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Cisco and Avaya may still hold dominant positions in the PBX market segment, but as enterprises put off spending and move to cloud-based service options, the on-premises PBX segment continues to struggle. - The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union said that Frontier’s request for an injunction on its workers striking in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia, is not necessary and the strikers are abiding by the law.   - Shentel’s wireline segment continues to reap revenues from its fiber business, which garnered new long-term deals from carrier and business customer segments in the fourth quarter. - Hargray Communications, a regional independent telco and cable operator, is acquiring Hawkinsville, Georgia-based ComSouth as part of an effort to enhance its presence in the Georgia market - Verizon says that as it mulls its involvement in the FCC’s upcoming $2 billion Connect America Fund auction this July, the regulator needs to provide more guidance on how it will determine whether a CAF-supported service meets speed requirements. - SAN DIEGO—The Ethernet Alliance held a multivendor interoperability demonstration at this year’s OFC to highlight 50GE port forwarding packets at line rate speed (50 Gbps) over transmission distances up to 40 km. - Verizon and Colt have demonstrated two-way intercarrier SDN network orchestration, paving the way for service providers to automate the provisioning of wholesale services across partner networks. - Data centers are ditching 40GE connections in favor of 25/100GE ports. Meanwhile, the enterprise market has apparently gotten its confidence back. - With Commissioner Mignon Clyburn set to move on, Democrats in Congress are reported to have settled on an FCC assistant bureau chief to take her place. - Adva is excited about 400G, but the German vendor is taking a pragmatic view on how quickly it will be adopted by its growing base of service provider and enterprise customers. - Telia Carrier completed a field trial with Coriant to measure real-time optical performance and dynamic provisioning of optical capacity on its network for its business and wholesale customers. - Hawaiian Telcom saw the fruits of its FTTH expansion as its consumer internet subscriber base surpassed the losses in its copper-based DSL service lines, but these gains weren’t enough to offset the overall $1.6 million year-over-year consumer segment decline. - Lumentum reached a deal to acquire Oclaro for $1.8 billion, sparking a new wave of consolidation in the optical components market segment. - Infinera has introduced ICE5, a 2.4 Tbps optical engine, marking the latest addition to the company’s family of Infinite Capacity Engines.  - Who has the most wireline broadband subscribers? We tracked the top 16 broadband providers in the fourth quarter of 2017 to get insight into these key numbers. Our list includes the top telco and cable operators, which are ranked by the total number of broadband subscribers they had as of the end of the fourth quarter. - As I make my way to OFC again—which was one of the first trade shows I ever attended back in 1999—the one trend that has hit me lately is what optical vendors and construction providers stand to gain from cable’s pending fiber deep and remote PHY initiatives. - AT&T is taking the next step in applying OpenROADMs into its live network with plans to scale deployments via multiple vendors and an optical SDN controller integrated into ECOMP. - GTT is continuing down its acquisitive path, announcing a deal to acquire Toronto-based Accelerated Connections in a bid to expand the service provider’s Canadian network and market presence. - While U.S. providers like AT&T and Google Fiber debate the merits of 1 Gbps, a bevy of Asia-Pacific service providers are providing 10G FTTH services in their countries at competitive prices as low as $100 per month, with low tariffs. - Verizon is taking the position that the one-touch-make-ready (OTMR) process for new pole attachments should apply to what are deemed as “simple” or “complex” make-ready processes, in contrast to AT&T's position. - CenturyLink, Consolidated, Frontier and Windstream collectively made their case to the FCC that preserving census tracts in rural areas for 3.5 GHz spectrum—including a hybrid approach that allows large license sizes in urban areas—will enable them to expand their rural broadband deployments further. - Verizon and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have reached a settlement requiring the telco to repair and make improvements to its copper network infrastructure throughout New York state. - By expanding its DOCSIS 3.1 footprint with 1 Gbps speeds to 95% of its market, WideOpenWest is positioning itself to be even more competitive against traditional LECs in the small to medium business market. - BT has named Wray Varley as the president and CEO of BT Federal, an appointment that comes at a critical time for the unit to challenge traditional incumbent telcos for various upcoming contract vehicles. - CenturyLink’s enterprise customers have yet another element for Unified Communications as the telco has secured a Cisco Spark Service Provider designation. -