HickoryTech rides broadband, data wave in Q4; Deutsche Telekom takes cooperative approach to FTTH

Wireline industry news from across the Web:

> Minneapolis independent telco HickoryTech reported that Q4 2010 operating revenue was $41.8 million, up 9 percent from the $38.3 million in Q4 2009. Release

> IBBS, a provider of technical support services to smaller telcos, has deployed Metaswitch's universal gateways and a MetaSphere call feature to its voice network. Article

> MedNautilus, the Mediterranean operations of the Telecom Italia Sparkle Group that operates a protected submarine ring-configured network backbone, is deploying Infinera's optical equipment to  increase capacity on its network. Article

> ClearOne introduced Collaborate, an all-in-one voice, video, and data collaboration console for organizations using unified communications software or web services to handle voice, video and data communications. Release

> Global Crossing executives will participate in the upcoming Deutsche Bank 2011 Media and Telecommunications Conference on March 7 and in the Credit Suisse 2011 Global Media and Communications Convergence Conference on March 8. Release

> Deutsche Telekom is taking a cooperative approach to building out its FTTH network by reaching out to utilities and competitive providers to build the network and to content owners to drive adoption of fiber-based broadband services. Article

And finally ... During the fourth quarter, a Connected Planet article chronicled how a number of the larger Tier 2 ILECs, including Frontier, SureWest TDS, and Windstream, all reported continued gains in the business service sector. Article