Verizon Aims to Unload Yet More Copper

January 14th, 2015

According to Verizon's CEO the other day at a Citi conference, the telecom giant is looking at ridding itself of even more of its wireline network assets: [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: Level 3, UPN, Earthlink, FirstLight, Birch

January 14th, 2015

Time for a roundup of news from the metro: [Read more →]

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Integra Reignites Electric Lightwave

January 13th, 2015

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A brand from the past is back with us today out west. Integra has moved to reorganize its business units to tailor its approach to different customer types.  And in doing so it is bringing back a familiar face: Electric Lightwave.  [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: Verne Global, TI Sparkle, Earthlink, America Movil

January 13th, 2015

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Here's some interesting news from around the world: [Read more →]

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BroadSoft Buys Leonid

January 13th, 2015

The unified communications wing of the cloud saw a bit more consolidation late yesterday, as BroadSoft went on the inorganic offensive.  The longtime VoIP software and services platform provider has purchased one of its partners, Leonid Systems. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Wilcon’s Jon DeLuca Talks California Fiber

January 12th, 2015

image001If one had to name a major US metro infrastructure market that might be justified in feeling that it hasn’t gotten its fair share of coverage on this site over the years, it would be southern California.  Part of that has been the relative paucity of independent network operators with a particular focus on the region.  But with the purchase of Freedom in 2014 and the lighting of all that dark fiber just last quarter, Wilcon has emerged as a new regional network power. With us today to talk about where Wilcon is headed next is President and CEO Jon DeLuca.   [Read more →]

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IoT: believe the hype, just don’t confuse it with reality

January 12th, 2015

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

Some people will tell you that one of the most overhyped technology trends of 2014 is the Internet of Things. And they’re probably right. That said, there’s admittedly a lot to get excited about - at least if you’re a fan of science-fiction gadgetry like me. [Read more →]

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Who Are the Most Likely Buyers of US Networks in 2015? (Choose up to 3)

January 9th, 2015

TRImage_253 Jan. 09It's time for the other half of our annual poll!  Last week we looked at who the likely consolidation targets were, this week it's the most likely buyers.  Who out there is most likely to be buying US network assets this year?  Vote now (choose up to 3): [Read more →]

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Sonus Adds an SDN Angle

January 8th, 2015

Sonus Networks made three announcements for the price of one this morning.  The first was of the inorganic variety, and the other two were of the financial variety.   [Read more →]

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Thursday Roundup: HGC, WOW, Broadsoft, Vonage, Champion ONE

January 8th, 2015

Here's a quick roundup of some industry news over the past 24 hours or so that's worth a quick look: [Read more →]

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GCX Helps GTT Boost Atlantic Bandwidth

January 8th, 2015

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GTT is expanding its transatlantic bandwidth portfolio with some help from Global Cloud Xchange.  They're purchasing 100 Gigabit Ethernet circuits from GCX on FA-1 North and South.   [Read more →]

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Wednesday Roundup: Cyan, Lumos, CoreSite

January 7th, 2015

As we all continue to recover from the holidays, here's a quick roundup of news from this week that's worth a look. [Read more →]

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The Net Neutrality Pendulum Is Swinging Away From ISPs

January 7th, 2015

It looks as if the first network neutrality battle of 2015 will be fought next month, and the supporters of Title II are poised for victory.  According to Bloomberg, the FCC is signaling that Obama's call for Title II will be successful when February's vote happens, at least in the short- and mid-term.  [Read more →]

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Zayo Closes Kansas Purchase

January 6th, 2015

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Also closing a purchased announced in 2014 this morning is Zayo, which has now finished off the IdeaTek acquisition they announced just last month.  The purchase price was given as $52M, and was paid from existing cash. [Read more →]

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Finishing MegaPath Purchase, Global Capacity Goes National

January 6th, 2015

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Global Capacity has followed through with its transformational purchase of MegaPath's Network Services business unit, closing the deal this morning. With a $300M revenue base and assets reaching deep into some 2000+ central offices around the country, the company has come a long, long way since its acquisition by Pivotal Group three and a half years ago. [Read more →]

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Verizon Ponders AOL

January 6th, 2015

The word from Bloomberg this morning is that Verizon is kicking the tires over at AOL.  They're thinking about either an actual buyout or some sort of joint venture, although there is no actual proposal on the table yet. [Read more →]

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Kentucky Aims For the Middle Mile

January 5th, 2015

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Just before the Christmas break, Kentucky got some interesting bandwidth news. As a state that gets far less fiber attention from the industry as a whole than most, it's a natural for some sort of government supported infrastructure buildout. And indeed, Democratic governor Steve Beshear and Republican representative Hal Rogers have now announced a public/private partnership to build a statewide network. [Read more →]

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Hackers demo network-level call interception

January 5th, 2015

This article was authored by Don Sambandaraksa, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

White-hat hackers at the 31st Chaos Computer Congress have demonstrated fundamental flaws in the underlying infrastructure of 2G and 3G mobile phone networks. The flaws allow attackers to covertly track the location of a phone number as well as intercept calls and SMS - all at the network level. [Read more →]

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Poll: Which US Networks Are Most Likely to Be Acquired in 2015?

January 2nd, 2015

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Every year we ask this question.  Ramblings readers are drawn from the most informed in the sector, and it’s always interesting to see what you all are thinking about industry consolidation.  2014 saw less action than in recent years, and 2015 may be similar, but the needle will surely not remain at zero.  Which US-based network operators are most likely to get purchased this year?  Cast your vote: [Read more →]

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Dredging The Fog For a Few 2015 Predictions

December 31st, 2014

Look into the Crystal BallThe great thing about New Year's predictions is that it doesn't matter how badly our prior predictions turned out. At least I hope so, because one year ago today I predicted that Level 3 wouldn't make any substantial M&A moves, that Windstream would buy a fiber operator, and that Dish would somehow win T-Mobile USA's hand. All in all, I got one out of seven, the one being that Euro alternative network operators would take consolidation into their own hands - thank you Interoute and euNetworks. [Read more →]

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NFV Shakes Up Service Providers’ Revenue

December 30th, 2014

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This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Gal Ofel, Head of Software Solution Product Line Management at Telco Systems

Each generation of new communications infrastructure and networking technology brings with it the promise of increased bandwidth and lower service delivery and network management costs. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technology is a clear example of this. [Read more →]

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2014 M&A Review: Datacenter and Cloud Edition

December 30th, 2014

And now the final installment of my review of M&A in the sector this year, taking a look at the data center and the more significant cloud-related deals.  Note that I won't be able to delve into many of the smaller players, not because I'm not interested but because one person can only keep up with so much.  But should I miss one that you think I shouldn't, feel free to leave a comment with a link! [Read more →]

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2014 M&A Review: International Networks Edition

December 29th, 2014

Ok, it's taken a couple of weeks following the US edition, but it's time to take a look back at the global telecom and internet infrastructure consolidation we've seen in 2014. Much of this year's consolidation waltz has been in Europe, although there's been some very interesting and complementary notes coming out of Latin America. [Read more →]

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