Friday Bytes: Level 3, Vodafone, Conterra, UPN, ADVA

February 19th, 2016

TGIF.  Here's a quick recap of some other news from this week that I didn't quite get to in any detail: [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: CityFibre CEO Greg Mesch Talks UK Metro Fiber

February 18th, 2016

Greg MeschWhen it comes to the UK, for a very long time the only infrastructure market that mattered to much of the industry was the London metro area.  Investments in metro fiber in other markets around the country rarely moved the needle, and attention tended to focus on the behavior of the incumbent.  CityFibre is one of the young operators out there challenging that status quo, and now has six 'Gigabit City' build-out projects and a host of other expansions underway.  Late last year they also made an inorganic move that brought the KCOM network assets into the fold. With us today to talk about CityFibre's origins, growth, and plans for the future is CEO Greg Mesch. [Read more →]

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EarthLink Finishes Up a Higher Margin 2015

February 18th, 2016

Finishing off a year of cost savings, streamlining, and retrenching, EarthLink posted its Q4 and full year 2015 numbers yesterday after the market closed.  Revenues of $260.2M and and loss per share of $0.12 were both pretty much where analysts thought they'd be.  Adjusted EBITDA and margin fell sequentially, but remained well above 2014 levels despite the reduced revenue base. [Read more →]

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Cleareon Kicks Off NYC Dark Fiber Campaign

February 17th, 2016

New York City now has another dark fiber provider. Cleareon Fiber Networks has formally launched, rebranding itself from its stealth name of Phoenix Fiber Network as it takes its dense metro fiber footprint to the market. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Allied Fiber, HE, EdgeConneX, Limelight, Akamai

February 17th, 2016

Here's a quick midweek potpourri of infrastructure news, from dark fiber to IP transit to edge colo to CDN to IoT: [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: Windstream, Phonoscope, NexGen, UPN

February 16th, 2016

Here's a quick look at some news to catch up on from the metro: [Read more →]

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Vodafone, Liberty Go Dutch

February 16th, 2016

Consolidation in the European telecommunications marketplace rolled into the Netherlands today.  After talking about asset swaps and such on and off for many quarters, Vodafone and Liberty Global have finally followed through somewhere.  The two companies have announced an agreement to combine their Dutch operations in a new joint venture that will look to take on the incumbent, KPN. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: XKL’s Chad Lamb Talks DWDM

February 16th, 2016

image001Today we’re going to dig down into layer 1, the transport layer that underlies the entire sector and actually carries all those bits from place to place around the world.   XKL is out to reinvent the way operators and enterprises use and implement dense wavelength division multiplexing in their networks. With us today to tell us how XKL approaches the optical transport market and what they are seeing in the marketplace going forward is Chad Lamb, Director of Engineering at XKL. [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: Orange, FranceIX, NTT, Telefonica

February 15th, 2016

In the US, it's President's Day and many are off.  But internationally, some interesting items are out there already: [Read more →]

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Facebook’s Free Basics violates net neutrality: Trai

February 15th, 2016

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

In case you missed it during the Lunar New Year festivities, earlier this week Facebook’s Free Basics service was banned in India, along with similar zero-rating services, after telecoms regulator Trai ruled that such services were in violation of net neutrality principles. [Read more →]

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Posting Q4 Results, Zayo Surges Into Small Cell Backhaul

February 12th, 2016

Zayo posted its fiscal Q2/2016 earnings report this morning, a rare quarter in which M&A activity didn't feature in the numbers, sequentially at least.  Zayo's purchase of Viatel, Allstream, and Stream's Dallas colo will of course contribute to the next report in a big way.  Here is a quick table of the company's results, which is of course in far less detail than you can find in the extensive information the company puts out in its earnings supplement. [Read more →]

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Earnings Roundup: Infinera, Akamai, Cisco

February 12th, 2016

Earnings activity was steady this week, here's a quick look at the results of a few of the companies that reported. [Read more →]

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Telefonica Spins Off Its Network Assets

February 11th, 2016

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The trend of separating telecommunications operators from their network assets claimed a new pile of infrastructure today. The Spanish-based giant Telefonica has created a new company called Telxius into which it will spin off a selection of global infrastructure assets.  [Read more →]

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Fort Worth Taps Zayo for Infrastructure

February 11th, 2016

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Zayo added another anchor customer for its fiber buildout plans in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area yesterday. The City of Fort Worth has awarded the company a 12 year, $15.6M contract to upgrade its municipal network infrastructure. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Ericsson, Lumos, Calix, CyrusOne

February 10th, 2016

Here's a quick roundup of news that spans multiple segments: [Read more →]

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Considering Microsoft’s Undersea Data Centers

February 10th, 2016

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Over the last week or so, various news outlets have been talking about Microsoft Research's Project Natick, which is testing data center capsules submerged under the ocean. It's a fascinating experiment, and one which makes me wonder just how much Microsoft wants to be Google. Is it one likely to shake things up? [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: CenturyLink, Infomart, VIRTUS, Level 3, Tata

February 9th, 2016

Here's a quick rundown on some recent items that are worth a look: [Read more →]

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GTT Strikes Again, Acquires Telnes

February 9th, 2016

Fresh off the closing of its acquisition of One Source Networks in October, GTT has made another M&A move. Yesterday after the markets closed, they announced the acquisition of Telnes Broadband. [Read more →]

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NTT Takes Aim at Far East Latency

February 8th, 2016

While the urgency of low latency in the financial world peaked some years ago, it's still a significant force and not just between New York and either Chicago or London.  Today Japan's NTT Communications took aim at a different route, that between the financial exchanges of Japan and Singapore. [Read more →]

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BroadSoft Acquires Transera, Invades the Contact Center

February 8th, 2016

Early monday morning kicked off with an interesting bit of M&A in the cloud communications software arena. Broadsoft has announced the acquisition of privately held Transera, an upstart in the cloud contact center space. [Read more →]

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The Internet of Creepy Things

February 8th, 2016

This article was authored by Stefan Hammond, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

My colleague Tony Poulos documents the "IoST" (Internet of Silly Things) in his blog-posts. But as more consumer devices are connected to the IoT, it's gaining a new aura: the Internet of Creepy Things. [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: EarthLink, Zayo, Independents, IPC Systems

February 5th, 2016

Here's a quick set of network quick-takes for this Friday morning. [Read more →]

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Verizon and XO? The Rumor Mill Spins On

February 4th, 2016

Over on TMCnet, Peter Radizeski and Rich Tehrani are talking up a rumor, and it's a big one for the sector. Is Verizon about to buy XO? [Read more →]

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