Integra Builds Out More Minneapolis Metro Fiber

September 5th, 2013

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The western regional network operator Integra is expanding its metro presence on its eastern frontier, i.e. in the upper Midwestern city of Minneapolis. Integra is building out 1,600 fiber miles focused on the the central business district, with completion targeted in the fourth quarter of this year. [Read more →]

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Metro Fiber M&A: Cox Buys EasyTEL

September 4th, 2013

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One of the big cable MSOs has bought its way into a deeper metro fiber footprint. Cox Communications today signed an agreement to buy Tulsa’s EasyTEL. [Read more →]

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Ciena Posts a Strong Fiscal Q3

September 4th, 2013

After a couple years of digesting the former Nortel MEN business, Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) has been coming on very strong lately.  The company’s very strong fiscal third quarter was its third such performance in a row, easily beating expectations.  Here’s a quick table with some context: [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Level 3, Digital Realty, FairPoint, Equinox

September 4th, 2013

Here’s a quick look at some news items from the start of this week, and one from last week that I hadn’t gotten to.  [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: Level 3, SEACOM, Ericsson, Retelit

September 3rd, 2013

The USA may have been off for the past few days, but there’s been plenty of news elsewhere that is of interest. Here’s a quick review: [Read more →]

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Verizon Pays Up, Vodafone Will Distribute $84B to Shareholders

September 3rd, 2013

If you were unplugged for the Labor Day weekend in the USA, then this will be news. Otherwise, it’s just the wrap-up with the actual numbers.  The deal has been made: Verizon is paying Vodafone $130B to take full control over Verizon Wireless. [Read more →]

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The folly of long-term predictions

September 2nd, 2013

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

Five-year forecasts are standard fare for research firms and analysts, which send me a steady stream of ambitious predictions that I mostly ignore. An accurate estimate 12 months ahead is challenging enough, particularly for new industry segments. And it’s no secret that three-year outlooks are at best [Read more →]

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Verizon, Vodafone Ready For the Big Day At Last

September 2nd, 2013

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In what may eventually prove to have been the least secret M&A dance of the decade, Verizon and Vodafone are supposedly ready to make a deal, at long last. According to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon will be meeting Vodafone’s price of $130B for the 45% of Verizon Wireless the latter holds. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Unite Private Networks

September 1st, 2013

Over on the Ramblings Jobs Board we have a new job listing this week from Unite Private Networks. [Read more →]

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Carlos Slim Prepares to Call KPN Foundation’s Bluff

August 30th, 2013

America Movil’s bid for KPN hit a bit of a roadblock yesterday, as the independent foundation tasked with protecting KPN’s stakeholders exercised its option to take more than 49% of voting control. The move apparently surprised analysts, not that it happened but that it happened so soon. But I don’t think it surprised Carlos Slim & co. [Read more →]

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Level 3 Slims Down Toward Profitability

August 30th, 2013

Well, I can’t say it was unexpected. The news out of Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) this week is a round of layoffs. According to the Denver Post the number is 700, or 6.5% of the company’s global workforce, with 150 in Colorado and the rest spread out around the rest of the world. [Read more →]

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Network M&A: Hibernia Buys a Transit Backbone

August 29th, 2013

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Hibernia Networks took another step away from its roots under the waves with an acquisition announcement today. They’re buying Atrato IP Networks, the Dutch-based transit and Ethernet backbone. [Read more →]

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Vodafone and Verizon are Dancing Once Again

August 29th, 2013

Yes, the deal rumor of the year that teases us every month or two is back this morning. Verizon and Vodafone could again be doing a deal for the 45% of Verizon Wireless that Vodafone owns and Verizon wants. This time, however, there are at least a few actual signs that a deal could actually be within range. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Ciena’s Mitch Auster on SDN

August 29th, 2013

Ciena-MitchAusterSoftware defined networking is all the rage this year, and service providers are starting to take notice of its potential beyond the data center and into wide area networks. Service provider networks are much different than what you find in a data center, and automation of provisioning and service delivery causes an expanded set of problems. With us today to delve further into the subject and to let us know where Ciena stands on the subject is Mitch Auster, Ciena’s Senior Director of Market Development. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Roundup: FiberLight, XO, iRis, Epsilon

August 28th, 2013

It’s time for a quick roundup of network news from the metro to the Middle East: [Read more →]

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UK’s Geo For Sale, So Who Might Be Buying?

August 28th, 2013

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A report came out over in the UK this past weekend suggesting that one of the UK’s largest independent fiber assets could be sold in the next quarter or two. Geo, which was bought from Hutchison Whampoa by Alchemy Partners five years ago for £62M, is apparently on the block and the price tag could reach £200M. [Read more →]

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TNCI Acquires Pac-West

August 27th, 2013

We have a bit of late August consolidation among service providers to look at this morning.  TNCI Operating Company LLC has announced the acquisition of UPH, which operates Pac-West Telecomm and PointOne among other things.  The deal will give TNCI much greater depth out on the west coast. [Read more →]

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EvoSwitch, LINX Team to Take On Peering In Northern Virginia

August 27th, 2013

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Amsterdam-based EvoSwitch and the London Internet Exchange have partnered up to bring a European-style neutral peering exchange to the USA.  LINX will be moving into a new PoP within EvoSwitch’s WDC1 facility, where it will establish the first node of LINX USA, a neutral, member-driven internet exchange based on the one they run over in the UK.

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Huawei Helps Mobily Deploy 400G IP Core

August 27th, 2013

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Huawei may be persona non grata in US markets these days, but elsewhere in the world they continue to make inroads. Yesterday they helped bring into existence what they’re billing as the industry’s first 400G IP core network and it’s not in the traffic-laden US or European markets, but deep in the Middle East. [Read more →]

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Sprint Takes on 100G Ethernet

August 26th, 2013

Since the Softbank deal closed a few weeks ago, Sprint has been busy announcing new wireline news, and this week’s installment is a new big bandwidth Ethernet Wave service. It’s part of their Network Vision buildout, for which wireless gets more of the press but wireline will be doing much of the heavy lifting when it comes to actually transporting the data. The new Carrier Ethernet services are built off of [Read more →]

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America Movil Gets KPN a Better Price For E-Plus

August 26th, 2013

When America Movil and its billionaire protagonist, Carlos Slim, bid for the rest of KPN, it was not yet clear whether they approved of the E-Plus deal or not. After all, the common wisdom was that E-Plus and its German mobile presence was a big part of why Slim took that 29%+ stake in KPN in the first place. But they reserved judgement on the deal even while putting in place the financing to finish the KPN deal. [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: Cologix, Hibernia, Ajubeo, CyrusOne, Masergy

August 23rd, 2013

TGIF, especially in the dog days of August.  Here’s a quick rundown of some other news from this week that I didn’t get to at the time: [Read more →]

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For Service Providers, Content “Intelligence” is King!

August 23rd, 2013

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Cam Cullen, VP of Global Marketing at Procera Networks.  

In 1996, Bill Gates wrote a famous article titled, “Content is King,” and the thesis of the article was that content sites, not ecommerce sites, would generate the most revenue on the Internet. Although Gates had an ulterior motive at the time— Microsoft had just created the MSNBC news channel—his assertion is becoming a reality today. The key driver of bandwidth consumption is [Read more →]

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