Cox rolls out 1-gig services in Oklahoma; YouTube bullish on virtual reality

More cable news from across the Web:

> Cox Communications said it has rolled out its 1-gig Internet services to select areas of Tulsa, Okla. DSL Reports story

> Cable & Wireless Panama SA and Huawei said they have conducted a successful trial of the fastest copper-based broadband service across Latin America using G.fast technology. Press release

Online Video News

> Robert Kyncl, YouTube's chief business officer, said virtual reality will be one of the few key drivers for Google's video strategy in the coming year. "I don't think digital video will grow linearly, I think it will grow exponentially," Kyncl said. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink may not have 1 Gbps FTTH available in every market it serves, but where it is available it is helping it take market share away from cable operators and drive awareness about other speed tiers. Article

> Videotron has reached a deal to acquire fiber-centric service provider Fibernoire for $88.6 million, enhancing its ability to effectively compete with growing threats from U.S. providers like Zayo that are coming into Canada. Article

Wireless News

> The Motorola brand, which produced the world's first handheld mobile phone, is being phased out in a modest rebranding transition by its new parent Lenovo. Article

> Sprint MVNO Republic Wireless has inked an agreement with a GSM-based wireless carrier and will begin selling a new, high-end Motorola GSM-based device by March or April of this year, a top executive said here on the sidelines of the CES event. Article

And finally… Yahoo reportedly plans to lay off about 1,000 employees, or about 10 percent of its workforce. Business Insider story

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