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Zayo adds 93 route miles to its hometown Boulder, Colo., network

Zayo has hatched what it says is a major network expansion effort in its headquarters market of Boulder, Colo., adding 93 route miles to its network.

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Australia’s NBN names 140 suburbs to get FTTN-based service

NBN Co. has announced the 140 Australian suburbs that will be the first to receive a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN)-based connection over the next 12 months on the National Broadband Network.

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RCN Business builds PoP at 325 Hudson meet me room, enhances NYC presence

RCN Business has established a point of presence (PoP) at the 325 Hudson meet me room in New York City, adding another element to scale its presence in the city.

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Tracking Q3 2014 earnings in the wireline telecom industry

Leaders of the top service providers and vendors will be talking to investors and the press about how their companies performed. How did the major wireline industry players fare in the third quarter? 

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Verizon’s FiOS subscriber adds drive up wireline consumer revenues 4.5% to $3.9B

Verizon reported that third-quarter consumer wireline results rose 4.5 percent to $3.9 billion, with FiOS revenues representing 76 percent of the total wireline revenues.

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Gabon: Airtel partners with UNESCO for IT youth training

Bharti Airtel with launch a new training programme targeting to impart new technological skills to thousands of youth in Gabon in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). The three-year initiative – dubbed ‘’Train My Generation: Gabon 5,000’’ – is the first of its kind that UNESCO has partnered with a private

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Verizon wireless margin dips on higher hardware sales

(Telecompaper) Verizon reported another quarter of double-digit earnings growth in Q3, as it passed the milestone of over 100 million retail postpaid mobile connections. Earnings rose to USD 0.89 per share from USD 0.78 a year ago, driven by the buy-out of Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless. Operating revenues increased 4.3 percent year-on-year to USD 31.6 billion and were up 4.9 percent excluding divestments. The US operator maintained its outlook for around 4 percent revenue growth over the full year, but said the EBITDA margin will depend on the performance of the wireless activities in Q4. The wireless margin in Q3 was lower, due in part to higher costs for increased tablet sales. The company expects to reach the high end of its capital expenditure forecast of USD 16.5-17.0 billion this year, after spending USD 12.6 billion in the first nine months of 2014. 

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EC urges German regulator to lower mobile tariffs for the fifth time

The European Commission (EC) has asked the German telecoms regulator Bundesnetzagentur (BNetza) to amend or withdraw its proposal on mobile termination rates (MTRs), saying it is the fifth time it has had to intervene in the regulator’s pricing model. This comes as BNetza proposed MTRs for Sipgate Wireless 80% higher than in most EU countries. [...]

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Tele2 denies corruption at Kazakh operation

The chief executive of Sweden’s Tele2 group has denied allegations of corruption relating to the firm’s subsidiary operation in Kazakhstan. Mats Granryd has issued a statement responding to an article in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet which raised questions over the legality of Tele2’s business dealings in the Asian country.

Tele2 first entered the Kazakh market in December 2009 when it agreed to acquire Kazakhtelecom’s 51% stake in mobile operator NEO for SEK545 million (USD76 million) in cash, whilst also pledging to inject capital of SEK360 million. The remaining 49% stake in NEO is held by AsiaNet Holding, a member of Amun Capital, a Kazakh-British investment group which is backed by local businesswoman Aigul Nurieva. Tele2 was given the option to buy AsiaNet’s 49% stake within five years (ending March 2015), with the 49% interest now valued at around USD180 million.

The newspaper report has questioned Nurieva’s strong ties with the Kazakh government and whether this relationship has influenced Tele2’s operations in the country. Granryd denies this, however, saying that the report ‘does not present any new information that we have not already investigated’. He states that Tele2 ‘performed due diligence whereby we checked relevant risks, partners, payments, vendor and the political climate’ before investing in NEO, and that the Tele2 group has ‘zero tolerance for corruption and fraud’. The statement ended by saying: ‘Should Tele2 receive any new information that suggest irregularities these will be addressed.’

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Ericsson deploys Telefonica Germany’s VoLTE solution

Telefonica Germany, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, says it selected Ericsson as the main supplier of equipment for its voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) upgrade, adding that it is now ready to commercially launch the technology in its network. As one of the first European operators to embrace VoLTE, Telefonica Germany says its customers will be able to enjoy high-definition (HD) voice call quality and instant call-set-up, while using simultaneous superfast data services on their LTE smartphones. In a press release the unit said the vendor’s proprietary Single Radio Voice Call Continuity (SRVCC) functionality enables ‘seamless handover of ongoing voice calls from LTE to circuit-switched 2G and 3G networks’. The commercial launch will take place once Telefonica has secured the full VoLTE ‘device eco-system’ (i.e. devices that can communicate with one another and are aware of each other’s presence) for mass-market launch. *Commenting on the announcement Karsten Schroder, head of converged solutions at Telefonica Germany, said: ‘When we started six years ago with the investment into IMS [IP Multimedia Subsystem] to deliver DSL voice services, we laid the seed for a strategic modernisation of our core service architecture. With the advent of VoLTE, we were able to harvest the fruits by re-using the very same IMS core for our mobile customers, being the first operator proving that VoLTE is not just a standard, but can be used in a real-life multi-vendor environment. As a result, the convergent architecture allows us today to deliver seamless services agnostic to the physical access by which the customer is connected to our network.’

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