Reliance finds potential suitor for tower, fiber assets; CenturyLink approved as a GSA mentor to Path Partners

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Reliance Communications may have found a suitor for its tower and fiber infrastructure assets. Telecom Ramblings article

> The number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks has jumped in recent months, a trend that could signal trouble for smaller companies and websites. CSO article

> CenturyLink has been officially approved as a mentor to Pathway Partners, LLC, through the U.S. General Services Administration's Mentor Protégé Program. Release

> Alcatel-Lucent won a new contract to supply A1 Telekom Austria with Vplus and access technologies, plus IP routing and optical transport upgrades, to support the telco's ultra-broadband services. TeleGeography article

> Fusion has acquired Fidelity Voice and Data, a provider of cloud voice, cloud connectivity, security, data center and cloud storage services. Release

Cable News
> DirecTV announced that it is shutting down its Spanish-language streaming platform, Yaveo, just a year after launching it. Article

> Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei said his biggest surprise of 2015 was Wall Street's "over-reaction" to reports by programmers (notably ESPN) and pay-TV customers of lost subscribers. Article

Installer News
> Jones/NCTI CEO and CFO Stacey Slaughter has decided to purchase the Centennial, Colo.-based provider of distance learning services for cable and broadband technicians and service reps for an undisclosed sum. Article

Online Video News
> After months of rumors that Apple would announce its own $30 to $40 per month linear OTT television service, the iconic company has put its plans for such a service on hold, most likely because it couldn't convince media companies to lower their costs to license programming. Article

Wireless News
> The U.S. mobile market is more competitive than ever, but AT&T isn't focused strictly on net subscriber adds, AT&T executive Glenn Lurie said this morning. Article

> LightSquared announced an agreement with Deere & Company that it hopes will create a framework it can use to settle its conflicts with other players in the GPS industry. Article

And finally@Telexplainer: Why switched Ethernet technology gives you more connectivity options at lower cost than T1, DS3 or SONET. DS3 Today post