Competitive Watch

Windstream Upgrades Regional and Metro Networks to 100G with Cyan

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December 22, 2014 — PETALUMA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), a leading provider of SDN, NFV, and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today announced that Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., has selected Cyan to help upgrade its regional...Learn More

T-Mobile to Pay at Least $90 Million in Cramming Case

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — T-Mobile has agreed to fully refund its customers for unwanted third-party charges it placed on their phone bills, a practice known as mobile cramming, paying at least $90 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit filed earlier this...Learn More

ANPI Adds Call Center Capability to Hosted UC

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Springfield, IL – December 17, 2014: ANPI, a leading provider of Hosted Unified Communications (UC) solutions, announced today ANPI VIP Call Center, a major addition to its full-featured, award-winning ANPI VIP Hosted UC solution. This feature-rich hosted call center solution is fully integrated into ANPI...Learn More

Frontier Achieves MEF 2.0 Certification for Carrier Ethernet

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December 18, 2014 — STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) today announced the successful completion of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 2.0 certification for its Carrier Grade Ethernet portfolio “Frontier Ethernet Solutions.” Frontier’s professional staff includes 18 MEF-CECP (Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals), 15 of whom...Learn More

GigaWhat? 87% of Internet Subscribers Are Unaware of Gigabit Internet

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PORTLAND, Ore. and COLLEGE PARK, Md., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — New research from Pivot Group and Telecompetitor offers compelling insight into consumer perspectives and perceptions regarding Gigabit Internet and other relevant broadband applications. With Gigabit Internet currently dominating the broadband industry, the “GigaWhat? U.S....Learn More

Hurricane Electric Expands to the Midwest

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Saint Louis, Missouri– December 16, 2014 –Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, today announced that it has added two new Points of Presence (PoP) at Digital Realty facilities located at 210 North Tucker Boulevard and 900 Walnut Street in Saint Louis, MO. The...Learn More

CenturyLink Acquires Big Data Analytics Firm

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MONROE, La. and SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 11, 2014 /CNW/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the acquisition of Cognilytics, a leading provider of advanced predictive analytics and Big Data solutions to mid-sized and large enterprises. Cognilytics helps businesses convert “data to decisions” through...Learn More

The University of Vermont Selects FirstLight Fiber for 10G Network Upgrades

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ALBANY, NY – December 11, 2014 – FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating in Upstate New York and Northern New England, announced today that the University of Vermont (UVM) will expand its relationship with FirstLight to include a 10 Gbps connectivity upgrade. The...Learn More

Oregon, Michigan Communities Choose Calix for Gigabit

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RALEIGH, NC – December 9, 2014 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced that the city of Sandy, Oregon and the village of Sebewaing, Michigan have joined the growing ranks of “gigabit” communities who are deploying the Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) to...Learn More

Lightower Expands Its All-Fiber Connectivity Services to Amazon Web Services

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BOXBOROUGH, MA —December 8, 2014 — Lightower Fiber Networks, the premier provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance, announced it has broadened its direct connectivity options to Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud computing platform. With speeds now ranging from...Learn More

Cox Launches Gigabit Broadband for Irvine Apartments

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December 08, 2014  — RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif – Cox Communications has launched 1 gigabit speeds at the Irvine Company’s Park Place Apartment Homes in Irvine, making its residents the first in Southern California to have access to gigabit speeds for their residential Internet service....Learn More

Southern Telecom Expands Key Metro Networks

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ATLANTA, Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Southern Telecom®, a subsidiary of Southern Company, today announced a strategic network expansion project in two key Southeast markets – Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama. Through the dark-fiber network expansion, Southern Telecom is enhancing customer value by delivering increased...Learn More