Zayo Buys Some Kansas Fiber From IdeaTek

December 4th, 2014
 

Zayo's next fiber consolidation move is back on this side of the Atlantic, and actually rather far from the coast as well.  The Boulder-based company has agreed to purchase the carrier and enterprise business of IdeaTek. [Read more →]

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Thursday Roundup: Infinera, AMS-IX, IIX, SummitIG

December 4th, 2014
 

Here's another quick look at some news from around the sector: [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Grant van Rooyen on Cologix’s Expansion

December 4th, 2014
 

Since its founding just four years ago, Cologix has grown to 20 data centers across eight markets interconnecting some 350 networks. They started focusing on tier two and three market opportunities before it became popular, blending acquisitions with organic expansions to rapidly establish themselves as a national player in the interconnection-focused data center world. Here to give us an update on Cologix’s approach is CEO Grant van Rooyen. [Read more →]

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Ciena Jumps Into NFV With Both Feet

December 3rd, 2014
 

This morning, Ciena made its move into the network functions virtualization market. Not as a provider of VNFs themselves, but of a new managed services platform they'll be selling to service providers to help deploy and monetize them. Their new Agility division and flagship Agility Matrix software includes a marketplace, a usage and on-the-fly licensing director, and the ability to run things locally or via the cloud. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Level 3, Akamai, Verizon, Teliasonera

December 3rd, 2014
 

Here's a quick roundup of network and CDN news from around the world this week: [Read more →]

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Indianapolis Gets Some Zayo Small Cells

December 3rd, 2014
 

Quickly on the heels of a longhaul fiber build announcement, Zayo has another at the other extreme of the network.  They've announced a turnkey small cell deployment out in Indianapolis.  The first sites are already in service, with more than 100 to be installed by the middle of next year. [Read more →]

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BASELAYER to Split Off from IO

December 2nd, 2014
 

The data center services company IO has for some time now had two personalities, the carrier neutral colo provider and the modular infrastructure and DCIM software provider.  Today the company announced plans to separate into two companies, allowing each to focus on what it does best. [Read more →]

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Zayo to Build New Heartland Longhaul Route

December 2nd, 2014
 

While new metro loops are almost commonplace these days, new longhaul intercity routes are still a rare beast. We've seen a few big projects lately though on the east coast with Allied Fiber in Florida and both Lumos and SummitIG in Virginia, and now Zayo says it is building a new dark fiber route much further inland[Read more →]

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Centerbridge to Acquire IPC Systems

December 2nd, 2014
 

We had some M&A news in the financial networking vertical yesterday. IPC Systems is changing hands, with Centerbridge Partners paying $1.2B or so to take it off the hands of Silver Lake Partners.  [Read more →]

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Euro Telco M&A Simmers On

December 1st, 2014
 

Seems like everything is in play these days when it comes to telecommunications consolidation in Europe. While Americans were all off on a turkey break, across the Atlantic several soap operas continued. [Read more →]

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As AT&T Backs Down, the Point Gets Lost Again

December 1st, 2014
 

Holiday weekends are many things to the corporate world, and one of them is an opportunity to bury things they'd rather not have gain that much attention. In that finest of traditions, AT&T sent a letter to the FCC before the break responding to that call for information about its fiber deployments of earlier this month. In short, they're backing down and still planning to follow through on the plans, although we're not going to get to see just what those plans are since they were as usual heavily redacted. [Read more →]

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Ensuring SDN and NFV Performance for a Future-Proof Network

November 26th, 2014
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Dan Joe Barry, vice president of marketing, Napatech.

Gigaom Research reports that software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) represent two of the more dramatic oncoming technology shifts in networking. Both will significantly alter network designs, deployments, operations and future networking and computing systems. Key drivers include improved network service levels and lower operating and capital costs. [Read more →]

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Infrastructure investments fuel the telecom tower industry

November 26th, 2014
 

This article was authored by Phil Marshall, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

This month I published a research report on the telecom tower industry; an industry that I have followed for nearly two decades since its inception in the United States in the mid-1990’s. In recent years, the tower industry has expanded at an incredible rate, particularly as operators seek cost effective network expansion strategies, and network sharing becomes more readily accepted. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: Hibernia, HE, Earthlink, Comcast, WOW!

November 25th, 2014
 

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

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Columbia Moves To Take euNetworks Private

November 25th, 2014
 

While I was traveling last week, the rumors of an M&A deal surrounding euNetworks became more than rumors. They company's largest shareholder, Columbia Capital, has launched an effort to buy the rest of the company and take it private, looking to bring the independent western European fiber footprint all the way under its umbrella. [Read more →]

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Telefonica and BT Take a Spin Around the UK Dance Floor

November 24th, 2014
 

The M&A talk over in Europe today is focused on the UK, where BT and Telefonica are dancing around a possible transaction. While described by BT as 'highly preliminary', the idea would be for BT to get back into the wireless game by reacquiring O2, which it spun off over a decade ago. Telefonica would likely then own a significant minority chunk of BT. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: M/C Partners’ Gillis Cashman Looks Ahead

November 24th, 2014
 

As the holidays loom large, so does the urge to look ahead and speculate on what will come in 2015 and beyond.  With us today to opine about where the internet infrastructure industry is headed and why is Gillis Cashman, Managing Partner at the private equity firm M/C Partners.  M/C Partners is very tightly focused on communications services and infrastructure, and Gillis [Read more →]

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Ramblings Jobs: Two From Conterra

November 23rd, 2014
 

This week we got two new listings from down south to take a look at. [Read more →]

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The Debate Continues Around BYOD

November 21st, 2014
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Max Silber, executive director of mobility, MetTel

Mobile devices in the workforce are nothing new – since the invasion of Palm Pilots and Blackberry phones in the late 1990s, these devices have become as common in a cubicle or office as a desk phone and computer monitor.

What wasn’t expected at the dawn of the mobile era was the extent to which users would [Read more →]

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Friday Roundup: Zayo, Level 3, Lightower, Transbeam, Pangaea

November 21st, 2014
 

With the travel, I have been playing catch-up all week on other news. Here's another roundup, this time of network operator news: [Read more →]

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Streamlining for the Holidays at Windstream

November 21st, 2014
 

Windstream is sending out some cards just in time for the holiday season, but they aren't of the festive variety. The hybrid ILEC/CLEC is planning to slim down its workforce by 2.7% by December 1 in an effort to improve its cost structure and efficiency. [Read more →]

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GEN14 Vendor Bytes: CENX, Wedge, Fujitsu, Transition Networks, Ciena

November 20th, 2014
 

Lots of news from the vendors this week, especially around Ethernet, SDN, and NFV given GEN14. Here's a quick look a few items I learned about at and around the event: [Read more →]

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Would You Enter a Clouded Leopard’s Den?

November 20th, 2014
 

One of the more interesting and colorful items I ran into at the GEN14 conference this week was the unveiling of the Clouded Leopard's Den. It's not a new product or service, but rather an effort by the Cloud Ethernet Forum to bring the popular Shark Tank concept to the cloud, where the teeth this time belong to the endangered Himalayan big cat. [Read more →]

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