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Level 3′s Federal Team Lands Northrup Grumman

March 11th, 2014

Level 3 Communications has picked up the network services piece of a federal contract. The defense contracting giant Northrup Grumman has picked them to support the US Air Force’s Distributed Mission Operation Network, or DMON. [Read more →]

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ADVA Powers Colt’s 100G Plans, Buys Oscilloquartz

March 11th, 2014

Two announcements from the European vendor this morning, the first being a substantial 100G deployment and the other an acquisition. [Read more →]

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To Win Friends, SoftBank’s Son Promises War

March 11th, 2014

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After regulators threw cold water on the very idea of a Sprint/T-Mobile US merger, Softbank’s chairman has apparently called in a big gun to make the case more forcefully — himself. And he’s not mincing words, promising Charlie Rose that he would make war against the AT&T and Verizon near-duopoly if allowed to make the deal he clearly wants to make. [Read more →]

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Windstream to Deploy 100G Backbone Via Infinera

March 10th, 2014

Windstream is putting Infinera’s DTN-X and its 500G super-channels to work on a new long-haul backbone deployment. The expanded intercity capacity will help Windstream keep pace with growth in mobile data, cloud services, and of course all that video traffic hitting broadband networks. [Read more →]

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Another Traffic Deal for Netflix, But Abroad This Time

March 10th, 2014

It was pretty clear that Netflix’s traffic agreement with Comcast wasn’t going to be its last deal with the last mile. But the next provider it seems to have done a deal with isn’t one of the usual suspects. According to reports out of Norway, Netflix has done some sort of deal with Telenor to gain better service. [Read more →]

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Alcatel-Lucent, NEC to Build SEA-ME-WE 5

March 10th, 2014

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Plans for the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system have moved another step forward, with two companies contracted to do the heavy lifting. The consortium has tapped the Franco-American giant Alcatel-Lucent and its Japanese cousin NEC to build the system, with each taking responsibility for different segments. [Read more →]

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Bank Street’s Takeaways From the M&A Panel at Metro Connect

March 7th, 2014

Bank Street attended Capacity Media’s 13th annual Metro Connect USA conference in Miami, FL where its co-founder and senior managing director James Henry participated in a panel entitled Consolidation and M&A: Executive Evaluation.  The following were among the key topics discussed and important findings that the firm took away from the panel:

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Ciena Maintained Its Pace in Fiscal Q1

March 7th, 2014

Last year was a good one for Ciena, and they kicked off their fiscal 2014 with a strong first quarter.  Analysts were a bit miffed by guidance, but it looks overblown to me.  Here are their numbers in some context:  [Read more →]

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Friday Metro: Integra, Zayo, Merit, FirstLight, TelePacific, Alpheus

March 7th, 2014

I’ll be back from my trip to Metro Connect in Miami and Telecom Exchange West after the weekend. In the meantime, here are three metro fiber items from this week and two that I missed earlier that are worth a look: [Read more →]

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Zayo Buys More Colo, Acquires CoreXchange

March 6th, 2014

corxchangeThis morning, Zayo announced the acquisition of CoreXchange. CoreXchange operates two data centers, one at 8600 Harry Hines Blvd which is new for Zayo, and the other at the Dallas Infomart at 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway where Zayo already has space. In all, the deal will give Zayo some 34,000 square feet of interconnection-focused colocation space in Dallas. [Read more →]

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Amerimar, Hunter Newby Strike Again, Buy Philly’s 401 North Broad

March 6th, 2014

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The industry veteran Hunter Newby and the real estate development firm Amerimar are at it again, announcing the purchase of another substantial data center property this morning.  The two, along with Abrams Capital, have purchased 401 North Broad Street in Philadelphia from The Stillman Group. [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: euNetworks, SSE Telecoms, Tata, STC

March 6th, 2014

I’m still on the road, and will be hosting the M&A CEO roundtable at Telecom Exchange West today.  In the meantime, here’s a quick roundup of news from the international front this week:

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MWC2014: Business as usual

March 5th, 2014

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 offered nothing truly surprising. Smartphone vendors unveiled new improved models, but no game changers. On the network side, data only is coming and vendors showcased equipment to transfer more data. Big data was discussed, but can carriers really [Read more →]

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For Networks, Has Consolidation’s Fever Broken?

March 5th, 2014

For the better part of a decade now, the biggest stories in the US fiber business have been about consolidation. What with Level 3′s backbone and metro moves, Zayo’s epic roll-up, Lightower’s consolidation of the northeast, Birch’s twenty plus little CLEC deals, cable’s recent fiber forays, and all the rest — there just aren’t that many targets left out there that haven’t already [Read more →]

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Colo Roundup: Windstream, Viawest, 1102 Grand, Interxion

March 4th, 2014

Here’s a quick look at this week’s news from the colo and cloud side of things: [Read more →]

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Poll: Is the Comcast/Netflix Interconnection Deal Good or Bad?

March 4th, 2014

Ok the dust has settled a bit since last week’s drama, where it was revealed that Netflix and Comcast came to terms on an interconnection deal where Netflix would pay for traffic delivered directly to the cable MSO’s customers, bypassing transit backbones like that of Cogent.  This site’s readers have a uniquely informed viewpoint on this, so let’s find out what everyone is thinking: [Read more →]

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Vendor Roundup: Infinera, ADVA, SafeNet

March 4th, 2014

Here’s a quick look at three vendor announcements from this week: [Read more →]

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Teliasonera Charges Into the Persian Gulf

March 3rd, 2014

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Teliasonera International Carrier announced today another expansion of its global network. They’re expanding further in the Middle East with a new PoP in Qatar, partnering with Ooredoo. [Read more →]

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Service Provider Launches a Vendor

March 3rd, 2014

In the telecom world, there are service providers and there are vendors, and rarely do they share the same DNA. Today though the global managed service provider Epsilon launched a subsidiary named Cataleya that does just that. [Read more →]

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Watching Cable’s Business Share

March 3rd, 2014

Last week I attended Metro Connect down in Miami, which I found to be every bit as interesting as it seemed from afar in the past. The biggest thing I took home (or will have when I get there) came from the conference’s new arrivals, namely the cable MSOs. [Read more →]

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The long road to getting m-payments right

February 28th, 2014

This article was authored by Joseph Waring, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Mobile money has come a long way in a few years. But with each passing month, the ecosystem has only become more complex, with new alliances, partnerships and solutions rolled out almost weekly. [Read more →]

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Cloud Roundup: QTS, Cbeyond, Interoute, Interxion, Equinix

February 27th, 2014

Here’s a quick roundup of news from the colo/cloud sector from this week: [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Ciena’s Francois Locoh-Donou

February 27th, 2014

image001With us today to offer his perspective on the networking industry and leadership is Francois Locoh-Donou. Francois has had an interesting journey over the years, starting in the West African country of Togo, moving on to high school and university in France, and arriving at Ciena as a systems engineer in the USA as the dot com boom started to really take off. He has held various executive positions at Ciena over the years, and is currently the SVP of Ciena’s Global Products Group where he leads their R&D and product development. [Read more →]

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