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No Deal Yet AT&T/Unions, But No Strike Yet Either

April 9th, 2012

Over the weekend, AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) and unions representing tens of thousands of workers passed a deadline without a new contract. For now, the unions and the company are still negotiating and the workers will still be working according to a Reuters report. The main area of dispute is who pays how much for [Read more →]

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Easter Roundup 4/9: SRP, Altibox, Qtel, Level 3

April 9th, 2012

Happy Easter to everyone!  Most readers are probably still on break but for those who aren’t here are some quick looks at some news items that happened since or slipped through the cracks last week. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs Easter: Jaymie Scotto & Associates

April 6th, 2012

The Ramblings Jobs Board has had a very productive spring, especially since it was remodeled last month. This week we have a new listing from a familiar face. Jaymie Scotto & Associates is looking for [Read more →]

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Are Today’s Fiber Builders Repeating The Mistakes of the Dot Com Era?

April 6th, 2012

There was some lively discussion following my, err, somewhat lively response to that WSJ article earlier this week.  My own opinion is no secret, but let’s put it to a vote just to see where we stand as a group: [Read more →]

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For LightSquared, a Dance With The BK Rumor Mill

April 5th, 2012

It was truly inevitable that after last quarter’s final regulatory defeat over the GPS interference issue we would see LightSquared on the ropes. That is what the word is out there in the media today with bankruptcy is looming large as an option, with Philip Falcone himself quoted by Reuters as ‘seriously considering’ a voluntary filing. [Read more →]

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Colo Roundup 4/5: Terremark, Equinix, Savvis, IO, CoreLink

April 5th, 2012

With Easter on tap this weekend, let’s wrap up with a few quick looks at items in the colocation space, which has been very busy this week: [Read more →]

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Optical Delusions and Illusions

April 4th, 2012

In the Wall Street Journal yesterday there appeared an article entitled “Optical Delusion? Fiber Booms Again Despite Bust” which requires a response. While noting the importance of where the fiber is in determining its value, the author continues to speak from the doubtful perspective that there is some [Read more →]

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NFC payments a solution seeking a problem

April 4th, 2012

This article was authored by Don Sambandaraksa, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Smart mobile devices have long been hailed as the solution to the digital divide and many speak of the wonders that contactless payment technologies enabled through NFC and online payment apps can bring. But all too often, technology seems like a solution searching for a problem. [Read more →]

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Rising From the CLEC Ashes

April 4th, 2012

Yesterday I was reading this piece on the threat to the incumbent telcos and cable operators plans for the SME from independent cloud-based VoIP and UC from service providers like ’8×8, Aptela, Fonality, and Nextiva’, and it occurred to me that there was something missing. There’s someone else out there who used to fight for these customers, but has faded a bit from the view of Wall Street. [Read more →]

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Zayo On the Move in Tennessee, Georgia, and Colorado

April 3rd, 2012

With their proposed acquisitions of Abovenet and Arialink still pending, Zayo has continued to push forward on all fronts lately. Today they announced the completion of the network expansion in Nashville that they had started on in the fall, finishing up with [Read more →]

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ABRY Buys Another Data Center Operator

April 3rd, 2012

ABRY Partners seems to have an unending appetite for internet infrastructure currently. Today they expanded their colocation footprint by buying Access Northeast and merging it with Xand, which they just purchased six months ago[Read more →]

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TeliaSonera to Deliver NHL to Scandanavia

April 3rd, 2012

TeliaSonera International Carrier added a big sports broadcasting notch to its belt this morning, announcing that it will be delivering live NHL games to the Scandanavian countries. While of North American sports it’s usually basketball that gets exported the most, for countries touching the Arctic Circle it is naturally hockey [Read more →]

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More Fiber M&A: Private Equity Buys Eurofiber

April 3rd, 2012

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Reports from Europe this morning say that private equity is moving in on one of the largest independent fiber operators in the Netherlands. Doughty Hanson has apparently agreed to buy a majority stake in Eurofiber from [Read more →]

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Colo Bytes 4/3: T-Systems, Windstream, IO, Equinix

April 3rd, 2012

There have been several interesting colo/cloud items already this week, here are a few quick takes: [Read more →]

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AAPT Launches 100G Down Under

April 2nd, 2012

While its NBN project has a long road ahead of it yet, Australia got some 100G loving today from AAPT. They commercially launched a 100Gbps connection between Melbourne and Sydney on April 1, but of course it’s better to announce such things [Read more →]

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Integra Launches Waves

April 2nd, 2012

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Integra Telecom (news, filings) said today that it has launched wavelength services. The western CLEC and network operator isnow [Read more →]

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Fiberopoly

April 1st, 2012

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This article was authored by James Henry, Senior Managing Director of Bank Street Group.

In recognition of April Fool’s Day, I thought the readers at Telecom Ramblings might enjoy this Monopoly-inspired Fiberopoly board game: [Read more →]

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Industry Leaders Take On Cloud-Powered, Low-Latency Pizza Delivery

April 1st, 2012

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Until now, the wonders of the cloud revolution and low latency connectivity have been targeted at niche industries like gaming, high speed trading, and hospitals. But now the true power of fiber and the cloud is coming to the mass markets, as major telecommunications companies quickly move beyond server instances and backup infrastructure to standardize a revolutionary new cloud service with real potential to stem those landline revenue declines: high speed pizza delivery. [Read more →]

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More Ramblings Jobs: Lightower, OpenCape

March 30th, 2012

We’ve had a bumper crop of job listings on the Telecom Ramblings jobs board since my upgrade two weeks ago. This week we have a top management position at OpenCape and a group of four from Northeastern fiber operator Lightower. [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes 3/30: Digital Realty, Cologix, UPN, BTI

March 30th, 2012

Another week has passed, or will have passed by the end of the day of course. Time to catch up on some more interesting news items: [Read more →]

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AOL Hunts and Catches the Power Hog

March 30th, 2012

The most unique story out there this week came from AOL, which won the Server Roundup award by decommissioning almost 10K servers to save some $5M, highlighting just how cluttered infrastructure can get over the years. Mike Manos, now CTO of AOL’s parent, Huffington Post, and of course the former head of Digital Realty, spearheaded the effort and offered some very interesting commentary both on how important and how nasty this job was for AOL.  He also introduced me to the wonderful new word for the detritus left behind in any IT organization by the endless progression technology: [Read more →]

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Sidera Selected to Bring ACC6 On-Net

March 29th, 2012

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Northeastern fiber operator Sidera Networks (news) has been selected to provide connectivity to the new ACC6 facility of Dupont Fabros in northern Virginia. Sidera is the first fiber provider to connect to the facility, phase 1 of which which went online last fall.  Sidera’s network between DC and NYC features both low latency and some unique route diversity, which gives them a leg up in [Read more →]

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Tata, Vodafone Get Extension for C&W Decision

March 29th, 2012

UK regulators have granted the wishes of Tata Communications (NYSE:TCL, news, filings) and Vodafone Group (NYSE:VOD, news, filings) and extended the deadline for both companies’ potential bids for Cable & Wireless Worldwide (LON:CW, news). Tata and Vodafone had asked for such a move, complaining that they hadn’t yet been [Read more →]

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