HPE, Affirmed networks develop NFV solution; DigitalRealty closed a new $3.55B credit line

Wireline news from across the web:

> MetTel has named 23-year telecom veteran Patrick Amos as its new director of Federal Government Program Management. Release

> HP Enterprise (HPE) and Affirmed Networks say they have a solution to address operational control of NFV deployments. Network World article

> Netflix said that in 2015, its streaming video service accounted for 37 percent of peak download Internet traffic in North America, surpassing YouTube and Apple's iTunes. appleinsider article

> DigtalRealty, a data center provider, closed a new $3.55 billion credit line. Release

> Panama's National Public Services Authority of Panama (ASEP) has ordered telecom operators to cease charging a tax of 0.5 percent for underground cabling systems, paid by post-paid customers. Telecompaper article

> The European Commission (EC) said it will not investigate the proposed tie-up between French telecoms operator Orange and domestic conglomerate Bouygues Telecom. TeleGeography article

> Windstream will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 25 to review its fourth-quarter and full-year 2015 earnings results. Release

Cable News
> Conducting a wide-ranging Q&A with the Los Angeles Times as his company faces tumult in areas of top-level leadership, program ratings and share prices, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said he wouldn't be surprised if stalled carriage renewal talks with Dish Network weren't soon to be another one of his problems. Article

> John Malone-controlled British MSO Virgin Media has announced plans to lay off 900 workers over the next two years. Article

Installer News
> In yet another key mile marker toward cable installers actually being able to deploy DOCSIS 3.1-capable network systems into homes and business, CableLabs has announced the certification of the first round of DOCSIS 3.1 modems. Article

Online Video News
> Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya is teaming up with linear streaming service FilmOn to offer two free, ad-supported boxing channels, The Golden Boy Channel and Ring Channel. Article

Wireless News
> Both Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal reported that Foxconn has bid more than $5 billion to take over the struggling Japanese electronics vendor Sharp Corp. Article

> T-Mobile US confirmed to FierceWireless that is has discontinued its promotion that offered four lines of service with 6 GB of data on each line for $120 per month. Article

And finallyDatacenters are starting to see the effects of #IoT. Vxchange article