UAE’s du sets new bar for CEM

June 1st, 2012

This article was authored by Michael Carroll, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Telcos talk a lot about customer service and experience, but few are willing to go as far as United Arab Emirates operator du, which is offering subscribers a direct line to senior management. [Read more →]

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Windstream Gives Management a Haircut, Goes to Vegas

May 31st, 2012

Windstream (NYSE:WIN, news, filings) says it plans to restructure its management ranks, expecting to eliminate 375-400 positions for annualized savings of approximately $30-40M. This has obviously been in the works for a while, and shouldn’t surprise anyone given the PAETEC acquisition closed six months ago and there are synergies yet to derive from it. [Read more →]

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Level 3’s Vyvx Scores In Brazil

May 31st, 2012

Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) is taking its content business deeper into South America. Today they announced their first live Vyvx broadcast in Brazil. And since this is Brazil, it had to be soccer driving things. Indeed, it was two professional women’s soccer matches transmitted in HD from [Read more →]

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Ciena Turns That Frown Upside Down

May 31st, 2012

With the drumbeat of doom coming out of Europe lately, we could use a bit of good news from the equipment sector.  Despite a light fiscal Q1, Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) came through this morning with a very nice quarter, announcing their unaudited fiscal Q2 numbers (through 4/30).  Yep, they crushed both revenue and EPS estimates for once.  Here are the numbers in some context: [Read more →]

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Hibernia, Cross River, Vello Team for NJ Low Latency

May 30th, 2012

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The financial vertical continues to drive more direct metro routes in the New York metro area, and particularly in northern New Jersey. Today Hibernia Atlantic announced a key new low latency route between two of the main hubs, with the help of boutique metro fiber builder Cross River Fiber and the vendor Vello Systems. [Read more →]

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Cisco Projects a Zzzzzettabyte in 2016

May 30th, 2012

Networking giant Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO, news, filings) issued its sixth annual Visual Networking Index forecast this morning, and as usual the numbers were big. Really big. Zettabyte-big, meaning that the internet will carry 1.3ZB in 2016. But as big as these numbers are, the media does tend to get carried away.  [Read more →]

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Did MagicJack Really Do That?

May 30th, 2012

Disruptive force that it has always been, magicJack VocalTec (NASDAQ:CALL, news, filings) has never been much for the conventional way of doing business, but in the first quarter it seems they really out-did themselves. Check out this Wall Street Journal piece from last night.  Apparently 20% of their earnings per share came from selling put options on their own stock, betting against their own stock going down. In and of itself this sounds like something out of the dotcom years, but there’s another aspect to this that the WSJ didn’t happen to mention. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Cross River, Southern Diversified, Telehouse, IO

May 30th, 2012

Some quick looks at a few news items from the infrastructure sector from yesterday: [Read more →]

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Alcatel-Lucent: Europe to Become a Digital Desert

May 29th, 2012

Thats what CEO Ben Verwaayen told Bloomberg is coming if Europe doesn’t find a way to convince its incumbents to invest more in their networks. He makes the point that European carriers are being out-spent and out-upgraded by their US counterparts, resulting in the loss of the telecommunications leadership position they had a few years ago. His prescription: [Read more →]

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Subsea Roundup 5/29: GBI, SEAS, WACS

May 29th, 2012

A quick look at some items from under the sea overseas to help start the week: [Read more →]

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No Room For a Net Neutrality Grand Bargain?

May 29th, 2012

In the continuing debate over net neutrality, what strikes me as most ominous is that there is no debate. Rather it all seems to echo the current odious political environment, as there are only talking points and non-negotiable positions. It’s very hard to find anyone seriously looking for [Read more →]

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Google Shifts Away From Open Access Fiber?

May 28th, 2012

That’s what GigaOm’s Stacey Higgenbotham said going into the long weekend. The whole point of Google’s dalliance in FTTH has been to test out and prove both the technology and the business model. If what Google has learned from the process thus far is that opening its infrastructure to other ISPs and such won’t work, then [Read more →]

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Telkom confirms preparing a Pacnet bid

May 25th, 2012

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Indonesia’s PT Telkom has confirmed it has submitted a preliminary bid for subsea cable operator Pacnet, and that it is on track to deciding whether to make a final offer in June. [Read more →]

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Cuba’s Missing Submarine Cable

May 25th, 2012

The strangest bit of news this week comes bubbling up from the submarine cable sector, where people are wondering just whatever happened to that new ALBA-1 submarine cable system between Venezuela and Cuba. Alcatel-Lucent finished it more than a year ago, after which it seems to have vanished from sight.  [Read more →]

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Network Roundup 5/24: SurfTelecoms, MetTel, IFN, Orange, NTT

May 24th, 2012

Here’s a quick survey of some news items, the first two of which are from companies new to me (and hence to Telecom Ramblings): [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Sean Baillie on Windstream’s Fiber Plans

May 24th, 2012

Windstream has been blazing a new path over the past few years, assembling a unique blend of ILEC, CLEC, fiber, and cloud assets to take on the enterprise market from a unique angle.  With the addition of the PAETEC assets over the winter, they have become a major player in the fiber business.  With us today to look at  company’s plans for all that fiber is Sean Baillie, Senior Vice President of the company. [Read more →]

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DANTE Goes Multi-Terabit

May 23rd, 2012

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With Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) obviously kicking off its DTN-X launch, you knew there had to be a research network in there somewhere. And so there is. DANTE has picked the Infinera’s new gear to help power GÉANT’s next generation Multi-Terabit pan-European optical network upgrade. Nothing creates big data like big science nowadays. [Read more →]

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Ajubeo Launches Its Cloud

May 23rd, 2012

This morning saw a new Infrastructure-as-a-Service company formally leave the launch pad.  Backed by private equity firm Grey Mountain Partners, Ajubeo (news) is quickly building out while taking aim at the rapidly evolving space with on-demand compute, storage, and network resources. Their first node is in Denver, with additional locations in New York and London waiting in the wings for the rest of the year. [Read more →]

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Colo Bytes 5/23: Interxion, Terremark, IO, Digital Realty

May 23rd, 2012

Here’s a quick survey of some recent news from the colocation front: [Read more →]

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Barney Leaves Pacnet’s Door Swinging

May 23rd, 2012

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Pacific regional operator Pacnet has an interim leader in place following the sudden departure of longtime CEO Bill Barney. The current CFO, Brett Lay, has taken over CEO duties while the board seeks a permanent replacement. However, given the recent rumors about a bid from [Read more →]

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Google Pushes Out KC Fiber Launch Again

May 22nd, 2012

But just a little bit. When last we heard, Google had promised to launch its initial 1Gbps fiberoptic service to some Kansas city, Kansas neighborhoods by the end of June. The company has now pushed that further out, albeit with the less concrete deadline of ‘this summer’. I take that as to mean sometime before Labor Day or thereabouts. [Read more →]

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Alcatel-Lucent, Juniper Upgrade Their Core Routers

May 22nd, 2012

Dueling router upgrades this morning from Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings), both of which are boosting the raw capacity of their core systems. The equipment sector is a bit edgy right now, both from macroeconomic effects over in Europe and from stiffening [Read more →]

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