Alcatel-Lucent Plots Another Comeback

June 19th, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) hasn’t had an easy ride for a very long time, and plans to re-ignite the company’s Franco-American growth engines have come and gone a few times now. This morning the company’s new CEO Michel Combes put forth his own bid to get the job done, entitled ‘The Shift Plan’. [Read more →]

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Dish Throws In the Towel on Sprint Bid, Turns to Clearwire

June 19th, 2013

As Softbank’s revised bid lurches toward next week’s shareholder vote, Dish has thrown in the towel and will not be submitting that best-and-final offer after all. That decision at least simplifies the playing field. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Alteva, Integra, Telx, Telepak

June 19th, 2013

Telepak Network Map

Time for another quick Wednesday roundup of news from around the competitive telecom and internet infrastructure space: [Read more →]

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Zayo Polishes Off Anoka County Network

June 18th, 2013

Zayo Minneapolis Network Map

Today Zayo announced the completion of its buildout up in Anoka County, to the north of Minneapolis. This project was one of the company’s BTOP awards, under which they got $13.4M in stimulus funds for a middle mile network connecting some 145 local public facilities. [Read more →]

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Vendor Roundup: Calix, BTI Systems, Infinera

June 18th, 2013

A quick look at some news from vendors so far this week, a Finnish deal for Calix, two from Southeast Asia for BTI Systems, and a big milestone for Infinera: [Read more →]

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Sprint Sues Stop Dish’s Clearwire Tender

June 18th, 2013

Apparently when Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S, news, filings) complained that Dish’s $4.40 per share tender for Clearwire shares was illegal, they meant it. They’ve now filed suit to stop it, contending that if completed it would violate Delaware corporate law and a number of existing agreements that are already in place. [Read more →]

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Earthlink to Acquire CenterBeam, Boost Managed Services

June 17th, 2013

Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) has made another inorganic move, boosting its managed services capabilities with the acquisition of Sunnyvale, California-based CenterBeam.  They’ve been working hard for the past three years now transforming from an ISP into a managed IT/cloud services provider, putting together the necessary network, datacenter, and services pieces together one by one.   [Read more →]

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Euro Roundup: TeliaSonera Gets CEO, Telefonica Denies AT&T Bid

June 17th, 2013

There are two interesting items from Europe to start the week. TeliaSonera has brought in some talent from rather further south as CEO, and Telefonica has found itself denying reports of a buyout offer from AT&T. [Read more →]

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Cloud M&A: CenturyLink Buys AppFog

June 17th, 2013

The cloud-based services market is still evolving and telecommunications providers are still jockeying for position within it. And to get where they need to be, it is often easier to buy than build. On Friday, CenturyLink did just that built on its Savvis acquisition a few years ago with the purchase of AppFog on Friday. [Read more →]

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Verizon’s Private IP Now In Equinix

June 14th, 2013

Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) Enterprise Solutions has teamed up with Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) to make its Private IP services available to a wider audience. Enterprise customers can now access the bandwidth from Equinix’s IBXs around the world. [Read more →]

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Instart Logic Launches, Takes Aim at CDN Sector

June 14th, 2013

Yesterday saw a well-funded startup aim squarely at the content delivery space, looking to take on Akamai and its neighbors from a new angle. Instart Logic, with some $17M raised in April making $26M in all, has launched what it describes as a web application streaming network. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: Zayo, Integra, Optica, EarthLink

June 13th, 2013

Time for another quick roundup of news on the metro front worth a quick look, with two items from Zayo, some Goodwill for Integra, a network build-out milestone for Optica, and another new datacenter for Earthlink: [Read more →]

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Web father suggests monitoring compromise

June 13th, 2013

This article was authored by Michael J Carroll, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

My lords, ladies and gentlemen, pray silence please for Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founder of the internet and voice of reason on government web snooping. [Read more →]

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Clearwire Defects to Dish

June 13th, 2013

Charlie Ergen has apparently found the tipping point for the board of directors over at Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR, news, filings). The latter has abruptly abandoned its majority owner Sprint’s side and is now recommending shareholders take the $4.40/share tender offer currently pending from Dish Networks. [Read more →]

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CityFibre Teams Up With Level 3 for UK IP

June 12th, 2013

York footprint

CityFibre has tapped Level 3 to bring bandwidth to its UK metro networks and help enable the symmetric gigabit internet access offer they are putting together.  It’s a natural partnership, as Level 3 has regional fiber across the UK that derives from the Global Crossing deal that gets them into CityFibre’s second tier markets without worrying about much direct competition. [Read more →]

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Data Bytes: Colt, Internap, Equinix, Interoute, Sentinel

June 12th, 2013

Time for a quick roundup of news from datacenter/cloud side of things: Colt moves on the Far East, Internap gets certified, Equinix lands another tenant, Interoute goes HD, and Sentinel gets more Carolina fiber. [Read more →]

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Infinera Makes European Inroads at Teliasonera, Details Vision

June 12th, 2013

Today, Infinera paired a key expanded customer deployment with a release of the vendor’s networking vision for the rapidly approaching ‘Terabit Era’. [Read more →]

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Cyan Demos Real-World SDN, Starts an Ecosystem

June 11th, 2013

Out in Japan today at Interop Tokyo, Cyan took several steps forward in their plan to take on the SDN world. The vendor has long had a software-centric approach to the network world, and has been building off of that toward a true multi-vendor SDN platform with its Blue Planet offering. [Read more →]

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XO Adds to Its Enterprise Cloud, CoreSite Helps

June 11th, 2013

XO Communications has been delving steadily deeper into the cloud since Icahn took it private, and yesterday they added three new cloud-based services aimed at the enterprise. Their enterprise cloud computing, drive, and vault offerings put them up more directly against the likes of Amazon than they have been until now. [Read more →]

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Network Roundup: Alpheus, UFD, EdgeConneX, BullsEye, Windstream

June 11th, 2013

Time for a quick tour roundup from network operators and builders, with items from Alpheus, United Fiber & Data, EdgeConnex, BullsEye, and Windstream. [Read more →]

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Birch Follows Up Lightyear With Ernest Buy

June 11th, 2013

The only consolidator out there that has been competitive with Zayo in terms of raw number of deals since 2006 struck again yesterday. Birch Communications announced an agreement to acquire the client base, accounts receivable, and physical assets of Ernest Communications, bringing their total to nineteen in the past six or so years.  [Read more →]

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Softbank Makes a Tactical Raise, Now It’s Dish’s Move… Again

June 11th, 2013

The three wireless deals of the year now have another thing in common. Softbank has now sweetened the pot a bit in hopes of winning shareholder support for their deal and delayed the vote, much as happened recently with Sprint’s bid for Clearwire and for DT’s purchase of MetroPCS in April. And while I doubt they will make Crest Financial happy, they did bring the hedge fund Paulson & Co on board. [Read more →]

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tw telecom Starts to Fire Up Constellation For CoreSite

June 10th, 2013

Three months after unveiling their Constellation project for 2013, TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) is preparing to fire it up, at least in prototype form. And along the way, they’ll be providing dynamic Ethernet connectivity to CoreSite’s Open Cloud Exchange. [Read more →]

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