FiberLight’s Mike Miller Steps Down

February 8th, 2013

The Southeastern fiber builder and operator FiberLight is undergoing a leadership transition, as longtime CEO Mike Miller is stepping down. Miller, who helped found the company 16 years ago and turn it into a regional fiber power, will be retiring from FiberLight to pursue other opportunities.   [Read more →]

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Akamai Completes Strong 2012, But Gets Hammered Anyway

February 7th, 2013

For the recent few quarters, Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings) has been posting better than expected earnings numbers.  They managed to mostly continue that string yesterday but the street was apparently looking for more.  First here are their numbers in context: [Read more →]

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Integra Finishes 2013 With Another EBITDA Boost

February 7th, 2013

Integra Telecom isn’t public currently, but it lately hasn’t been shy about posting its earnings numbers.  Yesterday they posted their preliminary Q4 results, giving us one of the first year-end data points for competitive fiber operators.  Total revenues held steady, with recurring revenues rising with the trend and adjusted EBITDA up strongly for the second straight quarter.  Here’s a table of their recent results in context: [Read more →]

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Carrier Ethernet 3.0 for an SDN world

February 7th, 2013

This article was authored by John C. Tanner, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Now that Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is all set for commercial deployment, you may now all brace yourselves for Carrier Ethernet 3.0. [Read more →]

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Alcatel-Lucent and France Telecom Surpass 100G, Implement 400G

February 6th, 2013

France Telecom-Orange and Alcatel-Lucent today announced the deployment of a 400G wavelength optical link today. With the actual deployment of 100G now starting to gather a bit of actual steam, I suppose it’s time for the next big thing to start stealing the spotlight. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: euNetworks, Lightower, Lightpath, Frontier

February 6th, 2013

I’m on the road this week, so I’m a bit more rushed than normal. But already so far this week there has already been a bunch of news from the metro that I wish I had more time to delve into: [Read more →]

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Infinera Solid in Q4 as DTN-X Rollout Continues

February 6th, 2013

Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) reported its fourth quarter earnings yesterday after the market closed, finishing out the year by meeting guidance and coming in just ahead of analyst projections on all fronts.  The company is now in the midst of deploying its latest DTN-X platform across a variety of customers, a stage at which margins dip for a time.  Here’s a quick chart of their numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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Sidera Sells Some 100G Waves

February 5th, 2013

We’ve been hearing a lot about deployments of 100G by network operators around the world lately, but far less about the market for the waves themselves. The deal that Sidera Networks announced this morning with the MSO MetroCast belongs in the latter category though.  [Read more →]

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GTT Buys IDC Global, Moves Into Cloud Services

February 5th, 2013

GTT made another inorganic move yesterday with the announcement that it has acquired Chicago’s IDC Global. That will add IDC Global’s two colo facilities and the metro fiber hooking them up to 350 East Cermak to GTT’s collection of assets, and give it a head start with cloud services too. [Read more →]

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Tata, AT&T Team Up For Telepresence

February 5th, 2013

The buzz around telepresence tailed off last year, which was to be expected given the early stage of adoption it was actually at when the technology was the newest thing.  However today I noted the news from AT&T, which has forged interconnection agreements with both the Indian giant Tata Communications and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Systems division and thus increased the scope of its service.   [Read more →]

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Oracle Swoops In on Acme Packet

February 4th, 2013

Session border specialist Acme Packet (NASDAQ:APKT, news, filings) found itself a strategic buyer, and not a minor one either. The database giant Oracle has agreed to purchase the company for $2.1B in cash, or $29.27 per share. That’s a 22% premium to the closing price on Friday, and works out to a purchase price of $1.7B net of the cash on Acme Packet’s balance sheet. [Read more →]

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Is the FCC Resuscitating Public WiFi?

February 4th, 2013

The Washington Post this morning has an interesting piece about the FCC’s new plans for public super WiFi networks across the country. It has me a bit puzzled, because it looks like a reincarnation of the municipal WiFi movement of a few years ago. The prospect of free broadband connectivity around town, enabling cell phone users to offload virtually everything and avoid paying for minutes and such was always a big draw. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Dave Schaeffer on Growth, Upgrades, Traffic & Sandy

February 4th, 2013

dave schaefferWith the exception of the MegaUpload flap a year ago, Cogent had a rather quiet year in 2012, selling the usual tons of bandwidth at low prices, building out to both new markets and additional buildings, and of course weathering Hurricane Sandy.  The market certainly liked it as the company’s stock price rose 35% on the year and has continued to rise since.  Cogent has always had a unique, tightly focused, and lately entirely organic approach to the bandwidth business. Here to give us an update on where the company is and where it’s going in 2013 is CEO Dave Schaeffer. [Read more →]

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Network Bytes 2/1: AT&T, CyrusOne, Emerald, Level 3, Zayo

February 1st, 2013

With groundhog day in mind for tomorrow, here’s a further roundup of news I didn’t get to this week from AT&T, CyrusOne, Emerald, Level 3, and Zayo. Note that next week I’ll be travelling, so if articles trail actual news a bit further then usual for a few days that’s why. [Read more →]

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Clearwire: Still Thinking…

February 1st, 2013

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR, news, filings) filed a preliminary proxy statement related to the proposed merger with Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S, news, filings), but it left pretty much everything hanging where it has been since Dish made its unsolicited bid of $3.30. Things have gotten increasingly complicated of late, as the DOJ has asked the FCC not to decide until it makes its own decision in light of national security concerns and such. [Read more →]

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SGCC builds smart grid with fiber

February 1st, 2013

This article was authored by John C. Tanner, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) is building a smart-grid project using passive optical networking (PON) technology, which could not only help it deliver electricity more efficiently across the country, but also turn it into China’s next broadband service provider. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes 1/31: euNetworks, Lightpath, Megapath, Earthlink

January 31st, 2013

Time for a quick review of news from this week from the metro front, both fiber and managed services: [Read more →]

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America Movil, Alcatel-Lucent to Bring 100G to the Caribbean

January 31st, 2013

América Móvil AMX-1 submarine cable system took another few steps toward reality yesterday. The Latin American giant and Alcatel-Lucent are preparing to get the new 100G system ready for commercial service by the end of 2013. They just got regulatory approval from Mexico a few months back. [Read more →]

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Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Gets First 20 Certified Vendors

January 31st, 2013

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This week has seen a milestone in the development of Carrier Ethernet, as in a webcast with Bob Metcalfe himself on Tuesday the MEF unveiled the first twenty equipment vendors to pass the CE 2.0 certification process globally. That’s about quarter of the organization’s vendor members already with more in the pipeline, suggesting a rapid uptake is underway since the original announcement less than a year ago. [Read more →]

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Interoute Thickens Its Cloud Three Ways

January 30th, 2013

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The Pan-European provider Interoute made it clear this week just what it is focusing on for 2013 with a three pronged expansion of their cloud presence. Interoute’s paths is one of the cleanest fusions of fiber and cloud out there, with little copper or legacy voice services getting in the way or needing to churn off. [Read more →]

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Sidera Connects Three More Data Centers in Chicago

January 30th, 2013

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If there’s one thing Sidera Networks has excelled at over the past year, it’s hooking up every data center within range of its fiber. Today they kept the trend going out in Chicago with a newly expanded route to Elk Grove to the north and the major data center park it hosts. [Read more →]

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Zayo Turns Up 100G Service For Northeast Corridor

January 30th, 2013

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Yesterday, Zayo made a down payment on its recent plans to build out 100G in earnest this year. The upstart-turned-fiber-giant says it has already deployed the technology on one of the busiest routes in the world, i.e. along the East Coast between their New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC markets. And it’s not just for their own capacity needs, they’re offering the 100G wavelengths themselves to customers. [Read more →]

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Integra Builds Fiber To Digital Realty Facilities

January 30th, 2013

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Integra Telecom continued its campaign for a more fiber-dependent diet this week by building out its metro connectivity to two of Digital Realty’s many data centers. The western regional network operator has brought two of the data center REIT’s locations in Sacramento, CA and Hillsboro, OR online. They’ve been adding key buildings to their network at an accelerated [Read more →]

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