Tuesday Roundup: tw telecom, SRP, Hurricane Electric, Interoute, Equinix

May 6th, 2014

Here's a quick look at some news from the past few days: two from the US metro fiber biz, two from the European IP/MPLS front, and one data center deal down under. [Read more →]

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Putting New Focus on Peering, Level 3 Calls Out 6

May 6th, 2014

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In a blog post yesterday, Level 3's Mark Taylor laid out the case that today's peering connections is under attack by the last mile. He didn't name names, but he also did it without invoking that content company that begins with the letter N that has so dominated the discussions lately and focused in on the current state of affairs in the company's peering relationships. [Read more →]

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How Are Cloud Computing Advances Enabling BYOD Policies?

May 5th, 2014

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This industry viewpoint was authored by Dell's Matt Smith

Bring your own device (BYOD) strategies are becoming more prevalent in various industries, but often little effort is expended in the management of devices and security. Fortunately, many companies are starting to consider their options in this area. The benefits of allowing staff to use their own devices have been fairly well established, but that doesn’t mean [Read more →]

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Earnings Preview: tw telecom, Cogent, Lumos, euNetworks

May 5th, 2014

Quite a few alternative metro fiber operators will likely be putting out their first quarter earnings reports this week.  Here are quick previews of four of them: [Read more →]

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Friday Poll: Commercially Reasonable Fast Lanes, Yes or No?

May 2nd, 2014

Last week it leaked that the FCC under Tom Wheeler may be preparing a new version of network neutrality rules that could allow content companies and last mile operators to enter into 'commercially reasonable' agreements for preferential traffic treatment.  Wheeler has since clarified that the bar for  'commercially reasonable' would be very high, but nevertheless it would clearly stand the status quo on its head.  It has been long enough for the initial dust to settle, and it's Friday so it's time for a poll.   [Read more →]

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Net neutrality and business models

May 1st, 2014

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

The Federal Communications Commission is releasing a new net neutrality proposal in the US. It is FCC’s third attempt to regulate net neutrality, after a court turned down the previous version in January. Net neutrality means [Read more →]

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Colo Roundup: EvoSwitch, Data Foundry, 325 Hudson, CoreSite

May 1st, 2014

It's time for a quick summary of other data center news from this week: [Read more →]

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Equinix Starts 2014 Building Momentum, Nudges Up Guidance

May 1st, 2014

This earnings season has been pretty positive so far for internet infrastructure.  Yesterday after the market closed, Equinix added to the list of positive earnings reports with better than expected revenue and earnings.  Here are their key numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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A Week Connecting the Cloud

April 30th, 2014

Ok, I think it's clear that one of this year's main themes in the networking and colo worlds is going to be cloud connectivity. Everyone is jockeying for position, and this week we have at least three significant moves -- one by Equinix just this morning in advance of earnings later, one yesterday from Level 3 and Digital Realty, and one the day before over at DuPont Fabros and tw telecom. [Read more →]

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Level 3 Rides Enterprise Revs to Another Big Quarter

April 30th, 2014

In its first quarter report, Level 3 Communications picked up where it left off in Q4 of 2013.  That's a good thing, because Q4 was their biggest in recent memory.  CNS and total revenues beat expectations (both mine and the street's), as did EBITDA and earnings per share.  Here are the numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: tw telecom, Sunesys, Zayo, 24/7, Colt

April 29th, 2014

Here's a quick rundown of some other news from the metro over the past few days: [Read more →]

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Netflix Reaches Another Traffic Agreement

April 29th, 2014

Watch what they do, not what they say. If you needed any further evidence that Netflix's antics lately have been more about negotiating position than net neutrality principles, you got it yesterday. Netflix did another interconnection deal with a big last mile operator: Verizon. [Read more →]

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365 Leaves Behind the Main, and Long Term Contracts Too

April 29th, 2014

Since acquiring its way back into the colocation space back in 2012 with the purchase of 16 facilities from Equinix, 365Main had kept the name of its iconic original flagship location in San Francisco. But today they finally took the rebranding plunge, switching to 365 Data Centers while simultaneously taking on a sacred cow of the data center space. [Read more →]

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Zayo Lands in France, Buys Neo

April 28th, 2014

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It's official, Zayo's latest acquisition is across the Atlantic in France.  This morning the Boulder-based network operator announced an agreement to purchase Neo Telecoms, an independent metro fiber and data center operator in France. [Read more →]

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Charter to Buy a Chunk of Comcast/TWC

April 28th, 2014

In a heavily foreshadowed but rather complex cable M&A move, Charter is now buying a piece of Comcast. The deal is quite complicated, but following the completion of Comcast's TW Cable purchase it will see Comcast divest about 3.9M subscribers and get back about $22B. [Read more →]

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Is Zayo Teeing Up a European M&A?

April 28th, 2014

I'm picking up rumors over in Europe that Zayo is set to make a move on some French metro fiber. The target of that speculation is none other than Neo Telecoms, which operates an extensive metro dark fiber network in Paris as well as a set of data centers around the country and a regional IP backbone. [Read more →]

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Earnings Preview: Level 3 Seeks to Hold Its Gains

April 28th, 2014

Last quarter, Level 3 Communications busted through the break-even mark at long last with a big fourth quarter.  On Wednesday morning we get to see if the trend holds, or almost holds given the seasonal revenue hesitation the company generally sees in the first quarter.  I've followed Level 3 closely here over the years, and so here are my quarterly earnings guesstimates: [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: GTT

April 26th, 2014

We have a new job listing on the Ramblings Jobs Board this week from GTT. [Read more →]

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BYOD: Risk & Reward for Telcos and Their Clients

April 25th, 2014

This industry viewpoint was authored by Brett Moorgas, Asia/Pacific Field Marketing Manager, for the Endace division of Emulex.

There are two trends in the market that have an interesting relationship. The adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies is delivering greater flexibility and agility for employees and efficiency gains for the organisations who [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: Hibernia, Interxion, Pacnet, Orange, Xtera

April 24th, 2014

globeHere's a quick Friday rundown on some of the news from the international front: [Read more →]

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Wheeler Goes Over to the Dark Side

April 24th, 2014

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Remember the new network neutrality framework FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler promised to come up with? Well, according to the Wall Street Journal, those rules will make their grand entrance in three weeks, but of course they've 'leaked'. If accurate, I'm not sure calling them 'net neutrality' rules fits anymore. [Read more →]

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Infinera Adds Momentum, Gets Level 3 Back

April 24th, 2014

As the 100G market gains momentum, so are the bandwidth arms merchants that specialize in it.  Infinera had another strong quarter, showing sequential growth despite Q1 being usually somewhat weaker and guiding well above expectations for Q2.  Here is a table of their results in some context: [Read more →]

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Is Colt For Sale?

April 23rd, 2014

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According to a report in the UK's Guardian, there could be a pile of pan-European infrastructure on the table soon. After yet another reorganization of its business model, some analysts apparently think Fidelity may be finally ready to sell Colt, which it has long held a majority stake in.  So just to speculate idly, who might show up for such an auction? [Read more →]

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