Thursday Roundup: CenturyLink, Equinix, Host.net, Zayo

January 12th, 2017

Here's a quick rundown on some of the other news from this week that's worth a quick look: [Read more →]

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Colt Takes Aim at Asian Metro Fiber

January 12th, 2017

Colt is planning something we haven't seen too often from international operators.  They are investing an expansion of the company's metro fiber footprint in the Far East. [Read more →]

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Who needs a bank?

January 12th, 2017

This article was authored by Lachlan Colquhoun, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

2017 is only weeks old and the deals are starting already.

One which caught my eye is in Vietnam. There, we see mobile payments company Fortumo partnering with [Read more →]

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Vendor Bytes: Ciena, Coriant, Infinera, Ericsson, Cisco

January 11th, 2017

It's time for a quick roundup on news from vendors from the last few days that's worth a look: [Read more →]

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The Polls Are In – Thoughts on Your Likely Buyers and Sellers

January 10th, 2017

While last week's M&A polls will remain open for some days more, the trends are pretty clear.  Telecom Ramblings readers seem more sure than usual about the direction of M&A ahead of us in 2017, and for the most I think the picks are quite sensible. [Read more →]

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GTT Closes Hibernia Deal, Adds Fiber to Its Diet

January 10th, 2017

It may have been the holidays, but GTT certainly didn't waste any time when it came to finishing off its purchase of Hibernia Networks.  Yesterday, exactly two months since the date of the announcement, they announced its closing. [Read more →]

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CenturyLink Acquires SEAL Consulting

January 9th, 2017

With its combination with Level 3 still working its way through the regulatory process, CenturyLink is still out there making inorganic moves.  Today they acquired SEAL Consulting, which specializes in the implementation of SAP solutions. [Read more →]

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Zayo Sells Some Dark Fiber Along the Mississippi River

January 9th, 2017

Zayo has found another customer for for the dark fiber in its extensive inventory.  A 'major U.S. telecommunications company' has selected the Boulder-based fiber operator for a dark fiber link between the New Orleans, Louisiana and Memphis, Tennesse metro areas.   [Read more →]

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SD-5G Hybrid WAN Will Drive the CDN Trend in 2017

January 9th, 2017

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by David W Wang

The fundamental concept of a Content Delivery Network (CDN) is to make the content distribution or broadcast points of presence (POPs) closer to the end users who request for data or video content online. Such network closeness of content serving would reduce the [Read more →]

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Equinix deploys Facebook-designed optical switches

January 6th, 2017

This article was authored by Networks Asia staff, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Equinix is collaborating with Facebook and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to deploy and test Voyager, the Facebook-designed packet optical switches, inside two of its IBX data centers. [Read more →]

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GI Partners Acquires KOMO, Takes Aim at Seattle

January 6th, 2017

The owner of the Los Angeles carrier hotel fixture One Wilshire has plans to expand further north.  GI Partners announced yesterday the acquisition of KOMO Plaza up in Seattle. [Read more →]

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Poll: Who Are the Most Likely Buyers of US Networks in 2017?

January 5th, 2017

We started off the week considering the likely consolidation targets among US fiber networks in 2017.  Now let's flip the question around and ask who the likeliest buyers are.  Who do you think is going to be shopping for network assets this year? [Read more →]

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FirstLight and Oxford Combine, Sovernet Up Next

January 5th, 2017

As promised over the summer, Oak Hill Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of Oxford Networks.  At the same time, they have taken the company and merged it with their other fiber holding in the area, FirstLight Fiber.   [Read more →]

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AT&T Plans 5G as Fiber Alternative

January 4th, 2017

AT&T today revealed more about its plans to bring bigger bandwidth to the consumer market, and it's looking like less and less fiber will be doing the job.  Meanwhile, they will be trialing 5G delivery of DIRECTV NOW in the first half of 2017 to residential subscribers over a fixed wireless 5G connection in Austin.  AT&T also has 5G over millimeter wave in trials with business customers, also in Austin. [Read more →]

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A Swath of Big Players Takes Aim at 5G, Cars, and Things

January 4th, 2017

After the slow holiday news season, I was curious what new initiatives the new year might start off with and who might be driving them.  It turns out driving was the right verb there, and the question of who is a whole lot of folks.  Starting yesterday afternoon, there has been an interesting set of interrelated announcements by a suite of big companies in and around cars and the internet of things. [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: Global Switch, VodafoneZiggo, Argentina, Rivada

January 3rd, 2017

As holiday weeks go, the end of 2016 was pretty quiet in telecom and internet infrastructure.  Here's a quick look at some news from around the world worth noting: [Read more →]

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Poll: Which US Networks Are Most Likely to Be Acquired in 2017?

January 2nd, 2017

2017 is finally here, and that means it is time to take the pulse of M&A in the world of network operators once again.  Let's start off with who Telecom Ramblings readers think are the most likely targets of consolidation.  Which network operators do you think are most likely to get bought this year?  This is going to be a whole new game, given the deals for XO, EarthLink, Electric Lightwave, Hibernia,  Level 3 and others in 2016.  [Read more →]

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Looking Ahead to 2017 – Some Predictions

December 30th, 2016

Look into the Crystal BallHappy New Year to everyone!  It's been quite a year, with both good and bad as usual - not to mention truly perplexing.  It's usually quiet during the last week of the year due to the holidays, but this time the silence out there seems greater than usual.  It's as if everyone is holding their breath, unsure of what 2017 will bring.  Well, what better time to dust off the old crystal ball and make a few predictions? [Read more →]

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Looking Back On My 2016 Predictions

December 29th, 2016

scalesTomorrow I'll take a stab at some predictions for the world of telecom and internet infrastructure in 2017.  But first, let's revisit the ones I made last year and see how I did.  Ooh, I'm not looking forward to this: [Read more →]

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M&A Review 2016: Unified Communications and Managed Services

December 28th, 2016

The M&A landscape in 2016 has been quite interesting.  This week we've gone back to look at events in the network and data center spaces, and now let's turn to the Voice, UC, and Managed services end of things.  I don't pretend to cover all managed services in detail, so I'll miss a few, but the Voice/UC side has been particularly interesting this year in North America.  We've covered a few by network operators already, here are some more independent moves. [Read more →]

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M&A Review 2016: Colo Edition

December 27th, 2016

Yesterday I sifted through the year in M&A by network operators for North America.  Today let's turn our attention to colocation and data centers: [Read more →]

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M&A Review 2016 – Network Edition

December 26th, 2016

This year's consolidation activity by network operators in North America was like a bag of potato chips.  If you eat one, you've got to eat at least one more.  Well, maybe they weren't quite as addictive as potato chips, but it definitely seemed like most of the deal makers of the year showed up more than once. [Read more →]

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Another Acquisition for Wave?

December 23rd, 2016

Up in the Pacific Northwest we have the rumor of a bit of pre-Christmas network M&A.  According to sources, Wave is making its third acquisition of the year.  Although there has been no formal announcement just yet, the regional operator is apparently acquiring Cascade Networks. [Read more →]

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