NTCA certifies 23 members as Gig-Capable providers; Skype suffers downtime in Europe, U.S., and Japan

Wireline news from across the web:

> NTT Communications is now offering its Enterprise Cloud solution in two new locations in Europe -- Paris and Madrid. Release

> Skype's video calling service went down in Europe, the U.S. and Japan for an unspecified reason. New York Times article

> BT Consumer said it plans to answer 80 percent of customer calls in the UK as it brings customer service back to UK call centers from India. Telecompaper article

> NTCA announced at its annual Fall Conference that 23 members have been named Certified Gig-capable providers in the first month of a national program highlighting independent telecommunications providers delivering gigabit broadband speeds. Release

Cable News
> With the overall U.S. satellite TV business losing 214,000 customers in the second quarter -- and losing pay-TV market share to cable for the very first time -- MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett says the sector is now officially a mature business that is no longer growing. Article

> For Cablevision founder Charles Dolan, the decision to sell the cable company he started 42 years ago was an "emotional journey" that took a sail around the Mediterranean to sort out. Article

Installer News
> Crown Castle sees significant potential in continued small cell deployments, while American Tower is more focused on Distributed Antenna Systems and SBA Communications doesn't see small cells fitting much into its portfolio. Article

Wireless News
> Samsung Electronics plans to launch its own direct-to-consumer device leasing program in the U.S. for its Galaxy smartphones, according to a Forbes report, following Apple's introduction of such an initiative. Article

> Dish Network and Verizon Communications could strike a deal by year-end for Verizon to get access to Dish's spectrum through a leasing arrangement, according to analysts at New Street Research. Article

And finally … Internet user growth is slowing and over half of the world's 7 billion people are offline, the United Nations warned in a report released Monday. CNBC article