Competitive Telecom Trends, Spring 2014 Update

March 25th, 2014

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Now that nearly all the earnings results are posted for Q4/2013 for competitive network operators of all stripes, I have updated the eight competitive telecom trends graphs with the new data.  The highlights include: [Read more →]

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Cisco Tosses $1B Into a Cloud

March 24th, 2014

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According to the Wall Street Journal this morning, Cisco has big plans to evolve beyond the mere networking gear heavyweight of our time. They're planning to make a late, dramatic entry into the world of cloud computing services today. And by dramatic I mean with at least $1B in cash on tap and ready to spend over the next couple years.  [Read more →]

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Network M&A: Court Square Moves In at Conterra

March 24th, 2014

Late last week saw private equity move in on some more internet infrastructure. Court Square Capital has purchased a majority interest in Conterra Broadband. Conterra's current senior management also invested, while Goldman Sachs, Duke Energy, and GE Capital took the opportunity to [Read more →]

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Is Apple Seeking a VIP Lane from Comcast?

March 24th, 2014

So now we know where another content company may be coming down on network neutrality, and it's not where you think. According to a WSJ report and a nice followup from Ars Technica, none other than Apple is negotiating with Comcast for a separate path to consumers presumably for its long-rumored Apple TV offering. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Two From Logix

March 23rd, 2014

Two new listings landed over on the jobs board this week. [Read more →]

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Friday Poll: Should Peering Be Part of the Net Neutrality Debate?

March 21st, 2014

Ok, Friday poll time.  What do you think, is peering properly part of the net neutrality debate or is it a separate issue?   Here's a spectrum of options in the vernacular to choose from, so speak up! [Read more →]

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The Struggle Over Interconnection and Peering Heats Up

March 21st, 2014

This week has seen an escalation in the battle over net neutrality, as both content providers and transit networks are now demanding that the murky world of peering gets added to the agenda. While the original FCC net neutrality regulations never went past the last mile, ISPs have been applying pressure recently in the form of refusals to upgrade interconnections to relieve growing congestion. Their apparent aim? [Read more →]

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ICANN: never mind the conspiracy theories

March 20th, 2014

This article was authored by John C. Tanner, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

As you no doubt know, the US government has announced it will give up control of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). [Read more →]

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Thursday Bytes: Wilcon, CenturyLink, Global Capacity, ADVA, i2i

March 20th, 2014

Here's a quick rundown of some other news across the industry from this week: [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: Teliasonera, Integra, IX Reach, Epsilon, Colt

March 19th, 2014

Here's a quick rundown of news from the international front this week: [Read more →]

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Chicken? Let’s Play a Game!

March 19th, 2014

chickenOn Level 3's blog yesterday, the topic was "chicken" as it relates to traffic interconnection, net neutrality, and the last mile. The chicken part was in relation to the game Level 3 says some last mile operators are playing when it comes to upgrading their interconnections with other network operators. It's a nice analogy that reminds us all how easy it would be for runaway egos to bust the internet these days if we let it. [Read more →]

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Goodbye Reliance Globalcom, hello Global Cloud Xchange

March 18th, 2014

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The global networking arm of India's Reliance Communications has unveiled a new look, and it's not a minor makeover. Reliance Globalcom has rebranded and relaunched as Global Cloud Xchange, the "world's first true cloud ecosystem". [Read more →]

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A New Submarine Cable Build for Level 3

March 18th, 2014

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With its earnings now in the black at last, Level 3 Communications clearly has found some new flexibility with its capex.  Today they announced plans to build new fiber under the waves for the first time in many years.  No, not transatlantic or transpacific, but rather down where all the action has been lately for them in Latin America. [Read more →]

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Foust Leaves Digital Realty Trust

March 18th, 2014

There was some unexpected management turnover yesterday in the data center REIT world yesterday with the news that Michael Foust has left the CEO role at Digital Realty Trust. He has been succeeded by the company's CFO/CIO Bill Stein, at least in the interim. A search will soon begin for a permanent successor. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: FirstLight, Integra, UNSi, COMLINK

March 18th, 2014

With Comptel underway in Las Vegas, there's a bunch of metro and regional network news to take a quick look at already this week: [Read more →]

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Ono! Vodafone Spends Some Cash in Spain

March 17th, 2014

Ono...Oh no, get it? Ok, no more puns I promise. But Vodafone has kicked off the week with an expected spending spree down in Spain. Sources around the globe are saying that the UK-based operator has in fact succeeded in its not-so-secret bid to purchase the Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2b (about $10B).   [update: it's official, here's the press release] [Read more →]

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In Snowden’s Wake, US Throws the World ICANN’s Bone

March 17th, 2014

At the end of last week, the NTIA finally gave in to the rest of the world after nearly two decades of dithering. They have announced they will give up control of ICANN next year. That's the folks who run the world of domain names we have long used to find our way around the internet without having to memorize raw IP addresses.  [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: Peak, Telx, TNCI, Fairpoint

March 14th, 2014

Time for a quick look at other news from this week that I hadn't gotten to: [Read more →]

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With Buyers Not Yet at Hand, Cbeyond Churns Ahead

March 14th, 2014

It's been a bit over four months since Cbeyond announced it would be looking at strategic alternatives, and checking on just where that process is was at the top of the market's list with their Q4 report yesterday. But the news is that there is no news on the inorganic front, and may not be for a while yet. [Read more →]

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Switch Teams With Sawiris to Take Las Vegas’s Supernap Global

March 13th, 2014

The Canadian government may be a bit wary of Egyptian money in the stalled Allstream deal, but for Las Vegas's Switch SUPERNAP it's an opportunity. According to an announcement today, they have teamed with Naguib Sawiris's Accelero Capital and Orasocom TMT Investments in a new joint venture that will replicate the model they've perfected in Sin City around the world.   [Read more →]

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No Need for Acquisitions as Level 3 Snags Two Contracts

March 13th, 2014

This week we've heard about how Level 3 CEO Jeff Storey told investors at a Deutsche Bank event what they already knew even if they weren't aware of it. That's the simple fact that M&A is an option but not a necessity for Level 3's success anymore.  [Read more →]

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Fiber M&A: Wave Rolls Up More Fiber in the Pacific Northwest

March 12th, 2014

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We have another bit of fiber consolidation to report today. Up in the Pacific Northwest, Wave Division Holdings has struck again with the acquisition of Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI). [Read more →]

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Your new favorite SDN-related forum: OSO

March 12th, 2014

This article was authored by John C. Tanner, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

ITEM: California-based SDN start-up vendor Vello Systems has launched a new industry forum to encourage adoption of open-source optical solutions in data center and enterprise networks. [Read more →]

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