Industry Spotlight: INOC’s Hal Baylor on Outsourcing the NOC

Today’s networks are increasingly complex, and keeping them running at peak efficiency takes a lot of work.  So for this week’s spotlight, let’s take a peek behind the curtain of the Network Operations Center.  With us today is Hal Baylor, Director of Business Development at INOC.  INOC specializes in outsourced NOC solutions for infrastructure of all sizes, and has been seeing rapid growth in recent years. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Comcast fears that FCC’s special access proposals could harm new business service entrants

The FCC may have passed an order to explore how it can realign special access, or what it now calls Business Data Services (BDS) rules, but emerging business service providers like Comcast are fearful that new regulation could impede new competitors from growing.

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Virgin Media Access Upgrades Illustrates Principle That Apps Matter More than Access Method

In the broader Internet ecosystem or the “telecommunications” business, it ultimately is the apps that matter, and less the details of infrastructure. Consider the way Virgin Media plans to upgrade access to 17 million U.K. households by 2019. At least a quarter of the four million locations to be upgraded as part of Project Lightning will be connected using fiber to the home platforms, rather than the traditional hybrid fiber coax platform

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Comcast lights Gig Ethernet for Maryland’s Bethesda Green business incubator

Comcast Business struck an agreement to provide Gigabit Ethernet service for Bethesda Green, an incubator for environmentally sustainable businesses in Montgomery County, Md., illustrating its growing presence in the business sector.

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TRAI Calls Indian Mobile Operators a "Cartel"

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India castigated mobile operators in the Supreme Court during argument on the validity of TRAI’s call drop penalties, calling the industry a “cartel” that is “interested in profiteering at the expense of consumers,” said  Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi. “This is a cartel of four-five players in a country of a billion,” Rohatgi said. “They earn huge revenues and couldn’t be bothered about consumer satisfaction.” Rhetorical flourishes aside, many observers of the Indian mobile market would say that is hyperbole unrelated to the realities of the market, which is by almost any measure the most-competitive in the world. Profit margins have suffered accordingly.

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"Telecommunications" Will be a Commodity LIke Sugar; Big Changes Necessary

It has been a tough couple of decades for much of what we used to know as the “telecommunications” industry, but it is likely to get much tougher. Several cases in point: With the death of monopoly regulation, profit margin is being wrung out of the business The Internet has become the biggest part of the “ next generation network ” Wi-Fi now is becoming the biggest part of the “access network” Value is migrating up the stack to “application layer” App layer will relatively easily move “down the stack” to vertically integrate experience None of those trends are helpful to traditional “telecom” providers. That, in turn, is why some believe “telecom” industry incumbents should not be more-heavily regulated. The basic thesis: it does not make sense to place more burdens on a declining industry, and that is what legacy “telecommunications” happens to be.

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What 4G Tells Us About Future of 5G

If our experience with 5G is anything like 4G, business model assumptions will include: Build it and they will come Cost to deliver a retail gigabyte to customers will drop Revenue for delivering a retail gigabyte will not increase Any new “killer app” will be discovered: we do not know what it is, yet “Dumb pipe” still will drive most of the growth, but managed services will drive most of the gross revenue (globally). The mobile industry has tended to replace its network by a “next generation” network about every decade and nobody seems to think that will end. Though the phrase “build it and they will come” (hope, in other words) is a discredited business model in many quarters in the wake of the Internet bubble around the turn of the century, it rather neatly captures actual reality in the mobile business. Every next generation network has, in fact, created its own demand

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RCN Business lights 10G direct connections to Amazon Web Services, deepens cloud presence

RCN Business has begun offering 10G direct connections to Amazon Web Services, giving local business customers an alternative option to connect to a major cloud provider.

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Ruinous Competition, in Healthcare or Telecom, Can Destroy Industries

In the telecom, as in any other business, markets “seek” equilibrium, where a relatively stable balance of supply and demand exists. Policies that distort either supply or demand will upset equilibrium. In Texas, for example, reimbursement rates for services such as Medicaid arguably are simply too low, causing health care workers to be paid less than they might, which in turn causes people to avoid working as health care workers. As a result, some nurses and staff are quitting their jobs at Texas nursing homes for more money working at McDonald’s. Texas has one of the lowest Medicaid reimbursement rates, which makes it difficult for nursing homes and service providers to offer competitive wages.

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RCN Business plans to pursue new near-net fiber business opportunities in 2016

RCN Business, like other business-centric providers, has traditionally taken the approach of directing its fiber investments where its customers want it to go, but the service provider plans to target other attractive sites where it could win new customers.

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In Internet of Things Business, Dumb Pipe Will be a Small Revenue Driver

There is a very good reason why access providers are so intrigued by Internet of Things applications and services. Of the access connections expected to be in use by 2020, perhaps 60 percent will support Internet of Things devices and apps, according to Cisco. That noted, relatively little total ecosystem revenue will be directly earned by supplying Internet access. Devices, installation of devices, applications and systems integration likely will represent most of the revenue.

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"Dumb Pipe" Will Anchor Access Provider Value, and Execs Know That

It has been clear for some time that as app development has moved to open and third party sources, economic value and firm revenues in the “Internet” ecosystem have shifted to those third parties, and away from traditional access providers. In the European Community, for example, access providers in 2013 earned between 30 percent and 46 percent of ecosystem revenues. App provider revenues ranged from about 20 percent of ecosystem revenues up to about 51 percent of revenues, according to BCG. In 2015, the equity value of the leading app providers grew much faster than the equity value of leading telcos, for example. In 2015, Amazon’s equity value was higher by 118 percent

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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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Comcast Business boosts enterprise services with AWS connectivity to 1M Ethernet-enabled buildings

Comcast Business is now offering business customers direct links to Amazon Web Services through its status as an AWS Partner, giving customers private network connectivity to over 1 million Ethernet-enabled buildings.

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Comcast Business dedicates $1.2M to extend fiber, Ethernet to Bellevue, Wash. office parks

Comcast Business is investing over $1.2 million to extend its network into two large parts of Bellevue, Wash., to pass an additional 425 local businesses.

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RCN, Cross River Team Up Across the Hudson

RCN Business has found a route across the Hudson River and into new markets with some help from Cross River Fiber . They’ve partnered with the New Jersey-focused infrastructure builder and operator to expand their services into key data centers in the state. … [ visit site to read more ]

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RCN Business broadens New Jersey data center reach via Cross River Fiber channel partnership

RCN Business is broadening its service area in the desirable New Jersey market through its partnership with dark fiber provider Cross River Fiber.

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"Wireless Substitution" for Video and High Speed Access is Coming

“Wireless substitution,” defined as customers choosing to buy mobile service as a full substitute for fixed network voice, is a well-established trend in the U.S. and other markets. So the obvious question is whether wireless substitution could happen for other fixed network services, such as entertainment video and even high speed Internet access. With the arrival of fifth generation networks, and some innovations in both rating and offload, that could become a commercial reality for the first time. And that will have implications for service providers, consumers, devices and network platform choices.

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Will Netherlands Businesses See Higher Prices After Ziggo-Vodafone Merger?

The Netherlands communications market will see an interesting real-world test of what happens when a market consolidates, particularly in the areas of prices for business services and churn rates, as Viggo and Vodafone merger their Netherlands operations. Coursr Research, for example, predicts prices will rise as a direct result of the combination, as competition lessens. Duopolies, though, have not always–perhaps almost never in the Internet era, lead to that result, for voice or data communications in the business segment, where prices have fallen for decades. To be sure, prices often fall in hyper-competitive markets as well, for a time.

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Frontier Communications to Launch Linear Video in 40 Markets

Frontier Communications plans to launch linear video service to more than 40 markets, representing approximately three million households, over the next three to four-years. Once complete, video service will be available to about 50 percent of the 8.5 million households in Frontier’s existing footprint. Frontier also will be adding video subscribers as the result of its acquisition of Verizon properties in California, Texas and Florida. In total, Frontier will pass about seven million homes with video-capable networks.

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