600Mbps to the Moon

October 25th, 2013

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There's something about bandwidth in space that simultaneously evokes the responses 'Oh Cool' and 'That sounds so primitive'.  That's true for me with the report on various news sources this week about an actual 622Mbps broadband connection between the Earth and the Moon, or more precisely to the Lunar and Atmospheric Dust Environment Explorer probe that is currently orbiting it. [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: Lightower, tw telecom, GTT, Teliasonera

October 25th, 2013

It's time for a Friday roundup from the network world: [Read more →]

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ViaWest Plans Big New Denver Data Center

October 24th, 2013

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The regional colo and cloud provider ViaWest is doubling down on its infrastructure in Colorado. They have announced a new 210,000 square facility to be ready for business in the first quarter of 2014.

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Akamai’s Q3 Solid, But Apple Shoots a Hole in Forecast

October 24th, 2013

Over in the CDN/Cloud segment, Akamai also had a good third quarter but sees a dark cloud or two ahead in Q4 that will dampen any celebrations.  Revenues were higher than both analyst estimates and the company's guidance, as were their non-GAAP earnings per share.   Here are their numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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Infinera Turns a Nice Q3 Profit, But Will Need a New CFO

October 24th, 2013

Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) posted another strong quarter yesterday, again besting expectations as its sales of the new DTN-X platform continue to drive things forward.  Revenues were in the upper half of guidance and a bit above expectations, while earnings per share of $0.10 were above the guided range and six cents ahead of composite analyst estimates.  However forward guidance was more conservative than the street may have hoped: [Read more →]

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Equinix Back On Track in Q3, Brings In New CTO

October 24th, 2013

After a rare faltering step last quarter, Equinix turned in a third quarter earnings report that puts them back on their growth track.  Revenues came in just a hair above the midpoint of guidance and slightly above analyst projections, while diluted earnings per share were $0.14 above the street's estimates.  Here's a quick table of their results in some context: [Read more →]

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CoreSite, Equinix, Level 3 Line Up For Amazon’s AWS Direct Connect

October 23rd, 2013

Amazon is the undeniable king of the the first public cloud era, and therefore it's into their infrastructure where the biggest demand for cloud connectivity has been and continues to be. And so today we have three major infrastructure providers announcing expanded support for AWS Direct Connect, which itself has been around for two years already. [Read more →]

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Sunesys to Build Seaborn’s NJ Backhaul

October 23rd, 2013

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Another piece of Seaborn Networks' planned cable to South America keep falling into place. On Monday it was the money, and yesterday it was that the metro fiber specialist Sunesys will be handling the terrestrial backhaul leg in New Jersey. [Read more →]

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Pacnet Gets Another Foothold Deep in Mainland China

October 23rd, 2013

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The Asian-Pacific network operator Pacnet added more depth on the Chinese mainland today. Their equity joint venture in China, Pacnet Business Solutions, has managed to obtain an Internet Data Center (IDC) license from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in Chongqing. [Read more →]

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Telstra Global Taps CenturyLink’s Network for US Expansion

October 22nd, 2013

The international arm of Australia's incumbent, Telstra Global, is expanding its US presence with the help of CenturyLink. The two companies have established a network-to-network interface that will give Telstra Global access to some 73 IP VPN PoPs across the country and provide CenturyLink with better connectivity down under.  [Read more →]

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Tuesday Roundup: Seaborn, EarthLink, Birch, Equinix, CyrusOne

October 22nd, 2013

Here's a quick roundup of other news from yesterday: [Read more →]

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APAC telco capex on target to drop 10%

October 21st, 2013

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

Slowing revenue growth (pegged at just 3% this year) and a continued decline in ARPUs (down 14% since 2010) across Asia Pacific are having a knock-on effect on telecom equipment vendors. [Read more →]

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Crown Castle Helps AT&T Monetize Some Towers

October 21st, 2013

AT&T has freed up a few spare billion dollars with the assistance of Crown Castle. The two companies announced a wireless tower transaction yesterday that will put $4.85B in cash into AT&T's coffers. [Read more →]

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Relaunching the Ramblings Community Forums

October 20th, 2013

Ok, I've tried this before with mixed results but I think this time that the technology is up to the task. Up in the top menu you will see a Forums button, which will take you to the Ramblings Community Forums. This is intended simply as a place for reader-initiated discussions, so you folks don't need to wait for me to write an article in order to have your say in the comments. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Walker and Logix

October 20th, 2013

We have two new job listings on the Ramblings Jobs board this week, one from Walker and Associates and the other a new one from Logix Communications: [Read more →]

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Friday Roundup: PLDT, LimeLight, Earthlink, Wilcon

October 18th, 2013

Here's an end-of-week roundup of news from this week that's worth a look: [Read more →]

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The Amazon Gets 100G from TIM Brasil, Xtera

October 18th, 2013

The Amazon region hasn't generally been one of the better connected parts of the world, but according to this morning's announcement it's at least got a 100G backbone now. TIM Brasil has deployed a 100G network across 2,400km in northern Brazil, powered by gear from Xtera. [Read more →]

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Level 3 Tunes Its Cloud Connectivity Offerings

October 18th, 2013

One of the more rapidly developing corners of the bandwidth market is direct connectivity to cloud resources for enterprises. Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) yesterday unveiled its own approach to this rapidly developing market niche with the launch of its Cloud Connect Solutions portfolio. They're offering private network connectivity between enterprises and the major cloud vendors out there, bringing dedicated bandwidth to the cloud applications many enterprises are moving to, or thinking about moving to as the case may be.  [Read more →]

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Verizon’s Q3 Helps Cheer the Markets

October 17th, 2013

With the government shutdown showdown finally behind us, all we needed is a bit of good news to wipe away a bit of the gloom. Verizon did its part, kicking off earning season with a better than expected quarter despite the distracting overhang of the pending Vodafone deal. [Read more →]

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Unable to Satisfy the Dutch, América Móvil Cancels KPN Bid

October 16th, 2013

So much for the KPN buyout. América Móvil and Carlos Slim have decided to take their ball and go home rather than give in to the demands of the Dutch foundation standing in the way of its bid. [Read more →]

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After the Allstream Veto, Is Canada Closed Again?

October 16th, 2013

Allstream Network Map

Last week Canadian regulators rejected the proposed purchase of Allstream by Accelero, a vehicle of the Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris on national security grounds. When Verizon looked into entering the market there, they were faced with immediate and vocal objections before backing off after the Vodafone deal. So despite the supposed relaxation of foreign ownership requirements in the Great White North last year, the question now is [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: US Signal, Lightower, MetTel, FirstLight

October 16th, 2013

On tap today: new data center in the Midwest, an NNI with PCCW, bundling LTE for businesses, and the return of Bill LaPerch to the fiber business. [Read more →]

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Juniper Upgrades Edge Routers, XO Signs On

October 15th, 2013

It's a busy Tuesday for the vendors.  Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings) today unveiled an upgrade to its MX router portfolio. The MX Series 3D Universal Edge Router now has additional capacity, subscriber bandwidth, and service performance via new [Read more →]

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