Analytics Evolves on Ciena’s Blue Planet

January 25th, 2017

Ciena today announced plans to enhance its Blue Planet orchestration software and move into an additional line of business.  They have added Analytics to the mix, enabling network operators in monitoring and understanding how their networks are actually operating.  [Read more →]

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Cisco to Acquire AppDynamics

January 25th, 2017

Cisco has had a steady appetite for M&A over the years, steadily devouring companies to both add revenue scale and to bring new talent and technologies into the fold.  Yesterday they revealed a particularly interesting one, announcing their intent to acquire AppDynamics for $3.7B in cash and assumed equity awards. [Read more →]

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Zayo Picks Up E-Rate Dark Fiber Deal

January 25th, 2017

Taking advantage of the expansion of the federal E-Rate program into the world of dark fiber, Zayo revealed a new win yesterday in the education vertical. The Office of Education for a county in Northern California has selected their infrastructure to hook up school districts across a wide swth of geography. [Read more →]

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ZenFi, Cross River Team Up for Regional zXc Portal

January 24th, 2017

Two fiber builders and operators have not only found a common regional cause in the New York metropolitan area, but have done something about it. New York City-based ZenFi and New Jersey-based Cross River Fiber have partnered on a new joint online platform. [Read more →]

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Network Roundup: Lumos, CoreSite, Level 3

January 24th, 2017

Here's a quick look at some network news from this week already: [Read more →]

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Could we get rid of telephone numbers?

January 24th, 2017

This article was authored by Jouko Ahvenainen, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

I have just traveled in Asia. I had to coordinate many meetings, and many contacts said “this is my number, let’s exchange details in WhatsApp, what’s your number?” The problem is that I have several phones and also, when I travel, I buy local pre-paid cards. So, I’m almost always online, but I don’t know the phone number beforehand. Why we still are stuck with these phone numbers? [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: RETN, CityFibre, China Unicom, Aryaka

January 23rd, 2017

Here's a quick rundown on some of the early infrstructure news from around the world: [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Epsilon CEO Jerzy Szlosarek

January 23rd, 2017

image001One of the most dynamic segments in the market today is that of interconnection and cloud connectivity.  Automation is key, and the shift from a telco mindset to a DevOps approach is something we are hearing about on many fronts.  One company that has been shifting its model in this way is Epsilon Communications, which has been in the interconnection business for many years.  With us today to talk about the company’s approach and plans for the future is Jerzy Szlosarek, who just took the CEO chair in November 2015 after serving as CTO and COO for more than a decade. [Read more →]

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More FTT for Zayo in Colorado

January 20th, 2017

Zayo has won another fiber-to-the-tower deal, this time in its home turf along Colorado's Front Range.  A major wireless carrier has signed on for a dark fiber solution that will help it implement a C-RAN architecture in the region. [Read more →]

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Friday Bytes: Wave, Crown Castle, DE-CIX

January 20th, 2017

Here's a quick roundup of some other items to finish out the week: two bits of M&A news and an interesting global interconnection collaboration. [Read more →]

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Windstream Helps Packers, Introduces SD-WAN

January 20th, 2017

Windstream made two interesting announcements in the enterprise space yesterday.  One was a high profile contract win with the Green Bay Packers, and the other featured the addition of SD-WAN to their product set. [Read more →]

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Data Center M&A: DataBank Buys C7

January 19th, 2017

Also happening earlier this week but under my radar was a data center infrastructure M&A.  DataBank has signed a definitive agreement to acquire C7 Data Centers, taking its show out west for the first time. [Read more →]

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Subsea Roundup: Seaborn, IFSC, Quintillion, Ciena, Infinera

January 19th, 2017

Here's a quick update on some subsea cable news from this week: [Read more →]

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Fiber M&A: Conterra Buys Two Regional Networks

January 19th, 2017

There was some fiber M&A earlier this week that slipped past my nets.   Conterra, which is majority-owned by Court Square Capital, has announced the acquisition of two regional fiber operators: Detel and Broadplex. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Level 3, NJFX, Hurricane Electric, Masergy, INOC

January 18th, 2017

Here's another quick roundup of some more of the rapidfire news we've seen go out this week: [Read more →]

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Poll: What Will Trump’s FCC Do With Net Neutrality?

January 18th, 2017

Ok, it's time for another poll.  We have a new president coming in this week and a particularly unpredictable one at that.  What should we expect from the FCC when it comes to net neutrality?  No, not what *should* happen to net neutrality, but what *will*.  It's prediction time, make your call: [Read more →]

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Network Roundup: CityFibre, FTS Fiber, MetTel, Zayo

January 17th, 2017

Here's a quick roundup of some network news that's also worth a look: [Read more →]

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Data Bytes: DE-CIX, EdgeConneX, DataGryd, CoreSite, Midwest-IX

January 17th, 2017

Lots of news out there this week, coinciding with the arrival of the PTC conference out in Hawaii. Here's a quick rundown of a few interesting items from the IX and colo space: [Read more →]

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Wilcon Builds Out for Small Cell

January 16th, 2017

On the metro fiber front, Wilcon is planning a significant amount of new infrastructure out in California.  The company is expanding its fiber reach in order to serve the backhaul needs of small cells in downtown Los Angeles. [Read more →]

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SEA-US Takes Two More Steps Forward

January 16th, 2017

The next transpacific cable system appears to be approaching the finish line.  SEA-US has had two announcements over the last day or two detailing the progress of the buildout of the necessary infrastructure. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: CEO William Charnock on the Launch of PacketFabric

January 16th, 2017

image001This week, a new cloud-centric network operator has launched.  PacketFabric aims to bring more of the flexibility and provisioning ease seen in cloud computing into the world of networking and interconnection via an SDN-powered, Ethernet-based connectivity platform.  With us today to shed some light on the new company’s initial offerings and its plans for the future is CEO William Charnock, who has previously led networking over at both LimeLight and SoftLayer. [Read more →]

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Level 3 Adds Asian DDoS Depth

January 16th, 2017

Over the weekend, Level 3 Communications took its security capabilities in the Far East to a new level.  They have opened a set of new scrubbing centers throughout the region capable of mitigating Distributed Denial of Service attacks.  [Read more →]

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Straight Path Settles With FCC, Bidding War Next?

January 13th, 2017

Straight Path Communications has settled with the FCC in its dispute over the usage of the spectrum it has been sitting on.  There's good news and bad news in there for Straight Path. [Read more →]

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