Summit Broadband forecasts $50M in 2015 revenues; Cable & Wireless Panama test Huawei's G.fast technology

Wireline news from across the web:

> The UK's Competition Appeals Tribunal has referred two appeals to the Competition and Markets Authority over restrictions to the charges BT can charge competitors like TalkTalk to use its superfast broadband network. Telecompaper article

> Regional fiber provider Summit Broadband, has forecast it will reach $50 million in revenue for 2015 -- up from $40 million in 2014. Orlando Business Journal article

> Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development is evaluating the availability of broadband Internet in the state. The Tennessean article

> Cable & Wireless Panama and Huawei announced the first successful trial of "the fastest copper based broadband service across Latin America using leading G.fast technology." TeleGeography article

Cable News
> Cisco announced that its CDN and router technologies are underpinning the global rollout of Altice's Zive SVOD service. Article

> After originally announcing its imminent name change in October, ABC Family is now less than one week away from becoming Freeform, a shift execs hope will better reflect the current slate of programming on the channel. Article

Installer News
> One outcome of the upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction is that qualified tower workers, particularly those that have experience working on tall towers, will be in hot demand because broadcasters will need to change a lot of hardware on their towers and the FCC will require them to do make those adjustments within three years. Article

Online Video News
> Dish Network, amid a flurry of product announcements at CES, debuted several enhancements to Sling TV's user interface as well. Article

Wireless News
> A top U.S. Cellular executive said that the company currently has enough spectrum and resources to meet its customers' demands for mobile connections. Article

> The new president of AT&T's Cricket prepaid business, John Dwyer, said the company plans to significantly expand its market reach by opening more exclusive, Cricket-branded retail outlets across the country. Article

And finally … Cable opeators using DOCSIS 3.1 technology can deliver 10 Gbps to business customers to more effectively compete against fiber-based solutions. MegaTrunks.com article

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