Friday Bytes: Transbeam, UPN, Integra, Equinix

June 13th, 2014

TGIF, but before you go here’s a set of quick takes on a few other interesting items from this week: [Read more →]

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Desktop as a Service: The Workspace of the Future Is Here

June 13th, 2014

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This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by AVANT Communications’ Niko O’Hara.

Service providers today offer a variety of cloud services – everything from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) to Hosted VoIP (or UCaaS) – but the area that’s sparking the most interest here at AVANT Communications has to be Desktop as a Service. Over the past year, several large [Read more →]

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Zayo Flexes Euro Muscles, Wins Expanded TalkTalk Deal

June 12th, 2014

Zayo has picked up a significant contract expansion with the UK’s TalkTalk. Zayo will be providing 10G waves in the UK and across Europe, a boost of IP transit speeds to 50G, and 10G transatlantic circuits, as well as seven new dark fiber circuits for satisfying future demand. [Read more →]

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VoIP Roundup: OSN, Bandwidth, MegaPath, 8×8

June 12th, 2014

Here’s a few quick takes on news from the VoIP and UC world this week: [Read more →]

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The Zettabyte Awaits, Time to Prepare For the Yottabyte?

June 12th, 2014

When I first started this website, the so called ‘exaflood’ was looming on the horizon with all sorts of dire but ultimately silly predictions.  According to Cisco, in a few short years the ‘exaflood’ era will give way to what we thankfully aren’t calling the ‘zettaflood’, at least yet. [Read more →]

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Fiber Bytes: SummitIG, tw telecom, Integra, Lightower, FiberLight

June 11th, 2014

In this roundup, an interconnection, some new franchise rights, two state contract vehicles, and an update from rural Texas. [Read more →]

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Int’l Fiber M&A: Cinven Buys GNFT

June 11th, 2014

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The European private equity group Cinven has made a pretty big move into the fiber business with agreeing to the purchase of GNFT, the fiber arm of Gas Natural Fenosa. For a pricetag of approximately $680M, they will get a substantial foothold in the internet infrastructure markets in Spain and parts of of Latin America. Now the question is, what will they do with it? [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: Level 3, Sparkle, XConnect, NTT, China Mobile

June 10th, 2014

It’s time for a quick roundup of news from around the globe: [Read more →]

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Netflix Backs Off, But Its Message Was Delivered

June 10th, 2014

After having its service blame Verizon’s crowded network for streaming difficulties for a few weeks, Netflix is now backing off. Verizon had sent them a cease and desist letter, and had been protesting loudly. But I think that’s precisely what this was all about. [Read more →]

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The Silver Linings Left By the NSA

June 9th, 2014

As our friendly global internet giants busy themselves with closing the barn door after the horse got out, the good news is that they’re closing the barn door. Over the weekend, the New York Times had an article detailing just how hard the industry has started working to keep out the spies, foreign and domestic. It’s just rather sad that it took so long and that we only believed it necessary when we realized the enemy could be us. [Read more →]

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Without SDN, NFV will be obsolete in ten years: ONF

June 9th, 2014

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

You can have SDN without NFV, but you can’t have NFV without SDN – not if you want greater service agility and new revenue streams, said the head of the Open Networking Foundation. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Lumos, FirstLight

June 8th, 2014

Three new job listings have been posted to the Ramblings Jobs Board this past week, two from FirstLight Fiber and one from Lumos Networks: [Read more →]

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Friday Poll: How Would You Describe Netflix’s Calling Out of Verizon?

June 6th, 2014

Interconnection and Netflix traffic is once again the talk of the sector, with Netflix explicitly referencing Verizon’s ‘crowded network’ in error messages to customers and Verizon crying foul.  What do you think, did Netflix cross the line, are they just being accurate, or have they simply found a clever way to return Verizon’s pressure with a bit of their own?  This one’s not yes or no, you get to pick two adjectives from the list or add your own. [Read more →]

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Netflix Points a Finger, Verizon Protests

June 6th, 2014

When disagreements play out in the general media like this, the details that matter get lost in competing definitions. Earlier this week social media reports revealed that Netflix has started showing its users an error message blaming slower streaming on Verizon’s ‘crowded’ network. Verizon wasted no time in firing back with a legal threat[Read more →]

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Ciena Turns That Frown Upside Down

June 5th, 2014

Back in March, Ciena posted a decent fiscal Q1 with what the street (but not I) deemed weak estimates after which the stock suffered for a quarter.  Today it is surging in the pre-market after the packet-optical vendor posted its fiscal Q2 results, hitting their numbers easily and posting guidance for next quarter above the expected range. [Read more →]

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Sprint/T-Mobile Deal Edges Toward Reality

June 5th, 2014

Some corporate mergers hit the markets like a meteor strike, landing all at once and with little warning. The potential Sprint/T-Mobile combination is more like a slow moving hurricane that never seems to come ashore as it waxes and wanes in strength.  But landfall looks more likely now than ever. [Read more →]

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Coventry Sells Metro Network to CityFibre

June 4th, 2014

CityFibre has a new item in its list of Gigabit Cities over in the UK this week.  They have now completed the acquisition of Coventry’s existing metro fiber network, upon which they will expand to offer connectivity to the city’s business community. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: EarthLink, tw telecom, CenturyLink

June 4th, 2014

In the metro space this week we have the channel helping out with two contracts with two retailers, and bandwidth for a few good men. [Read more →]

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Kaia Taps euNetworks For Expansion Plans

June 4th, 2014

For the second time in a few weeks, Kaia Global Networks has cropped up in the infrastructure news over in Europe. Their relationship with euNetworks has been expanded with multi-year agreements for capacity on their European backbone.  [Read more →]

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Int’l roundup: Level 3, Teliasonera, AT&T, NTT, PCCW

June 3rd, 2014

Here’s some quick takes on news from three global backbone operators: [Read more →]

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Shuddering At the Right To Be Forgotten

June 3rd, 2014

I have been reading with some amusement and some trepidation the rapid advancement of this ‘right to be forgotten’ concept in Europe. It’s the sort of thing that sounds great when it comes out of the mouths of politicians and those with particularly egregious cases, sounds even better to lawyers, and drive those who design and build the stuff to perhaps retire early. [Read more →]

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Google Aims For LEO

June 3rd, 2014

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Apparently fiber isn’t enough for Google, as they are again putting resource to work up in the sky. They are now said to be backing WorldVu and it’s plan to put 360 satellites up into low earth orbit starting sometime in 2019. The target would be high speed wireless broadband access into the hard to reach spots on the planet. [Read more →]

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Monday Metro: Mammoth, UPN, Data Foundry, TDS

June 2nd, 2014

I’m running a bit late today, but here’s a quick look at a few items I didn’t get to last week that I probably should have: [Read more →]

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