Level 3 to release Q1 2015 results on April 29; NBN Co. adds 555,000 homes and business to national broadband network

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> Level 3 Communications will release its first-quarter 2015 results on April 29 and will host a conference call at 10 a.m. ET. Release

> Genband announced that its third annual customer and partner summit, Perspectives15, will take place May 17- 21 at the JW Marriott Grand Lakes Orlando. Release

> Vonage was granted seven new patents in the first quarter of 2015 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Release

> NBN Co. has added 550,000 homes and businesses across Australia to the rollout of the National Broadband Network. Article

Cable News
> EchoStar Corp. and the Kudelski Group are taking an already congenial relationship a step farther, joining forces in the development of advanced set-top boxes and conditional access modules for an international market. Article

> Charter Communications says its $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks will help it assimilate Time Warner Cable systems acquired via the complex, three-way GreatLand Connections deal. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint will use Chicago as a showcase market for LTE Advanced technologies, according to the carrier, as it expands its investment in the city and the surrounding areas. Article

> Huawei said its 2014 net profit jumped 33 percent thanks to improving sales and better management of foreign exchange rates. Article

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