Google Fiber says cities need to digitize records to attract FTTH providers; Cogeco activates Quebec fiber network

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Pangea has launched operations in Nigeria and plans to expand across Africa with its technology leveraging voice infrastructure to increase internet access. IT Web Africa article

> Canadian cable operator Cogeco Connexion has activated its fiber network in Saint-Jerome-de-Matane, Quebec. Telecompaper article

> Google Fiber says cities that want to attract a gigabit fiber network provider need to digitize many of their infrastructure records. Light Reading article

> Telecom Italia is considering cutting up to 15,000 jobs as it faces growing competition in Italy's fiber broadband sector. Bloomberg article

Cable News
> Comcast fulfilled a major piece of its $300 million promise to improve its customer service acumen with the announcement that it's building a call center in Charleston, S.C., that will be staffed by 550 new workers. Article

> After signing a deal with the NFL to live-stream 10 regular-season Thursday-night games, Twitter has become more "cable company" than social network, according to the Washington Post. Article

Installer News
> Seimitsu, a Savannah, Ga.-based CLEC and IT provider, found a way to get around the city's challenging rights-of-way and extend fiber to more of its business customers' locations. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint's announcement that it will use its network gear as collateral to borrow $2.2 billion from "external investors" including its parent SoftBank closely mirrors its strategy of establishing a handset leasing company to take costs off its balance sheet and provide more liquidity. Article

> Verizon intends to bid for Yahoo's Web business next week, according to a Bloomberg report, and Google is considering making an offer as well. But AT&T is out of the running. Article

And finally … How APIs Are Helping Move NFV, Fungible Networks, Forward. NFV Zone article