Google Fiber is reportedly losing its head. Just five months after taking the job, Bloomberg reports Access Chief Executive Gregory McCray is stepping down. McCray’s departure follows that of former leader Craig Barratt in October 2016 after Alphabet put the brakes on expansion plans for Google Fiber.

A replacement for McCray was not announced, but Alphabet CEO Larry Page issued the following statement: 

"We are committed to the success of Google Fiber. The team is bringing gigabit connections to more and more happy customers. We are serving not only our core Fiber cities but also others through Webpass. Fiber has a great team and I'm confident we will find an amazing person to lead this important business."

i3 Broadband, a regional provider of fiber optic internet services, reports it has chosen Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei to enhance its deployment of services to residential homes and multi-dwelling units (MDUs) in the Champaign-Urbana and the greater Peoria areas in Illinois.

The company says Huawei's broadband solutions will allow i3 Broadband to bring more dynamic services to its existing users, and save both time and money when installing connections for future MDU customers. Huawei’s GPON, NG-PON, and D-CCAP technologies will reportedly help deliver gigabit bandwidth to MDUs at “unprecedented prices” and improve operational performance.

"The goal of i3 Broadband is to reduce cost, create value, and continue to offer high-quality internet, HD TV, and voice services to residential and business customers," i3 Broadband COO Dan Kennedy comments. "As i3 Broadband continues to expand its all-fiber, ultra-high speed network to more locations within the communities we serve, i3 Broadband is excited to be using Huawei MDU products, as their next-generation solutions will allow i3 Broadband to quickly acquire new MDU customers and speed our market delivery."

Cadent, a provider of media, advertising technology, and data solutions, says its technology arm (formerly BlackArrow) has made extensive enhancements to its addressable TV solution and core system. Cadent says it is currently engaged in deploying its technology platform with two Tier-1 pay-TV service providers to unify advertising execution capabilities across addressable linear, OTT, and VOD. Cadent expects the customers to be live by the end of 2017.

Harmonic, a provider of video delivery infrastructure, reports GTPL, digital cable TV distribution company in India, has deployed a next-generation software-based unified video headend system from Harmonic. GTPL reaches an estimated 8 million plus households in more than 189 cities.

The solution reportedly leverages Harmonic's Electra X2 advanced media processor that supports MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC, and HEVC encoding for both traditional cable television and live OTT multiscreen services to save GTPL space and power consumption and allowing the operator to increase bandwidth efficiency and broaden its channel count. The unified headend also includes ProView integrated receiver-decoders for reception and ProMedia Package multiscreen stream packager for deploying secure live OTT services. Everything is managed through the NMX network management solution.

"Harmonic provides us with a complete headend solution for CATV and live OTT, with distribution of up to 650 cable television channels and 50 OTT channels from a unified management system. We can also support advanced features such as graphic overlay and scroll insertion, which are integral to our business,” Aniruddhsinh Jadeja, managing director at GTPL Hathway, reports. “We are currently delivering live TV and have plans to explore catch-up TV, nPVR, and 4K video in the future to provide an even better viewing experience to subscribers."