M&A Review 2016: Unified Communications and Managed Services

December 28th, 2016

The M&A landscape in 2016 has been quite interesting.  This week we've gone back to look at events in the network and data center spaces, and now let's turn to the Voice, UC, and Managed services end of things.  I don't pretend to cover all managed services in detail, so I'll miss a few, but the Voice/UC side has been particularly interesting this year in North America.  We've covered a few by network operators already, here are some more independent moves. [Read more →]

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M&A Review 2016: Colo Edition

December 27th, 2016

Yesterday I sifted through the year in M&A by network operators for North America.  Today let's turn our attention to colocation and data centers: [Read more →]

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M&A Review 2016 – Network Edition

December 26th, 2016

This year's consolidation activity by network operators in North America was like a bag of potato chips.  If you eat one, you've got to eat at least one more.  Well, maybe they weren't quite as addictive as potato chips, but it definitely seemed like most of the deal makers of the year showed up more than once. [Read more →]

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Another Acquisition for Wave?

December 23rd, 2016

Up in the Pacific Northwest we have the rumor of a bit of pre-Christmas network M&A.  According to sources, Wave is making its third acquisition of the year.  Although there has been no formal announcement just yet, the regional operator is apparently acquiring Cascade Networks. [Read more →]

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Thursday Bytes: Zayo, Tele Greenland, Hibernia, Faction

December 22nd, 2016

Christmas weekend is approaching rapidly, but here's a few more quick-takes first: [Read more →]

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RCom sells tower business to Brookfield Infrastructure for $1.6b

December 22nd, 2016

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

Reliance Communications announced Wednesday it has signed binding agreements with Canada-based Brookfield Infrastructure and institutional partners to sell 51% stake in its tower unit, Reliance Infratel. [Read more →]

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Internap Cuts Costs, Forecasts 2017

December 21st, 2016

Internap has decided not to wait until the new year begins to update the market on its plans and expectations.  The cloud and networking company has reaffirmed its Q4 guidance while, offered projections for 2017, and revealed more details on its ongoing reorganization and cost cutting. [Read more →]

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Fiber M&A: EQT Buys GlobalConnect

December 21st, 2016

There was a bit of fiber M&A over in northern Europe yesterday.  The private equity outfit EQT's Infrastructure fund is acquiring Denmark-based GlobalConnect A/S. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: NFV-ITI, NTT, Huawei Marine, CenturyLink

December 20th, 2016

Here's a quick roundup of some of the interesting news from the past 24 hours or so: [Read more →]

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Turnkey SD-WAN Solution Will Prevail in 2017

December 20th, 2016

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by David W Wang

SD-WAN will boom in next two year. Based on the survey result unveiled at Light Reading's Executive Summit in Rome early this month, SD-WAN technology is either critical or important for telecom operators looking to automate their operations and reduce service costs, according to 84% of telco respondents to this new survey. [Read more →]

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Taking Aim at 5G, Xura Buys Mitel Mobile and Ranzure

December 19th, 2016

Xura is taking aim at every layer of the mobile network infrastructure stack with twin acquisitions of Mitel Mobile and Ranzure. Xura itself was bought and taken private by Siris Capital earlier this year for $643M, and Siris clearly sees it as a consolidation platform for 5G technologies. [Read more →]

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Akamai Adds More Security, Buys Cyberfend

December 19th, 2016

Akamai has made an inorganic move to expand its security services portfolio this morning.  The CDN and cloud services provider has announced the acquisition of Silicon-Valley-based Cyberfend. [Read more →]

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Avelacom Shortens Its Path to Moscow

December 16th, 2016

The market for ultra-low latency connections doesn't get the press it used to, but it's definitely still there.  Today Avelacom took the wraps off a new DWDM route between London and Moscow, cutting the RTT latency by a bit over 2 milliseconds while adding new PoPs along the way. [Read more →]

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Wheeler Plans His Exit

December 16th, 2016

When Donald Trump is inaugurated as the next US president in 5 weeks or so, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will already be gone.  He announced yesterday his plans to resign from the commission on January 20, 2017, handing control of the regulatory body over to the Republican party. [Read more →]

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TPG says hello Singapore

December 16th, 2016

This article was authored by Lachlan Colquhoun, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. [Read more →]

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SEA-ME-WE-5 Completed

December 15th, 2016

According to Capacity, construction on the SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine cable is now finished.   [Read more →]

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Thursday Roundup: GTT, Level 3, dtac, EdgeConneX

December 15th, 2016

Here's a quick roundup of some other news from this week: [Read more →]

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Vendor M&A: Nokia to Acquire Deepfield

December 15th, 2016

It's been a busy quarter for fiber and colo M&A, but today's deal comes from the vendor side.  Nokia has announced plans to acquire Deepfield, boosting its real time analytics capabilities for IP networking. [Read more →]

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AT&T Hooks Up Deep Space

December 14th, 2016

AT&T announced the win of an interesting government contract today.  NASA  has tapped the telecommunications giant to provide a high speed VPN hooking up the giant radio antennas of the Deep Space Network. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Interoute, Data Canopy, Faction, AGILE

December 14th, 2016

Here's a look at several news items of note from yesterday and today: [Read more →]

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Ad Tech Company Taps Zayo

December 13th, 2016

Zayo announced another connectivity win with a global enterprise yesterday. As has been their pattern for much of this year, the actual enterprise is un-named, but the bandwidth is real enough. [Read more →]

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Comcast Business Lands Philadelphia iNet

December 13th, 2016

Philadelphia is looking to upgrade its Institutional Network capabilities, and it is turning to Comcast Business to supply the necessary metro fiber infrastructure. Philadelphia is of course the cable giant's hometown, an inside track that probably didn't hurt. [Read more →]

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Monday Roundup: Seaborn, RCN Business, CS&L, Level 3

December 12th, 2016

Here's a set of quick-takes on some of the news items out this morning: [Read more →]

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