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Tibit Communications, a Petaluma, Calif.-based startup developing next-generation pluggable devices designed to virtualize the access network using Ethernet switching, announced $13.8M in Series A funding. The funding was provided by a combination of strategic investors and network operators.

Small, low-power and low-cost pluggable devices from Tibit reportedly allow high-performance Ethernet switching systems to replace traditional access equipment, lowering costs and simplifying the network architecture. Tibit's initial products, the Tibit MicroPlug OLT and ONT, will provide FTTx PON fiber access from Ethernet switches, routers, or almost any device with an Ethernet port, according to the company. Tibit provides the MicroPlug and a software solution to connect with software defined networking (SDN) orchestrators.

SCTE/ISBE’s call for Cable-Tec Expo 2017 papers is currently open, and the deadline for abstracts is not far off (March 1). The SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo 2017 Call for Papers document outlines preferred topics and instructions to submit abstract submission(s). Each abstract proposal requires a separate submission no later than March 1. The show is set for Oct. 17-20 in Denver.

Plex announced it acquired the streaming news service Watchup. In a blog, Plex says the acquisition was due in large part to the fact that Watchup’s engineering group has “built a remarkable system with advanced machine learning which processes local, national, and international news” aimed at cord cutters. “Just as importantly, they have partnered with over 150 publishers, including a number who have invested in the company,” Plex says. The blog is here.

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