GCX Helps GTT Boost Atlantic Bandwidth

January 8th, 2015

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GTT is expanding its transatlantic bandwidth portfolio with some help from Global Cloud Xchange.  They're purchasing 100 Gigabit Ethernet circuits from GCX on FA-1 North and South.   [Read more →]

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Wednesday Roundup: Cyan, Lumos, CoreSite

January 7th, 2015

As we all continue to recover from the holidays, here's a quick roundup of news from this week that's worth a look. [Read more →]

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The Net Neutrality Pendulum Is Swinging Away From ISPs

January 7th, 2015

It looks as if the first network neutrality battle of 2015 will be fought next month, and the supporters of Title II are poised for victory.  According to Bloomberg, the FCC is signaling that Obama's call for Title II will be successful when February's vote happens, at least in the short- and mid-term.  [Read more →]

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Zayo Closes Kansas Purchase

January 6th, 2015

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Also closing a purchased announced in 2014 this morning is Zayo, which has now finished off the IdeaTek acquisition they announced just last month.  The purchase price was given as $52M, and was paid from existing cash. [Read more →]

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Finishing MegaPath Purchase, Global Capacity Goes National

January 6th, 2015

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Global Capacity has followed through with its transformational purchase of MegaPath's Network Services business unit, closing the deal this morning. With a $300M revenue base and assets reaching deep into some 2000+ central offices around the country, the company has come a long, long way since its acquisition by Pivotal Group three and a half years ago. [Read more →]

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Verizon Ponders AOL

January 6th, 2015

The word from Bloomberg this morning is that Verizon is kicking the tires over at AOL.  They're thinking about either an actual buyout or some sort of joint venture, although there is no actual proposal on the table yet. [Read more →]

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Kentucky Aims For the Middle Mile

January 5th, 2015

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Just before the Christmas break, Kentucky got some interesting bandwidth news. As a state that gets far less fiber attention from the industry as a whole than most, it's a natural for some sort of government supported infrastructure buildout. And indeed, Democratic governor Steve Beshear and Republican representative Hal Rogers have now announced a public/private partnership to build a statewide network. [Read more →]

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Hackers demo network-level call interception

January 5th, 2015

This article was authored by Don Sambandaraksa, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

White-hat hackers at the 31st Chaos Computer Congress have demonstrated fundamental flaws in the underlying infrastructure of 2G and 3G mobile phone networks. The flaws allow attackers to covertly track the location of a phone number as well as intercept calls and SMS - all at the network level. [Read more →]

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Poll: Which US Networks Are Most Likely to Be Acquired in 2015?

January 2nd, 2015

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Every year we ask this question.  Ramblings readers are drawn from the most informed in the sector, and it’s always interesting to see what you all are thinking about industry consolidation.  2014 saw less action than in recent years, and 2015 may be similar, but the needle will surely not remain at zero.  Which US-based network operators are most likely to get purchased this year?  Cast your vote: [Read more →]

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Dredging The Fog For a Few 2015 Predictions

December 31st, 2014

Look into the Crystal BallThe great thing about New Year's predictions is that it doesn't matter how badly our prior predictions turned out. At least I hope so, because one year ago today I predicted that Level 3 wouldn't make any substantial M&A moves, that Windstream would buy a fiber operator, and that Dish would somehow win T-Mobile USA's hand. All in all, I got one out of seven, the one being that Euro alternative network operators would take consolidation into their own hands - thank you Interoute and euNetworks. [Read more →]

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NFV Shakes Up Service Providers’ Revenue

December 30th, 2014

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This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Gal Ofel, Head of Software Solution Product Line Management at Telco Systems

Each generation of new communications infrastructure and networking technology brings with it the promise of increased bandwidth and lower service delivery and network management costs. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technology is a clear example of this. [Read more →]

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2014 M&A Review: Datacenter and Cloud Edition

December 30th, 2014

And now the final installment of my review of M&A in the sector this year, taking a look at the data center and the more significant cloud-related deals.  Note that I won't be able to delve into many of the smaller players, not because I'm not interested but because one person can only keep up with so much.  But should I miss one that you think I shouldn't, feel free to leave a comment with a link! [Read more →]

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2014 M&A Review: International Networks Edition

December 29th, 2014

Ok, it's taken a couple of weeks following the US edition, but it's time to take a look back at the global telecom and internet infrastructure consolidation we've seen in 2014. Much of this year's consolidation waltz has been in Europe, although there's been some very interesting and complementary notes coming out of Latin America. [Read more →]

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China’s plan to purge foreign technology: trade war?

December 29th, 2014

This article was authored by the CFO Innovation staff, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

China's move to require banks, the military, state-owned enterprises and key government agencies to shift to Chinese technology suppliers could have lasting consequences for foreign suppliers including Cisco Systems, IBM, and Intel. [Read more →]

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Three Telecom Trends to Ring in the New Year

December 26th, 2014

Contributed by Jay Borer, marketing development manager for 3M's Communication Markets Division

2014 was a big year for communication service providers and the manufacturers that support them, as we worked together to continue to look for ways to extend services and increase speed and bandwidth to the growing base of subscribers. As we move into 2015, whether a service provider is looking to upgrade to a fiber infrastructure or extend the life of an existing copper network, everyone is looking to balance bandwidth and cost. [Read more →]

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Equinix Gives Itself REIT Status for Christmas

December 24th, 2014

It's official. When New Year's Day rolls around, Equinix will be a REIT. The company's board of directors voted on the subject yesterday before heading home for Christmas, unanimously approving the conversion it began working on a couple years ago. [Read more →]

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Telstra Swoops In, Buys Pacnet

December 23rd, 2014

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The rumors from last week turned out to be true.  Telstra has agreed to acquire Pacnet in a deal worth some $697M, including some $400M in debt.  The deal includes both Pacnet's submarine cables spanning the Asia-Pacific theater and also the company's joint venture in China.   [Read more →]

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Network Roundup: Level 3, Windstream, AT&T

December 23rd, 2014

As Christmas looms and the schools let out, here's a quick rundown of some news from the network side of things so far this week: [Read more →]

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The Shadow of a Lame Cyberwar Looms

December 23rd, 2014

All this North Korea and Sony hacking stuff has been taking a dark turn of late.  Yesterday, North Korea was apparently vanished from the global internet by circumstances unknown.  I say unknown in the sense that the hackers who invaded Sony Pictures over the film "The Interview" remain unknown.   [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: EdgeConneX’s Clint Heiden De-Cloaks

December 22nd, 2014

clintheidenThe data center marketplace has been evolving rapidly lately.  Those data center alleys aren't going away, but there's unprecedented action at the network edge.  Driven by the need to put content closer to eyeballs, data centers are springing up in places they've never been before.  One of the biggest builders at the edge, and until now one of the most secretive, is EdgeConneX, which has dozens of facilities already either in service or under construction already.  With us today to shed some light on EdgeConneX's activities and plans at the edge is industry veteran Clint Heiden, Chief Commercial Officer. [Read more →]

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Windstream Taps Cyan for 100G Metro

December 22nd, 2014

Windstream is upgrading its metro and regional fiber networks this winter with some help from Cyan. The hybrid CLEC/ILEC will be using Cyan's Z-Series packet-optical hardware to move up to 100G across its major markets, with initial deployments underway. [Read more →]

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Five telco tweaks for 2015

December 22nd, 2014

This article was authored by Stefan Hammond, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

As a cranky journalist, I have my vision of The Way The World Should Be. As a tech-geek, I have some understanding of personal data security policies. So hang on tight and grab your asbestos helmet while I blast some steam, because here's five things. [Read more →]

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Cork Hops On the Hibernia Express

December 19th, 2014

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This morning Hibernia Networks is supplying an update on the new transatlantic cable it has been building, and adding a new landing station to it as well. The Express cable will now have a branch come ashore in southwestern Ireland, bringing direct connectivity to both the UK and the US to the city of Cork. [Read more →]

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