Implementing software-defined networking (SDN) based traffic steering model for video on demand (VoD) services

January 7th, 2019
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Praveen Chalamalasetti, Vishwa Nigam, and Rakesh Roy at Prodapt.

VoD/CDN delivery ecosystem

Video on demand (VoD) continues to grow at an unprecedented rate as millions of users subscribe to digital on-demand video viewing experience globally. Cisco predicts that the IP video traffic will be [Read more →]

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The Connected Classroom

January 4th, 2019
 

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by Doug Turtz, Vice President Fiber Sales at Crown Castle Fiber

Schools have come a long way in just one generation. Not too long ago, you most likely learned in a classroom with a chalkboard or whiteboard and received direct instruction. In other words, the teacher spoke, you listened and perhaps took some notes. There were regular [Read more →]

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Who Are the Most Likely Strategic Buyers of US Networks in 2019?

January 3rd, 2019
 

Yesterday, we asked who the likely targets of consolidation will be in 2019.  Today we reverse the question and ask who the likely strategic buyers of network infrastructure are in 2019.  Who has both the appetite and the financial wherewithal to make some deals this year? [Read more →]

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Enterprises may demand 5G faster than telcos can supply

January 3rd, 2019
 

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Two thirds of large organizations surveyed by Gartner have plans to deploy 5G by 2020, but operators may struggle to meet enterprise demand in time, the research firm said. [Read more →]

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Poll: Which US Networks Are Most Likely to Be Acquired in 2019?

January 2nd, 2019
 

Happy New Year!  It's that time of year again to take stock of the M&A landscape in the world of network operators.  Which network operators do you think are most likely to get bought this year?  Last year, we didn't do so well.  Last year, four of the top ten picks changed hands: FirstLight, Everstream, Cross River Fiber, and Sprint (still pending of course).   [Read more →]

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Windstream Unloads the EarthLink Consumer Biz

January 1st, 2019
 

Welcome back everyone!  Some folks at Windstream had a busier holiday week than they probably preferred, as the company finished the year with the sale of a few more non-core assets.  Windstream has sold the legacy EarthLink consumer business to Trive Capital. [Read more →]

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A Few Predictions for 2019

December 31st, 2018
 

After the carnage of last year's predictions, one might think I'd be gun shy about making more for 2019.  Hiding under a rock definitely sounds like a safer option this year, but I'll risk it anyway.  I think it's actually easier to make predictions in chaos, because nobody expects you to have a clue. [Read more →]

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2018 M&A Review: International Edition

December 28th, 2018
 

After yesterday's look at the North American network markets, let's take a jaunt through a few of the infrastructure deals around the world.  I don't cover every market and certainly don't claim this to be comprehensive, but this is a quick sampling of what I kept an eye on at least. [Read more →]

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Building the Case for Enterprises Consuming SD-WAN as a Service

December 28th, 2018
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Matt Hiles, Chief Operating Officer at Mosaic NetworX

If your organization is planning on implementing WAN improvements, you might consider SD-WAN and branch Internet last-mile circuits to augment, or replace, your MPLS circuits. In doing so, [Read more →]

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2018 M&A Review: North American Networks Edition

December 27th, 2018
 

It seems like almost year since 2018 began. Oh wait, it actually has been almost a year. The world of infrastructure M&A was a fairly busy one once again, and I'll bet that many have forgotten swaths of the year's events. Let's take a quick look back. [Read more →]

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Looking Back on My 2018 Predictions

December 26th, 2018
 

Ok, it's *almost* time to make predictions for 2019.  But first we have to take a painful look back at my predictions for 2018.  Let's see how well I did! (This isn't going to be pretty, the squeamish should cover their eyes...): [Read more →]

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RCom facing fresh bankruptcy threat

December 24th, 2018
 

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

India’s Reliance Communications has been thrown for a loop after the market’s telecoms ministry refused to approve the company’s deal to sell [Read more →]

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SSE Enterprise Telcoms Sells 50% Stake to Infracapital

December 21st, 2018
 

Private equity has found another pile of fiber infrastructure to invest in over in the UK. M&G Prudential's Infracapital has reached an agreement to buy 50% of SSE Enterprise Telecoms for £380m. [Read more →]

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Vantage to Acquire 4Degrees, Move Into Canada

December 21st, 2018
 

In a deal I managed to miss earlier this week, Vantage Data Centers has made a move on the Canadian colo market. They have signed a definitive agreement with Videotron to acquire 4Degrees for $200M. [Read more →]

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How Telcos are Fighting Customer Churn and Growing Revenue

December 21st, 2018
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Stacey Kuyfwriter and content strategist for atmail

The telecommunications industry is extremely competitive, as telcos race to convert to 5G, migrate to the cloud, implement AI and big data strategies, and ensure [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: Comcast, Southern Telecom, 365 Data Centers, 123Net

December 20th, 2018
 

Three bits of metro and regional network news from down south, and one from the Great Lakes: [Read more →]

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RCom, GCX Back in Limbo After Spectrum Sale Nixed

December 19th, 2018
 

It has been a year of chaos for Reliance Communications and GCX, but it's not over yet. In a move that will definitely not help settle things, India's Department of Telecommunications has denied RCom's proposed deal to sell spectrum to Reliance Jio. Apparently the regulators won't promise to not chase Jio for RCom's unpaid spectrum fees. [Read more →]

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Arvig Buys Windstream’s Minnesota, Nebraska Fiber

December 19th, 2018
 

A bunch of fiber has changed hands in the Midwest this week. In a pre-Christmas deal, Windstream has sold 'certain fiber assets' to Minnesota-based Arvig Enterprises, Inc. [Read more →]

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Telstra Buys a Chunk of Southern Cross

December 18th, 2018
 

What does Telstra want for Christmas?  Apparently the answer is a bigger share of the Pacific submarine cable business.  The Australian telecommunications provider is doing a deal to buy a quarter of Southern Cross. [Read more →]

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Zayo to Boost NJ Colo Footprint

December 18th, 2018
 

Yesterday, Zayo announced plans to add another data center location to its zColo footprint. They are moving into a new facility in New Jersey, or more specifically Piscataway, which an anchor tenant providing the necessary rationale for expansion. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Robert DeVita on Open-IX’s Next Act

December 18th, 2018
 

It wasn’t so long ago that the US interconnection business was a closed, secretive place.  That changed with the Open-IX initiative, which opened the doors to both European-style internet exchanges and homegrown regional efforts.  So what is Open-IX doing to follow up on that success?  With us today to talk about the organization’s plans is newly named Executive Director and industry veteran Robert DeVita.  [Read more →]

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DataBank Moves Into Indianapolis, Acquires LightBound

December 17th, 2018
 

The Midwest has been pretty dynamic on the M&A front lately, and this morning there was another interesting infrastructure deal. DataBank has announced the acquisition of LightBound. [Read more →]

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2019 – The Year for SD-Digital Platform (SDDP)

December 17th, 2018
 

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by David W. Wang

At the dawn of 2019, either you are a CEO/CTO/CFO of a firm facing your board of trustees, or a manager of network operations & IT facing your firm’s executive management team, you may run into similar million-dollar questions like: “How are we doing with SDDP? When can we move to SDDP?” [Read more →]

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