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AT&T brings 1 Gbps business service to Atlanta, faces off with Comcast Business, Level 3

AT&T has named Atlanta as the newest city that will be getting its fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) service as part of the fiber-ready building program under its Project VIP initiative.

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Windstream to distribute 80% of REIT ownership to shareholders

Windstream has taken another step forward with its real estate investment trust (REIT) structure by announcing that it will retain 19.9 percent of the shares in the REIT and distribute the remaining 80.1 percent to Windstream stockholders.

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Subscribers are still unaware about Gigabit Internet service, says report

Service providers may be hot on the trail of delivering 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services, but today’s reality is that most consumers will not consume nearly that amount of bandwidth, nor are they universally aware that such services exist.

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Frontier gets MEF CE 2.0 certification for Ethernet portfolio

Frontier Communications has become the latest service provider to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum’s Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification for its Ethernet solutions portfolio.

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TDS plans to lay 800-900 new fiber miles in 2015, fuels 1 Gig expansion

TDS Telecom has set an aggressive plan to expand its fiber network with plans to lay 800-900 miles of cable in 2015, a build that will support its ongoing deployment of 1 Gbps capable fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services.

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AT&T serves up 75 Mbps U-verse broadband speed tier

AT&T may have created a lot of buzz with its 1 Gbps deployments in Austin, Texas, and Charlotte, N.C., but the launch of its 75 Mbps U-verse tier illustrates that it’s just as motivated to expand its existing fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) service base.

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Sprint’s MVNO Ting makes 1 Gig move, but how big will its impact be?

Sprint MVNO Ting has spent its short life being a purveyor of low-cost wireless services, but all of that changed this week when the service provider announced it would start offering 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services to consumers…

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Could Wi-Fi be cable’s next revenue savior?

Cable operators have come to a crossroad. The growing popularity of online video services continues to erode their bread-and-butter video base, but Wi-Fi has emerged as a new revenue source.

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Berec advises against ending roaming charges in near term

(Telecompaper) Berec, the body of EU telecom regulators, has given its advice on the proposed changes to roaming regulation, saying it’s not feasible at this time to eliminate roaming surcharges. The European Parliament passed legislation in April calling for an end to roaming fees by the end of 2015. The European Commission subsequently asked Berec for advice, to facilitate discussions between Parliament and the EU Council on a final version of the legislation. Several EU states, notably those in the south where operators have a higher proportion of roaming income, have questioned whether the charges can be eliminated so soon. According to Berec, there is too wide a difference in wholesale and retail prices, particularly for mobile data, to make it “sustainable or feasible” to end roaming surcharges in the next year. The regulator looked particularly at the impact of allowing mobile users to ‘roam like home’, ie pay the same as they do in their home country when roaming in other EU states, and whether amendments such as a fair-use policy for roaming or adjustments to regulated wholesale prices could mitigate the impact on the market. However, it found that in all scenarios there would always be a trade-off between the policy objectives of ensuring competition, encouraging roaming, maintaining investment and protecting consumers.   

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Iliad’s Niel acquires Orange Switzerland

Apax Partners has agreed to sell Orange Switzerland to French telecoms tycoon Xavier Niel-owned investment firm NJJ Capital for 2.3 billion. Apax bought the operator from France Telecom Orange in 2012 for €1.6 billion, but claims to have transformed the business since by upgrading its network to 4G and modernising its backend IT systems.

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