Ensuring SDN and NFV Performance for a Future-Proof Network

November 26th, 2014

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Dan Joe Barry, vice president of marketing, Napatech.

Gigaom Research reports that software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) represent two of the more dramatic oncoming technology shifts in networking. Both will significantly alter network designs, deployments, operations and future networking and computing systems. Key drivers include improved network service levels and lower operating and capital costs. [Read more →]

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Infrastructure investments fuel the telecom tower industry

November 26th, 2014

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This article was authored by Phil Marshall, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

This month I published a research report on the telecom tower industry; an industry that I have followed for nearly two decades since its inception in the United States in the mid-1990’s. In recent years, the tower industry has expanded at an incredible rate, particularly as operators seek cost effective network expansion strategies, and network sharing becomes more readily accepted. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: Hibernia, HE, Earthlink, Comcast, WOW!

November 25th, 2014

Here’s a quick rundown of some recent network news that’s worth a look: [Read more →]

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Columbia Moves To Take euNetworks Private

November 25th, 2014

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While I was traveling last week, the rumors of an M&A deal surrounding euNetworks became more than rumors. They company’s largest shareholder, Columbia Capital, has launched an effort to buy the rest of the company and take it private, looking to bring the independent western European fiber footprint all the way under its umbrella. [Read more →]

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Telefonica and BT Take a Spin Around the UK Dance Floor

November 24th, 2014

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The M&A talk over in Europe today is focused on the UK, where BT and Telefonica are dancing around a possible transaction. While described by BT as ‘highly preliminary’, the idea would be for BT to get back into the wireless game by reacquiring O2, which it spun off over a decade ago. Telefonica would likely then own a significant minority chunk of BT. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: M/C Partners’ Gillis Cashman Looks Ahead

November 24th, 2014

image001As the holidays loom large, so does the urge to look ahead and speculate on what will come in 2015 and beyond.  With us today to opine about where the internet infrastructure industry is headed and why is Gillis Cashman, Managing Partner at the private equity firm M/C Partners.  M/C Partners is very tightly focused on communications services and infrastructure, and Gillis [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Two From Conterra

November 23rd, 2014

This week we got two new listings from down south to take a look at. [Read more →]

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The Debate Continues Around BYOD

November 21st, 2014

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Max Silber, executive director of mobility, MetTel

Mobile devices in the workforce are nothing new – since the invasion of Palm Pilots and Blackberry phones in the late 1990s, these devices have become as common in a cubicle or office as a desk phone and computer monitor.

What wasn’t expected at the dawn of the mobile era was the extent to which users would [Read more →]

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Friday Roundup: Zayo, Level 3, Lightower, Transbeam, Pangaea

November 21st, 2014

With the travel, I have been playing catch-up all week on other news. Here’s another roundup, this time of network operator news: [Read more →]

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Streamlining for the Holidays at Windstream

November 21st, 2014

Windstream is sending out some cards just in time for the holiday season, but they aren’t of the festive variety. The hybrid ILEC/CLEC is planning to slim down its workforce by 2.7% by December 1 in an effort to improve its cost structure and efficiency. [Read more →]

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GEN14 Vendor Bytes: CENX, Wedge, Fujitsu, Transition Networks, Ciena

November 20th, 2014

Lots of news from the vendors this week, especially around Ethernet, SDN, and NFV given GEN14. Here’s a quick look a few items I learned about at and around the event: [Read more →]

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Would You Enter a Clouded Leopard’s Den?

November 20th, 2014

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One of the more interesting and colorful items I ran into at the GEN14 conference this week was the unveiling of the Clouded Leopard’s Den. It’s not a new product or service, but rather an effort by the Cloud Ethernet Forum to bring the popular Shark Tank concept to the cloud, where the teeth this time belong to the endangered Himalayan big cat. [Read more →]

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SummitIG Hands Virginia a New Intercity Route

November 20th, 2014

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Virginia has been getting some fiber attention lately, and it got another key intercity piece this week while I was off traveling this week.  Dulles-based SummitIG has completed the construction of its brand new dark fiber route between Richmond and the key data center hubs of northern Virginia. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Level 3’s Jack Waters on Integration and Beyond

November 19th, 2014

waters_head_newOne of the biggest deals in internet infrastructure this year was the combination of Level 3 and tw telecom, which just closed a couple weeks ago.  Both companies had strong momentum in the enterprise markets, and once integrated the combined network and on-net building footprints will be quite formidable by any measure.  The key, therefore, is to make that happen.  With us today to talk about the integration ahead and the road beyond is Level 3’s longtime Chief Technology Officer, Jack Waters. [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: NTT, KPN, Interoute, Vodafone

November 19th, 2014

Here’s a quick rundown of news from around the world worth a quick look: [Read more →]

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Tuesday Roundup: NTT, Equinix, EdgeCast, BTI Systems

November 18th, 2014

I’m on the road this week, but here’s a quick rundown of some of the news out there: [Read more →]

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Mitel Backs Off, Shoretel Shrugs

November 18th, 2014

A week after taking another swing at buying ShoreTel, Mitel has backed off — at least for now — and has publicly withdrawn the offer.  ShoreTel seems happy with that. They had raised their earlier bid up to $8.50 per share, but ShoreTel’s board continued to be unimpressed and had described the offer as ‘highly inadequate’.  [Read more →]

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Lightower Polishes Off New Virginia Network

November 17th, 2014

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The northeastern fiber operator Lightower Fiber Networks is now not properly called northeastern, having brought fiber to a piece of Dixie. Lightower has completed its 1,100 route mile fiber buildout throughout Virginia and now reaching down into North Carolina. [Read more →]

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Level 3 Taps Debt Markets For Another Refinancing Move

November 17th, 2014

After every acquisition, Level 3 goes to work on that complicated balance sheet, and this morning they are doing so again.  Although actually this one was probably in the works regardless.  [Read more →]

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FCC to AT&T: Err, What Fiber Roll-out Are You Pausing?

November 17th, 2014

On Friday, the FCC took AT&T’s show of displeasure toward President Obama’s net neutrality stance and turned it around. After AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson publicly pulled the emergency brake on its fiber network rollouts, the FCC wants to know just what it is they are pausing. [Read more →]

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Smart cities to be driven from the bottom up: report

November 17th, 2014

This article was authored by John C. Tanner, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Smart cities start with smart citizens, but many of those same citizens will expect the city, not operators, to provide smart-city services. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Southern Telecom

November 16th, 2014

This week we got a new listing to look at on the Ramblings Jobs board to look at from down south to go with an existing one from up north. [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: CityFibre, TelePacific, Zayo, Viawest

November 14th, 2014

Here’s a quick Friday rundown of the news ending the week: [Read more →]

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