonica (Movistar) will begin to upgrade its FTTH network to a symmetric download and upload service in May. Telecompaper article

> ADVA Optical Networking unveiled its new MicroMux module – the latest addition to its FSP 3000 CloudConnect solution. Release

> Frontier Communications is testing a wireless gateway capable of delivering data to Wi-Fi users at speeds up to 1.3 gigabits per second, according to a recent FCC test report from technology vendor Greenwave Systems. Donohue Report article

> Comcast Business announced that Menlo College, a business school in Silicon Valley, upgraded to Comcast Business Ethernet on its campus, to deliver communications and services. Release

> Verizon is planning to upgrade its last mile FTTH network to next-generation PON (NG-PON2), according to industry sources. Light Reading article

Cable News
> The Future of TV Coalition, a grouping of cable giants banded together to fight Tom Wheeler's set-top unlocking proposal, has accused the FCC Chairman of hoisting himself by his own petard. Article

> Cisco, the No. 2 cable network vendor, has announced a major restructuring to its engineering unit under CEO Chuck Robbins. Article

Installer News
> AT&T is making a big push to promote new technology skills within its workforce, including new training for network installers as the operator continues toward its goal of network virtualization. Article

Wireless News
> Unlike its bigger, older sibling, the iPhone SE doesn't support the WCS spectrum that AT&T started deploying LTE service in last fall. But no one is saying why not. Article

> HTC said it will unveil its latest smartphone April 12, but the company isn't saying much more. Article

And finally … DCI may be the most exciting new metro technology and the newest driver but it's rate of deployment isn't certain, says Tom Nolle of Cimi Corp. Cimi Corp. post