Qwest exec may get new leadership role after merger; NTT Europe to absorb online subsidiary

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> Another rumored personnel change once the Qwest-CenturyLink merger goes through: Danny Pate, a Denver-based executive in Qwest's consumer markets group, is expected to lead the company's operations in Nebraska, which will be part of the merged company's Midwest region. Story.

> Residents of Innerleithen, a remote Scottish village, are pretty excited about being selected by BT as one of the first rural communities to get high-speed broadband early this year. Story.

> NTT Europe is taking another step toward being an ICT service provider as it announced plans to merge with its managed hosting subsidiary NTT Europe online. Story.

> Hughes Network Systems shipped more than 327,000 broadband satellite terminals in 2010, bringing its total number shipped worldwide to more than 2.5 million. News release.

> Aaron McCormack, CEO of BT Conferencing, will illustrate the advantages of Unified Communications in a keynote speech at ITEXPO East in Miami Beach, Feb. 3. News release.

> iBasis has expanded its Premium Voice international termination service in the Asia Pacific region, with new infrastructure deployments in its CO facilities in Hong Kong and Singapore and expanded points of access to 30 countries. News release.

And finally... the market for 10GBase-T chips, an integral component for 10 Gbps Ethernet over copper cable connectivity, will remain sluggish through 2014 with only $350 million in sales projected, according to an EETimes report. That's because the next generation of servers to support the chips haven't yet been built--only Intel offers an integrated 10GBase-T transceiver for copper cables right now. Story.