The End of Juniper's Cartoons

February 28th, 2009
 

For years, router specialist Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings) has been using cartoons in its marketing campaigns, so much so that they became part of the landscape.  But no more, various reports say that the six year run is over; the cartoons are a casualty of the recent marketing shakeup.  All marketing campaigns come to an end and this one had a long run, but I have to say I will miss it.  Some people hated it, others loved it - but everyone noticed.   [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Cbeyond Maintains Projections, Aims At Seattle

February 27th, 2009
 

Alternative service provider cbey reported Q4 and full year 2008 earnings today, with no big surprises.  Revenues of $93.9M and earnings of $0.02/share were basically inline with guidance and expectations.  Churn rose slightly to 1.4% from 1.3%, which seems about right given the economy. More importantly though, they did not waver in the slightest regarding 2009, maintaining projections of $420M-440M or 20-25% growth and $62-70M in EBITDA.  Not many companies in the sector are giving detailed guidance for 2009 and I [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Cogent Sees Traffic Surge

February 26th, 2009
 

Internet provider Cogent Communications (NASDAQ:CCOI, news, filings) saw traffic growth of 24.9% from the third to the fourth quarter this year, according to their Q4 earnings release. Cogent's lack of traffic growth earlier this year seemed to give us some advance warning that all was not right with the economy, but it seems that was a mirage. Actually, their traffic growth apparently relates mostly to its own sales dynamics. Traffic slowed as they faced pricing competition in the first half of the year, then surged when their own price cuts took hold. [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

PAETEC Still Defiant

February 26th, 2009
 

Alternative telecommunications service provider PAETEC (news, filings) reported earnings this morning, and no the sky hasn't fallen yet. Revenues of $400.2M were in the upper half of guidance, as was adjusted EBITDA of $60.3M. Net loss for the fourth quarter was $114.4M, but that included a deferred income tax adustment of $93.3M and a goodwill adjustment of $15M. Excluding these, net loss would have been [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

A Tax On Streaming!?

February 26th, 2009
 

What will they think of next.  In the state of Washington, the legislature is considering a bill that would add a special tax on streaming media, i.e. video and audio.  Of course, there are already taxes on digital media downloads in some states, but streaming isn't a download.  When you watch a streaming video, you don't actually come away with it with a physical asset - just the experience.  Streaming is much more like radio or TV broadcasts, except that it is a developing industry still trying to figure out how to become profitable rather than an established one.

What is running through these people's minds?  I can just imagine one side of a phone conversation with a constitutent... [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Tales From the Field: Squished

February 26th, 2009
 

Well, maybe 'tales from the tradeshow', but still. Imagine arriving at a tradeshow primed and ready to show off your wares using a mobile computing cluster the size of a big suitcase. You open the shipping crate, and you see this.  Yes, it's supposed to be a square, [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

CDNetworks and Panther Express Tie the Knot

February 25th, 2009
 

Consolidation has begun in the content delivery space, Korean based CDNetworks and US based Panther Express announced their merger today.  Contentinople and the Business of Online Video have further details on the event.  Both companies being private, the financial terms were not disclosed.  CDNetworks was much larger than Panther of course, being the #3 CDN on a revenue basis.  However, the pairing looks like a good one strategically.  CDNetworks gets what it has been seeking, a truly credible entry into the US and European markets.  And Panther gets what it has been seeking, [Read more →]

2 Comments

BT Building Its Own CDN

February 25th, 2009
 

Better late than never?  British Telecom (NYSE:BT, news, filings) is apparently planning to enter the content delivery business, according to a report from Dan Rayburn.   But they aren't going to buy their way in like Level 3 did, nor will they resell the services of other CDNs (Reliance Globalcom, Global Crossing, DT), nor will they straddle the fence with partnerships (Tata, Verizon).  Nope, BT is going to follow in the footsteps of AT&T (NYSE:T, news, filings) and build their own CDN offering from scratch. [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Covad Unveils MPLS Backbone

February 24th, 2009
 

Covad continues to transform itself into a national network operater, seeking to transcend its DSL and T-1 roots.  Today the company announced completion of a series of capacity upgrades and a nationwide MPLS deployment.  I have always watched Covad but never understood it well.  When the company sold out to private equity a year or so ago they mostly dropped off my radar screen.  Their new owners obviously needed to find a new direction for the company, and they are apparently ready to show off their new look. [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Cavalier Forms Intellifiber Unit

February 24th, 2009
 

Competitive telecommunications provider Cavalier Telephone unveiled its new, independently run Intellifiber Networks unit today, to be headed by industry veteran Clint Heiden.  The company debuts with more than 16,000 route miles of fiber, 400+ PoPs, and 700+ on-net buildings, mostly within an area bounded by Chicago, Boston, and Raleigh and concentrated in the mid-Atlantic states.  Cavtel has generally focused on the consumer segment and on enterprises in its main turf, the new move is intended to find a way to generate better value out of their fiber assets.  Of course, these are not new assets.
[Read more →]

2 Comments

Level 3 Veers Off Net

February 23rd, 2009
 

An article from Phone+ Magazine over the weekend heralds a big change in the way Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) sees itself.   The company is not only looking to increase sales via the indirect channels, it is looking to do so off-net.  For over a decade now, Level 3 has beat the drum about on-net services, driving higher margins by seeking sales that can be served mostly over their own facilities.  Now they are looking to embrace their inner CLEC, as it were, and compete for the mid-sized enterprise market via other [Read more →]

2 Comments

If Traffic Growth and Spending Cutbacks Collide

February 23rd, 2009
 

Reading the news these days is not unlike being hounded by the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Rather than being named Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death, this time they are named Depression, Nationalization, Foreclosure, and Bankruptcy. From the point of view of telecom and internet infrastructure, the whole thing is a bit surreal because for the sector there just hasn't been much pain so far.  Sales may be wobbly in some corners and capex may be slowing, and a few companies with large existing problems may have succumbed, but with the telecom nuclear winter of 5-9 years ago still fresh in our minds this is like snow flurry so far.    This can't continue forever, something has to give. [Read more →]

4 Comments

TheJuice's Projections for Level 3 in 2009

February 21st, 2009
 

Hello everyone. I backed up the truck so to speak at .72 cents on Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) equity on Friday so I thought I would take a minute to update a few spreadsheets and get my vision of the future out there for discussion.

First I did a quick and dirty ev/ebitdas calculation based on what I think is market price on the equity and debt which came out under 5. I've also included the calculation assuming face value of the debt, which came out under 7. I wanted an entry point under these numbers. Here's that spreadsheet. I posted something close to this on the IV board however after going back through the 2009 numbers I'm a bit more [Read more →]

6 Comments

COLT Reports, Looks to Raise Cash

February 21st, 2009
 

European alternative fiber operator Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) reported Q4 and full year 2008 earnings today.  Total revenue increased to €427.5M from €420.7M in the third quarter.  Overall in 2008 on a constant currency basis revenues increased 2.4%, the company has been driving data revenues while churning off voice revenues for several years now.  Data revenues in Q4 rose to 55% of the total.  It remains unclear just how long the company will run in place in terms of total revenue, but the economy surely won't help. [Read more →]

1 Comment

Rackspace Shows Its Muscle

February 20th, 2009
 

Webhosting specialist Rackspace Hosting (NYSE:RAX, news, filings) announced solid Q4 and full year 2008 earnings today. Revenues of $143.1M were up 3% sequentially despite being affected by negative foreign exchange swings in the UK and Europe where about one fourth of their revenues derive. Overall, revenues for 2008 grew at a 46.9% clip, an enviable number by any measure let alone during a recession. Costs fell across the board, resulting in a profit of $0.06/share, well above estimates. [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Sprint's Tourniquet Not Helping Yet

February 19th, 2009
 

Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S, news, filings) reported earnings today and continued to excel - at redefining the word 'gruesome'.  Fortunately, I think the street was expecting the new definition.  Revenues were $8.430B, down another 4.3% from $8.816B in Q3 and a bit more than the street expected.  For many quarters now the company has lost revenue rapidly, yet managed to generally maintain its cost of revenue - it's just not a good combination.   The adjusted loss per share of $(0.01) was actually a bit better than the $(0.03) the street was expecting.  The company continued to generate positive cash flow at a reasonable clip, however, adding $536M during the quarter, and expects to [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Fiberlight Progresses in Virginia

February 19th, 2009
 

Metro fiber specialist Fiberlight offered an update yesterday on its progress building a new metro ring in northern Virginia.  The ring, which will connect the new NAP of the Capital region facilities that Terremark (news, filings) [a subsidiary of Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings)] is building in Culpeper, is 50% done and on-target for completion in the spring as planned.  It's nice to see that while the financial world may have ground to a halt and the pundits think the end is nigh on a daily basis, the world does keep on turning.  [Read more →]

5 Comments

A Scramble for Datacenter Space?

February 18th, 2009
 

According to an intriguing Data Center Knowledge article today, the credit crisis is having a somewhat surprising effect in the market for data center square footage: increased leasing activity and shortened decision times.  That's right, less available cash for IT projects, yet more spending.  One might even call it hoarding.  Well, not on all things, just on space. What's going on?  It seems to be an object lesson in what happens when a red-hot industry [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Switch & Data Keeps Rolling

February 18th, 2009
 

Colocation specialist sdxc reported earnings after the bell, facing down the economy without a flinch.  They finished the year with 25% revenue growth and 33% EBITDA growth despite the economic turmoil and they did not revise 2009 guidance.  There can be no doubt that the datacenter space will feel the effects of the economy, but if a recession like this one merely causes your growth to pull back from 25% to 21-22% then you are doing pretty darn [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Happily Propagating Instability

February 17th, 2009
 

According to several reports, the entire internet became unstable last night for about an hour.  Ordinary denizens of the web noticed somewhat, but it really got the attention of network operators.  Renesys has an excellent description of what happened which I found both entertaining and explanatory, but here is the quick version.

A small ISP in the Czech republic called SuproNet made a small, somewhat silly change to the configuration of its routers, which then propagated the change to its neighbors.  Routers being routers, they did one of two things:  [Read more →]

1 Comment

Currency Storm Clouds Global Crossing's Quarter

February 17th, 2009
 

International network and IP services company glbc reported earnings overnight, meeting all the guidance they had previously given. However, as with Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) last week, the financial crisis left its mark with foreign exchange adjustments large enough to make everything really hard to read. Full year guidance for both revenue and EBITDA appeared trivial to reach based on strong performance in the first three quarters. Indeed they made it, but because of the turbulence [Read more →]

Leave a Comment

Zayo's New Capital

February 16th, 2009
 

Last week Telecom Ramblings broke the news here that metro and regional fiber specialist Zayo Group (news, filings) had apparently managed to raise yet more money, and in fact they did with a series B equity round.  We don't get too many scoops around here, so far anyway!  Of course, Zayo didn't actually tell us how much they raised yet, more information is to come later.  But let's make a guesstimate of $50M based on CEO Dan Caruso's comment: [Read more →]

2 Comments

Qwest Builds More Metro Fiber

February 16th, 2009
 

In their Q4 earnings conference call last week, q announced that they will deploy metro fiber rings in six new markets outside their home region, hoping to "improve their out-of-region cost structure and competitive position."  No kidding, Qwest has always lacked sufficient on/off ramps outside its home turf, it was a strategic mistake that originated back in the bubble that has weighed on the non-RBOC part of the company ever since. Qwest says the move is "a little bit of offense, and a little bit of defense". [Read more →]

2 Comments