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.

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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

Lightower Virginia Network Map

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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Friday Poll: What form should Net Neutrality take?

November 14th, 2014

Ok, yesterday’s poll wasn’t terribly seriously composed of course, and was designed to express exasperation in its many forms.  This one is about the actual issue.  After six years of debate, where do you all come down on network neutrality?   [Read more →]

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Poll: What is your reaction to the latest Network Neutrality Debate?

November 13th, 2014

Obama wants Title II and he wants it now, AT&T is taking its ball and going home, and Tom Wheeler has no friends.  What’s your reaction to it all?  Here’s a quick, completely scientific poll to find out what Ramblings’ readers think. [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: Hibernia Networks, Equinix, Liquid Telecom

November 13th, 2014

Time for a quick look at news from around the world: [Read more →]

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How Mature Is Your Network – And Is It Ready for SDN and NFV?

November 13th, 2014

This Industry Viewpoint roundtable summary was authored by the MEF.  

An older carrier network can be deceptive. It often is perfectly suited for today’s business needs, solid, predictable and reliable. It may be largely paid for, or at least depreciating on schedule, with minimal need for significant CapEx outlays. Yet that trusted technology can fall flat when faced with [Read more →]

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To Make Its Net Neutrality Point, AT&T Pulls Plug On Fiber?

November 12th, 2014

So AT&T isn’t happy about Obama’s speech yesterday endorsing regulating broadband like a utility.  Today they CEO Randall Stephenson said the company would suspend investing in its FTTH expansion until the situation is resolved. [Read more →]

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Wilcon Lights Up Southern California

November 12th, 2014

Wilcon network map

Southern California has some new 100G metro connectivity today.  Wilcon has taken the next step forward in its evolution, lighting its dark fiber network and introducing scalable Ethernet, wavelength, and internet access services. [Read more →]

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Data Bytes: Zayo, Peak, Datapipe, vXchnge, CyrusOne

November 12th, 2014

For this Wednesday morning, here’s a quick rundown of data center and cloud news from this week: [Read more →]

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