Amazon’s AWS Stretches Out to EdgeConneX

May 2nd, 2016

The edge is one of the hottest infrastructure domains right now, as content moves out to get closer to the end user and reduce latency. The latest example comes from the biggest cloud, as Amazon's AWS Direct Connect now has its first metro endpoint in both the city of Portland, Oregon and in an EdgeConneX data center. [Read more →]

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Ramblings’ Jobs: Unite Private Networks

May 1st, 2016

We have a new job listing to review at over on the Ramblings' Jobs Board as we kick off the month of a hopefully less soggy May. [Read more →]

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Earnings Roundup: Akamai, Infinera, Juniper, Digital Realty

April 29th, 2016

There was quite a bit of earnings activity this week.  Here's a quick look at how four companies from different corners of the industry did relative to expectations, with one CDN/cloud, two vendors, and a data center REIT: [Read more →]

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Fiber M&A: CITIC Buys Linx Telecommunications

April 28th, 2016

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There was some interesting international consolidation this morning.  A Chinese telecommunications company made a move on a chunk of fiber in eastern Europe, or more specifically in the Baltics.  Hong Kong based CITIC Telecom is acquiring Linx Telecommunications. [Read more →]

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Level 3 Q1: Strength in the USA, but Weakness in Europe

April 28th, 2016

With 18 months since the tw telecom acquisition under its belt, Level 3 Communications is now entering into what hopefully turn out to be a period of organic growth where the combined company starts to show its promise.  There's sure to be ongoing integration work of course, but for 2016 it shouldn't be the dominant feature.  They'll be starting from a relatively low overall base though, as today the company released its first quarter numbers, the relevant numbers of which are summarized in the table below: [Read more →]

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Telia Carrier Stretches Its California Muscles

April 27th, 2016

Telia Carrier, the newly re-branded international network arm of Teliasonera, is on the move again in North America and specifically out in California.  This morning they announced a metro upgrade and a new low latency longhaul route, both with the help of longtime vendor partner Infinera. [Read more →]

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Network Bytes: Zayo, RVBA, NGN, CityFibre

April 27th, 2016

Here's a quick look at some network items so far this week that are worth a quick look: [Read more →]

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A Year Later, Charter Gets the Green Light

April 26th, 2016

After a year of waiting for regulators to do what regulators do, Charter Communications' purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are being cleared by regulators.   [Read more →]

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euNetworks Expands Northward Into Scandinavia

April 26th, 2016

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In its second fiber expansion so far this year, euNetworks is expanding its DWDM network up into Sweden.  They are now offering 10G and 100G wavelengths up into Stockholm via two diverse routes.   [Read more →]

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Sparkle For MetroWeb?

April 25th, 2016

There is some interesting network M&A talk going over in southern Europe this morning. Telecom Italia, which has been looking at the Italian metro and regional netork of Metroweb for some time now, may be planning to use its Sparkle international division to get the deal done. [Read more →]

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Allied Fiber Cries Uncle, Southeastern Assets in BK

April 25th, 2016

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The infrastructure sector has lost an independent player to chapter 11 bankruptcy, demonstrating that while the fiber business as a whole is pretty healthy right now it is still not an easy one. Late last week, Allied Fiber's southeastern subsidiaries declared bankruptcy in Delaware court after finding it more difficult than hoped to sell dark fiber and on its newly constructed Atlanta-Miami route. [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: Level 3, Lumos, Cologix, Lightpath

April 22nd, 2016

Here's a quick Friday roundup of news items from the week that I don't seem to have gotten to: [Read more →]

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Russian Subs, Sharks, Anchors and Tsunamis: How Subsea Cable Systems Are Designed to Achieve Security

April 22nd, 2016

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Greg Varisco, COO, Aqua Comms

The lines on a submarine cable map that represent subsea cables crossing the oceans signify the various routes of the world’s data, video and voice communications. But if you were to put your ear closer to the map, you might be able to hear the story of how these systems come about and what goes into the planning process. Modern subsea cable systems are designed to [Read more →]

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Birch Reaches Deeper Into the Fiber Well

April 21st, 2016

Birch Communications says it added another 130K buildings to its metro fiber reach in Q1.  In all, they now reach into some 550K buildings this way, with a goal of a million by the end of the year.  [Read more →]

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Zayo Serves Up Some Canadian Dark Fiber

April 21st, 2016

Zayo is raising its dark fiber flag in Canada this spring, a few months after acquiring Allstream and entering the market in force. They revealed yesterday that an unnamed global cloud provider has tapped them for a combined dark fiber and 100G wavelength solution hooking up its Canadian data center back across the border to key US hubs. [Read more →]

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Verizon’s AOL Shops For Some Virtual Reality

April 20th, 2016

It is looking as if Verizon has big plans for AOL and its content division generally.  Even while the company is said to be actively bidding for Yahoo, they went out today and made another deal in a rather different direction.  AOL has agreed to acquire RYOT Corp. [Read more →]

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Vendor Bytes: Infinera, Ciena, Calix, Gigamon

April 20th, 2016

Here are several quick-takes on what vendors have been up to lately: [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: Hibernia, Ciena, Infinera, IBM, Ericsson

April 19th, 2016

Lots more news already this week from content providers and equipment vendors to look at: [Read more →]

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Consolidated Acquires Champaign

April 19th, 2016

No, not the kind made from grapes, although they could have done that too come to think of it.  Consolidated Communications agreed yesterday to acquire Champaign Telephone Company (CTC) in a $13M all cash transaction, consolidating a bit more fiber infrastructure under its umbrella. [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: PCCW, Africa-1, BBG, Olympics

April 18th, 2016

Lots of interesting international items to take a quick look at this Monday morning: [Read more →]

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Verizon Closing In on Yahoo?

April 18th, 2016

According to the Wall Street Journal yesterday, the pack of wolves looking to devour Yahoo is thinning out and Verizon is indeed emerging as the wolf to beat.   [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Gigamon’s Andy Huckridge Warns of NFV Speed Bumps

April 18th, 2016

image001In the networking world, NFV is one of the biggest disruptive technologies on the horizon.  Vendors are racing their products to market and sharpening their ecosystems, and carriers are testing it out and sculpting new services or re-sculpting old ones.  But there are issues left to solve before NFV can fulfill its promises.  With us today to talk about a few of them is Andy Huckridge, Director of Service Provider Solutions & SME at Gigamon. [Read more →]

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Cloud Communications M&A: Mitel to Acquire Polycom

April 15th, 2016

One of the most prolific consolidators in the UC and cloud communications sector has struck again. Canadian-based Mitel has announced an agreement to acquire slightly larger competitor Polycom. [Read more →]

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