Telefonica Sells Telxius Stake to KKR

February 21st, 2017

Last week's rumors of a Telefonica move to sell a stake in Telxius to private equity have indeed come to fruition.  This morning, the private equity firm KKR announced an agreement to acquire up to 40% of Telxius. [Read more →]

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EQT Swoops in to Take Lumos Private

February 20th, 2017

President's Day was the occasion for yet another fiber network M&A move. Lumos Networks has found a buyer. EQT Infrastructure has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the company in an all cash transaction. [Read more →]

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SoftBank Accelerates Sprint/T-Mobile Speculation

February 20th, 2017

The industry's least-secret mega merger possibility of 2017 is on people's minds on this long holiday weekend (for the US anyway). Softbank, which owns some 80% of Sprint, has apparently said that it is prepared to cede control of the #4 US wireless carrier to T-Mobile US if that's what it takes to make a deal happen.  [Read more →]

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Vodafone India, Idea may announce a merger soon

February 20th, 2017

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are reportedly on the verge of finalizing the terms of a major merger that would create India's largest operator by subscribers. [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: Wilcon, Parcus, GENBAND, BroadSoft

February 17th, 2017

TGIF, here's a quick look at four contract other wins spanning disparate segments and technologies from this week: [Read more →]

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Looks Like Verizon Will Get a Discount on Yahoo

February 16th, 2017

Reports are emerging that Verizon's purchase of Yahoo won't be stopped by the hacking revelations from last year.  However, the price tag will likely have a visible dent.  In the fall, Yahoo revealed intrusions in which hundreds of millions of accounts may have been compromised in 2013 and 2014. [Read more →]

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Thursday Bytes: DE-CIX, Equinix, Interoute

February 16th, 2017

Here's a set of quick-takes on some news from around the sector and the world lately: [Read more →]

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Comcast Business Plans Metro Fiber Expansion in Boston

February 15th, 2017

Comcast Business announced plans today to invest in a significant expansion of its Boston metro fiber reach.  They will be spending some $25M on the buildout, which will extend the company's reach both for Ethernet connectivity and for its voice and video offerings to the business community. [Read more →]

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H.I.G. Acquires Xtera

February 15th, 2017

Xtera's trip through chapter 11 has ended in a deal and a new owner.  The private equity group H.I.G. Capital revealed today that it has acquired substantially all of the assets of the company, which specializes in the gear that makes submarine cables go. [Read more →]

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Epsilon Sells Cataleya to Former CEO Andreas Hipp

February 15th, 2017

Epsilon Telecommunications has made an inorganic move of the separation variety.  They are selling Cataleya to a familiar face.  Former Cataleya founder and CEO Andreas Hipp, who led Epsilon itself for more than a decade up until October of 2015, is leading a joint management group in purchasing the division and will again take the CEO role. [Read more →]

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ONF, ON.Lab Open Up the Process

February 14th, 2017

The Open Networking Foundation and ON.Lab are still finalizing their merger, but they aren't waiting for the final papers to get signed. Today the ONF is launching the Open Innovation Pipeline, charting what it bills as the next phase of SDN and NFV. [Read more →]

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Telefonica Pitching Telxius to Private Equity

February 14th, 2017

After its planned IPO of Telxius didn't generate sufficient interest last year, Telefonica remains interested in monetizing the division.  Reports over the weekend suggest that they are in the final stages of negotiations with a group of private equity companies that would see the sale of a 49% stake in Telxius. [Read more →]

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Monday Bytes: Liquid, Sparkle, Southern Cross, Amazon

February 13th, 2017

Here's a quick roundup of some news from around the world and from the cloud. [Read more →]

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Xtract and Comptel: A story with many lessons

February 13th, 2017

This article was authored by Jouko Ahvenainen, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

On February 9 Nokia announced its intention to acquire Comptel, a listed Finnish company. Five years earlier Comptel acquired a data analytics company called Xtract. I was one of the founders of Xtract. We founded it in 2001 and built it to conduct world-class advanced data analytics. This is a story about [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: CenturyLink, Colt, RETN, Ciena

February 10th, 2017

The snow didn't do much damage here in southern New Jersey, but I imagine it's still tough up in Boston.  Here's a quick Friday look at some other news from this week that's worth a look: [Read more →]

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Zayo Found Some Growth in Fiscal Q2, Expanded EBITDA

February 10th, 2017

With the Electric Lightwave acquisition still pending (a familiar state of affairs), Zayo posted its fiscal Q2 numbers yesterday after the market closed.  They saw a return to growth on the top line despite ongoing work on the Zayo Canada business, and expanded EBITDA as well.  Here's a quick summary of Zayo's numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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Zayo Plans Another Longhaul Route, This Time In the Pacific Northwest

February 9th, 2017

Zayo has another new longhaul route in the works in the state of Oregon.  With an anchor tenant in tow that will partially fund the construction of the new fiber route, Zayo will be adding 250 route miles of fiber between Portland and Umatilla. [Read more →]

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Nokia to Buy Comptel, Add to Software Side

February 9th, 2017

Nokia has revealed an interesting M&A move over in Europe this morning.  They have announced their intention to acquire Finland-based Comptel, launching a recommended cash tender offer for the company's shares. [Read more →]

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With CenturyLink in the Wings, Level 3 Finishes Off 2016

February 8th, 2017

With the CenturyLink/Level 3 deal still in process, there are still earnings reports to keep an eye on.  This afternoon, Level 3 posted its numbers for the fourth quarter of 2016, showing relatively stable results relative to the third quarter.  Relative to analyst estimates, Q4 revenue came in light at $2.032B while earnings per share of $0.70 was above expectations. [Read more →]

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Interconnection Roundup: DE-CIX, Console, PacketFabric

February 8th, 2017

Three interconnection and cloud networking items to peruse this morning: [Read more →]

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Carlyle Buys Control of CMC

February 8th, 2017

The Carlyle Group has done a bit of network M&A overseas.  The US-based private equity group has acquired a majority stake in the global carrier CMC Networks. [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: Sparkle, AMS-IX, Level 3, Verizon

February 7th, 2017

It's been busy on the international front this week, here's another round of news items worth a look: [Read more →]

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SKT, Ericsson, BMW achieve 3.6Gbps for 5G connected car trial

February 7th, 2017

This article was authored by Fiona Chau, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

SK Telecom achieved what it says is the world’s fastest 5G speed for a connected car during a demonstration conducted with Ericsson and BMW Korea. [Read more →]

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