Kazakhstan's capital to see FTTH buildout; AlcaLu shares soar on bid speculation

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> The town board of Guilderland, N.Y. has approved a Verizon franchise to provide FiOS television service to its residents. Which is nice, considering no one in Florin could have gotten there so fast. Story.

> EXFO is adding 100G/40G Ethernet mapping over optical transport network (EoOTN) testing capabilities on its FTB/IQS-85 100G Packet Blazer test modules. News release.

> The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) will participate in several panels at next week's OFC/NFOEC. News release.

> The capital of Kazhakstan, Astana, will conduct a Fiber to the Home (FTTH) rollout under the auspices of Astanatelecom, which has selected Corning Cable Systems to supply passive optical solutions for the new network. News release.

> Latin America will soon benefit from Telefonica's newly launched Wayra investment fund, which supports ICT development in the region. Story.

> AT&T U-verse subscribers now number more than three million, and the provider added 28 percent more subscribers in 2010 than its closest competitor. News release.

And finally... Bloomberg is reporting that Alcatel-Lucent shares have soared to their highest level since 2008 on speculation that a Chinese carrier (and Huawei denies it's them again) will bid on the equipment maker. Story.