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iPass and Jisc to Deliver Wi-Fi Connectivity Beyond the Campus

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REDWOOD SHORES, California, January 12, 2016 – iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, today announced its partnership with Jisc, a provider of digital solutions to the education and research sectors. Jisc will bring off-campus Wi-Fi services to higher and further...Learn More

CenturyLink Adds SDN and NFV Services To Its DREN Contract

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WASHINGTON – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently added Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) services to its Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) III contract with the U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (DoD HPCMP). CenturyLink will provide a...Learn More

ECI Selected by Idaho Regional Optical Network for Network Upgrades

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Petach Tikva, Israel, January 11, 2017 — ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network® solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures and data center operators, announced today that the Idaho Regional Optic Network (IRON) has chosen to upgrade its network infrastructure with ECI’s Apollo industry proven,...Learn More

CenturyLink Acquires SEAL Consulting

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MONROE, La., Jan. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has acquired SEAL Consulting, Inc., a leading SAP® solutions provider for enterprise-wide business and technology needs. This acquisition further enhances CenturyLink’s application transformation capabilities and expands CenturyLink’s commitment to the SAP ecosystem and...Learn More

Illinois CLEC/ILEC Transitions to New IPTV Middleware Vendor

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January 5, 2017 — Grafton/Jerseyville IL – Citing their existing relationship and a need to stay ahead of their competitors with new features, Grafton Technologies has switched their IPTV middleware to the Innovative Systems APMAX solution. Kevin Hamilton VP of Technology for Grafton Technologies, the...Learn More

FirstLight Fiber and Oxford Networks Combine Operations

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Albany, NY – January 4, 2017 — FirstLight Fiber (“FirstLight”), a leading fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in New York and Northern New England, announced today that Oak Hill Capital Partners (“Oak Hill”) has completed its acquisition of Oxford Networks (“Oxford”), and has combined...Learn More

Ford, Amazon to Provide Access to Smart Home From the Car

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January 04, 2017 — LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Millions of consumers who befriended Amazon Alexa over the last year, including many who just received an Echo or Echo Dot as a holiday gift, will soon be able to experience Alexa like never before from a Ford vehicle....Learn More

T-Mobile and Ericsson First in North America to Demo Nearly 1 Gbps via LTE over-the-air

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January 4, 2016 — T-Mobile and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) have reached near gigabit speeds in an over-the-air demonstration of LTE. The demo achieved peaks of 979 Mbps, with stable throughputs well above 900 Mbps. The demo took place in T-Mobile’s lab in Bellevue, Washington. The configuration...Learn More

DISH and Amazon Deliver Alexa Voice Control on Hopper DVR

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January 03, 2017 — LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH customers can soon watch hands-free, voice-controlled TV by pairing a Hopper DVR with the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, both Alexa devices. DISH is the first TV provider to announce direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa. “We constantly evaluate...Learn More

TDS Launches New TV App

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December 29, 2016 – A new, free TDS TV Companion App from TDS® Telecom, turns smartphones and tablets into personal TV remote controls. The new functionality comes as part of a user interface upgrade, which also brings an updated look and feel to the TDS...Learn More

Consolidated Communications Secures Commitments for Acquisition Debt Financing

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MATTOON, Ill., Dec. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNSL) (“Company”) announced today that it secured a new incremental term loan facility for its pending acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRP), an all-stock merger valued at approximately $1.5 billion, including debt, which...Learn More

CenturyLink Wins U.S. Senate Contract

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WASHINGTON – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently won a multi-year contract worth approximately $11.4 million to provide U.S. Senate state offices with a unified communications-as-a-service platform for hosted voice-over-internet-protocol (VoIP) service. The contract award includes the installation, maintenance, operation and management of  CenturyLink-supplied hardware, software,...Learn More