Consortium Launches FASTER Transpacific Cable

August 11th, 2014

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According to Capacity, a consortium of six companies has launched an effort to build a new transpacific cable system, called FASTER (as if anyone would call a cable 'SLOWER'? haha). The cable will cost some $300M, and will put six fiber pairs capable of 60Tbps between the US west coast and Japan. [Read more →]

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Wheeler Challenges Verizon on Network Optimization

August 11th, 2014

In a move that seems to have caught everyone by surprise, the FCC's Tom Wheeler has taken aim at Verizon Wireless's network optimization plans for LTE. It's a bit puzzling, as network neutrality itself is still in regulatory and legal limbo in the USA. And even if it wasn't, the wireless has generally been pretty [Read more →]

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Cost Cutting Is Not Enough

August 9th, 2014

This industry viewpoint was authored by Prayson Pate, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice-President of R&D, Overture, and first appeared on Overture's company blog.

One of the big drivers for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is reducing CapEx and OpEx. While attractive and perhaps necessary, cost cutting is not enough to [Read more →]

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Delivering enterprise agility – how the CE services market will top $50bn in 2015

August 8th, 2014

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Kevin Vachon, COO of the MEF.  

Increased enterprise agility and a dramatic boost to user productivity are promised by the latest wave of dynamic CE services now coming to market – a market set to grow by several percentage points in size to over $50bn globally in the next five years. [Read more →]

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Zayo Moves Into Two Data Centers

August 8th, 2014

Two data center facilities are getting some new connectivity from Zayo: a recently reborn one in New York City, and one that hasn’t even opened yet down in Houston. [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: Level 3, FirstLight, Comcast, Equinix, CyrusOne

August 8th, 2014

Here's a quick roundup of other interesting news from this week: [Read more →]

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Lumos Keeps Spreading Its Fiber, Hooks Up Two More Data Centers

August 8th, 2014

Lumos Networks announced connectivity into two significant data centers this week as it posted its second quarter 2014 earnings.  They've been expanding on multiple fiber fronts lately, but with offsetting trends from legacy services holding down their overall revenues. [Read more →]

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Cogent Gives a Big Boost To Its Dividend

August 7th, 2014

Cogent has been raising its dividend every quarter since it started returning cash to shareholders, but this quarter saw the biggest boost yet.  In terms of their quarterly numbers, revenue and earnings per share came in lighter than expected, while EBITDA and margins were stronger than anticipated. [Read more →]

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Alpheus Buys StratITsphere’s Biz Colo

August 7th, 2014

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Alpheus made a small, strategic M&A move down in Houston yesterday.  They have announced the acquisition of StratIT'sphere's business colocation unit down in Houston's energy corridor. [Read more →]

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More Sales Momentum For euNetworks in Q2

August 7th, 2014

Over in the bandwidth infrastructure market in Europe, euNetworks released its Q2 financials this morning.  They posted another quarter of strong new sales, with recurring revenue up 3% sequentially.  Here is a table of their overall numbers. [Read more →]

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Network REIT Ramblings

August 6th, 2014

Windstream's move last week to spin off/lease back its network and copper into a REIT certainly shook things up last week. Monday's poll shows quite clearly that folks in the industry have diverging views on what it all means.  There are definitely unresolved questions out there, at least for me. Let's ramble on about a few of them: [Read more →]

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Sprint Apparently Tosses In the Towel On T-Mobile

August 6th, 2014

According to the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg this morning, Sprint has given up its quest to purchase its rival T-Mobile US -- again. Of course, it's not an official decision and even if true they could restart things in a heartbeat if they wanted to, but the WSJ has had the inside track on this since the beginning. [Read more →]

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Telefonica Takes Aim at Brazil, Bids For GVT

August 5th, 2014

With its home turf in Spain still a painful market, Telefonica seems to have decided that its best bet for the future lies in Latin America.  Rumors last week had them sniffing around assets in Mexico in the wake of Carlos Slim's retreat, but this morning they took a more concrete action.  Telefonica has bid for GVT, and if they succeed they'll have the biggest marketshare in the largest regional market.   [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: MRV, Mitel, NTT, Midokura

August 5th, 2014

Here's a quick rundown on some news from abroad: [Read more →]

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Back to the Future with Push-to-Talk

August 4th, 2014

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Max Silber, executive director of mobility, MetTel

Before the era when cell phones became permanently glued to our hands and our ears, walkie talkies were the fastest and most efficient way of communicating over a short distance. As mobile technology advanced both the devices and the service, field workers such as construction companies and police departments became synonymous with the chunky phones and scenarios depicted in the Nextel advertisements of the late 1990’s. After the demise of the original iDEN Nextel National Network just a short year ago, some may think that the “push-to-talk” movement is over, but that is far from the truth. [Read more →]

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No status quo in clouds

August 4th, 2014

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

Amazon (Amazon Web Services, AWS) is the leading enterprise cloud provider. Amazon surprised the market with a larger than expected loss. AWS has had a big impact on the result. What does it mean that the leading cloud company cannot run a profitable business? [Read more →]

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Monday Poll: What Do You Think of Windstream’s REIT Move?

August 4th, 2014

Last week had a few surprise moves, but perhaps the most puzzling one was Windstream's plans to spin off a fiber REIT.  We've had a little while to digest the idea, so I'm posing the question to Ramblings' readership this morning.  What do you think? [Read more →]

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Top Ten Factors Driving the Evolution of Metro Ethernet Networks

August 1st, 2014

Cloud services, broadband video, mobile technologies, apps, and other forms of information and entertainment are all driving tremendous traffic volumes on metro networks. This packet-based network traffic – connecting people to content – travels on metro networks as soon as it leaves the data center. Network operators are feeling the pressure of unpredictable traffic volumes, and they need new network solutions that allow them to keep pace with demand growth while reducing complexity and enabling the addition of new services. Brian Lavallée, Ciena’s Director or Product & Solutions Marketing shares a list of factors driving the evolution of metro Ethernet networks today and into the future. [Read more →]

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Shaw to Buy Viawest

August 1st, 2014

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Shaw Communications is making a big play in the western USA colo and cloud market place. Yesterday the Canadian MSO and network operator announced plans to purchase ViaWest in a dea worth $1.2B. [Read more →]

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T-Mobile Gets a Bid, But Not From Japan

August 1st, 2014

Yes, a bid landed on the table for T-Mobile today from a foreign wireless carrier backed by a billionaire with a talent for disruption. But it wasn't from Softbank and Masayoshi Son was not involved. The French carrier Iliad, which is backed by Xavier Niel, has come out of nowhere to offer [Read more →]

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Metro Roundup: WOW!, Lightower, Cologix, CoreSite, Level 3

July 31st, 2014

Here's a quick roundup of some of the news from the sector that didn't have to do with earnings reports this week: [Read more →]

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With a Strong Q2, Equinix Boosts Guidance

July 31st, 2014

The data center business shows no sign of slowing down, at least if Equinix's results are any indication.  Revenues, EBITDA, and earnings per share all outpaced both guidance and expectations, and the company boosted its full year guidance for both revenue and EBITDA.  Here are their numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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With Level 3 In the Wings, tw telecom Posts Solid Q2 Growth

July 30th, 2014

A week or so earlier than usual and a day and a half after its prospective acquirer did so, tw telecom posted its second quarter results.  They saw revenue growth pick up a little bit over the past few quarters, moving up 2.8% sequentially and beating estimates slightly.  Earnings per share seems to have been inline after excluding merger-related costs.  Here are their numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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