Verizon closes sale of $3.3B in notes; Bouygues Telecom to raise its FTTH download speed to 400 Mbps

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> Verizon Communications closed on the sale of $1.3 billion in floating rate notes due in 2017 and $2 billion in 1.35-percent notes due in 2017. Release

> French operator Bouygues Telecom plans to raise its FTTH peak download speed to 400 Mbps at the end of June, from 200 Mbps at present, reports Telecompaper citing an internal document obtained by 01Net. Article (sub req.)

> Lightower Fiber Networks has been named an authorized vendor to the New Jersey state government through the statewide New Jersey Data Communications Network Services contract. Release

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> Former Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt died in his New York City home Wednesday morning after battling cancer. He was 65. Article

> The cable-consortium-created Reference Design Kit has integrated support for the Digital Video Broadcasting standard and will now be used in European IP-capable set-tops, as well as those deployed in other parts of the world. Article

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>Sprint is going to use cloud-based OSS/BSS from mobile services provider ItsOn, becoming the first carrier to use the company's new tools for traffic management and policy controls. Article

> Google announced that it will pay $500 million in cash to acquire Skybox Imaging, but there is a great deal of debate over what it will actually use the satellite imaging company's technology for. Article

And finally … Neil Pound @Juniper: Robert Burns' quote that 'the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry" does not apply to networks. Article

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