Global Crossing's South American Blitz

November 19th, 2008

They haven't caused much of a stir, but glbc has really been on the march in South America.  It's not for lack of trying though, the company has issued a dozen PRs since the beginning of the second quarter alone that relate to events in the region.  Today's deal with Minera Chinalco in Peru is just the latest in a string of awards, deals, and facility expansions.  [Read more →]

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Verizon Makes Its CDN Move

November 19th, 2008

According to Ryan Lawler over at Contentinople, Verizon is poised to enter the CDN game. But Verizon doesn't seem to plan on following the paths taken by AT&T or Level 3, they seem to have an entirely different approach in a partnership with Velocix.  The idea is that Verizon wants to efficiently distribute content both internally and externally by leveraging [Read more →]

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A Storm Blows In From Amazon

November 18th, 2008

Amazon (AMZN) formally launched its CDN last night, called "Cloud Front".  It's HTTP only, is limited to those storing data on Amazon S3, has no SLA and fewer bells and whistles than any CDN has ever had.  And it's revolutionary. [Read more →]

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Juniper, Infinera, Level 3 Unite for 100GbE

November 18th, 2008

Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings), Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings), and Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) announced today that they will work together towards the eventual development of highly anticipated 100 Gigabit Ethernet technology, along with research networks Internet2 and ESnet.  Of course, we already knew that each was working on their own part of this, so one might wonder why we needed a press release.  And given that the economy trumps everything right now, especially new technology that won't be here until 2010 when the media expects us to be living in caves, nobody is likely to get that excited today. [Read more →]

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More Datacenter Construction Suspended

November 18th, 2008

Dupont Fabros (DFT), which builds and operates datacenters as a REIT, has suspended construction at both its NJ-1 (Piscataway NJ) and ACC-5 (Ashburn VA) sites.  This follows the news of three weeks ago that their Santa Clara project had been suspended.  The company had just raised $100M but had needed far more than that to continue in Santa Clara.  Well, apparently they need more to finish in New Jersey and Virginia as well, because this news effectively suspends their construction across the board. [Read more →]

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Level 3 Digs Up $400M to Refinance With

November 17th, 2008

Wow, while I was writing up my model, Level 3 dropped a bombshell.  The company announced commitments for $400M in debt from a group of holders ranging from top shareholders Southeast Asset Management and Fairfax on down to board members Walter Scott and Robert Julian.  Simultaneously, they issued tenders for their 2009 and 2010 convertible debt, currently trading at various discounts.  Where to start?  They totally surprised me, I expected the company wouldn't make a move for a while yet.  Others did see signs recently that the company had a refinance in hand, congrats to them. [Read more →]

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Q4 Projections & Model for Level 3

November 17th, 2008

Here is my updated Level 3 Communications (LVLT) model with projections for Q4 and onward into 2009 and 2010.  As with recent spreadsheets, this one is stored on Google Documents. I have included a summary page for Q4 and full year 2008 projections, but if you really want to see the details or further projections then you can delve into to the other sheets. [Read more →]

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Sprint Told to Shutter Nextel in 81 Markets

November 16th, 2008

It was only two weeks ago that Sprint said it would in fact rejuvenate the Nextel network rather than sell it.  Now a court has given them 12 months to shut it down in 81 markets mostly in the Midwest due to conflicts in their affiliate agreement with iPCS.  Even assuming that Sprint manages to delay this brings up the obvious question, how do you rejuvenate a network that you have been ordered to shut off? [Read more →]

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ITC DeltaCom Reports, Nobody Notices

November 15th, 2008

itcd reported earnings on Friday after the bell, as always waiting until the last possible moment.  And the news?  Well, the economy may suck but you wouldn't know it from their earnings report.  But then, when the economy was good it never showed up then either.  Not much ever seems to [Read more →]

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Now Nuclear Powered Data Centers?

November 14th, 2008

First it was wave powered floating data centers, then tidal powered data centers in the Scottish Highlands, and today Data Center Knowledge has a fascinating article on possible nuclear powered datacenters. The idea revolves around a hot tub sized 27 megawatt nuclear power module from Hyperion that you bury on the property. [Read more →]

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PAETEC Holds On Tight

November 13th, 2008

Alternative network services provider PAETEC (PAET) reported earnings this morning, offering us perhaps one of the last remaining datapoints before we enter a long winter.  All that gloom out there just makes it feel like it's going to be a cold one, doesn't it?  Anyhow, PAETEC had a disastrous Q2 stumble - at least in the [Read more →]

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Internet Vigilantes Take Another One Down

November 13th, 2008

Internet security sites are buzzing with the latest success of self-policing.  As reported by Brian Krebs in his blog on the Washington Post site, San Jose based web hosting service McColo has been cut loose from the internet by its providers.  According to various security experts, perhaps 75% of daily spam & scam email globally was knocked offline, at least temporarily, as it either originated from McColo or was otherwise controlled from there.  I find this whole situation quite fascinating. [Read more →]

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Why I sold Cogent

November 13th, 2008

Hello All, thejuice here. I wanted to update a previous set of blogs regarding Cogent (CCOI). As previously indicated, I purchased a group of next gen carriers when their EV/Ebitdas got in the 3.5 range. One of those names, Cogent was of particular interest to me as I believed that management needed [Read more →]

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BPL Rising From the Dead?

November 12th, 2008

Just when you might have thought Broadband over Power Lines was finally dead and buried, here it comes back again.  In this iteration, it is IBM and an upstart called IBEC pushing the idea and, yes, putting money behind it.  As if we don't have plenty of viable business models in need of investment right now?  The idea for BPL this time is to go where the cable and DSL providers [Read more →]

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Metro Fiber Providers Q3 Update

November 12th, 2008

Today I am updating my list of metro fiber providers that I last revisited back in August. As usual, I look for metro route miles and raw on-net buildings of all types, and look at the ratio as a raw metric for relative density and penetration. This quarter's major surprise came in an email from Fibertech, [Read more →]

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Level 3 Tightens CDN/Vyvx Integration

November 11th, 2008

Over at The Business of Online Video Dan Rayburn reports that this month Level 3 (LVLT) has opened broadcast encoding centers in Manhattan and Tulsa.  This represents yet another step in the evolution of Level 3's content offerings, one that it has always hoped will separate it from the pack. [Read more →]

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FiberNet Adds Chicago, Miami

November 11th, 2008

Defying the tsunami of economic fear out there, FiberNet Telecom Group (FTGX) has brought metro networks online in two brand new markets: Chicago and Miami.  This is a significant milestone for the company, before now they had focused nearly all their effort on NYC with a small extension in Los Angeles, they have doubled their markets!  It seems clear after this initiative that they have bigger [Read more →]

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XO Lights Up Q3 Earnings

November 11th, 2008

Today we got our first look at XO Communications (XOHO.OB) since Carl Icahn refinanced their debt early in the third quarter with large amounts of preferred stock. Despite the opinion of the Washington Post the other day, XO did not disappoint and the effects of the economic crisis on its performance were not detectable this quarter. In their earnings release, the company announced a solid revenue growth and unexpectedly strong EBITDA: [Read more →]

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Unity Versus Empowerment

November 10th, 2008

From the consolidation in the telecom and fiber sector over the last four years came fewer and larger companies and difficult integrations. Two of the most aggressive rollup artists were Level 3 Communications (LVLT) in the first half and Zayo in the second, each assembling a vast array of mixed assets.  The two are not really comparable in size or geography of course, yet the systems they are unifying are similar and their approaches to patching [Read more →]

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The Incredible Shrinking Sprint

November 8th, 2008

As I read through Sprint's earnings release on Friday, one question kept running through my mind:  "Just how long can they keep doing this?"  Every quarter, another 2-3% sequential drop in revenues as customers flee.   They're going to have to step up and fix the situation soon, else we will get to see what happens when falling revenues meet fixed costs - freefall is the pleasant part, the pain comes when you land. [Read more →]

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Colocation Helps Internap's Advance

November 8th, 2008

Internet solutions provider Internap(INAP) reported earnings Thursday after the market closed, showing a few signs of life again after a weak Q2 showing and an horrible 2008 so far. Revenues of were higher than generally expected, and adjusted ebitda and earnings were similarly [Read more →]

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Rackspace Rides On

November 7th, 2008

Wow, it's been a busy few days for the internet infrastructure sector, it seems like just about everyone yet to report earnings is trying to squeeze through the door.  Today hosting specialist Rackspace (RAX), which had the lucky timing of going public in August just before the economy fell and broke a hip, reported its third quarter numbers.  I don't yet have a great feel for this company and where they might or might not go.  On the one hand there is the older but solid hosting/colo model and on the other hand [Read more →]

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More Detail on Cogent From TheJuice

November 6th, 2008

Good morning all. Well Cogent (CCOI) reported this morning and there are quite a few items to discuss. First off, these guys are good traders. Although not impacted in the current financial statements it appears they have purchased back more than 50% of their debt for less than .50 cents on the dollar. Further, as we know they continued their assault on [Read more →]

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