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UPN Expands to Council Bluffs, Wilcon Builds Out to El Segundo

September 18th, 2014

There are two other organic metro fiber expansion projects out there this week worth a quick look: [Read more →]

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Is It Really Time For Level 3 and Sprint?

September 18th, 2014

There’s an article over at Investors Business Daily suggesting that Sprint may sell its wireline network business at last, and that Level 3 would be the most likely buyer. It’s not a new idea of course, but in this iteration is being suggested by Oppenheimer as a likely move. Is it finally time? [Read more →]

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Lightower Adds Philadelphia Depth

September 18th, 2014

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Yesterday the northeastern fiber operator Lightower announced plans to expand their network in the city of brotherly love and the fictional home of Rocky Balboa.  Yep, Philadelphia is getting some more new fiber, specifically downtown in the area surrounding Broad St., Market St., JFK Blvd. and Chestnut Ave. This makes two providers that are making moves in Philly, as tw telecom entered the market for the first time just last month.   [Read more →]

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The Intercloud Will Absorb the Metacloud

September 17th, 2014

Rackspace may be distancing itself from consolidation in the cloud space, but Cisco managed to find a target to beef up its own efforts.  The router giant entered the space back in March with its Intercloud strategy, and today announced its intention to purchase Metacloud. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Zayo, tw telecom, Viawest, Highwinds, CENX

September 17th, 2014

Here’s a quick look at some interesting news items from this week: [Read more →]

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Rackspace Jumps Off the Table

September 17th, 2014

One of the bits of summer speculation that seemed destined to happen isn’t going to, at least for now. Rackspace yesterday called off its review of strategic alternatives, named Taylor Rhodes as its CEO, and plotted an independent course. [Read more →]

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$40M For Fastly

September 16th, 2014

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Some may see the content delivery world as commoditized, but then again some just see further opportunity. The upstart CDN Fastly is one of the latter, and today they announced a big new funding round of venture capital. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Jay Lawrence of NexxCom Wireless

September 16th, 2014

SJL_Headshot1_JSA 1For the past half-decade or so, low latency connectivity has been a big focus of the key financial vertical, both through fiber and the air.  Serving bandwidth to the high frequency trading segment has been as rapidly evolving an environment as they come, and NexxCom Wireless has been evolving right along with it.  With us today to tell us where NexxCom’s wireless links will speed off to next is Jay Lawrence, Chief Executive Officer of the company since 2012. [Read more →]

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Some Spanish Jazz for Orange?

September 15th, 2014

According to Reuters, France’s incumbent telecommunications giant may be about to make an M&A move to its south. Orange is said to be readying a purchase of Spain’s alternative fixed line operator Jazztel in an effort to boost its prospects there, a move that analysts have expected for a while. [Read more →]

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Monday Bytes: EarthLink, Zayo, Limelight, Calix

September 15th, 2014

Not a lot of big news this Monday morning, but some smaller items are worth noting: [Read more →]

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As Netflix Takes On France, No Public Peering Fights Yet?

September 15th, 2014

This morning, Netflix is taking its OTT video into perhaps the most hostile territory yet: France. But what we aren’t yet seeing is any of the public spats about interconnection that have marked the content/eyeball divide in the US for much of this year. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Tower Cloud

September 14th, 2014

After a slow Labor Day stretch, we have a new job listing on the Ramblings Jobs board this weekend. [Read more →]

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Vendor Roundup: Ericsson, Cyan, Infinera, Juniper, Alcatel-Lucent

September 12th, 2014

For this fall Friday let’s see what’s going on with the vendors: [Read more →]

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Wi-Fi Calling? It’s About Time

September 11th, 2014

So T-Mobile’s latest campaign is to take better advantage of WiFi, quickly hopping on the bandwagon with the new iPhone’s capabilities in the unapologetically aggressive, quick-footed manner that T-Mobile has specialized in since John Legere took over. All I can say is that it’s about time somebody did. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: Tower Cloud, Level 3, FirstLight, US Signal

September 11th, 2014

Here are a few quick-takes on news from the metro and regional fiber space: [Read more →]

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The NBA Taps Zayo’s Fiber

September 10th, 2014

Zayo picked up a high profile video transport contract today in the sports vertical. They are teaming up with the National Basketball Association for the transport of live broadcast and other video feeds for all NBA games in the upcoming 2014-2015 season. [Read more →]

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AMS-IX Heads For Silicon Valley, Sets Up Californian Exchange

September 10th, 2014

The latest European IX foray into North America is by AMS-IX, which this morning announced plans to expand to the west coast. The Amsterdam-based internet exchange company has opened a new PoP at Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street facility in San Francisco. They’ll be calling it AMS-IX Bay Area, and will be seeking to replicate their successful model over in Amsterdam where they see nearly 3Tbps of throughput. [Read more →]

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Colo Bytes: vXchnge, Interxion, Digital Realty, CoreSite, 365DC

September 10th, 2014

Here’s a quick look at some of the news from the colo business from the first part of this week: [Read more →]

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ZenFi Launches Mobile-Focused Metro Footprint

September 9th, 2014

The New York metro area got itself a new alternative metro connectivity provider today. ZenFi Networks has launched, headed by the former founder and CEO of the NYC metro fiber specialist Lexent Metro Connect, Ray La Chance. [Read more →]

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MetTel to Acquire Thrive

September 9th, 2014

The communications operator MetTel announced a key acquisition this morning, joining what has been a busy week already on the inorganic front.  They’ll be purchasing Thrive Networks, the IT solutions arm of the office retail giant Staples. [Read more →]

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Guth Takes Over from O’Hara at Integra

September 9th, 2014

Integra Telecom announced a leadership change yesterday, bringing in Robert Guth as interim CEO and President. Guth will hold down the position while the company looks for a more permanent replacement. [Read more →]

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Global Capacity Pounces, Acquires MegaPath’s Network Business

September 8th, 2014

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There’s big news in the managed connectivity business today, as Global Capacity has made a big inorganic move. They’ve announced plans to acquire of the Network Services business unit of MegaPath.  [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: A Fiber Q&A with Bank Street Group

September 8th, 2014

bankstreet12014 has been filled with news of large-scale strategic and financial transactions such as Level 3’s $7 billion acquisition of tw telecom and Zayo’s impending IPO, but a small deal that almost flew beneath the radar has definitely piqued our interest. We sat down with Bank Street Group’s James Henry (JHH), Richard Lukaj (RSL) and Peter Beckett (JPB) to discuss Crown Castle’s acquisition of 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network and the implications of that transaction for the bandwidth infrastructure sector. [Read more →]

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