Orange signs five-year agreement to connect 11,000 housing units to fiber network; Cogent's Schaeffer to speak at Wells Fargo conference

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> French telco Orange has signed a five-year fiber agreement with housing provider Angers Loire Habitat, which will see 11,000 social housing units in Angers Loire connected to its fiber network. Article

> Cogent Communications announced that Dave Schaeffer, Cogent's chief executive officer, will present at the 2014 Wells Fargo Tech, Media & Telecom Conference at 10:45 a.m. EST, Nov. 13. Release

> Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has ruled that KPN must continue to provide wholesale access to its copper and fiber network for the next three years and has approved its acquisition of another 9 percent share in Reggefiber. Article

> Cisco and three other vendors have formed a new group to promote the development of 2.5 and 5 Gbps Ethernet technology for enterprise networks. Article

Cable News
> Going into the proverbial 8th inning with a record-low audience average of 12.1 million viewers, it did not look good for one of sports TV programming's perennial tentpoles, the World Series. Article

> Charter Communications continues to line up the financing it needs to buy cable systems currently covering 1.5 million Time Warner Cable customers, announcing that it will sell $3.5 billion worth of speculative-grade bonds. Article

Online Video News
> Online video sharing services are becoming a "perfect medium" for cybercriminals to obtain sensitive data about companies without being detected by traditional security tools, a cloud security company says. Article

Wireless News
> The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is willing to use Near Field Communications technology like its rivals, its CEO said. MCX is a consortium of some of the country's largest retailers that is setting up a mobile payments program that will stand as a rival to Apple Pay, Softcard and other mobile payment offerings. Article

> Verizon Wireless will pay as much as $64.2 million in cash and phone credits to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the carrier over-charged customers on its Family Share Plan, which let subscribers share minutes and call each other for free. Article

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