Int’l Roundup: Epsilon, ADVA, TI Sparkle, Geo, Interoute

May 8th, 2013

Lots of interesting network news from around the world this week, let's take a quick tour: [Read more →]

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Level 3 Advances in Brazil With e-Xyon, Riot

May 8th, 2013

If all the world were like Brazil, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) would not be unhappy. The South American region as a whole has been hopping, and they've been able to generate the solid growth they're looking for a path to elsewhere. This week they've picked up two Brazilian contracts already, one for hosting local content delivery and one for cloud-based IT services. [Read more →]

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Fibertech Builds Southward In Delaware

May 8th, 2013

Delaware will be getting some more fiber infrastructure courtesy of Fibertech.  Yesterday the Rochester-based fiber operator and builder announced an expansion of its regional presence in the state, building southward from Wilmington through Dover and into Georgetown, following closely on the heels of that Ohio expansion they announced in December. [Read more →]

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Service Provider M&A: UNSi to Acquire Airband

May 7th, 2013

United Network Services, Inc, or UNSi, announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire Dallas-based Airband Communications. This isn't consolidation of similar assets, but rather a merger of complementary technologies and capabilities. UNSi specializes in MPLS and managed services, while Airband focuses on fixed wireless access and VoIP services like SIP trunking and Hosted PBX. [Read more →]

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Few Surprises From Cogent’s Q1

May 7th, 2013

Steady revenue growth by Cogent Communications (NASDAQ:CCOI, news, filings) took them back into positive earnings territory once again in the first quarter of 2013.  As with tw telecom some higher expenses pulled down both EBITDA and earnings per share slightly below expectations, however it appears to be mostly just lumpiness in this case. [Read more →]

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Telecity Buys Sadece, Entering Turkish Colo Market

May 7th, 2013

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UK-based TelecityGroup expanded its colo footprint far to the southeast of its western European turf today with an acquisition. They've announced the purchase of Sadece Hosting in Istanbul, Turkey. [Read more →]

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More Long Term Investments for tw telecom in Q1

May 7th, 2013

For TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings), the first quarter of 2013 had a lot in common with the prior quarter as the company spends more on future growth initiatives while taking a bit of a hit on margins.  Expectations-wise, they were a tad light on all fronts, coming in two cents short of the composite analyst estimates over on Yahoo Finance.  Here's a quick tabular summary: [Read more →]

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Dish Having Moved Upstairs, Clearwire Picks Sprint

May 6th, 2013

In the ongoing wireless M&A soap opera, Clearwire has finally made up its mind to stick with the original plan, err the original Sprint buyout plan that is.  Today they sent out a letter to shareholders endorsing Sprint's offer to buy the company and its spectrum holdings for $2.97 per share in advance of the company's upcoming vote two [Read more →]

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Earnings Preview: tw telecom, Cogent

May 6th, 2013

This week will see a parade of earnings reports from network providers big and small.  For now, let's focus in on the two alternative fiber operators tw telecom and Cogent.  Both have their conference calls on Tuesday morning, although tw will probably issue its press release later today.  Here's a quick look at what I'm expecting to see: [Read more →]

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Friday NBN Follies

May 3rd, 2013

Down under, the Australian opposition has been pushing an NBN alternative that would replace the FTTH the country has been touting for years now with FTTC - nothing like the old bait-and-switch.  Kudos to blogging neighbor Benoît Felten for flagging this hilarious YouTube send-up of the whole thing: [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: BBG, Tata, Level 3, Interoute, Ericsson

May 3rd, 2013

Before everyone leaves early on this fine May Friday (or not, depending on your local weather!), here's a quick look at some news from around the world this week: [Read more →]

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The Future in Storage is Software-Defined

May 3rd, 2013

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Stefan Bernbo, CEO and founder of Compuverde.  

The demand for a newer, more flexible storage option has never been greater. Our world’s becoming increasingly virtual as we upload more data than ever before into the Cloud, the collection of servers that provides the bulk of today’s digital storage. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: Comcast, Ciena, Sunesys, 24/7, Integra

May 2nd, 2013

It's time for a quick rundown of metro fiber news this week with build-out news from Comcast, Ciena, Sunesys, 24/7 Mid-Atlantic, and Integra: [Read more →]

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Earthlink Raises 2013 Guidance, Launches Cloud Disaster Recovery

May 2nd, 2013

In a sign that its fortunes are shifting as hoped, Earthlink (NASDAQ:ELNK, news, filings) turned in a solid first quarter, beating analyst expectations for both revenue and earnings per share.  That and improved sales momentum was enough to raise 2013 guidance. [Read more →]

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Huawei turning to enterprise and devices for growth

May 2nd, 2013

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

The key takeaway at Huawei's analyst (and media) day last week is the company's acknowledgement that the heady days of double-digit growth for its carrier network biz (representing 73% of total revenue) are over, and that its enterprise and consumer device groups will be the growth engines going forward. [Read more →]

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TMUS Makes Its Debut

May 1st, 2013

Yep, the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS is complete, and the combined company started trading today under the ticker TMUS.  Deutsche Telekom still owns 74% of the company of course, but now has a bit of breathing room as its US division takes on the challenge of still being #4 in a tough business. [Read more →]

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Back to Basics, Inteliquent Boosts EBITDA Guidance

May 1st, 2013

Fresh off yesterday's announcement of the sale of its data business to GTT, Inteliquent (NASDAQ:IQNT, news, filings) posted stronger than expected Q1 earnings.  Revenues rose sequentially and were well above estimates, while earnings per share were basically inline.  EBITDA margins rose despite revising its revenue guidance downward due to the divesting of the data network, Inteliquent actually *raised* its EBITDA guidance materially. [Read more →]

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Allied Fiber Kicks Off Miami-Atlanta Buildout

May 1st, 2013

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Allied Fiber has formally launched the buildout of a key piece of the southeastern part of their planned national dark fiber build. The expansion will add about 600 route miles of dark fiber from Miami through Jacksonville and on to Valdosta, where it will hook up with [Read more →]

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Level 3’s Other Stealth M&A: IP Networks Inc

May 1st, 2013

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Thanks to a few helpful readers who chimed in last night since I obviously hadn't dug up the news, we now know of another metro fiber deal currently pending. Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) is apparently in the process of buying the San Francisco Bay Area's IP Networks Inc. (IPN). [Read more →]

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Network M&A: GTT Buys Inteliquent’s Data Network

April 30th, 2013

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Inteliquent has found itself a buyer for its Tier 1 IP and Ethernet network, and that buyer is none other than GTT.  GTT had already taken the step of building its own MPLS/IP network via the acquisitions of nLayer and PacketExchange in the past several years, moving forward from the ranks of resellers to join the network operators.  With this purchase, they have vaulted themselves all the way into the top 10 transit backbones worldwide - #5 actually according to the Renesys rankings at the end of 2012. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: Level 3, 365Main, CenturyLink, HFN

April 30th, 2013

Here's a quick rundown of Tuesday morning news from North America, with three expansions and a contract win. [Read more →]

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Despite Dish’s Bid, Softbank Stands Pat

April 30th, 2013

Since Dish's surprise competing bid for Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S, news, filings) emerged, just what Softbank's response would be was unclear. Today, following their earnings call, Softbank made it clear they don't feel the need to raise their bid to fend off Dish and are still looking [Read more →]

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Windstream’s Voice Network Takes the Afternoon Off

April 30th, 2013

Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings) earned itself a service black eye yesterday with a widespread outage of their voice network. Customers across their footprint lost access to at least long distance and toll free services for much of the afternoon, with enterprises that depend on inbound calls particularly hard hit. Windstream's data networks and internet access remained up. [Read more →]

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