Verizon says security risks in retail are increasing; Jeff Gardner to give keynote at the COMPTEL Plus show in March

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@FierceTelecom RT @ Verizon Enterprise‏: Verizon's Phil Burroughs says that security risks in retail are rising and the bad guys are getting smarter. | Follow @FierceTelecom

> Fiber-based broadband connections grew 13.9 percent from June 2012 to June 2013, according to newly released statistics from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Article

> COMPTEL announced that Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of Windstream, will deliver the keynote address at the COMPTEL PLUS Spring 2014 Convention & EXPO on Monday, March 17. Release

> South Africa's Cybersmart plans to launch its new Lightspeed 100 Mbps uncapped fiber service for business users. Article  (sub req.)

Cable News
> Cox Communications is deploying its new "Record 6" DVR  in about 40,000 subscriber homes monthly, President Patrick Esser said last week at the Consumer Electronics Show. Article

> About 20 million DirecTV subscribers may lose access to The Weather Channel at midnight Tuesday unless the satellite provider agrees to pay increased license fees, the network is warning viewers. Article

Wireless News
> Analysts said that Chinese handset makers Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo will need to raise their brand awareness even more and get flagship devices sold by U.S. carriers to truly break through. Article

> Beats Music struck an exclusive deal with AT&T Mobility to offer AT&T customers on family plans a discount on the new streaming music service Beats is launching. Article

And finally… 2014: The year Big Data adoption goes mainstream in the enterprise. Article