Why Your Enterprise Needs Passive Optical LAN

December 17th, 2013

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Ryland Marek, business development manager for 3M Communication Markets Division.

To keep up with the demand on their local area networks (LANs), businesses and government entities have begun to replace their copper-based networks with fiber optics. Fiber-based passive optical LAN (POL) technology has emerged as a particularly promising alternative for enterprises in need of a secure, converged network with increased bandwidth. [Read more →]

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Sprint Supposedly Eyeing T-Mobile USA, For Real This Time?

December 16th, 2013

Just before the weekend got rolling, the Wall Street Journal dropped yet another of its wireless merger rumor bombs. Apparently, Sprint is working on plans to buy T-Mobile USA. If you think you’ve heard that before, it’s because you’ve definitely heard that before. The situation has changed, but has it changed enough? [Read more →]

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Cloud Friday: Internap, NTT, Earthlink, Viawest

December 13th, 2013

TGIF and 11 shopping days left until Xmas. But before you get busy, here’s a look at some of the other cloud-related news from the week. [Read more →]

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Consolidated Makes Its Move On Texas Enterprises

December 13th, 2013

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Yesterday saw another expansion in metro fiber, but by an operator that I don’t get to write about that often. Consolidated Communications has decided to take its northern Texas fiber footprint and begin using it to target the enterprise market. [Read more →]

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AllSeen aims to unite Internet of Things

December 13th, 2013

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

One of the biggest challenges of realizing the Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t connecting things to the internet but getting them to talk to each other. [Read more →]

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Ciena Doesn’t Follow Cisco’s Lead

December 12th, 2013

While Cisco’s parallel quarter raised alarm bells on the street, Ciena’s report today may not have been as big as the rest of their year has been but it wasn’t bad either.  Revenues came in ahead of expectations, but higher costs brought down earnings below what analysts were looking for.  Here’s a table of the company’s numbers in some context. [Read more →]

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Colo Roundup: Sabey, Switch, Interxion, Equinix, QTS, CoreSite

December 12th, 2013

Here’s a nice long list of quick-takes from the colocation sector from this week: [Read more →]

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Lightower Looks West, Plans Chicago Offensive

December 11th, 2013

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The northeastern fiber operator Lightower announced a major metro expansion on its western frontier. That’s Chicago of course, the Midwestern footprint it picked up with the Sidera acquisition earlier this year. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: US Signal, Integra, Level 3, Cross River

December 11th, 2013

Here’s a Wednesday look at some of the happenings in the metro and regional fiber world from this week: [Read more →]

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Has the FCC Grown a Pair on Special Access?

December 10th, 2013

Competitive service providers won a regulatory round yesterday, at least for five months anyway. Yesterday the FCC weighed in on AT&T’s proposed special access pricing changes, under which certain long term pricing discounts would be eliminated. In a document posted on the agency’s website, they said: [Read more →]

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Verizon’s Edgecast Purchase Affects More than Akamai

December 10th, 2013

In the wake of Verizon’s announced purchase of Edgecast Networks, Akamai took a beating yesterday due to the extent of its reseller relationship with Verizon. Dan Rayburn does a great job of analyzing the downsides for Akamai, although I’m not really convinced that Verizon is ready for a wide-ranging offensive on the CDN marketplace. They might be of course, but they’re going to have to prove it and years will pass first. [Read more →]

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Consolidation Down Under: AAPT Finds a Buyer

December 10th, 2013

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Yesterday saw a significant merger announcement in the Australia fiber market. TPG Telecom has announced the purchase of AAPT from Telecom New Zealand for AU$450M. The deal will give them a national fiber backbone to supplement and expand their existing ISP business. [Read more →]

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