Network Bytes: Zayo, FirstLight, Consolidated, Interoute

May 26th, 2016
 

I'm on the road again today, but here's a quick roundup of some action among fiber operators in the last day or so: [Read more →]

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Integra Optics Takes Aim at HFC

May 26th, 2016
 

This morning, Integra Optics is revealing a new set of products aimed at a part of the market we don't hear about too often. They are taking aim at the world of hybrid fiber-coax. It's a segment that isn't getting a whole lot of attention these days, and which the company thinks is ripe for some more personalized support. [Read more →]

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DDoS Bytes: Radware, Kentik, F5, Limelight

May 26th, 2016
 

In the last several days there has been a series of announcements surrounding protection against DDoS attacks. What strikes me is the wide range of companies involved in the handling of this sort of threat. [Read more →]

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Combatting churn begins with data

May 26th, 2016
 

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by Giles House, CMO of CallidusCloud

Like few other industries, telecom seems resigned to churn. The average number of subscribers who voluntarily deactivate each month is huge. According to market research firm Ovum, almost half of existing customers could switch carriers before the end of 2015. Ovum asserts that about a quarter of all users say they will definitely switch to another provider, while another quarter are actively considering changing. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Level 3’s Chris Richter Talks Security

May 25th, 2016
 

One of the perennial problems faced by IT managers across all sectors is that of security.  From the days of the lone wolf hacker to today’s organized crime and even state-sponsored groups, security has become an arms race that most people don’t realize how badly they are losing.  Network operators are now mobilizing new tools to help the cause however.  With us today to discuss the subject and Level 3 Communications’s newest security offering is Chris Richter, SVP Global Security Services.

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Wednesday Bytes: CyrusOne, Lumos Networks, UPN, GENBAND

May 25th, 2016
 

Here's a quick rundown of some news from the week so far that's worth a quick look: [Read more →]

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Ciena’s Blue Planet Gets a DevOps Toolkit

May 24th, 2016
 

In the world of SDN and NFV, Ciena today revealed a new addition to its Blue Planet network and service orchestration platform. They have added a DevOps Toolkit to the mix, hoping to enable the developers at their ecosystem partners to create and on-board new VNFs and other pieces of the puzzle rather than do it all themselves. [Read more →]

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euNetworks’ Media Connect Heads for Manchester

May 24th, 2016
 

Across the Atlantic, the pan-European operator euNetworks has been busy this week with the media vertical. Yesterday they unveiled an expansion of their Media Connect solution up to Manchester's MediaCityUK. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Cross River Fiber CEO Vincenzo Clemente

May 24th, 2016
 

While it seems like all the news in fiber infrastructure in the first half of this decade has been about consolidation, there have been a few startups that have taken on the sector from the ground up.  One of those is Cross River Fiber, whose home turf is the same as mine – New Jersey.  It’s an interesting market that lives in the shadow of New York City and Philadelphia and sometimes doesn’t get the attention it deserves.  With us today to tell us where Cross River Fiber has been and where it will be going next is Founder and CEO Vincenzo Clemente. [Read more →]

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Windstream Invests in Metro Depth in Richmond

May 23rd, 2016
 

This morning, Windstream announced an expansion of its footprint in the Richmond, Virginia metro area.  It's part of a multi-city campaign aimed at bringing more of both data centers and enterprises on-net and thus expanding the company's overall prospects in both its wholesale and business markets. [Read more →]

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ShoreTel Hits Speedbumps at Corvisa

May 23rd, 2016
 

This morning, ShoreTel revised its expectation for fiscal 2017 hosted revenue growth, offering lower guidance in the 21-24% range.  According to the release, "certain aspects of the business integration and revenue ramp associated with the Corvisa acquisition are not progressing as originally anticipated and are thus impacting our previous near term assumptions."  However, the company's fiscal Q4 projections remain intact. [Read more →]

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Telstra hit with two more outages

May 23rd, 2016
 

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

Australian operator Telstra has been hit with two more network outages in the span of three days, weeks after committing to invest to improve its network resilience. [Read more →]

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Tata Sells Majority Stake In Datacenters to ST Telemedia

May 20th, 2016
 

A significant chunk of data centers in Asia will be changing ownership structure.  The Indian carrier Tata Communications is selling a 74% stake in its data center business in India and Singapore to ST Telemedia.  Tata Communications will retain a 26% stake in the business, which becomes a joint venture. [Read more →]

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Thursday Bytes: Telefonica, QTS, Interoute, Charter

May 19th, 2016
 

Here's a quick rundown on a few more interesting news items to keep an eye on: [Read more →]

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Cisco Breezes Through Fiscal Q3

May 19th, 2016
 

When you're a vendor of Cisco's size, you get to be a bellwether whether you like the title or not.  Reports from other vendors over the last few weeks haven't inspired the market with confidence, and thus many eyes were on Cisco to determine whether or not to panic.  The answer was no.  All is well at least so far as Cisco's fiscal Q3 earnings report can tell us. and should continue to be so at least into next quarter. [Read more →]

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Quintillion Buys Arctic Fibre

May 18th, 2016
 

The plans for a cable through the Arctic Ocean took a dramatic new turn today.  Quintillion Subsea Holdings, which has been building a cable system along the Alaska coast, has purchased the assets of Arctic Fibre, which had been planning a cable system stretching from Japan to the UK through the Northwest Passage. [Read more →]

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Int’l Roundup: CENX, Nepal Telecom, Orange Business

May 18th, 2016
 

Here are a few news items from around the world that are worth a look: [Read more →]

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Inteliquent to Acquire Better Voice

May 18th, 2016
 

There was a bit of inorganic action this morning from a corner of the industry that has been pretty quiet lately.  Inteliquent has acquired Shopety, Inc, which does business as Better Voice, as a means to add muscle to its Omni platform. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: AquaComms, Broad Valley, VIRTUS, Montico

May 17th, 2016
 

Here's a quick rundown on a few news items from the start of the week: [Read more →]

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Digital Realty Takes Eight Data Centers Off Equinix’s Hands

May 16th, 2016
 

A substantial amount of colo space will be changing hands according to this morning's news. Equinix has decided to divest itself of eight data centers over in Europe, and Digital Realty has stepped up to acquire the assets for approximately $874M. In parallel, Equinix gets a binding option to acquire Digital Realty's facility in St. Denis, Paris. [Read more →]

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Friday Poll: How Disruptive Will the Verizon Strike Be?

May 13th, 2016
 

With the political primaries winding down, let's have a poll of our own.  One of the bigger stories of the spring is the Verizon strike, which has grown increasingly nasty since starting four weeks ago and yesterday apparently spread across the Pacific to the Philippines in what looks to have been a very scary incident.  In the end, how disruptive do you think this situation will be to the industry and infrastructure as a whole? [Read more →]

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Technology evolution or revolution

May 13th, 2016
 

This article was authored by Jouko Ahvenainen, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

The business world is after disruptive business innovations. While there is debate as to the definition of disruptive innovations (see HBR article), the definition is not so relevant in practice. The more relevant question is whether a new innovation opens opportunities for new companies and is a fatal threat to old business. [Read more →]

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Hawaiki Cable Gets a Big Anchor Customer

May 12th, 2016
 

Earlier this Spring, the Hawaiki cable project announced its contract with TE Subcom had come into force.  They had raised the necessary funds to kick off the construction phase, and yesterday we learned where some of those funds came from.  Amazon's AWS division has stepped up for a large chunk of capacity on the system, becoming a high profile anchor customer on a submarine cable system for the first time. [Read more →]

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