Brookfield Infrastructure Takes Out Cincinnati Bell

December 23rd, 2019
 

In what might be the last big deal of the year, Brookfield Infrastructure and Cincinnati Bell have announced a $2.6B deal. Brookfield will be purchasing the Midwestern service provider for a cash price of $10.50 per share that will take the company private. [Read more →]

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EMEA Roundup: InterXion, WIG, Sparkle, China Mobile

December 23rd, 2019
 

Just two shopping days left until Christmas, but over in the EMEA region there’s still a few things to catch up on first: [Read more →]

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Evolving VoIP Solutions – New Options to Enable Critical Communications

December 20th, 2019
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Lucian Calugaru of Claro Enterprise Solutions

The purpose of the call is to propose a major new product initiative. You’ve prepared for weeks. You and your team dial in. Your CEO joins the bridge. Just as you launch into your pitch, the boss interrupts. “You’re breaking up….” [Read more →]

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Thursday Roundup: Ericsson, Microsoft, QTS, Megaport, FirstLight

December 19th, 2019
 

Some connected cars, some interconnection, and some fiber-to-the-mountain: [Read more →]

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Wednesday Roundup: Everstream, IFN, Digital Realty, Windstream

December 18th, 2019
 

A few more items worth noting at midweek: [Read more →]

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CenturyLink Wins Dark Fiber, SD-WAN deals

December 18th, 2019
 

CenturyLink has picked up a significant research and education deal. Internet2 has selected CenturyLink’s new ITU-T G.652.D optical fiber to upgrade its network. CenturyLink recently leveraged all that empty conduit Level 3 and Qwest put in back in the dotcom bubble to pull the latest generation of fiber on key routes nationwide. [Read more →]

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What Network Operators Can Learn from How Ford Beat Ferrari

December 18th, 2019
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Wayne Hickey, Advisor, Product Marketing, Ciena

A blockbuster production of “Ford v Ferrari” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale recently hit theaters, raking in nearly $185 million thus far and soon contending for Oscars in the new year. More than just popcorn fare or awards fodder, though, it can serve as a lesson for network operators, too. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: DE-CIX, Flexential, Telia, Altice

December 17th, 2019
 

A few items from across the sector to keep up with: [Read more →]

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NTT to Build MIST

December 16th, 2019
 

On Friday, NTT announced plans to begin constructing a new submarine cable system in the Indian Ocean via its Singaporean joint venture Orient Link Pte, Ltd.  The new MIST cable will connect Singapore with both Mumbai and Chennai as well as picking up Myanmar along the way.   [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Bandwidth’s Lydia Runnels on Upcoming 911 Regulatory Deadlines

December 16th, 2019
 

Two key regulatory deadlines are looming for emergency services in the telecommunications space.  Starting on February 16, 2020, enterprises will have to be in compliance with Kari’s Law and RAY BAUM’s Act, which aim to improve notifications and include better location information alongside 9-1-1 calls.  Bandwidth is a leader in the 911 space, enabling carriers, VoIP service providers and enterprises to set up their voice networks for emergency services.  With us today to help spread the word about how regulations are changing and what needs to be done is Bandwidth’s VP of Product Strategy, Lydia Runnels. [Read more →]

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Windstream Wholesale Lands Hyperscale Haul

December 13th, 2019
 

Windstream Wholesale announced this week an agreement for the largest single capacity sale in the company’s history. They have done a deal with a hyperscaler that totals some 5.7Tbps. [Read more →]

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How 5G and IoT will Transform CSPs in 2020 and Beyond

December 13th, 2019
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Laurens de Nooyer, Global Industry Director, Communications & Media IoT, Software AG

With the end of mobile’s long growth spurt, communications service providers have been undergoing a very difficult time with revenues dropping and disruptive innovators popping up every day to compete more aggressively with each other. Revenue growth is no longer [Read more →]

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Thursday Roundup: DQE, Southern Telecom, GTT, Colt

December 12th, 2019
 

Some new fiber, a couple new customers, and of course more cloud connectivity: [Read more →]

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Bluebird Network Acquires the Illinois Network Alliance

December 11th, 2019
 

With Macquarie now in the ownership chair, Bluebird Network appears to be on the M&A hunt. But before doing anything dramatic, they are first taking care of some business within their own sphere of influence. Bluebird has announced a deal to acquire the Illinois Network Alliance. [Read more →]

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FirstLight Acquires ColoSpace

December 10th, 2019
 

FirstLight Fiber is finishing off the year with a bit of inorganic expansion. The Northeastern fiber and data operator has announced the acquisition of ColoSpace for an undisclosed purchase price. [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: Ericsson, CenturyLink, Telxius, Infinera

December 10th, 2019
 

A few interesting items from vendors and global network operators from around the world worth keeping an eye on. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Mike Sevret Takes the Helm at South Reach

December 9th, 2019
 

Last month saw the launch of South Reach Networks, formerly Interconnect Miami.  South Reach Networks is a privately-held Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) company headquartered in Miami, Florida. South Reach starts off with a data center at 36 NE Second Street and a fully diverse underground high fiber count metro ring providing connectivity over to Equinix and several other key destinations.  But with backing from Turning Rock Partners, we can expect some new infrastructure investments in the quarters ahead.  With us today to talk about South Reach’s plans for expansion is newly minted President Mike Sevret.

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Friday Roundup: SubCom, Orange Business, GCX

December 6th, 2019
 

A few items from around the world to end the week: [Read more →]

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“Ball of Confusion”

December 6th, 2019
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Sharif Fotouh, Managing Director, Compass EdgePoint

If there is a song whose title characterizes the current state of the edge data center market, it would be The Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion.” (I’m a Motown guy.) Although you can’t swing a dead cat nowadays without reading or hearing someone describing “the edge” as being as close to data center nirvana as we’re going to get, right now it seems like we’re in a bit of “you go first” mode of adoption. Naturally, some may find this state of affairs a bit disconcerting, but if you think about it, this slow rate of adoption may, at least in part, be our fault. [Read more →]

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Zayo Kicks Off Columbus-Pittsburgh Longhaul Buildout

December 5th, 2019
 

Zayo has been pretty quiet lately as we all wait for the deal by Digital Colony and EQT to close and take them private. But this week they announced a new project on the organic front: another longhaul buildout. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Roundup: FiberLight, EdgeConneX, CenturyLink, EarthLink

December 4th, 2019
 

A few interesting items from the start of this week, focusing in on metro and the edge: [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: GTT, Telxius, Sparkle, CenturyLink

December 3rd, 2019
 

Here’s a quick rundown of news from global network providers from over the break and the start of the week: [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: EdgeUno’s Mehmet Akcin Takes On Latin America’s Infrastructure

December 2nd, 2019
 

Latin America has long been an intriguing market for infrastructure providers, with plenty of opportunity tempered by a different and still-developing ecosystem of providers, regulators, and the like.  This year we saw EdgeUno emerge as a new entrant in the data center and cloud computing space, beginning with an acquisition of infrastructure in Colombia and quickly following up with a quick expansion into Argentina, Chile and Brazil.  With us today to talk about EdgeUno’s approach and near-term goals is CEO Mehmet Akcin.  Mehmet spent three years each building network for Microsoft and Yahoo, and recently founded the network atlas site Infrapedia as well. [Read more →]

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