Abovenet Aims at New Markets

January 15th, 2010
 

As I thought might happen, abvt seems to be ready to leverage its success over the past several years to do launch an aggressive expansion into new markets.  After managing to maintain a torrid growth rate and EBITDA margins in the mid 40% range during a recession, one has to wonder what they have planned for a recovery.  Just before the new year, the company drew down the remaining $24.57M of its Delayed Draw Term Loan, though for current operations it has no need for that money.  And this week in an interview with Reuters, CEO Bill LaPerch discussed continued growth driven by its financial customers and offered the following quote: [Read more →]

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A Week of Equipment Choices

January 14th, 2010
 

A rebound in the telecom sector is something we are all hoping for after last year's frantic cost cutting and delayed purchasing.  One key step along the path to a more sustainable capex level across the industry is obviously the choice of what new gear to spend it on, and therefore I find it encouraging that we have seen quite a few interesting selections this week.  Here are a few that caught my eye: [Read more →]

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Cinnabar Buys US Metro

January 14th, 2010
 

Southwest Florida metro fiber provider US Metro is being sold to Cinnabar Ventures, which is a new technology company focusing on cloud-based network solutions.  US Metro, which operates fiber in Lee and Collier counties, isn't the largest metro fiber company around, having just past the $2M annual revenue mark.  But the price tag of $18M is some 9 times revenue, which implies a hefty EBITDA multiple and reflects the value of the assets in the ground.   [Read more →]

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Telecom Ramblings Jobs: Field Technician

January 14th, 2010
 

Over on the Telecom Ramblings Jobs board, we have a new listing.  Intercarrier Networks is looking for a Field Technician in St Louis, Missouri.  I'm hopeful that with the economy looking better this year that we will see many more such jobs open up, though of course if there is M&A activity then there will also be jobs lost due to consolidation.  

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What’s Up at Deltacom?

January 13th, 2010
 

According to an article over at Phone+, itcd has recently been playing some serious hardball with its agents.  The southern CLEC appears to have unceremoniously severed its relationship with a variety of agents and master agents.  Now, Phone+ caters to the channel and their article is of course from that point of view, but regardless it is clear that Deltacom is in the midst of reorganizing its channel sales.  This sort of thing is never fun for those involved, and I can't say anything about the merits of the accusations on either side of the fence.  As a general matter though, this sort of event happens periodically in the sector when a carrier decides it isn't getting what it wants out of the channel for whatever reason.  So what is Deltacom not getting? [Read more →]

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Metro Fiber Maps Via a Map

January 13th, 2010
 

Regular readers know that I love fiber maps.  I'd have to, or I wouldn't collect links to them.  But despite that, Telecom Ramblings had no map of its own - until now.  No, I didn't just acquire some fiber so I can add myself to my own list (someday perhaps!?).  But I did build myself a clickable map of my metro fiber maps to make them easier to navigate.  The existing list of regions was both long and arbitrarily organized, and readers looking for a fiber in a particular market had to think about not only where it was but also what I might have called it.  So instead, let's try this: [Read more →]

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24/7 Fiber Expands on the Delmarva Peninsula

January 12th, 2010
 

This morning, 24/7 Fiber Network announced an expansion of its metro and regional footprint in and beyond Washington DC and Baltimore.  The company plans to construct a dark fiber network that extends into the under-served Delmarva peninsula. That's the land on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay whose name derives from the three states occupying it:  Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.  The 432 strand fiber route will run through Salisbury to [Read more →]

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A Green Touch of Destiny

January 12th, 2010
 

Yesterday a high profile, international group of communications companies, government and nonprofit agencies, and research labs banded together to launch Green Touch.  The idea behind the group is to work together to lower energy consumption in the communications industry.  And of course to kick things off they needed to set an a goal worthy of the effort.  Led by the likes of Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs, AT&T, China Mobile, and MIT's Research Laboratory for Electronics, they clearly have a lot of firepower to bring to bear.   [Read more →]

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NTT America Looking to 100G

January 11th, 2010
 

There's a nice article with comments from NTT America's  CTO Doug Junkins over on Enterprise Networking Planet.  Amongst the interesting bits are that the company's capex budget will be some 20-30% higher in 2010 than in 2009 in response to continuing traffic growth.  On their transpacific routes - which now include the Pacific Crossing cable, their lit capacity will reach 320Gbps this month and likely 500Gbps by the end of the year.  But the most interesting portion is NTT America's growing interest in 100G.   [Read more →]

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Savvis Reaffirms Guidance, Changes CEO

January 11th, 2010
 

Phil Koen has stepped down as CEO of Savvis (news, filings) [a subsidiary of CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings)] as of Jan 8, and its chairman James Ousley has stepped in as interim CEO while the company puts together a search committee to find a permanent successor.  Koen joined the company in 2006 when it looked far different than it does today.  His reasons for leaving are not entirely clear, only that he is ready to look at new opportunities. [Read more →]

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M&A Journal: What’s Level 3 Up To?

January 11th, 2010
 

Last week, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) started the new year with a refinancing move, variants of which seem to be on pages 1-27 of its playbook.  But is this really about getting an early start at chipping away at the 2013 debt pile?  There are a few interesting points that suggest an M&A motive, and of course M&A is on pages 28-50 of that playbook [Read more →]

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Speaking of Femtocells, Here Comes MagicJack

January 10th, 2010
 

On Friday I mentioned widespread use of femtocells as a long term wireless replacement.  But today, femtocells are expensive and are marketed by a few large wireless carriers mainly to those with poor indoor cell coverage.  But at the CES show last week we heard the rumblings of change.  MagicJack unveiled an early version of its own femtocell, which they have been working on for a year or two now.  It's still not for sale yet, but if it's anything like the company's consumer VoIP offering then it's going to make a big splash.  Many people, myself included, underestimated the company's VoIP effort, but it has turned out to be a very savvy formulation of [Read more →]

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No More VoIP for T-Mobile

January 8th, 2010
 

In June of 2008, T-Mobile opened a new front by offering over-the-top VoIP to its wireless customers.  It was an interesting move, but little was heard on the subject after that.  Therefore it came as no great shock to me when the company announced its intention to pull the plug on new sales.  This has always been an outsourced service, so they have little infrastructure to take down and will therefore continue to [Read more →]

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Qwest Finds Credit Market Door Ajar

January 7th, 2010
 

This morning, q announced its intention to sell $500M in new debt due 2018, intending to use the proceeds to redeem $525M in 7.25% senior notes that mature in February of next year.  Just seven hours later, the offering had morphed into $800M, a full 60% more than originally planned.  The notes will bear interest at 7.125% and were priced at 98.44% - not a [Read more →]

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Ciena On the Block? Naaah…

January 7th, 2010
 

Shareholders of telecom equipment maker Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) have sure had quite a ride recently.  The most recent news of course was an eruption of buyout rumors.  Supposedly, it was Nokia Siemens that was sniffing around, fresh from losing the Nortel MEN auction.  Nokia Siemens flat out denied it, but the rumor kept right on trucking without an actual named buyer like some sort of headless [Read more →]

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Equinix, Switch and Data Facing Anti-trust Scrutiny

January 6th, 2010
 

Equinix's proposed purchase of Switch and Data seems to be facing some hurdles at the anti-trust division of the Department of Justice.  In filings today, the two companies pushed back the expected closing of the deal into the second quarter.  After resetting the waiting period once already in December, Equinix has now received a second request to which it needs to respond and which adds yet another 30 days to the process.  Is there a chance the government will nix the deal entirely?  I doubt it. [Read more →]

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T-mobile and AT&T Add Some Speed

January 6th, 2010
 

T-mobile has reportedly upgraded its US 3G network to HSPA 7.2, which is capable of downlink speeds of 7.2Mbps.  That is twice as fast as previously supported, and technically makes T-mobile the fastest national mobile network out there - though where available Clearwire's WiMAX does burst higher of course.  With the higher downstream speeds comes greater backhaul requirements, but T-mobile has the 'blessing' of not having to support an iPhone explosion in the USA - yet.  They still haven't publicly said much about their plans for 4G, but I think [Read more →]

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Constellation Invests in Hibernia Atlantic

January 5th, 2010
 

Transatlantic cable operator Hibernia Atlantic has received a cash infusion of $13.4M from Constellation Growth Capital, which until now was owned entirely by Columbia Ventures Corporation.  It was just last month that Hibernia announced the purchase of video networking specialist MediaXstream in an all stock transaction.   The company will use the funds to continue to expand its business and especially to extend its network reach deeper into both the North American and European markets.   [Read more →]

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Rumor: Intellifiber Prepping Lowest Latency NYC/Chicago Route

January 5th, 2010
 

Reliable sources tell me that Intellifiber is preparing to light the lowest latency route between the NYC and Chicago metro areas.  Rumors peg the latency at all sorts of physically impossible numbers, but the new route will likely check in just below current SLA'd latencies of about 17ms.  In addition to speed, the route will be physically diverse from other high speed routes, which will help add resiliency to the new generation of financial networks.  The latency war that began in 2009 continues to heat up, and the NYC-Chicago route is one of the major flash points.  The speed title currently is, last I heard, held by [Read more →]

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Level 3 Opens the Year With a Refi

January 5th, 2010
 

Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) this morning announced that it plans to issue $640M in new senior notes due 2018 to qualified institutional buyers.  They will use the money to tender for their 12.25% debt due 2013, of which they have $550M outstanding.  There will be some left over, even if they were to get all of the 12.25%'s.  It is a while yet before 2013 rolls around, but the company has a large pile of debt due that year and is clearly not going to wait to chip away at it.  Early refi action has been their policy for so many years now that this move probably doesn't surprise anyone.  The amount the debt markets are apparently willing to let them refinance, however, is quite [Read more →]

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Final Metro Maps Installment: Virginia & the Carolinas, and the Rockies

January 5th, 2010
 

It's taken a few months, but I have finally filled in the rest of the continental US map with pages of metro map links for Virginia and the Carolinas and for the Rockies.  Of course, two states are still unaccounted for, I will add a page for metro maps in Hawaii and Alaska if I ever find any.  It has been quite a job, but now that it is in place I hope that the full collection of US metro fiber maps will serve as a resource for anyone researching or just hoping to browse available fiber networks by market. [Read more →]

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Forbes and the Bandwidth Problem

January 4th, 2010
 

In an article on Forbes.com entitled Solving the Bandwidth Problem just before the new year, Ed Sperling caught my attention by repeatedly declaring that there is a bandwidth shortage in progress.  In the category of exhausted synonyms for our apparently overwhelmed infrastructure, there was bottleneck, traffic congestion, slowdown, overcrowding, and of course log jam.  And the solution?  Private networks apparently, paid for at a premium from the same providers supposedly unable to handle congestion in the first place.  It's the exaflood story all over again with existing fiber capacity soon to be maxed out worldwide, but without the need for video apparently since doomsday is already nigh.  Really?  Could have fooled me... [Read more →]

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5 Predictions for Telecom, Fiber, and Data in 2010

January 3rd, 2010
 

Looking forward into 2010 is far more enjoyable than looking backward into 2009.  What can we expect from the new year?  As always, technology will obviously advance and traffic will grow.  But beyond that, here are a few thematic predictions I saw floating in my Crystal Ball: [Read more →]

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