Level 3 completes 49-mile N.J. network expansion; AT&T offers IP-voice to federal, state, local, tribal government agencies

Wireline news from across the web: 

> Level 3 has completed work on its 49-mile network expansion in Northern New Jersey. Release

> Telefonica has unveiled plans to launch pay-TV services in seven new Latin American markets in 2016, including Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. TeleGeography article

> AT&T is now offering IP-voice capabilities to federal, state, local and tribal government agencies. Release

> Orange says the software as a service market may be rising, but public cloud brings potential pitfalls. Orange post

> Unite Private Networks (UPN), a provider of high-capacity, fiber-based communication networks announced a partnership with Nebraska-based Farmers Cooperative. Release

> AARNet, Australia's Academic and Research Network, launched the Australia Wide-Area SDN Testbed, an innovation platform for developing high-speed technologies, established in collaboration with nine universities and Csiro Data61. Telecompaper article

Cable News
> Sling TV's subscriber base stands at less than 500,000 nearly 10 months after launch, and its customer growth rate has decelerated markedly since its fast start. Article

> The Federal Trade Commission has asked a Northern California federal court judge to deny DirecTV's bid for a partial summary judgement in a lawsuit over the satellite TV company's advertising. Article

Installer News
> Wireless antenna maker Kathrein has teamed with Ericsson and Swiss operator Swisscom to develop an in-ground antenna system that will help provide additional wireless coverage in densely populated areas. Article

Wireless News
> BlackBerry's new Priv Android smartphone appears to be available through the nation's largest physical retailer, Walmart, news that helped raise BlackBerry's share price to its highest level since January. Article

> The FCC granted permission to T-Mobile to swap some AWS-1 and PCS spectrum licenses with Verizon, rejecting objections raised by Sirius XM. Article

And finally … Small businesses should overcome the fear of migrating to the cloud. CloudTech article