Verizon, AT&T to Tag-Team Vodafone?

April 2nd, 2013

The Vodafone rumor du jour would certainly be a dramatic event, should it come true. FT’s Alphaville blog paraphrases ‘usually reliable people’ as saying that Verizon and AT&T are preparing a joint bid for Vodafone worth something in the neighborhood of $245B.  Of course, ‘usually reliable people’ is a fairly general category which could be interpreted to include my dry cleaner and we are still dangerously close to April Fools day still, but then it the Financial Times here and such a deal isn’t entirely implausible. [Read more →]

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Fiber M&A: Tech Valley to Acquire TelJet

April 2nd, 2013

The Fiber M&A front has been relatively quiet so far in 2013, but this morning saw a bit of consolidation up in the northeast. Tech Valley Communications has agreed to acquire substantially all of the assets of Vermont-based TelJet Longhaul, LLC. Those assets include both a metro and regional fiber network and a 20,000 square foot data center. [Read more →]

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Overhyped Spamhaus DDoS attack based on old flaw

April 2nd, 2013

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

Last week, news broke that the world’s largest DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack in the history had taken place, almost crippling the internet. Only it might not have been quite as large as reports made it out to be. And it was something that could have been stopped by a fix that’s been around for over a decade. [Read more →]

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Limbaugh, Moore Take the Lead For FCC Chair, Commissioner

April 1st, 2013

Sources suggest there has been a dramatic shift in the race to replace the FCC’s Julius Genachowski and Robert McDowell. Rather than go with the usual technocrat with special interest ties, both sides of political establishment have come to the conclusion that a new direction is necessary to bring some passion and energy to telecom regulation. The Democrats will be nominating filmmaker Michael Moore, while the GOP is going with Rush Limbaugh. [Read more →]

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Softbank, Sprint Toss Huawei Under the Bus

March 29th, 2013

Not that it’s a big surprise, but Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S, news, filings) and its proposed acquirer Softbank are vowing to stop using equipment from Huawei. The deal remains under a review by US regulators, and lawmakers are taking the opportunity for a few photo-ops along the way protecting us from evil. [Read more →]

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Colo Roundup: Digital Realty, IO, Dupont Fabros, Interxion, Telehouse

March 28th, 2013

As we head into an earlier-than-usual Easter weekend, here’s a quick look at some other news this week from the colo sector from Digital Realty, IO, DuPont Fabros, Interxion, and Telehouse America: [Read more →]

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Three Men In a Dinghy Cutting Submarine Cables?

March 28th, 2013

Ok, there has to be more to this story but I suppose it’s early yet. Apparently the Egyptian coast guard caught some saboteurs in the act of taking down a submarine cable off the coast of Alexandria. Three divers in an inflatable dinghy with air tanks that look so battered they might have found them on the bottom next to the cable were down there sawing away, apparently. [Read more →]

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Is Oracle Hungry for BroadSoft?

March 28th, 2013

With its recent M&A moves in mind, the markets are trying to guess Oracle’s next target. And it does seem likely there will be a next target, since integrating Acme Packet and Tekelec doesn’t add up to an endgame just yet. The lucky company annointed by analysts as the one with the biggest bullseye on its back appears to be BroadSoft, and I’ve got to admit it makes a lot of sense. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: Zayo, Sunesys, Global Capacity, Birch

March 27th, 2013

Time for a quick review of news items from the metro side of things: [Read more →]

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Pacnet Finishes Chongqing Facility, Equinix Starts Another in Singapore

March 27th, 2013

News from the data center space in the far east this morning, where the frequency new projects has been particularly heavy over the past few years. [Read more →]

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Hollow Core Fiber Takes Aim at the Latency Barrier

March 27th, 2013

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While the gear that lights fiberoptic cables continues to evolve rapidly, the changes to fiberoptic cables themselves have been much more incremental for a long time now. That could be on the cusp of changing, as researchers have apparently taken taken the glass out of the equation for some major bandwidth. [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: AT&T, GTS, Level 3, Vodafone

March 26th, 2013

Here’s a quick roundup of some global network news, with items from AT&T, GTS Central Europe, Level 3, and Vodafone: [Read more →]

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