CenturyLink Acquires netAura

Security service offerings continue to be a key focus area for network operators in 2016, and CenturyLink did some M&A today to further augment its efforts in that arena.  CenturyLink has announced the acquisition of northern-Virginia-based netAura LLC. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Industry Spotlight: Digital Realty’s Jarrett Appleby on Telx and Beyond

With a portfolio of nearly 200 buildings spanning 32 markets worldwide, Digital Realty Trust has long been one of the biggest data center REITs in the business.  But the acquisition of Telx, which closed in October of last year, represented a shift in the pattern of the company’s operations.  Alongside its real estate, shells, and pods they now are taking on the more finely-grained businesses of co-location and interconnection.  With us today to talk about Digital Realty’s progress in integrating Telx and its plans for the future is Jarrett Appleby, Digital Realty’s COO since April 2015 and a longtime infrastructure veteran. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Frontier to deliver IPTV to 7M customers across 40 of its markets

Frontier has set a high bar for its IPTV service, with plans to leverage its existing fiber-to-the-node network to bring service ultimately to 7 million customers across the network territory it will have when it completes the acquisition of Verizon's wireline properties this year.

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H5 Data Centers Takes Out Phoenix’s NextFort

There has been a steady drumbeat of significant M&A in the colocation sector, and this morning we have another to consider. H5 Data Centers has announced the acquisition of the NextFort data center just outside Phoenix in Chandler, Arizona. … [ visit site to read more ]

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NFV and Ethernet M&A: ADVA Buys Overture

The rapidly evolving worlds of NFV and Ethernet saw some interesting consolidation this morning. ADVA Optical Networking has announced the acquisition of Overture . The combined company will take over the number one slot in the Ethernet access device marketplace and unify two NFV approaches. …

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Fiber M&A: Videotron Buys Fibrenoire

Yesterday there was a bit of interesting fiber M&A from north of the border.  The Canadian MSO Videotron has announced the acquisition of Fibrenoire . … [ visit site to read more ]

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CS&L Strikes At Last, Buys PEG Bandwidth

Communications Sales & Leasing has finally made its first move since being spun off from Windstream as the industry’s first network REIT.  And it’s not a triple net lease of some ILEC assets either, but rather the acquisition of a network builder and operator.   CS&L is buying PEG Bandwidth . ..

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Lightower Invests In Some Baltimore Metro Fiber

Lightower often has something interesting to announce in the last week or two of the year, whether organic or inorganic.  Today they revealed a new expansion plan in the city of Baltimore through the acquisition of network assets from HarborLight Networks. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Industry Spotlight: GTT’s Rick Calder On One Source Networks & Beyond

Late last month, GTT closed the acquisition of One Source Networks, its seventh acquisition in the last six years.  Over that time, the company has transformed itself into an enterprise-focused cloud networking and managed services provider backed by its own top-5 global internet backbone.  With us today to tell us about the company’s plans for One Source Networks and future growth opportunitiesis GTT President and CEO Rick Calder. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Zayo Acquires Viatel As Fiscal Q1 Earnings Are Released

Zayo reported its Fiscal Q1 earnings this morning, but in the process has revealed the pending acquisition of Viatel.  While the PR isn’t out yet ( now it is ), the acquisition is detailed in Zayo’s … [ visit site to read more ]

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Fiber M&A: euNetworks Acquires Inland Fibre

More fiber M&A hit the news this Friday morning, this time over in Europe.  euNetworks has struck again, announcing the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Ireland’s Inland Fibre Telecom.   …

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AT&T Dramatically Changes Revenue Source Profile

On an annualized basis, AT&T will earn about 46 percent of its revenue from business sources and about 54 percent from consumer services. That is a big change from the prior year, when AT&T earned about 54 percent of revenue from its business solutions category. The perhaps-shocking change is that AT&T, on an annualized basis, will earn just 22 percent of revenue from consumer mobile services, making AT&T almost a mirror image of Verizon, which earns about 85 percent of total revenue from mobile services . In the quarter, AT&T earned about 45 percent of total revenue from business solutions, 28 percent from entertainment and Internet services and 24 percent from consumer mobility

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Interoute to Acquire Easynet

After reshuffling its ownership structure earlier this year , Interoute indicated an appetite for further acquisition. This morning they followed through with a significant deal. The pan-European network and cloud infrastructure company says it has entered an agreement to acquire the UK-based Easynet for £402. ..

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Vonage acquires iCore Networks for $92M, enhances UC strategy

Vonage is on the acquisition trail again, announcing that it is purchasing iCore Networks for $92 million, a deal that will enhance the service provider's growing Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) service set for business customers.

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vXchnge Acquires 8 Sungard Data Centers

The colocation provider vXchnge has made an inorganic move that significantly increases its footprint.  Yesterday they announced the acquisition of 8 data centers from Sungard Availability Services , nearly doubling their reach to a total of 15 markets now. …

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AT&T Acquisition of DirecTV Seems Likely, for Good Reasons

As a rule of thumb, I tend to assume U.S. regulators will nix any acquisition by a market leader that produces an outcome where a single entity controls more than 30 percent national market share. That math suggested Comcast would not be allowed to buy Time Warner Cable, since Comcast’s share of high speed Internet access would exceed 57 percent. The only issue, after the Federal Communications Commission raised the definition of broadband to a minimum of 25 Mbps, was how much higher Comcast’s share would grow. By way of contrast, an AT&T that has acquired DirecTV would still only have a maximum of 17 percent share of the U.S.

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Vonage Acquires SimpleSignal, Moves Deeper Into SMB

Vonage has made another acquisition, as the company continues to expand its presence in the business market.  They have announced an agreement to acquire the privately-held UCaaS provider SimpleSignal for $25.25M. … [ visit site to read more ]

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What Happens to "Triple Play" Strategy when Voice and Linear Video Both Have Dwinded?

As foundational as the “triple play” bundle of voice, linear video entertainment and high speed access now is in the U.S. consumer telecom services market, it is bound to change as over the top subscriptions gain traction. If that seems an unremarkable statement, consider that AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson–presently working to acquire DirecTV–also says says it is “inevitable” that the traditional bundle of cable television channels will crumble as more content travels “over the top.” “Crumble,” he said. So what about DirecTV, the sort of operation that will be negatively affected by the shift

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Zayo Makes a Big Data Center Deal

In its largest inorganic move in the data center world so far, Zayo today announced an agreement to acquire Latisys .  The price tag of $675M makes this the company’s biggest move since the acquisition of AboveNet two and a half years ago.  It takes Zayo much deeper into the data center market than it has gone with its zColo division thus far. … [ visit site to read more ]

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euNetworks Climbs Into the Alps, Acquires Fibrelac

Some more European fiber infrastructure is changing hands today.  euNetworks has announced the acquisition of Fiberlac , expanding its footprint to both lower latitudes and higher elevations.   … [ visit site to read more ]

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