LIME, Xtera Finish Up East-West Caribbean Link

April 19th, 2011

LIME, the Caribbean arm of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), and Xtera (news) have finished up work on the Carribean East West Cable network.  Spanning 1,700km the new cable hooks up Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, and the Dominican Republic.  Xtera’s gear will enable an initial 120Gbps across the system, with the ability to expand to 720Gbps – higher with future technology.  Here’s a map I found lying around someplace: [Read more →]

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Sprint Nears Network Sharing Deal with LightSquared, Clearwire

April 19th, 2011

According to the Wall Street Journal today, Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S, news, filings) is close to deals to share its national wireless footprint with both LightSquared and Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR, news, filings).  In the case of LightSquared, Sprint would get a mix of cash and spectrum usage, the latter of which might help them reduce roaming costs in rural areas.  Meanwhile, talk of such a deal with Clearwire suggests also that resolution of that pesky [Read more →]

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Huge Brazil-Africa Cable Planned

April 18th, 2011

According to a report on African site TechCentral, there is a new transatlantic cable in the works.  But this time it’s in the South Atlantic, connecting Fortaleza Brazil with Angola and South Africa, destinations that one doesn’t normally think about undersea cable hooking up.  The project is being led by eFive Telecoms and will supposedly be built by a joint venture between Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) and [Read more →]

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Hibernia Atlantic Takes GFN To Tokyo

April 18th, 2011

Independent transatlantic operator Hibernia Atlantic (news) took a detour out of its home turf today and into the Pacific.  They have added Tokyo to their Global Financial Network.  The GFN has been steadily adding new nodes to their offering as the low latency craze has spread beyond the routes that spawned it some three years ago.  In this case, the latency on the Chicago-Tokyo route will be [Read more →]

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DT, FT Pool Their Buying Power

April 18th, 2011

Suppose you’re a Tier-1 incumbent carrier with a dominant position in your own market, a major international presence both wired and wireline, and a marketcap larger than the GDP of a third world country.  At a loss for a way to increase your mojo?  What you need is obvious:  collective buying power!  Yep, that’s the news this morning anyway from Europe, where France Telecom (NYSE:FTE, news, filings) and Deutsche Telecom AG (ETR:DTE, news, filings) announced that they will [Read more →]

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Interoute Closes Out 2010 With an Appetite

April 18th, 2011

Pan-European operator Interoute offered up its 2010 results today, showing off double digit revenue growth and its first full year of profitability.  Full year revenues of €295M were up 10% from €269M, while adjusted EBITDA rose 46% to €58M from €40M.  That corresponds to an EBITDA margin of 20%, up strongly from 15% in the prior year as the company’s scale is starting to tell.  The company has also declared its interest in spending its expanding cash flow on [Read more →]

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FairPoint Takes On Fiber to the Tower

April 18th, 2011

Fresh off its return last quarter from New England’s telecom doghouse, FairPoint Communications (news, filings) seems to be gearing up for a bunch more fiber in its diet.  The ILEC announced late last week that it intends to invest in its wireless backhaul capabilities across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.  The buildout is primarily aimed at wireless customers, but the fiber will benefit other sources of bandwidth demand in [Read more →]

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Telecom Ramblings Jobs: Zayo

April 17th, 2011

Over on the Telecom Ramblings Jobs Board,  Zayo has posted another position.  This time Zayo is looking for an Outside Plant Solutions Engineer in Louisville, Colorado “to join its front end sales efforts in the development of competitive solutions requiring the addition of new fiber assets.”  They may have been formed via a series of M&A, but they do enjoy digging as well.  The consolidation activity last year and already so far this year will certainly mean there will be talent on the move, hopefully [Read more →]

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Friday Fiber Roundup 4-15: US Carrier, Unite Private Networks, AboveNet, TW Telecom, FiberLight, Optimum Lightpath

April 15th, 2011

Assuming you’ve all got your taxes done and have time to catch up on fiber news, there’s actually been quite a lot lately in the metro/regional fiber space.  So here’s a quick rundown of a few more items this week:

In one bit of news this week that I’m still trying to puzzle through, Georgia-based US Carrier unveiled plans to roll out an Ethernet Exchange.  But despite the similar terminology, this seems to be a different sort of beast than what CENX, Telx, Neutral Tandem, and Equinix are working on.  US Carrier is leveraging Cyan packet-optical transport gear for [Read more →]

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Asia-Pacific IPv4 Space Now Exhausted

April 15th, 2011

Well that didn’t take very long.  A little over two months ago, the last bundles of addresses were handed out to each region.  Today APNIC announced it has reached the last block of IPv4 addresses in its available pool, and has activated its Final /8 policy.  That means it has begun rationing what it has left “to be used as essential connectivity with next-generation IPv6 addresses”.  According to APNIC Director Paul Wilson: [Read more →]

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Poll: What Do You Think About the LVLT/GLBC Deal?

April 15th, 2011

Ok, the dust has started to settle and we’ve all had time to digest this week’s blockbuster M&A where Level 3 has agreed to buy Global Crossing for about $3.0B.  It’s time to take stock of the situation, collectively.  The situation seems more complex than can be captured in an up/down vote, so here’s one of those polls where you can choose more than one answer (Select at most 2 in this case) – and I’ve tried to include something for everyone.  Don’t be shy: [Read more →]

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And Now For Something Smaller: Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent

April 14th, 2011

With all the M&A these days, bigger always seems to be the goal.  But in the past few days, the news for two of the biggest equipment giants has been moving in the other direction.  On Tuesday Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings) said that it will exit parts of the consumer electronics business, and that would include the Flip video business.  The Umi will be moved into the business telepresence section, an odd place for a consumer product perhaps but it signals they’re not giving up on it yet.  Cisco has been coming to terms with the fact that isn’t a kid anymore, and has started to re-evaluate its path – even issuing [Read more →]

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