EarthLink Hits Acquisition Trail, Buys Boston Retail Partners

July 14th, 2016

After a year of retrenching and refocusing on its core businesses, EarthLink has returned to the M&A arena with a small summer deal.  The service provider has bought Boston Retail Partners, a management consulting firm that specializes in the retail vertical. [Read more →]

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AT&T Adds FTTB Depth, Offers a Few Datapoints

July 14th, 2016

AT&T is putting more resources into its Business Fiber division.  According to a series of PRs yesterday, the company has expanded its potential fiber reach to as many as one million businesses nationwide.  They are also extending next generation voice and UC solutions along that fiber to their business customers along the 1Gbps connections they are offering.   [Read more →]

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Rumors of a Comcast Purchase of Level 3 Bubble to the Surface

July 14th, 2016

Yesterday, Level 3 stock surged a few dollars on the backs of a bit of good old fashioned rumor and speculation.  Benzinga reported to its users that Level 3 is considering strategic options that range from a stock buyback to a sale of the company.  Follow-on reports quickly brought in the suggestion of an eventual buyout by Comcast, which Cowen's Colby Syneseal speculated about at the end of last year. [Read more →]

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UNH-IOL Launches an SDN Consortium

July 13th, 2016

The world of software-defined networking got a new consortium today up in northern New England.  The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory has kicked off the effort in order to help vendors and network operators work together to solve the problems that will inevitably arise with the coming deployments of both SDN and NFV. [Read more →]

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TelePacific Makes Another National Step Forward

July 13th, 2016

TelePacific has made another move onto the national stage, expanding out from its regional roots via organic means this time.  The competitive service provider has rolled out advanced Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) capabilities in a pilot project  in a collection of states around the country.   [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: Equinix, ADVA, Colt, vXchnge

July 12th, 2016

It's time for a quick rundown of some news from the start of this week: [Read more →]

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Virtual Reality and the Next Big Shift: Tried Pokemon Go Yet?

July 11th, 2016

Something interesting has happened in the gaming world over the past week, and I'm starting to think the repercussions could spread pretty quickly. An old game has been presented in a new way, melding silly cute imaginary creatures with Google Maps, GPS, and lots of mobile bandwidth. I'm speaking of course about Pokemon Go, which is sweeping far more quickly through the airwaves than people think. [Read more →]

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Zayo Lands in Singapore

July 11th, 2016

Zayo is expanding on the international front, but this time via organic means.  They have been selected by an unnamed global cloud communications provider to hook up nine data centers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.  As Zayo isn't in Asia yet, that's where the expansion comes in. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Lenny Chesal, Chief Evangelist of Host.Net

July 11th, 2016

image001Host.net is a regional operator offering network, colo, and cloud services operating out of southern Florida.  With its origins back in the dot com bubble, Host.net has followed a colorful, opportunistic path through the worlds of ISPs, metro Ethernet, Colo, and most recently cloud services.  With us today to talk about the company’s past and future trajectory is Chief Evangelist Lenny Chesal. [Read more →]

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Mitel’s Polycom Deal Preempted

July 8th, 2016

One of the bigger cloud communications deals of the year is apparently falling apart this week.  In a release this morning, Mitel revealed that its previously announced purchase of Polycom has hit a bit of a snag, and will probably not happen.  It seems Polycom has received a new offer.

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Fiber M&A: Oak Hill to Acquire Oxford, Combine with FirstLight

July 7th, 2016

There was a significant fiber M&A development in the far northeast today.  Oak Hill Capital Partners has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Oxford Networks, following up on its previously announced deal to acquire FirstLight Fiber. [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: ADVA, Ericsson, Hurricane Electric, Epsilon, Orange Business

July 7th, 2016

Here's a quick roundup of some interesting network news from around the world this week. [Read more →]

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Fiber M&A: Cox Invests in Unite Private Networks

July 7th, 2016

Late yesterday, the cable operator Cox Communications made a significant move deeper into the world of metro and regional fiber.   They have made a strategic investment in Unite Private Networks, becoming a major shareholder alongside Ridgemont Equity Partners and the company's management team.   [Read more →]

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Comcast, Netflix Make Peace

July 6th, 2016

The cable giant Comcast and the OTT challenger Netflix didn't see eye to eye very often in the first half of this decade.  But today the news is of a very different sort.  As Comcast rolls out its new X1 set-top box, Netflix's video content will be among the choices the cable operator offers to consumers. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: USA Fiber, UPN, CoreSite, CityFibre

July 6th, 2016

Here's a quick roundup of some interesting news from the metro this week. [Read more →]

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Lightower Acquires Datacenter101

July 5th, 2016

The folks at Lightower were apparently pretty busy over the holiday weekend.  This morning they revealed some infrastructure M&A that follows up on their purchase of Fibertech last year.  Lightower has acquired Datacenter101. [Read more →]

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CityFibre Advances in Peterborough, Invades Milton Keynes

July 5th, 2016

The US has been off all weekend celebrating Independence Day. But back in the UK, which was on the receiving end of that particular event so long ago, there was some fiber build-out news. CityFibre has won an expansion project in its existing market of Peterborough as well as a new project in Milton Keynes. [Read more →]

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Is Microsoft’s Skype for Business worth the hype?

July 5th, 2016

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by Q Advisors' Gerry DeHaven, Jordan Rupar and Jack Quinn

Today’s market mentality: If you can’t beat them, join them.

The business cloud communication market is becoming increasingly integrated and application-centric. To keep pace, traditional cloud communications providers such as Vonage as well as US and global carriers such as AT&T and British Telecom (“BT”) are rapidly [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: RioTel, Walker and Associates

July 3rd, 2016

We have two new job listings on the Ramblings Jobs Board this fourth of July weekend. [Read more →]

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Friday Roundup: CityFibre, Interoute, GTT

July 1st, 2016

In the US, folks are heading into the long July 4th weekend and are looking forward to barbecues, parades, and fireworks. Before you leave though, here's some news from around the world. [Read more →]

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A new class of test gear for NFV-based services

July 1st, 2016

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by Charanya, Product Marketing Manager at Veryx Technologies

Next-generation Ethernet/IP services that depend on Software Defined Network (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud technologies, utilize virtual network functions (VNFs) that are chained together to realize a network service (NS). While these NFV-based services derive the benefit of high agility and low costs, assuring [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: CenturyLink, Electric Lightwave, WOW, RCN, Windstream

June 30th, 2016

Here's a quick look at some news from the metro from this week: [Read more →]

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LSO Hackathons Bring Together Open Standards, Open Source

June 30th, 2016

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Alan Zeichick, Camden Associates

Open standards and open source projects are both essential ingredients for advancing the cause of interoperable next-generation carrier networks. [Read more →]

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