2014 M&A Review: US Networks Edition

December 10th, 2014

mergeAs the year ends, it's time to look back at what went on around the sector.  Going into 2014, it looked as if the pace of M&A among competitive network operators focused on US wholesale and enterprise opportunities would slow down after the torrid pace of the past few years. To an extent that turned out to be true, however there was still substantial activity and there were a few big deals that really shook things up. [Read more →]

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ConteXtream Lets a Bit of Daylight In

December 9th, 2014

Service providers have a newly upgraded platform to serve subscribers with today, as ConteXtream has updated its SDN fabric. They have launched version 4.0, which supports OpenFlow's OpenStack and is based on the OpenDaylight SDN controller. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: Lightower, GlobeNet, Equinix, Arista

December 9th, 2014

As the Christmas shopping season races by, the news tends to get a bit thin.  But here are a few quick takes to keep up to date: [Read more →]

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Gathering More Cloud, CenturyLink Acquires DataGardens

December 8th, 2014

Of the large US-based telecommunications operators, CenturyLink has been perhaps the most active when it comes to inorganically building a cloud portfolio. Today they added another strategically targeted acquisition to the list, acquiring Edmonton-based DataGardens. [Read more →]

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RCom taps Ericsson for managed services

December 8th, 2014

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Reliance Communications has awarded Ericsson a pan-India contract to provide managed services for the operator's extensive network. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Time Warner Cable Business Services’ Philip Meeks

December 8th, 2014

philmeeksAcross internet infrastructure, perhaps the strongest growth trend we’ve seen over the past several has been that posted by the cable MSOs into the Ethernet marketplace.  With us today to give Time Warner Cable’s viewpoint on the business services market in general and the effect of the pending merger with Comcast on its future is Philip Meeks, COO for Business Services.  Phil was previously at [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Two From FirstLight

December 7th, 2014

This week we got two new listings from the northeast to take a look at. [Read more →]

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Selling Some Stock, GTT Rebuilds Its Warchest

December 5th, 2014

As we close in on the end of 2014, GTT is filling up on cash reserves to take on 2015. Yesterday afternoon they revealed their intention to raise money via a stock offering, the details of which they announced a little while ago.  It's their second such sale of stock this year, having made a similar move this past May. [Read more →]

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Zayo Buys Some Kansas Fiber From IdeaTek

December 4th, 2014

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Zayo's next fiber consolidation move is back on this side of the Atlantic, and actually rather far from the coast as well.  The Boulder-based company has agreed to purchase the carrier and enterprise business of IdeaTek. [Read more →]

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Thursday Roundup: Infinera, AMS-IX, IIX, SummitIG

December 4th, 2014

Here's another quick look at some news from around the sector: [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Grant van Rooyen on Cologix’s Expansion

December 4th, 2014

image001Since its founding just four years ago, Cologix has grown to 20 data centers across eight markets interconnecting some 350 networks. They started focusing on tier two and three market opportunities before it became popular, blending acquisitions with organic expansions to rapidly establish themselves as a national player in the interconnection-focused data center world. Here to give us an update on Cologix’s approach is CEO Grant van Rooyen. [Read more →]

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Ciena Jumps Into NFV With Both Feet

December 3rd, 2014

This morning, Ciena made its move into the network functions virtualization market. Not as a provider of VNFs themselves, but of a new managed services platform they'll be selling to service providers to help deploy and monetize them. Their new Agility division and flagship Agility Matrix software includes a marketplace, a usage and on-the-fly licensing director, and the ability to run things locally or via the cloud. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Level 3, Akamai, Verizon, Teliasonera

December 3rd, 2014

Here's a quick roundup of network and CDN news from around the world this week: [Read more →]

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Indianapolis Gets Some Zayo Small Cells

December 3rd, 2014

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Quickly on the heels of a longhaul fiber build announcement, Zayo has another at the other extreme of the network.  They've announced a turnkey small cell deployment out in Indianapolis.  The first sites are already in service, with more than 100 to be installed by the middle of next year. [Read more →]

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BASELAYER to Split Off from IO

December 2nd, 2014

The data center services company IO has for some time now had two personalities, the carrier neutral colo provider and the modular infrastructure and DCIM software provider.  Today the company announced plans to separate into two companies, allowing each to focus on what it does best. [Read more →]

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Zayo to Build New Heartland Longhaul Route

December 2nd, 2014

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While new metro loops are almost commonplace these days, new longhaul intercity routes are still a rare beast. We've seen a few big projects lately though on the east coast with Allied Fiber in Florida and both Lumos and SummitIG in Virginia, and now Zayo says it is building a new dark fiber route much further inland[Read more →]

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Centerbridge to Acquire IPC Systems

December 2nd, 2014

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We had some M&A news in the financial networking vertical yesterday. IPC Systems is changing hands, with Centerbridge Partners paying $1.2B or so to take it off the hands of Silver Lake Partners.  [Read more →]

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Euro Telco M&A Simmers On

December 1st, 2014

Seems like everything is in play these days when it comes to telecommunications consolidation in Europe. While Americans were all off on a turkey break, across the Atlantic several soap operas continued. [Read more →]

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As AT&T Backs Down, the Point Gets Lost Again

December 1st, 2014

Holiday weekends are many things to the corporate world, and one of them is an opportunity to bury things they'd rather not have gain that much attention. In that finest of traditions, AT&T sent a letter to the FCC before the break responding to that call for information about its fiber deployments of earlier this month. In short, they're backing down and still planning to follow through on the plans, although we're not going to get to see just what those plans are since they were as usual heavily redacted. [Read more →]

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Ensuring SDN and NFV Performance for a Future-Proof Network

November 26th, 2014

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Dan Joe Barry, vice president of marketing, Napatech.

Gigaom Research reports that software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) represent two of the more dramatic oncoming technology shifts in networking. Both will significantly alter network designs, deployments, operations and future networking and computing systems. Key drivers include improved network service levels and lower operating and capital costs. [Read more →]

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Infrastructure investments fuel the telecom tower industry

November 26th, 2014

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This article was authored by Phil Marshall, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

This month I published a research report on the telecom tower industry; an industry that I have followed for nearly two decades since its inception in the United States in the mid-1990’s. In recent years, the tower industry has expanded at an incredible rate, particularly as operators seek cost effective network expansion strategies, and network sharing becomes more readily accepted. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: Hibernia, HE, Earthlink, Comcast, WOW!

November 25th, 2014

Here's a quick rundown of some recent network news that's worth a look: [Read more →]

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Columbia Moves To Take euNetworks Private

November 25th, 2014

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While I was traveling last week, the rumors of an M&A deal surrounding euNetworks became more than rumors. They company's largest shareholder, Columbia Capital, has launched an effort to buy the rest of the company and take it private, looking to bring the independent western European fiber footprint all the way under its umbrella. [Read more →]

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