Tuesday Roundup: Akamai, Emerald, Orange, Level 3

November 12th, 2013

It's time for a quick roundup of some interesting news items: [Read more →]

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More Cloud Communications M&A: Mitel, Aastra Plan Merger

November 12th, 2013

The world of UC, cloud communications, and VoIP is definitely going through a phase at the moment, as we have another merger of note. The two Canadian-based international providers Mitel Networks and Aastra Technologies have announced a friendly merger[Read more →]

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New growth centers demand financial reforms

November 12th, 2013

This article was authored by Joseph Waring, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

BT Global Services’ Kevin Taylor highlighted three key mega trends at BT’s Leadership Summit earlier this week: the power of the individual, instant globalization and the end of limitless resources. [Read more →]

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VoIP M&A: 8×8 Buys Voicenet

November 11th, 2013

The business VoIP segment has been quite an eventful place lately, at least relative to the years leading up to now. This morning we have another bit of consolidation, as 8x8 has announced a definitive agreement to buy the UK's Voicenet Solutions.   [Read more →]

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Network Valuations On the Rise

November 11th, 2013

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While there are a few stragglers out there who haven't issued Q3 results, I have updated the competitive telecom trends plots to reflect data through the end of the third quarter.  One of the interesting items to note is the clear upward trend in relative valuations, i.e. the ratio of enterprise value to annualized EBITDA lately.  Here's the chart: [Read more →]

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DT Swoops Back In, Buys GTS Central Europe

November 11th, 2013

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According to reports, Deutsche Telekom has indeed agreed to buy GTS Central Europe, or at least most of it, giving it a deeper fiber footprint throughout eastern Europe. The price tag was €546M doesn't include the company's Slovakian assets, which will apparently remain [Read more →]

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Zayo Posts Q4 Growth, Details Unnamed Colo Deal

November 8th, 2013

If it seems like just six weeks or so since the last Zayo earnings release, that's because it has.  Nevertheless, Zayo has posted its fiscal Q1/2014 numbers, and like the other network operators this quarter they've been just pushing forward with steady organic growth, though with a bit of inorganic stuff in there too - this is Zayo of course.  I've rebuilt the table to account for the more granular service breakdown over the past three quarters: [Read more →]

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Data Bytes: Verizon, IO, Internap, DuPont Fabros, Telecity

November 8th, 2013

Time for a quick Friday roundup of news from the data center and cloud space: [Read more →]

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Cogent Ups Those Dividends Again

November 8th, 2013

Cogent Communications issued its Q3 earnings report this morning, following through with yet another dividend boost and another step forward on the growth front.  Here are their Q3 numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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More Churn, Higher Margins, and Expansions for euNetworks

November 7th, 2013

Over on the European earnings front, euNetworks saw the diverging trends from the second quarter continue on through the third as they shifted into a higher capex gear with their recently announced network expansion projects.  EBITDA rose even as revenue fell, and both EBITDA margins and on-net buildings passed key milestones despite continued headwinds of churn: [Read more →]

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Level 3 Expands CDN Footprint on Five Continents

November 7th, 2013

It's been nearly seven years since they acquired the one-time Digital Island assets from Savvis back in 2006 for $135M, but Level 3's content delivery network is definitely coming of age. Today they announced a broad global footprint expansion, adding more than two dozen nodes across Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. [Read more →]

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tw telecom Plans Major Expansion, Reports Usual Steady Growth

November 7th, 2013

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Along with their usual very solid but very predictable earnings report for Q3 they released last night, tw telecom tossed in a major new network expansion to shake things up.  The company already boasts the most on-net buildings for a competitive network operator and maintained its torrid pace to hit 20,000 of them by the end of the year.  But in a much less common expansion move for tw telecom, they making moves into five brand new markets as well as making major new investments in 27 of their existing ones. [Read more →]

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AMS-IX Takes On the Big Apple, Aims At Chicago, Silicon Valley

November 6th, 2013

Another European-style interconnection exchange has launched in the USA.  Amsterdam's AMS-IX announced this morning that it is now accepting orders for its new AMS-IX New York exchange, which is one of several Open-IX initiatives taking the peering and interconnection market by storm. [Read more →]

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Cbeyond Considers Its Options

November 6th, 2013

As part of its Q3 report today, Cbeyond says it has formed a strategy committee that will evaluate both ways to accelerate its transformation and possible strategic alternatives. The possible alternatives could include M&A as either a buyer or seller and other strategic arrangements. [Read more →]

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Regional Roundup: MegaPath, NYSERNet, Birch, Lightower

November 6th, 2013

Time for a quick mid-week roundup of news from regional and metro network operators around the USA: [Read more →]

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Earthlink Maintains Its Course

November 5th, 2013

With its Q3 results released yesterday after the market closed, EarthLink offered few surprises. The one time dialup giant and now cloud IT services player has spent the last few years integrating and supplementing acquired assets, assembling a cloud-based portfolio of managed services, churning off revenues that don't fit, and generally not getting much credit for all their hard work with investors. [Read more →]

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Significant New Duct and Fiber for euNetworks West of London

November 5th, 2013

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After raising money earlier this year, euNetworks has announced another major new project putting some of that capital to work. They're building out new network from the duct on up to add high fiber counts and multiple routes out to Slough, west of London. [Read more →]

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Goodbye smartphones, hello eye implants

November 4th, 2013

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

ITEM: Ten years from now we will give up smartphones in favor of displays embedded in our eyeballs and wired directly into our brains. [Read more →]

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Pacnet Unveils SDN-Powered Network-as-a-Service

November 4th, 2013

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In one of the more expansive efforts to put SDN and OpenFlow to work, Pacnet this morning unveiled an aggressive pan-Asia Network-as-a-Service offering. Initially in beta, the platform promises dynamically provisioned, flexible, scalable Ethernet pipes between key data centers and cloud nodes throughout the region. [Read more →]

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Forget Connected Things and M2M, Make Them Enchanted Items

November 4th, 2013

Longtime readers may have noticed that there are some hot new topics/buzzwords I don't seem to favor, and on top of that list in my own mind are M2M and the 'Internet of Things'.  But Mike Manos over on LooseBolts has a piece out today that finally resonated with me. It's not that these topics aren't real opportunities and new directions, it's that the packaging is so wonkish.  [Read more →]

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In a mobile workplace, is VoIP antiquated?

November 3rd, 2013

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Jack McCarthy, the content manager at ShoreTel

As organizations become increasingly mobile, many have questioned the viability of using a voice over IP phone system as a long-term solution. While companies may think that the technology is antiquated in the emerging mobile landscape, VoIP offers benefits comparable to mobile phones, making it a valuable business asset. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Southern Telecom

November 3rd, 2013

November took up where October left off, and we now have seven listings on the Ramblings Jobs Board with a new posting from Southern Telecom. [Read more →]

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Friday Poll: Should AT&T Make a Play for Vodafone?

November 1st, 2013

So despite the NSA scandal and the potential regulatory hassle it may cause them, today's rumor is once again that AT&T really is taking a serious look at bidding for the rest of Vodafone.   What do you think, would this a smart move? [Read more →]

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