Thanksgiving Roundup: Jazztel, Broadview, Level 3

November 27th, 2013

Before USA readers go off for the holiday weekend, here’s a little 400G, a trip to the dentist, and of course bandwidth to a volcano. [Read more →]

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XO Brings In Ancell As CEO

November 27th, 2013

In another leadership transition announced in this short week, XO has found itself a new chief executive officer. Industry veteran Christopher Ancell has been appointed CEO, and will join the company after Thanksgiving weekend runs its course (December 2). [Read more →]

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Looking For the NSA, the Press Digs Up the Fiber

November 26th, 2013

According to the New York Times and others today, the NSA spying revelations are reaching deeper into the network.  In other words, to get at the data Google and Yahoo may or may not have given them voluntarily, they may have been tapping into the fiber itself.  In particular they cite Level 3, but again without actually accusing them of, well, anything at all except maybe owning fiber.  But seriously folks, all this is mind-numbingly obvious. [Read more →]

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Cable Consolidation Beckons

November 26th, 2013

The other big news this week that everyone is talking about of course is the possibility that TW Cable might get bought. The two suitors are said to be Comcast and Charter, with some even speculating the two could split up the assets in order to optimize their take and keep regulators from freaking out.  [Read more →]

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Walter Scott to Retire, and Level 3 Redeems Converts

November 25th, 2013

Come next May, Level 3 will have a new Chairman to go along with this year’s newly minted CEO. Walter Scott will be retiring from the board of directors and his post as its chairman by simply not standing for reelection when the 2014 annual meeting comes around. The new chairman will be the board’s resident admiral, [Read more →]

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ONO Helps NTT Take On Spain

November 25th, 2013

In another sign of NTT’s campaign for greater international network depth, the Japanese telecommunications giant is taking on Spain. With the help of the regional fiber and quad-play services provider ONO, they are expanding deeper into the country, adding two new PoPs.  [Read more →]

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OSS inhibits rush toward SDN

November 25th, 2013

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

While most everyone in the industry can hardly contain their excitement about the potential for SDN to reduce complexity in the network and take costs out, there’s one critical element that no one is talking about – the back office. [Read more →]

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Software-Defined Networking Drives the Transition from Configurable to Programmable Networks

November 22nd, 2013

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Stephen Collins, Vice President of Product Marketing and Business Development at Active Broadband Networks

Fixed broadband providers are struggling to accommodate explosive growth in bandwidth consumption while also satisfying the needs of their subscribers. In order to remain profitable, operators need to reduce the cost and complexity of broadband service delivery while improving customer quality of experience. In order to do this, broadband providers must [Read more →]

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Friday Poll: Has the Time Finally Come for the Great TDM to IP Migration?

November 22nd, 2013

The FCC’s new chairman, Tom Wheeler, said this week that he wants to move forward with the transition from TDM to IP in the industry.  What do you think, is the moment ripe for regulators to give the PSTN a little push toward that distant sunset?   Pick up to two answers: [Read more →]

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Network M&A: Transtelco Acquires XC Networks

November 21st, 2013

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There was a bit of network consolidation today down on the US-Mexico border.  Transtelco has announced the acquisition of Dallas-based XC networks.   [Read more →]

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Thursday Roundup: HE, UFD, Telepacific, Cologix

November 21st, 2013

Here are four other expansion items from yesterday and today spanning four different segments of the industry: [Read more →]

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The NSA Spying Fallout May Be Just Getting Started

November 21st, 2013

Worries about security have been with us for a long time. For a long time the focus was hackers and viruses and worms, then in recent years it has been about the supposedly murky intentions of organized outsiders like the Chinese military complex and Huawei.  But those were on the fringes trying to get in past the good guys. But when the NSA and the US government became the bogeymen these past few months in the wake of the Snowden affair, the threat was suddently from the inside.  As a result, I think the game changed materially this fall and we have just begun to see the ramifications play out. [Read more →]

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