Wednesday Bytes: Windstream, Telia, BSO, Ericsson

June 29th, 2016

Here's a quick look at some news from around the world that's worth a look today: [Read more →]

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More Int’l Fiber M&A: Vocus Buys Nextgen

June 29th, 2016

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A substantial chunk of fiber is changing hands down under.  Vocus Communications has announced plans to acquire Netgen Networks in a deal worth about $600M. [Read more →]

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FASTER Cable System is Ready in the Pacific

June 29th, 2016

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The trans-Pacific bandwidth market officially has a new cable system with which to meet demand.  NEC said today that construction and testing of the FASTER Cable System has been completed, meeting its promised Q2 date with one extra day in hand.   [Read more →]

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Liquid Telecom, RBH to Acquire Neotel

June 28th, 2016

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There was some interesting M&A over in Africa today.  The pan-African network operator Liquid Telecom has teamed up with the investment group Royal Bafokeng to acquire Neotel from India's Tata Communications.  The deal comes after a purchase of Neotel by Vodacom failed to get past regulatory hurdles. [Read more →]

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Zayo, Mitel Ally In Canada

June 28th, 2016

Zayo's plans for its Canadian Allstream assets became a bit clearer this morning.  The infrastructure provider has teamed up with the cloud voice specialist Mitel.  The two are partnering on a hosted and fully-managed real-time communications, collaboration, and conferencing solution that puts Mitel's MiCloud solution over Zayo's network infrastructure. [Read more →]

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Cisco Buys More Security

June 28th, 2016

Cisco's appetite for cloud technology and talent has not abated.  Today they announced another acquisition, one that will boost the company's security portfolio.  The bellweather technology giant has announced its intent to buy CloudLock, Inc. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: AT&T, NTT, Verizon, Level 3

June 28th, 2016

As we all wait for the bizarre Brexit fever to break, here's a quick review of news from the start of this wee that's worth a quick look. [Read more →]

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Meeting the Storage Needs of Hybrid Cloud with Scale-Out NAS

June 27th, 2016

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by Stefan Bernbo, founder and CEO, Compuverde

There are currently as many cell phones in use in the U.S. as there are people in the U.S.: approximately 330 million. As mobility continues its relentless juggernaut around the globe, data creation has exploded beyond imagination. This, of course, has led to an unprecedented need for data storage. But traditional vertical storage solutions won’t do; telcos need [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: BSO CEO Michael Ourabah

June 27th, 2016

image001When demand for low latency first became a thing, a number of network operators sprang up specifically to step into the gap.  Closely held BSO was one such operator, nimbly serving the demand from HFT traders beyond the core markets everyone else was in.  They have leveraged that start to build a global footprint they now use to take on a growing swath of the industry. With us today to tell us what BSO has been up to is founder and CEO Michael Ourabah.  [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: Cleareon, UPN, RVA-IX, Zayo

June 24th, 2016

Here's a quick rundown of some metro news from this week. [Read more →]

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Poll: How Big a Deal is Brexit for Telecom and Internet Infrastructure?

June 24th, 2016

It's time for a Friday poll on the subject of the day.  Is Brexit a big deal for telecom and internet infrastructure in Europe?  Or is it not a big deal at all?  Have your say: [Read more →]

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Brexit Bomb Lands, Explodes, So Now What for Telecom & Infrastructure?

June 24th, 2016

It seems like a crazy decision by UK voters, but they did it.  Britain has actually voted by a thin margin to leave the EU.  I leave the details of all that to those who specialize in it, but what about our little world.  What does this mean for telecommunications and infrastructure companies?  A few thoughts, followed by a poll. [Read more →]

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Comcast Business Invests In Virginia Fiber Reach

June 23rd, 2016

Comcast Business is taking aim at the SMB and enterprise markets in the state of Virginia.  Yesterday they announced plans to spend more than $9M over the next year to expand their fiber and Ethernet network reach to as many as 3,000 additional businesses. [Read more →]

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Cloud Connect Roundup: TI Sparkle, Lightower, Equinix

June 23rd, 2016

Having specialized options to hook enterprises up to the various big cloud providers have become table stakes in the bandwidth game.  Here are three cloud connectivity announcements to look at this morning.   [Read more →]

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Level 3 Taps CityFibre’s Growing Footprint

June 23rd, 2016

CityFibre announced the signing of a new national master services agreement with Level 3 Communications.  The MSA will let Level 3 more smoothly access fiber routes on the rapidly growing CityFibre footprint in metro areas around the UK. [Read more →]

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CenturyLink Takes a Swing at SD-WAN

June 22nd, 2016

As it puts SDN into practice in its network on a significant scale, CenturyLink is taking a new software-defined product to market. Today they unveiled a fully managed SD-WAN. [Read more →]

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Google, RingCentral Pair Up to take on Microsoft

June 22nd, 2016

The search giant google and the cloud communications specialist RingCentral are joining forces to serve apps and UC to the enterprise. They've got a new offering called RingCentral Office Google Edition in the form of a plug-in in the Google Apps marketplace. It is intended to bring together RingCentral's communications platform with Google Apps and related technologies like Google Hangouts. [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: DE-CIX, Sonera, MegaFon, Oi

June 22nd, 2016

I'm at the Telecom Exchange in NYC today. In the meantime, here are a few quick-takes of news from around the globe: [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: RCN, CoreSite, Windstream, BroadSoft, CS&L

June 21st, 2016

Here are a couple of quick-takes from around the USA for this Tuesday morning. [Read more →]

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Enterprise Internetworking Simplified: Social + Network Automation

June 20th, 2016

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by Adam Janota, VP of Global Marketing, Console

The rapid shift by Enterprise IT to a cloud consumption model is increasing network traffic exponentially. The numbers speak for themselves; the Rightscale 2016 State of the Cloud report found that 95% out of 1060 IT professionals surveyed, are using cloud services. As cloud consumption increases, enterprises are scrambling [Read more →]

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CS&L Strikes Again, to Acquire Tower Cloud

June 20th, 2016

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Communications Sales & Leasing has made its second acquisition of the year.  The network REIT that was born from Windstream in the Spring of 2015 has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tower Cloud.   [Read more →]

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UC M&A: Onvoy Acquires ANPI

June 20th, 2016

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There was more consolidation in the world of VoIP and UC last week that managed to slip past my nets.  Onvoy has signed an agreement to buy ANZ Communications, which is the parent company of ANPI. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Walker and Associates

June 19th, 2016

We have a new job listing on the Ramblings Jobs Board this week from Walker and Associates. [Read more →]

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