U-verse marks a year in Austin; Atlantic Broadband names new execs

Wireline news from across the web:

> In a milestone, of sorts, U-verse with AT&T GigaPower service celebrated its first year of operations in Austin, Texas. Release

> Cogeco Cable appointed Richard Shea president-CEO of Cogeco's Atlantic Broadband and David Isenberg as president and chief revenue officer Atlantic Broadband, effective Jan. 1, 2015, when current President-CEO Edward Holleran steps down to become part-time vice president of industry relations. Release

> Ciena shares dropped 3 percent in premarket trading after the company reported a surprise loss in October caused by concessions related to its recent supplier agreement with AT&T. Story

> Sky Ireland will introduce fiber-based broadband with speeds up to 100 Mbps to about 1 million homes starting in January and almost two years after it first began offering DSL broadband with speeds of 24 Mbps. Story

> Russian regional operator Obit put out notice that it has upgraded the telecom infrastructure of St. Petersburg-area Faeton and Aero gas stations. Story

> British ISP New Call Telecom has acquired international wholesale voice company WaveCrest for approximately $240 million. Story

> Portugal Telecom SGPS has rejected a $1.49 bid from Angola President José Eduardo dos Santos's daughter Isabel dos Santos, claiming it is too low and does not reflect the company's true value, PT SGPS's board said in a statement. Story

Wireless News
> Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Cisco, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Intel, Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Networks and Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) were among a group of network equipment and technology companies that warned the FCC from reclassifying broadband as a Title II common-carrier service as part of a push for new net neutrality rules. Article

And finally… Russian telecoms providing services over public internet access points will have to supply speeds of at least 256 kbps with that number increasing to 2 Mbps starting on July 1, 2016. Story