Netflix Flexes Interconnection Muscle, But Is It Too Much?

July 17th, 2015

This week, Charter Communications got a key approval for its proposed acquisition of TW Cable. No, the FCC and DOJ aren't done yet -- they're just getting started.  But Netflix has finished up its own review and is throwing it support behind the deal. It's not altruism though, but rather the settlement-free peering that Netflix will receive from the combined company through at least 2018. [Read more →]

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Friday Roundup: Arvig, CityFibre, Padtec, ViaWest

July 17th, 2015

TGIF, with some nice weather ahead for the weekend I hope.  Here's a quick rundown of some other news from this week that needs mentioning: [Read more →]

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More Cable Consolidation as Tele Columbus Buys PrimaCom

July 16th, 2015

Global cable mergers continue to be one of 2015 stories, and today we saw another one over in Europe. Germany's Tele Columbus has agreed to buy rival PrimaCom for $777M or so in cash. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: EarthLink, Birch, Alianza, UPN, EATEL

July 16th, 2015

A bunch of news items this week from the metro to look at: [Read more →]

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Euro Bytes: Sparkle, Interoute, Transmode

July 15th, 2015

Here's a quick look at some news items over in Europe this week that are worth a look: [Read more →]

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Service agility through service innovation – Unpacking OSS/BSS

July 15th, 2015

Contributed by Rajive Keshup, ATLANTIC-ACM

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Competition amongst communications solutions providers (CSPs) continues to heat up as enterprises and individuals become increasingly dependent upon [Read more →]

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Level 3 Finishes Up Spokane Buildout

July 14th, 2015

With Zayo busy in Seattle, Level 3 said this morning that it has finished up a network expansion a few hundred miles to the east. The project added a new loop in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene metro areas, bringing their infrastructure in the metro area to 276 on-net buildings and 300 metro route miles in all. [Read more →]

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Zayo Takes Aim at Seattle Wireless Backhaul

July 14th, 2015

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Zayo's organic buildout engine had been somewhat quiet for a spell, so this morning's news of a new expansion project in the Pacific Northwest was a welcome one. Zayo says it has won a new fiber-to-the-tower deal with a major wireless carrier that will see more than 500 towers on-net, of which 350 will be in Greater Seattle. [Read more →]

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Megaport Plans to Go Up Over, Invade North America

July 14th, 2015

The Australian software-based interconnection specialist Megaport has revealed plans to expand, taking aim at the largest US markets. So they'll be moving from down under to go up over, right? Ok, weak wordplay... I'm an engineer, what did you expect? [Read more →]

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Digital Realty Strikes, Will Buy Telx

July 14th, 2015

There really was some fire underneath the smoke this time. This morning, Digital Realty Trust announced a definitive agreement to purchase Telx for $1.886B.  The deal takes Digital Realty deeper into the world of interconnection than it has previously delved, and further from its real estate roots. [Read more →]

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Hawaiki Takes Two More Steps Forward

July 13th, 2015

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Those who have been fighting to build a new submarine cable between New Zealand and the west coast of the US, as well as islands along the way, have taken another two steps forward toward that goal. One is financial, the other logistical. [Read more →]

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FCC Steps Into Copper Retirement, Battery Backup

July 13th, 2015

On Friday, the FCC proposed yet more new rules for the telecommunications industry, looking to keep the transition from copper to fiber from becoming a cudgel wielded by incumbents against competitive operators. Switching off legacy copper systems which regulators required to be available on a wholesale basis in favor of fiber systems they have not effectively kicks providers without the reach out of the market. [Read more →]

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A freemium MVNO — can it work?

July 13th, 2015

This article was authored by Jouko Ahvenainen, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

We have seen dozens of MVNOs come and disappear. There are a few that have survived with a strong brand (e.g. Virgin) or niche services like international calls (e.g. Lebara). Now, we see a newcomer from [Read more →]

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Friday Roundup: NexGen, Internap, Cisco, T-Mobile

July 10th, 2015

This week has been a slow start to July news-wise for telecom and internet infrastructure, if you don't count the security non-event hysteria the other day.  But nevertheless there is plenty going on, and here is another set of quick-takes on items worth a quick look: [Read more →]

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The IP Transit Market Is Shrinking, Just Not Here

July 10th, 2015

Telegeography put out an interesting item yesterday. Citing data from its IP Transit Forecast service, they projected that IP transit revenues globally will fall at a rate of 6% annually over the next 7 years. That's not pricing, which always goes down, but revenue -- suggesting the overall market will shrink significantly. [Read more →]

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Fire Sale? Nope.

July 9th, 2015

Yesterday we saw a series of high profile systems failures. United Airlines saw its systems go down, throwing their travel schedules into chaos. Soon thereafter, the Wall Street Journal's website went down for a spell. And of course, the New York Stock Exchange had to close for some 4 hours due to technical problems. Nobody knew anything, but it didn't stop some from jumping to conclusions. [Read more →]

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Thursday Bytes: GTT, Telepacific, vXchnge, Netrality, Faction

July 9th, 2015

Here's a set of quick-takes on some customer wins announced this week: [Read more →]

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Zayo Takes to the Cloud

July 8th, 2015

When Zayo bought Latisys, they acquired more than mere colocation space. They also added some cloud services, and I wondered at the time what the company might have in store for them. Today Zayo started to answer that question as it relaunched those capabilities as part of a larger cloud-services portfolio. [Read more →]

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More Int’l Bytes: Superloop, AT&T, Telefonica, Orange, BT

July 8th, 2015

Yet more interesting news items from overseas to look at today, including a new player in the metro space: [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: KPN, du, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Verizon

July 7th, 2015

Not much going on in the US fiber and telecom market early this week, so let's look overseas for a bit of news: [Read more →]

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Hudson Fiber Takes the Subway in NYC Fiber Expansion

July 7th, 2015

When Tiger Infrastructure Partners moved in with Hudson Fiber Network last September, I wondered what the company might use its new resources on. We learned the answer to that question today, as the company revealed an expansion into the dark fiber market in Manhattan. [Read more →]

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F6 Completes Its Northern Expansion

July 6th, 2015

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As the US recovers a bit from the holiday weekend, there's some new fiber online just to the northeast. Late last week, F6 Networks announced the completion of a 500km dark fiber buildout in the Canadian province of New Brunswick. [Read more →]

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The cloud: there’s a tax for that

July 6th, 2015

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

ITEM: The US city of Chicago has imposed a 9% “cloud tax” on online databases and streaming entertainment services. Chicago residents are none too happy about it, and the broader implications could be messy. [Read more →]

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