Reliance, Ericsson Tussle over Dues, Entangling Jio Deal

May 22nd, 2018
 

The travails of India's embattled Reliance Communications just keep getting messier. Late last week, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) handed the Swedish vendor Ericsson a victory, admitting its petition and appointing managers to run RCom, Reliance Telecom, and Reliance Infratel. The two companies are said to be trying to work out a deal outside of court, and RCom has filed an appeal. [Read more →]

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Monday Roundup: Interxion, Benu, Akamai, Limelight

May 21st, 2018
 

An expansion, an integration, and two customer wins: [Read more →]

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NEC applies AI to subsea cable networks

May 18th, 2018
 

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

NEC has announced it has applied AI to subsea cable networks to push the capacity limits of the transmission networks. [Read more →]

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Zayo Picks Up Wins at BPO, The Quilt

May 17th, 2018
 

Zayo has announced another customer win of the unnamed variety. A 'global business process outsourcing company' has picked Zayo for a combination of colo and wavelengths in a multi-year deal. [Read more →]

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Cisco’s Fiscal Q3 Looks Normal, Market Wanted More

May 17th, 2018
 

With its size and influence in the sector, Cisco's financial results would be a key milestone even if their corporate calendar weren't off-rhythm by a month. Since they are though, we get a look at results that include an extra month of economic activity. Cisco's numbers were pretty much where they were expected to be, and guidance for fiscal Q4 was too. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: FirstLight, Equinix, Colo Atl, XKL

May 16th, 2018
 

Here's a quick rundown on some infrastructure news from the metro this week: [Read more →]

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Uniti Group Buys CenturyLink’s Divested Longhaul Dark Fiber IRUs

May 16th, 2018
 

So, yes I missed this one last week while travelling at ITW out in Chicago, so let's catch up. Within its earnings release, Uniti Group announced the acquisition of a strategic fiber portfolio from CenturyLink. [Read more →]

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FirstDigital to Take Over for Level 3 in Tucson

May 15th, 2018
 

CenturyLink has lined up another buyer for the assets it agreed to divest as part of the Level 3 merger.  FirstDigital Telecom will be buying the metro network and related assets previously owned by Level 3 Communications in Tucson, Arizona. [Read more →]

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Antin Buys Yet More Fiber, Acquires Ufinet Spain

May 15th, 2018
 

Some European fiber is changing hands again, and the buyer is one of this year's most active players in the space.  Antin Infrastructure Partners has agreed to purchase Ufinet Spain from Cinven. [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: Telstra, Interoute, Epsilon, Orange, Telxius, RETN

May 14th, 2018
 

Still catching up on some of the news from out in Chicago at ITW last week, here are a few news bytes from around the world: [Read more →]

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Trump intervening to get ZTE back in business

May 14th, 2018
 

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

In an unexpected twist in the ongoing saga over the ban on ZTE importing US components, president Donald Trump has indicated he may throw [Read more →]

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Friday Poll: AT&T and Cohen, Thoughts?

May 11th, 2018
 

Ok, I can't bear to write anything cogent on the subject, but I can't not mention it.  So I went with an offbeat poll.  This week we learned that AT&T paid Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's Essential Consultants LLC to help it understand the new administration.  What was your reaction to the news? [Read more →]

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Subsea Bytes: Cleareon, Seaborn, GlobeNet, HGC, China Telecom

May 11th, 2018
 

There were several interesting announcements of new subsea cable systems at ITW, as well as an interesting connection across what is both a shorter and longer gulf: [Read more →]

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Vodafone Finally Gets Some of Liberty

May 10th, 2018
 

There was a big telecommunications M&A over in Europe yesterday.  After years of talking about it, Vodafone has entered into a definitive agreement to buy a pile of assets from Liberty Global for $22.7B. [Read more →]

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Fusion Makes Second Move, Buys MegaPath

May 10th, 2018
 

Fresh off the closing of its purchase of Birch, Fusion has gone out and made another acquisition.  The publicly traded cloud and network services provider has signed a definitive agreement to buy MegaPath. [Read more →]

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EllaLink to Cross the Atlantic in a New Direction

May 9th, 2018
 

The Atlantic will be getting yet another cable system it seems, but this time it's on a route rarely travelled.  EllaLink has won a key anchor customer for a cable system connecting Portugal with Brazil. The research and education networks GEANT and RedCLARA are putting €25M up for direct capacity between Europe and South America. [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: Bluebird, Pilot, Netrality, Zayo, Arvig, Fusion

May 9th, 2018
 

I have been out at ITW this week, having just returned this morning.  And of course, there's a pile of things to cover, many of which I learned more about at the event.  Here's a quick look at a few bits of that, with one network expansion, three network deployments with data center partners, and two M&A items worth noting. [Read more →]

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3 Ways SD-WANs Eliminate User Misconfigurations

May 8th, 2018
 

This Industry Viewpoint was authored by Gayle Levin, director of solutions marketing at Riverbed Technologies

Network configuration errors and the resulting service outages are a nightmare scenario for many network operations teams. These all-too-realistic nightmares are often the result of manual and error-prone command line interfaces (CLIs) that are still common among [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: IFN CEO Jim Turner

May 8th, 2018
 

Indiana Fiber Network is one of the more dynamic and vocal of the regional fiber builders and operators begun by coalitions of independent telephone providers around the country.  With us today to talk about what IFN has on the menu out in Indiana is CEO James (Jim) Turner.  Jim joined IFN as its new CEO last year when Kelly Dyer, whom we interviewed here a few years earlier, decided to retire.  Jim’s background is in the electric utility business, serving most recently as president of the regulated utility business at Duke Energy, which gives him a unique perspective on the evolution of the fiber sector and where regional operators might be headed from here. [Read more →]

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Windstream Expands Westward Again

May 7th, 2018
 

Windstream is making progress toward making its fiber network a fully national proposition. Earlier today the company's Wholesale division announced an expansion along a new southern intercity route. [Read more →]

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Airtel to sell 25% of its African unit

May 7th, 2018
 

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

India's Bharti Airtel reportedly plans to raise up to $1.5 billion through a public listing of Bharti Airtel International, the holding company for its African operations. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Darren Eades on LA’s West 7 Center

May 7th, 2018
 

As one of the country’s largest and most dynamic cities, Los Angeles has big infrastructure needs.  Yet its data center sector has never quite managed the growth rates we’ve seen in the NYC or Chicago or Dallas metro areas.  One of the providers looking to shift into a higher gear is the West 7 Center in downtown LA.  With us today to talk about West 7 and the Los Angeles data center market as a whole is JLL EVP Darren Eades.  JLL manages the facility for Rising Realty. [Read more →]

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Zayo Still Seeking Better Growth after Fiscal Q3

May 4th, 2018
 

Zayo posted its Fiscal Q3 2018 numbers yesterday, coming up short of analyst projections.  Revenues fell sequentially to $649.4M, and Adjusted EBITDA dropped as well to $319.6M.  Churn from the company's Allstream business dragged things down relative to the prior quarter.  Earnings per share of $0.09 was a couple of pennies shy of the street's composite estimate. [Read more →]

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