AT&T Strikes, Will Buy Time Warner

October 22nd, 2016
 

I may have been skeptical, but AT&T's interest in Time Warner turned out to be the real thing. Today they agreed to purchase the media giant for $107.50 per share in a deal worth $109B with Time Warner's debt included. [Read more →]

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Friday Roundup: Birch, Subcom, SEAX

October 21st, 2016
 

Some UC and two submarine cable items: [Read more →]

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Is Time Warner a Fit for AT&T?

October 21st, 2016
 

That's the rumor percolating through the markets now anyway.  Executives of AT&T and Time Warner are said to be or recently have been in 'informal talks' about a possible merger.  If a deal were to actually happen, it would be bigger than AT&T's purchase of DirecTV last year given Time Warner's current marketcap north of $60B. [Read more →]

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Metro Bytes: FiberLight, Hurricane Electric, Cleareon

October 20th, 2016
 

Here's a few items from network operators from this week: [Read more →]

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As It Mulls Yahoo, Verizon Posts Q3 Results

October 20th, 2016
 

Verizon's Q3 results were a bit mixed. The telecommunications giant posted revenues of $30.94B during the quarter and down 6.7% over the same period last year. Analysts had been looking for something more like $31.14B. But on the other hand, adjusted net income of $1.01 per share was a couple pennies higher than anticipated. Verizon's stock is down some in response, but it's early yet so who knows. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: James Martino on Avotus’ ITAM Robot, UC Analytics and the role of Data

October 20th, 2016
 

Today we will delve a bit into the back office, where the fortunes of a firm can be easily won or lost.  After all the consolidation we have seen, most networks have become a complex mix of different vendors and vintages, and keeping track of it all is a growing challenge that costs firms money.  With us today to talk about the problem and how it’s newly introduced ITAM Robot and UC Analytics platforms address it is the CEO of Avotus, James Martino. [Read more →]

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Digital Realty Reveals Plans for Giant New Chicago Facility

October 19th, 2016
 

Digital Realty Trust made a big, highly anticipated announcement this morning.  They plan to build a giant new data center out in Chicago in the South Loop of the Chicago Central Business District.   [Read more →]

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Wednesday Bytes: XKL, Sabey, BSO, Hibernia

October 19th, 2016
 

For this edition of Wednesday Bytes, we have one significant 100GE product rollout, one metro fiber expansion, and two moves relating to low latency connectivity: [Read more →]

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Japan-Saudi alliance: A gamechanger for tech investment?

October 19th, 2016
 

This article was authored by Lachlan Colquhoun, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net.

The first reaction is to be slightly scared, but then excited about the news that Japan’s SoftBank Group is teaming up with a Saudi sovereign wealth fund to create a new tech investment fund, focussing largely on the Internet of Things. [Read more →]

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Windstream Crosses the Rockies

October 18th, 2016
 

Windstream has, at long last, made the decision to take its fiber footprint to the west coast.  They have announced plans to add fiber routes across the Rockies to bring the markets of Salt Lake City, Reno, Las Vegas, and Silicon Valley onto their physical network this year, with further plans to add additional western routes and markets next year. [Read more →]

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Tuesday Bytes: Telia, Inteliquent, Equinix, EdgeConneX

October 18th, 2016
 

One network expansion, a strategic investment, some cloud connectivity, and an IX at the edge: [Read more →]

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Hawaiki Manufacturing Underway

October 17th, 2016
 

Another item from the under the waves landed late last week. The Hawaiki Submarine Cable has officially moved off the drawing board and into the manufacturing plant of TE Subcom. Some 1,000km of cable is done, and the manufacturing of the repeaters is underway. [Read more →]

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Industry Spotlight: Christopher Lodge on UFD’s NYC-Ashburn Fiber Build

October 17th, 2016
 

A few years ago, we started to see new intercity fiber projects spring up on specific routes.  One of the more intriguing of those proposed projects was that of United Fiber & Data (UFD), which proposed to construct fiber on the highly trafficked route between New York City and Ashburn, but on a diverse, westerly route.  There hasn’t been much news on the project since, but construction is in fact underway now.  With us today to tell us all about it is President and COO Christopher Lodge. [Read more →]

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What’s Next for Carrier SD-WAN?

October 14th, 2016
 

This Industry Viewpoint was contributed by David W Wang

Now it’s very clear that all major telecom carriers are deploying or will soon deploy SD-WAN for their next-generation hybrid WAN network made from public Internet and MPLS. Recently both AT&T and Sprint have announced that they will use [Read more →]

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Network Bytes: TelePacific, Windstream, WANRack, CityFibre

October 13th, 2016
 

Lots of news from network operators this week that shouldn't be missed. [Read more →]

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Google and Facebook Team Up for Pacific Light Cable Network

October 13th, 2016
 

The internet giants Google and Facebook apparently agree on at least one thing this month: that the world's infrastructure is in need of another trans-pacific cable system.  They are teaming up with privately held Pacific Light Data Communication and TE Subcom to build the Pacific Light Cable Network, or PLCN. [Read more →]

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Lightower Aims South, Announces North Carolina Buildout

October 12th, 2016
 

With its expansion throughout the state of Virginia in place and the integration of Fibertech well along its path, I've been expecting Lightower to kick off a new project.  They did so today, announcing a significant expansion southward into North Carolina. [Read more →]

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Colo Bytes: CoreSite, ViaWest, Colo Atl, Equinix

October 12th, 2016
 

Here's a set of colo news items worth a look for this Wednesday morning. [Read more →]

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Akamai: Security Challenges of IoT Just Got Real

October 12th, 2016
 

Akamai has a report out this morning detailing yet another attack vector it is seeing out there, and it's one that may bring a dose of reality to the Internet of Things.  Since the term itself was coined, there have been cautions that security would be a big IoT issue.  But nevertheless that threat was below the horizon still, and thus still ignorable. [Read more →]

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Windstream Raises Its Bet on Fixed Wireless

October 11th, 2016
 

Windstream has revealed plans to significantly boost its last mile reach to the business market, and they'll be doing it wirelessly.  They have signed a strategic partnership with Cambridge Broadband Networks and Straight Path Communications to expand their fixed wireless reach in 40 markets nationwide.   [Read more →]

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Int’l Bytes: CityFibre, Epsilon, Avelacom, Level 3

October 11th, 2016
 

Some international items to peruse on this Tuesday morning. [Read more →]

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Columbus Day Roundup: CCMI, EIS, Level 3

October 10th, 2016
 

It's still the long weekend for many, but here's a quick look at two M&A items from the edges of my usual coverage areas last week and two executive moves by Level 3: [Read more →]

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Telco strategies – an open mystery

October 10th, 2016
 

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

What is the best strategy for a telco? In Europe we can now witness how Telefónica is trying to get rid of O2 and related businesses. The regulator stopped the sale of O2. Now the operator plans an IPO and the sale of the infrastructure business, Telxius. It is a good example of how complex it is for a telco to find [Read more →]

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