Windstream Fills In a Few Details On Its REIT Plans

December 18th, 2014

Just a week after taking the helm of Windstream, newly minted CEO Tony Thomas has moved to put the companies network REIT spinoff back in the spotlight.  The company is providing an update today on the transaction and what they hope it to accomplish. [Read more →]

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IBM’s SoftLayer Joins Equinix’s Exchange

December 18th, 2014

Equinix has been rolling out new partners for its Cloud Exchange all year, or at least all three quarters since it was introduced.  But for the holiday season they saved the announcement that key player in the world of cloud computing has signed on: IBM. [Read more →]

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A Suitor Knocks on Pacnet’s Door

December 17th, 2014

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There’s M&A in the wind in the Pacific region today, as Pacnet has apparently attracted some attention from down under. Australia’s Telstra has confirmed that it is in duscussions to acquire the company. That’s all they said though, responding to speculation from Bloomberg today in a three sentence letter to the Australian Securities Exchange.  [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: Xtera, Orange Business, Metroweb, GCX, NBN

December 17th, 2014

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Time for a quick mid-week survey of news from around the world: [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: NexxCom, Colo ATL, HE, RingCentral, Lightpath

December 16th, 2014

Here’s a quick survey of recent regional customer wins and expansions that are worth a quick look: [Read more →]

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Windstream Shakes Up Leadership Team

December 16th, 2014

Late last week, Windstream got itself a new CEO. And yesterday, that new CEO continued the shakeup with a series of promotions, putting together his new leadership team. [Read more →]

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BT Makes Its Wireless Choice: EE

December 16th, 2014

The wireless market in the UK just may get its incumbent back. BT said yesterday that it has entered into ‘exclusive talks’ to by EE, the mobile operator jointly owned by Deutsche Telekom and Orange. While the process will take a few weeks, the apparent price tag is £12.5bn. [Read more →]

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An NYC Visit With DE-CIX At 60 Hudson

December 15th, 2014

de-cix-ckLast week I had the rare pleasure of an in-person visit at 60 Hudson on New York City. Frank Orlowski, the Chief Marketing Officer of DE-CIX, and the always helpful folks at Zayo’s zColo division, where DE-CIX has its cage, offered me a tour. And since I am once again based in the area I was actually able to take them up on it. Despite the fact that I write about this stuff every day, I have rarely had a chance to see any of it in person. In fact the only other data center I’ve seen the inside of was [Read more →]

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Google’s latest IoT standards push: “Open Web Of Things”

December 15th, 2014

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

Your new favorite Internet Of Things standards initiative: [Read more →]

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Friday Roundup: CenturyLink, Firstlight, Earthlink, Pacnet, Orange

December 12th, 2014

TGIF and 13 shopping days left before Christmas.  Here’s a quick look at news from across the space and around the world before you head home: [Read more →]

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On Netflix, Open Caching, Fast Lanes, Definitions, and Goodwill

December 12th, 2014

So yesterday Netflix came out in defense of its OpenConnect caching infrastructure, actually having to tell the FCC that the program isn’t a fast lane. The question had been posed by the FCC’s Ajit Pai and might seem a bit silly, but it’s a direct consequence of the way the network neutrality debate has veered off-road this year. [Read more →]

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Ciena Posts Fiscal Q4 Loss, Plans to Make It Up Next Year

December 11th, 2014

Predictions for earnings per share for telecom vendors is always a bit of hit or miss, just because of the stochastic nature of the type of sales they make and the currency fluctuations where they make them.  Ciena finished out its fiscal 2014 today, reporting a surprise loss for the October quarter but apparently the market is happy enough there wasn’t worse news given other data lately.  Here’s a quick table of the numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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Thursday Bytes: Zayo, Southern Telecom, Earthlink, ShoreTel, QTS

December 11th, 2014

Time for a quick roundup of news from the metro and federal fronts.  Oops, it’s Thursday, not Wednesday! [Read more →]

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OTT – If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

December 10th, 2014

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Contributed by Prayson Pate, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice-President of R&D, Overture

Over-the-top (OTT) services cause fear and heartburn for wireline Communication Service Providers (CSPs) because of the revenue they take as well as the network load that they create.  Rather than fearing OTT services, CSPs should leverage new technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NVF) to [Read more →]

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2014 M&A Review: US Networks Edition

December 10th, 2014

mergeAs the year ends, it’s time to look back at what went on around the sector.  Going into 2014, it looked as if the pace of M&A among competitive network operators focused on US wholesale and enterprise opportunities would slow down after the torrid pace of the past few years. To an extent that turned out to be true, however there was still substantial activity and there were a few big deals that really shook things up. [Read more →]

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ConteXtream Lets a Bit of Daylight In

December 9th, 2014

Service providers have a newly upgraded platform to serve subscribers with today, as ConteXtream has updated its SDN fabric. They have launched version 4.0, which supports OpenFlow’s OpenStack and is based on the OpenDaylight SDN controller. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: Lightower, GlobeNet, Equinix, Arista

December 9th, 2014

As the Christmas shopping season races by, the news tends to get a bit thin.  But here are a few quick takes to keep up to date: [Read more →]

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Gathering More Cloud, CenturyLink Acquires DataGardens

December 8th, 2014

Of the large US-based telecommunications operators, CenturyLink has been perhaps the most active when it comes to inorganically building a cloud portfolio. Today they added another strategically targeted acquisition to the list, acquiring Edmonton-based DataGardens. [Read more →]

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RCom taps Ericsson for managed services

December 8th, 2014

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Reliance Communications has awarded Ericsson a pan-India contract to provide managed services for the operator’s extensive network. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Time Warner Cable Business Services’ Philip Meeks

December 8th, 2014

philmeeksAcross internet infrastructure, perhaps the strongest growth trend we’ve seen over the past several has been that posted by the cable MSOs into the Ethernet marketplace.  With us today to give Time Warner Cable’s viewpoint on the business services market in general and the effect of the pending merger with Comcast on its future is Philip Meeks, COO for Business Services.  Phil was previously at [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Two From FirstLight

December 7th, 2014

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

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Selling Some Stock, GTT Rebuilds Its Warchest

December 5th, 2014

As we close in on the end of 2014, GTT is filling up on cash reserves to take on 2015. Yesterday afternoon they revealed their intention to raise money via a stock offering, the details of which they announced a little while ago.  It’s their second such sale of stock this year, having made a similar move this past May. [Read more →]

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Zayo Buys Some Kansas Fiber From IdeaTek

December 4th, 2014

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Zayo’s next fiber consolidation move is back on this side of the Atlantic, and actually rather far from the coast as well.  The Boulder-based company has agreed to purchase the carrier and enterprise business of IdeaTek. [Read more →]

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