Transbeam extends fiber network into central, southern N.J.; AWS to open data center in Montreal

Wireline news from across the web:

> Transbeam has deployed its fiber solution called TONS, Transbeam Optical Network Service, into central and southern New Jersey (also known as LATA 222). Release

> Amazon announced that it will open an AWS data center in Montreal this year. AWS blog post

> BT received final clearance by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to complete its acquisition of EE. TeleGeography article

> A Nest thermostat glitch left thousands of users without heat just as the winter season got underway. NY Times article

> The MEF will host the MEF16 global networking event from Nov. 7-10, 2016 at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel.  Release

Cable News
> NBC's research chief says the notion that original series on the major SVOD services receive far more viewership than shows on traditional television networks is being overstated. Article

> With the DirecTV's yearly licensing fee to the NFL rising slightly from around $1.4 billion every year following last year's renewal of the deal, the satellite TV operator is passing the hurt right along to its customers. Article

Installer News
> Wi-Fi and DAS network provider Boingo Wireless found that Wi-Fi calling requires hotspot download speeds of around 160 Kbps for audio connections and 2.5Mbps for video connections, and latency of less than 200 ms. Article

Online Video News
> Subscribers to Amazon Prime will be the first audiences to watch new PBS series Mercy Street, the Civil War-era drama produced by Ridley Scott. Article

Wireless News
> Canonical announced AT&T will use its open source Ubuntu OS in enterprise, cloud and networking applications across its businesses, marking a major win that could eventually help Canonical's smartphone efforts. Article

> Best Buy said flagging mobile sales were primarily to blame for a year-over-year drop in its holiday revenues, yet another indicator that the smartphone market is plateauing in the U.S. and other regions. Article

And finally … Frontier will have to provide good customer service, transparent billing and convenient service in order to make its acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets a success. The Motley Fool article

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