GBI, Xtera Take 100G Under the Mediterranean

May 7th, 2012

Two privately held companies bent on shaking things up in the optical market have taken their case under the Mediterranean Sea. Gulf Bridge International (news) and Xtera (news) said this morning that they’ve completed the first 100G repeatered subsea link. The connection delivers 100G wavelengths between Italy and Egypt, and follows through even further on GBI’s earlier promises to take 100G commercial. [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Logix Communications

May 6th, 2012

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After a surge in March and April, listings on the Telecom Ramblings Jobs Board have ebbed a bit, but we have a new one this weekend from Texas-based Logix Communications.  BTW, this week will be Telecom Ramblings’ birthday – four years and still going strong, [Read more →]

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Friday Roundup 5/4: Zayo, tw telecom, CFE, QBrick, Telx, ViaWest

May 4th, 2012

TGIF.  There’s been a lot of news this week, more than I’ve been able to keep up with.  Here’s some quick looks at a selection of interesting items: [Read more →]

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Vodafone’s C&WW Honeymoon Is Over Already?

May 4th, 2012

It was just two weeks ago that Vodafone Group (NYSE:VOD, news, filings) agreed to purchase C&W Worldwide after a two month competitive sale process.  But the deal may already be on the rocks according to the UK’s Guardian. While the board agreed to the purchase and several large shareholders supported it (RBC, Sky, and Cyrte), one major shareholder did not and seems ready to stand in the way of the deal. [Read more →]

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What’s Limelight Up to?

May 4th, 2012

There’s an interesting piece over on Seeking Alpha railing against Limelight, but not for the usual reasons. Apparently the CDN and value added services provider has been cutting back on its peering with ISPs, offering a paid peering replacement to puzzled former peers. While the article goes on to suggest that this is crazy for a CDN and therefore doom is imminent, I think it’s a logical consequence of their de-emphasizing of  [Read more →]

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Indian Spectrum Scandal Taints All It Touches

May 4th, 2012

This article was authored by Tony Poulos, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

“The Great Indian Spectrum Scandal”, as I choose to call it, shows no signs of abating. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended to the government that holders of cancelled 2G licenses should not be compensated for their loss. [Read more →]

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Is Comcast Violating the NBCU Consent Decree ALREADY?

May 3rd, 2012

We’ve all heard how Comcast is exempting its own IP video traffic from its bandwidth caps.  But by doing so, it’s not just the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules they are taking on, but the terms of the consent decree that allowed them to buy NBC Universal just last year. And as some others noted at the time, it’s actually in there rather explicitly.  [Read more →]

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EdgeCast Launches Its Federation

May 3rd, 2012

As they have been saying they would, EdgeCast Networks (news) yesterday announced that its OpenCDN federation platform is now in operation, exchanging production traffic between independent CDN operators.  [Read more →]

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Cogent Declares Quarterly Dividend, as MegaUpload Weighs Heavy

May 3rd, 2012

Cogent Communications (NASDAQ:CCOI, news, filings) took a rather public hit back in January when filesharing giant MegaUpload was shut down by an international law enforcement action, but the company was undaunted enough to take the opportunity to declare a quarterly dividend of $0.10 for its shareholders as part of its report today.  Here’s a quick summary of their results for the first quarter. [Read more →]

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Enterprise Growth Powers Level 3′s Q1

May 3rd, 2012

The most complicated earnings report among competitive telecoms always comes from Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings), and this one is no different.  Actually, I take that back, it is different this time.  Even as wholesale revenues flagged a bit, enterprise revenues surged mightily to more than compensate – something I’ve never seen from them before.  Here are the numbers in the context of last quarter – the only other comparable one we have since the GLBC deal closed: [Read more →]

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FiberLight, Zayo Help CBeyond Take the Fiber Plunge

May 2nd, 2012

Cbeyond (NASDAQ:CBEY, news, filings) has been transforming itself away from its T1 origins for a while now, but today they announced a major new initiative to reach their customers via fiber alternatives. They hope to light 1,000 buildings and bring Metro Ethernet to 50% of their cstomer base by the end of next year. Two companies that feature here regularly will be providing much of the dark fiber to get there: Zayo and FiberLight[Read more →]

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Colo Bytes 5/2: Cologix, IO, C7, Telehouse, Digital Realty, Telehouse

May 2nd, 2012

A few more quick items from the colocation segment already this week that are worth a look: [Read more →]

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Fiber Roundup 5/2: Fibertech, Zayo, Syringa, Lumos

May 2nd, 2012

Time for a quick look at a few stories from the metro and regional fiber space over the past few days from Fibertech, Zayo, Syringa, and Lumos: [Read more →]

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Can Bottlenecks Be Averted? Wrong Question!

May 2nd, 2012

ArsTechnica has a detailed piece out asking this question about the future of bandwidth, but really it’s the wrong question. Of course bottlenecks *can* be averted, the real question is: who will make oodles of money on it this time. [Read more →]

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More Growth, Free Cash Flow at tw telecom

May 2nd, 2012

Competitive metro fiber operator TW Telecom (NASDAQ:TWTC, news, filings) easily beat my own guesses on most fronts yesterday with its first quarter earnings report.  Revenues were a bit higher than expectations, while margins, EBITDA, and earnings per share all expanded.  Free cash flow was above the usual range due to lower capex and a slight dip in on-net building additions.  Here’s a quick tabular summary. [Read more →]

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XO Expands Cloud Presence Via Concentric

May 1st, 2012

Competitive service provider XO Holdings (news, filings) is adding cloud-based virtualization, content acceleration, and interactive contact center solutions for the enterprise under its Concentric brand.  Their new Concentric Cloud Solutions portfolio is built off their own asset base plus technology from [Read more →]

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Equinix Adds Asian Muscle

May 1st, 2012

Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings) has been adding space organically in Asia at quite a good clip, but apparently it wasn’t fast enough to keep them happy.  The carrier-neutral colocation giant is buying data center assets and operations across Hong Kong, Singapore, and Shanghai from Hong-Kong-based Asia Tone.  Not quite all of Asia Tone though perhas, as they also seem to have facilities in  [Read more →]

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Network M&A: GTT Acquires nLayer

May 1st, 2012

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Just a few weeks shy of a year after taking out PacketExchange, Global Telecom & Technology (OTCBB:GTLT, news) has made its second acquisition of a tier-2 network operator.  The operator has now bought Chicago-based nLayer Communications, according to an announcement this morning.  Financial terms were not disclosed. [Read more →]

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More Earnings Previews: tw telecom, Cogent, Lumos

May 1st, 2012

Fiber earnings season is moving into high gear this week, so here are a few more early looks at what we might see from tw telecom (first in line), Cogent Communications (by request), and Lumos Networks (the newcomer): [Read more →]

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Main One Adds Capacity

May 1st, 2012

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Internet traffic is apparently picking up along Africa’s western coast, as the Main One cable is getting a capacity upgrade already. The Nigerian-owned cable system and TE SubCom announced yesterday that they’ve brought online an additional bank of 10Gbps waves to meet growing customer demand. [Read more →]

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Earthlink Fills Out Cloud Portfolio

April 30th, 2012

Earthlink Business launched three more cloud-based IT services today as it rounds out its portfolio.  The company is busy transforming a collection of CLEC and IT services assets into a cloud-based service provider.  They are already a far different company than the historical dial-up company that most probably still associate with the name, but they’re still in a transitional period. [Read more →]

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Internet2 Takes On Campus VoIP

April 30th, 2012

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The Internet2 is moving into more complex services than supplying big dumb pipes to universities. Today they announced an agreement with both internet backbone operator Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) and Ontario-based communications provider Aastra to provide managed voice services to universities nationwide. [Read more →]

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Earnings Preview: All Work and No Play For Level 3 in Q1

April 30th, 2012

Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) is at a critical phase in its integration of the Global Crossing business, but one for which it won’t get much credit yet when it comes to reporting earnings this week.  It’s sort of like being 1/4 of the way done cleaning out the garage – the mess can actually appear worse to an observer even if things are going exceptionally well.  With unfavorable seasonal factors in both cash usage and revenue growth, higher integration spending prior to the synergies to be derived from it, and impatience from a market whose short term horizon is as short as ever, this is a “can’t please anyone” quarter if there ever was one.  Here are my guesses and some more specific thoughts:  [Read more →]

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