NTT focuses on Americas growth opportunities; Anatel reopens public consultation on telecom service obligations

> NTT Communications (NYSE: NTT) made clear it's looking at growth opportunities in the Americas, announcing its participation in several industry events as the year closes out: Capacity North America, Oct. 26-27 in Toronto, AHCIET, Nov. 15-17 in Buenos Aires, and Capacity Central America, Dec. 1-2 in Panama City (that's Panama, not Florida's Redneck Riviera). News release.

> Brazil's regulatory administrator Anatel has reopened a public consultation on universal telecom services obligations, for this week only--consultation ends Nov. 1. Story.

> Actiontec has launched a new family of pair bonded VDSL2 routers, the V2000H and Q2000, built specifically for high-bandwidth IPTV and triple-play services. News release.

> TEL-NT, a subsidiary of Telmar Network Technology, will provide service support for Tekelec's next generation equipment in Brazil. News release.

> South Dakota is getting an additional $3.8 million in broadband stimulus funds to continue its broadband mapping project for another three years. Story.

> Greek telco OTE may sell its minority 20 percent stake in Telekom Srbija, Telegeography reports, opening another big chunk of the Serbian operator to the market in addition to the 51 percent that Serbia's government has already put on the block. Story.

> ConnectedPlanet recently spoke with John Lewis of nTelos about its affordable options for securing IT applications. Story.

And finally ... Confirming that nobody likes spam no matter how well they know the person who sent it, a new study says that the fastest way to get "unfriended" on Facebook is to post too frequently on trivial topics or on polarizing subjects like politics or religion. But the study also noted that the nature of Facebook friending is different from real-world friendships. Story.