Latvia ranks first in European FTTH; Alcatel-Lucent unveils its network functions virtualization (NFV) plans

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@FierceTelecom RT @ erikmkeith: Latvia ranks #1 in EU #FTTH at 100 percent. Great, but total pop of 2m, in 65m sq-km is not comparable to challenges in larger countries. #ftth2014 | Follow @FierceTelecom ‏

> Alcatel-Lucent unveils its network functions virtualization (NFV) plans as part of its broader movement to become more of a software-based vendor. Article

> Akamai Technologies has wrapped up its acquisition of Prolexic Technologies, a privately held company that provides cloud-based security products for protecting data centers and enterprise IP applications from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Release

Cable News
> Russian satellite TV provider NTV-Plus waited 11 days to announce that it delivered a live broadcast of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in Ultra HD, or 4K, format. Article

> Denver-based startup aioTV struck a deal with Tribune Media Services that will give it metadata that could be used on the over-the-top video platform that it has been pitching to pay-TV distributors. Article

Wireless News
> BlackBerry CEO John Chen struck back hard at T-Mobile US for sending a promotion to the carriers BlackBerry customers urging them to switch from BlackBerry to an iPhone 5s. Article

> AT&T said it will work with cloud and computing giant IBM to developer machine-to-machine solutions for the Internet of Things, specifically for things like smart cities and utilities. Article

And finally… Cbeyond counts down the three advantages to cloud services. Post