NTT Communications (NTT Com) joined the ArrowSphere cloud services platform, a service from Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions (Arrow ECS), the business segment of Arrow Electronics Inc. Through this agreement, NTT Com’s Compute Cloud solution will be available to the Arrow ECS reseller network, starting with the U.K., France, Germany, Spain and Denmark…Swedish pay-TV, broadband and fixed-telephony provider Com Hem is using Harmonic‘s NSG 9000 HectoQAM solution as its service edgeQAM to increase the speed of its data services and to add a new multiscreen services based on TiVo technology…Cable & Wireless Communications is one of the founding members of a consortium aiming to build a new submarine cable system that could increase access to fast broadband and pay-TV in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS) will span 6,000 kilometers from Jacksonville, Fla., to Manta, Ecuador. The cable will have landing stations in the islands of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Aruba and Curacao as well as Cartagena in Colombia, and Maria Chiquita and Balboa in Panama. Alcatel-Lucent will deploy the cable, and work will start before the end of the year. The system could cut over sometime in 3Q14. Other consortium members include Setar, Telconet, Telefonica Global Solutions and United Telecommunication ServicesAlcatel-Lucent is providing proactive monitoring for the optical network of Indonesia-based wireless provider Telkomsel. The initial deal has the partners focusing on video, high-speed Internet access and other applications.

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Cable has to contend with FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel circulating a proposal that would prevent providers from entering into exclusive revenue sharing agreements with building owners as part of changes aimed at bringing competition to MTEs.

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