Time for a Metro Fiber Statistics Update

June 6th, 2011

As longtime readers know, in addition to map links I keep track of metro route miles and fiber-fed building counts for all companies in the sector for whom I can find such data, which is most of the competitive providers but thus far not the ILECs and the cable MSOs (with one or two exceptions).  I last updated my list over the Christmas break, and thus it is time to do it again.  Thus if you know of fiber out there that ought to be on my list but isn’t, or of inaccuracies that could be corrected – please [Read more →]

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Clearwire Outsources Yet More

June 5th, 2011

Hmmm, I think they’re serious about this cost cutting thing.  Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR, news, filings) has signed with Telech to outsource its customer support.  Some 700 Clearwire employees will immediately switch companies, although Clearwire is keeping about 180 of them for the back office.  Most of the company’s 6M+ subscribers are wholesale through Sprint, and therefore won’t notice of course.  This follows Clearwire’s move a couple of weeks ago to outsource its network operations to Ericsson, which similarly moved [Read more →]

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Fiber Catchup 6-3: Alpheus, Level 3, Etisalat, Lightower, Global Crossing

June 3rd, 2011

TGIF.  A few more fiber-network-related items this week to catch up on:

In Texas, regional and metro fiber operator Alpheus Communications expanded its Metrolocity offering, adding Ethernet peering capabilities.  They have 31 customers amongst the competitive wireless and wireline operators in the state, and the new service is available immediately.  Alpheus is one of the only fiber assets that was [Read more →]

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LightSquared Keeps Churning the Waters

June 3rd, 2011

There are few companies out there giving off as many contradictory signals as wholesale wireless carrier-to-be LightSquared.  This week, we had no less than three news items that just left me generally puzzled.  First there was the news that the company was talking with AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) about leasing 4G network capacity.  The fact that it was one 4G network that doesn’t yet exist talking to another 4G network that also doesn’t exist about was dissonant enough, but [Read more →]

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Sidera Teams Up With Colt and Spread Networks

June 2nd, 2011

Making friends is a valuable skill, and northeastern fiber operator Sidera Networks (news) has been working overtime lately to get it right.  Last week they teamed up with the UK’s Exponential-e, and this week it was the turn of Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) and Spread Networks (news). [Read more →]

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Private Equity Buys Metroweb

June 2nd, 2011

Back in February, Milan-centric metro fiber company Metroweb was said to be up for sale, and that Telecom Italia was the frontrunner.  Well the wind must have shifted since then, because Bloomberg is reporting that infrastructure fund F2i and Intesa Sanpaolo’s IMI Investimenti unit have won the auction for some €436M, or $628M.  Given the impressive price tag, they must have been doing rather well – this was obviously not [Read more →]

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M&A Journal: Lots of Sellers, but Buyers Seem Less Eager

June 2nd, 2011

As you may have noticed by now, a lot of fiber appears to be on the market, with AboveNet, Sidera, Fiberlight, and others rumored.  But prices are high and some of the historically more active buyers aren’t looking that eager.  Notably, in the past week or two both PAETEC and Level 3 have indicated they aren’t likely to be out there bidding.  Here’s a quote from PAETEC’s CEO Arunas Chesonis from the company’s recent investor day: [Read more →]

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Colo Roundup 6-2: Colt, Interxion, Equinix, i/o

June 2nd, 2011

Lots of news this week from the colocation sector: [Read more →]

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Cisco: In 2015 We’ll Be Pushing a Zettabyte

June 1st, 2011

Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings) has never been shy about making bandwidth projections, and today they issued some new ones.  Their fifth annual Visual Networking Index Forecast says that in 2015 global internet traffic will reach 966 exabytes per year, just shy of a zettabyte.  Remember when people worried about (or praying for) the exaflood?  Yep, it’s time for the zettaflood now, and the culprits are [Read more →]

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Earnings Preview for 21Vianet

June 1st, 2011

This is a guest post by Paolo Gorgò, who blogs over at both Nortia Research and Seeking Alpha.  If you might be interested in a guest post may contact the webmaster.

21Vianet Group (NASDAQ:VNET, news, filings), the largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, will be reporting Q1 2011 earnings today, after market [Read more →]

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PAETEC, TelePacific, euNetworks Each Close an Acquisition

May 31st, 2011

Three deals closed earlier today, let’s take a quick look: [Read more →]

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Two Video Wins For Level 3

May 31st, 2011

Nothing burns bandwidth like video, and so when Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) announced two television-related contracts it certainly can’t be a bad thing.  The first is for bandwidth at Information Television Network (ITV) down in Florida, which produces ‘health and wellness broadcast programming’ which must be on the channels I usually skip over.  ITV will be initially leveraging a fiber build into their studio to support their production needs plus a [Read more →]

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