Friday Bytes 11/16: inetwork, ViaWest, Birch, Enventis, US Signal

November 16th, 2012

It's not just a Friday it's the Friday before the work-shortened Thanksgiving week and folks are surely ready to bolt. Here's a quick look at some of the other interesting news this week that I didn't get to for one reason or another, including items from Bandwidth's inetwork division, ViaSest, Birch, Enventis, and US Signal. [Read more →]

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Zayo Added 709 On-net Buildings in Q3, Passes 10K Milestone

November 16th, 2012

The last fiber-fed word on the quarter goes to Zayo, which started its fiscal 2013 with an even more complex mix of organic and inorganic activity.  The AboveNet and FiberGate deals closed in Q3, US Carrier closed last month, and the new First Communications deal still has a few weeks left, which means following the numbers is a bit like taking a snapshot of a rail switchyard.  But it was the organic burst of [Read more →]

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Wimax can survive in an LTE world

November 16th, 2012

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

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a new Wimax network going live. [Read more →]

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Cisco Acquires Cloupia

November 15th, 2012

After a fine quarterly earnings report, Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings) stopped off for dessert in the clouds. They announced this morning their intention to acquire Cloupia, which offers infrastructure management software. [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes 11/15: Orange, CDNetworks, Interoute, Angola Cables

November 15th, 2012

A look at some overseas news from Orange Business, CDNetworks, Interoute, and the South Atlantic Cable System: [Read more →]

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Broadview Returns With a Healthier Balance Sheet

November 14th, 2012

Broadview Networks is back from its prepackaged Chapter 11 surgery and ready to unveil its new look, emerging from an 11 week trip through chapter 11. With a new balance sheet in place, they hope to use the extra financial flexibility to invest in the cloud services market.  [Read more →]

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CenturyLink Puts 100G In Place

November 14th, 2012

CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) isn't waiting any longer, and today jumped on the 100G bandwagon.  They are now offering 100G Ethernet Wavelengths across their US footprint plus Singapore and London.  Further expansion of the upgrade internationally is planned for early 2013.  Connectivity to its cloud offerings over at Savvis are [Read more →]

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Colt Takes To the Air For Latency

November 14th, 2012

Over in Europe, Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) has raised the ante in the low latency wars between London and Frankfurt, but this time it's not about tightening fiber tails and such.  In fact, it's not about fiber at all, but microwave.  The pan-European operator announced that it will be augmenting its low latency fiber connectivity with a parallel microwave option, potentially cutting current speeds by [Read more →]

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Regional Roundup: Integra, Alpheus, CENIC, Earthlink, ColoAtl, Telarus

November 14th, 2012

Here's a set of quick takes on news of regional and channel interest, with items from Integra, Alpheus, CENIC, Earthlink, ColoAtl, and Telarus: [Read more →]

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A Good News Bad News Day For Vodafone

November 13th, 2012

UK-based Vodafone Group (NYSE:VOD, news, filings) has had an interesting day, with both outsized losses and cash windfalls to keep investors hopping. [Read more →]

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Akamai Acquires Verivue to Boost Operator CDN Offering

November 13th, 2012

According to a release this morning, Akamai (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings) has agreed to purchase Verivue in an all cash transaction. The move is clearly intended to help the dominant CDN provider improve its licensed solutions for network operators. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Roundup 11/13: Sidera, Level 3, Dupont Fabros, Southern Cross

November 13th, 2012

Time for a quick roundup of some of the other news lately, with items from Sidera Networks and CoreSite, Level 3 and Tulane, DuPont Fabros, and Southern Cross. [Read more →]

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Infinera Unveils One-Click 100G, TeliaSonera Signs Up

November 12th, 2012

Teliasonera US network

In its quest to further disrupt the DWDM marketplace with its DTN-X gear, Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) today announced both a key product enhancement and a large new customer.  Investors and customers alike waited impatiently for the company's 100G entry, but since it started shipping in the second quarter the vendor has been moving quickly. [Read more →]

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Amsterdam’s EvoSwitch Establishes Northern Virginia Beachhead

November 12th, 2012

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In a very interesting move, Amsterdam's EvoSwitch is doing something we haven't seen often (if at all) from European data center operators. They're expanding across the Atlantic with the announcement of a big new data center in Northern Virginia this morning. [Read more →]

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Northeastern Fiber M&A Landscape Still Unresolved

November 12th, 2012

In an extensive comment he left here recently, Zayo's Dan Caruso said that "the end of consolidation of fiber-based platforms is near". Certainly we have seen a lot of it in the past five years and the field is much smaller now. However, it got me thinking about pockets of the industry where there is a lot left to resolve. And the biggest, most obvious pocket of independent small and mid-sized metro and regional fiber operators is in the Northeast [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Two More From UPN

November 10th, 2012

We have two new job listing on the Ramblings’ Jobs board this week from the Midwestern-based fiber builder and operator Unite Private Networks.   UPN is looking to find both a [Read more →]

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AT&T Will Be Spending Big on FTTB In 2013

November 9th, 2012

On Wednesday, AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) unveiled a new network expansion and upgrade spending plan that covered a lot of ground. I'm afraid I skimmed it and thought LTE, no surprises there... But as a reader pointed out to me today, it's actually got a blockbuster fiber-to-the-business component: [Read more →]

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The Naval Analogy for Network Operators, Revisited

November 9th, 2012

More than four years ago, back in the early days of this site, I dabbled with a naval analogy for the world of network operators. The sector has evolved greatly since then through consolidation and such, so I thought I'd revisit it on this post-Election and post-Sandy Friday. The simple question is: if each US network operator was a warship, which type would they be? [Read more →]

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Renesys Shows How the Internet Backbones Handled Sandy

November 9th, 2012

In the aftermath of Sandy's landfall in New Jersey, I tried to make the point that the internet did pretty well overall aside from power failures and equipment that was actually flooded.  Renesys has now chipped in with actual data on their blog detailing how a half dozen of the top internet backbones handled Sandy behind the scenes.   [Read more →]

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Microsoft merges Skype and Messenger

November 8th, 2012

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

Microsoft says it will shut down its Windows Live Messenger in 2013 in a move to encourage users to migrate to Skype, which is now capable of importing Messenger contacts. [Read more →]

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Colo Bytes 11/8: Cologix, ColoAtl, SunGard, Interxion

November 8th, 2012

Time for a quick survey of the datacenter space, with quick looks a news from Cologix, ColoAtl, SunGard, and Interxion: [Read more →]

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Sprint’s US Cellular Buy Adds Another Puzzle Piece

November 8th, 2012

Another week, another move by Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S, news, filings) to transform itself back into a real alternative to Verizon and AT&T. With ink still wet on the Softbank investment and the clarifying Clearwire ownership move, Sprint found another inorganic step to make yesterday. They are buying a 10% surgical slice of US Cellular. [Read more →]

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Integra, XO Upgrade Their EoC

November 7th, 2012

For many enterprise-focused competitive operators Ethernet-over-Copper technology has been growing in importance, and of course in raw bandwidth potential as well. This week two large alternative carriers announced substantial upgrades to their EoC capabilities that are worth keeping an eye on. [Read more →]

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