More Expansions: Fiberlight, Syringa, and Lexent

January 28th, 2010
 

We have been seeing expansions across the competitive fiber space as companies kick off 2010. Here are a few more that I hadn't gotten to yet.

Fiberlight gave details of its expansion in the Baltimore area that I had heard was underway.  The company is constructing an additional 100 route miles of fiber to their network, expanding beyond the downtown loops.  Laurel, Columbia, Elkridge, and Greenbelt will all benefit from the additional connectivity.  Along with last year's new loop out to Culpeper VA, [Read more →]

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Infinera Reports Q4, Plans to Swap CFOs

January 27th, 2010
 

Telecommunications equipment challenger Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) reported fourth quarter earnings yesterday after the bell.  Revenues of $90.2M were up 8% sequentially from the prior quarter, and 5% from the same quarter last year, and the number beat analyst estimates.  Net loss per share of $0.07 was also a penny better than expected.  Infinera offered Q1 guidance for revenues of $92-94M and a net loss of $0.10-0.11, which were probably both larger than expected.  The unnamed internet content provider that was mentioned in the company's Q3 call became [Read more →]

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XO Expands in Texas, Eyes Latin America

January 27th, 2010
 

Joining the 2010 expansion parade, XO Holdings (news, filings) has made a move of its own.  The company announced today an 800 mile expansion of its fiber backbone into southern Texas, adding a loop through Corpus Christie, McAllen, Harlingen, Laredo, and Victoria.  The company is also adding a new international gateway at the Mexican border in McAllen, which along with its other gateways to Latin America in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Miami, will improve the company's connectivity to the region. [Read more →]

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Level 3 Helps TDS Telecom Build 10G Network

January 26th, 2010
 

TDS Telecom announced today the completion of the first phase of its 10G interstate IP and transport network.  The newly built network hooks up the company's broadband markets in 30 states.  The network initially consists of some 45 10G wavelengths, of which at least 25 are being provided by Level 3.   Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) also expects to be providing voice services as well to TDS in a growing relationship. [Read more →]

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Verizon Opens Earnings Season For Telecom

January 26th, 2010
 

Telecommunications giant Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) reported it's Q4 and full year results this morning, opening earnings season with ... well not with a bang but not a whimper either.  When you're as big and diverse as these guys are, I guess it's hard to sneak up on anyone. Revenues of $27.1B were in-line, as were adjusted earnings per share of $0.54.  Wireless subscriber additions of 2.2M were higher than expected, but most of that came through wholesale.  Total wireline subscribers 'shockingly' continued to [Read more →]

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Cavalier Aims for the Clouds

January 25th, 2010
 

East coast CLEC Cavalier announced today that it has purchased Net Telcos, which operates a data center in Richmond VA.  The facility is one that Cavalier already provides service to, and they intend to use it to jump start its entry into the managed services business in the mid-Atlantic region.   Further details from this TelephonyOnline article make it clear that the company is positioning itself for the coming of [Read more →]

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Level 3 Hooks Up At CENX

January 25th, 2010
 

Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) announced this morning that it has connected to CENX, the Carrier Ethernet exchange started by Nan Chen of the Metro Ethernet Forum and opened for business in November.  The connection will allow Level 3 to service more customers more quickly than before, assuming of course that the exchange gains critical mass amongst network providers.  It was just a week ago that it was Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) Business joining CENX to extend its own Ethernet reach.  Given the attention from both next generation and traditional [Read more →]

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More Network Maps: Latin America

January 25th, 2010
 

I have added another page to my longhaul maps collection for Latin America, i.e. everything from Mexico and the Bahamas on southward to Cape Horn.  There tends to be a greater dependence on submarine versus terrestrial fiber in much of this region - fiber backbones over the Andes and through the Amazon are rare except for between Argentina and Chile.  There tend to be national or even simply regional networks strung together with submarine capacity, with Mexico being the notable [Read more →]

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A New Look for Telecom Ramblings

January 24th, 2010
 

Over the weekend I rolled out a new layout for the website.  Artistically there were some minor color changes, but the main differences revolve around the three boxes at the top.  Basically, the main menu bar was getting crowded and new visitors would have to dig quite hard to find things like the map collections and metro fiber list.  Here is a quick summary: [Read more →]

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M&A Poll: Which US Network Provider Is Most Likely To Be A Buyer in 2010?

January 22nd, 2010
 

For the first Telecom Ramblings reader poll of 2010, I thought I'd invert the question I asked last summer and see who the telecom community thinks is the likeliest buyer of more fiber.  For this poll, I'm looking only at publicly traded companies that own or directly operate a substantial amount of fiber:

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FiberTower Rides FiberLight for Expansion

January 21st, 2010
 

FiberTower ftwr is embarking on a major expansion of its fiber footprint using dark fiber from metro fiber specialist FiberLight.  The transaction covers some 4000 miles of fiber right now across eight markets, with options for 8000 more miles over the next 6 years.  Fibertower combines metro loops with its spectrum holdings to develop hybrid wireless backhaul systems. [Read more →]

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Bharti, Limelight Partner for CDN in India

January 21st, 2010
 

Indian telecommunications giant Bharti Airtel and CDN specialist Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW, news, filings) announced today that they will work together to provide more comprehensive content delivery services to the Indian marketplace. The CDN services market in India is growing at a 30% clip and has huge and rapidly growing online population, which of course means a global CDN needs to find a way to address it or be left behind. [Read more →]

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Abovenet Adds Equinix, Telehouse Data Centers

January 20th, 2010
 

Metro fiber specialist abvt has long had a very dense NY metro area footprint, but this month they have been deepening it further with the addition of several datacenters already.  Yesterday the company announced services to two Telehouse facilities at 25 Broadway in Manhattan and 7 Teleport on Staten Island.  That allows them to offer low latency connectivity to financial clients in either facility, and gives Telehouse some more firepower [Read more →]

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Contemplating Fiber Through the Northwest Passage

January 19th, 2010
 

It's not often that the Arctic Ocean comes up in the context of fiberoptics, and my first impression of yesterday's headline about a proposed ArcticLink cable amounted to 'Fiber-To-The-Igloo??'  But actually the project calls for a 10,000 mile undersea Japan-UK cable that goes through the Bering Straight and right on through the fabled Northwest Passage.  It's a route that a decade or two ago would have been fantasy at best, but which now might be plausible due to the receding ice cap.   [Read more →]

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XO, Hibernia Partner for Expansion

January 19th, 2010
 

Transatlantic cable operator Hibernia Atlantic and US backbone and the competitive carrier XO Holdings (news, filings) announced an interesting partnership this morning.  The two companies will swap complementary capacity, allowing each to extend its network reach.  XO gains both a capacity boost and extra diversity for its IP network to and within Europe.  While XO hasn't ever had a major presence overseas, they did add transpacific capacity just about a year ago simply to improve their IP backbone cost structure and reach.  Since I doubt they are making a major [Read more →]

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Global Crossing, Level 3, and Verizon Business Each Notch International Contracts.

January 19th, 2010
 

US based carriers have had some success internationally over the past few days.

glbc won a nice international voice and data services deal with AeroMexico. The airline will be using the company's MPLS and DIA services to connect 22 US locations and 8 more internationally and spruce up its scheduling and baggage handling systems, as well as toll free and long distance services for its reservations system.  Overall, that's a wide range of services to a large international corporate customer taken away from the incumbent, and precisely the [Read more →]

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PacketExchange Buys Mzima

January 18th, 2010
 

London based PacketExchange annnounced today that it will buy the assets of California based and fellow tier 2 network provider Mzima.  These are two very similar companies, both  focused on providing managed and unmanaged IP and Ethernet services out of major data centers.  Each has had regional strength on their home turf, and their footprints are highly complimentary.  Combined, they have a strong presence in both [Read more →]

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Interoute Opens New Route to Gibraltar

January 18th, 2010
 

European backbone operator Interoute joined the growing list of network operators who have begun 2010 on an expansive note, turning up a new link to Gibraltar with GibTelecom, the dominant provider of both wireless and wireline services in the British territory.  The 900km route from Madrid is independent of other routes in southern Spain from Telefonica and others, offering Gibraltar improved connectivity.  Initial connectivity on the new link will be 2.5Gbps, but more will surely be on the way down the line.     [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Tinet Takes the Wholesale Path

January 17th, 2010
 

For a while there, when one talked of pure-play wholesale carriers it was in the past tense.  But for the last six months Tinet has brought this business model back from the brink of extinction.  Formerly part of Tiscali, Tinet is now owned by private equity and is boldly walking the path of the wholesale data specialist.  The now independent company runs a top-10 backbone and sells only IP Transit/Peering and Ethernet services to wholesale buyers such as ISPs, carriers, and content providers.

Is the wholesale business model finally ready to rise again?  This could be a substantial shift in the marketplace, and yet it gets little press amidst all the noise about network neutrality, iPhones, and layoffs.  Hence, I thought we could do with a bit more first hand information.  With us today to offer his perspective is Tinet's [Read more →]

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Kicking off the Great Fiber Expansion of 2010

January 16th, 2010
 

Ok, maybe that's a bit premature but everyone needs goals to shoot for.  But as 2010 starts rolling, I think we are starting to see a much more aggressive stance from industry participants overall, and especially from the metro fiber space which seems ready to explode.  Alongside the expansive noises Abovenet is making, this week there were interesting announcements by Lightower, Optimum Lightpath, Intellifiber, Orange Business, and 360Networks that hopefully foreshadow more to come: [Read more →]

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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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