Poll: Which US Networks Are Most Likely to Be Acquired in 2020?

January 2nd, 2020
 

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, as just three of the top ten picks changed hands: Zayo, SummitIG and Bluebird.  Who is likely to be selling this year? (Not including already pending transactions). [Read more →]

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A Few Rambling Predictions for 2020

December 31st, 2019
 

Ok, as promised it is predictions time.  What will 2020 bring to the world of internet infrastructure?  Politics may intrude, as it is an election year.  But if you're looking for a political prediction you've come to the wrong place.  There's no way I'm going to stick my hand near that wood chipper.  Here are a few thoughts, some more specific than others: [Read more →]

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Seabras-1 Files Chapter 11

December 30th, 2019
 

So something interesting happened over the Christmas break that I missed initially. Seabras-1 Bermuda Ltd and Seabras 1 USA LLC have filed for bankruptcy, aiming for a quick reorganization. Seaborn Networks itself is fine, as apparently they structured things such that this was the case. However, it certainly can't have been their preferred path. [Read more →]

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How About Those Predictions I Made for 2019?

December 27th, 2019
 

It's almost predictions time again, which means that first we need to take a look at how last year's predictions turned out.  Well, we don't *have* to, but in my mind a bite of humble pie is a necessary punishment for doing this sort of thing: [Read more →]

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2019 M&A Review: Infrastructure Funds and then Everyone Else

December 24th, 2019
 

As I do every year, I have been looking back on the M&A in the infrastructure space in search of patterns to make sense of: what assets are hot, where they are, etc.  But this year it's clear that the theme is more about who, as this year the infrastructure funds and longer-term, infrastructure-focused private equity groups have really taken charge.  Hence, it makes sense to group much of this year's M&A activity by the financial family to which they belong.  So let's take a quick survey of 2019's M&A activity starting from that standpoint: [Read more →]

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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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