USA Fiber wraps Ashburn dark fiber conduit, targets content, data center providers

USA Fiber has put the final touches on its Ashburn Ring Conduit System, a 7.3-mile network targeting the needs of the Ashburn, Va., data center market, a buildout that it completed in just 138 days.

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Birch Makes Its Move On Canada, Will Indeed Buy Primus

Birch Communications has spent the last decade rolling up network and CLEC assets from around the USA, but its 28th consecutive deal takes the company across the border and into Canada for the first time and in a big way.  Reports from January had them sniffing around Primus Telecommunications , which was seeking protection from creditors, and they have indeed followed through with an agreement to buy the company’s assets . … [ visit site to read more ]

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USA Fiber hires competitive industry veteran Schmitt as chief revenue officer

USA Fiber, a dark fiber provider, has named competitive telecom industry veteran John Schmitt as its new chief revenue officer.

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ByteGrid establishes dark fiber connection with USA Fiber

USA Fiber has established an agreement with ByteGrid to create a dark fiber link between its Silver Spring, Md., data center to the growing Ashburn, Va., market, helping the data center provider reduce latency between its cloud platforms.

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USA FIBER Plans New Potomac Crossing

The dark fiber startup USA FIBER  announced plans for a new fiber route this morning that will bypass Washington DC between Ashburn and various locations in Maryland.  The route will cross the Potomac via a unique route, presumably to the north and west of the nation’s capitol, but they aren’t yet saying exactly where. … [ visit site to read more ]

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USA Fiber unveils dark fiber peering platform targeting Ashburn, Va., carrier customers

USA Fiber, an emerging dark fiber provider, has introduced a dark fiber lease program targeting wholesale customers looking to interconnect with area on its new Ashburn, Va., ring.

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Metro Bytes: USA Fiber, 8×8, Birch, CityFibre, NTT

Time for a quick metro catchup: Northern Virginia has a new dark fiber operator.  Last week, USA FIBER revealed some new fiber infrastructure in the data center boomtowns in and around Ashburn.  The initial buildout is of a 7 mile, 864-count, underground core data center ring passing some 35 data centers.  That’s only a starting point of course, with further routes to be … [ visit site to read more ]

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LTE Adoption has Yet to Reach 50%, Anywhere

Communications network nvestment cycles are rather long, in part because development cycles are lengthy. Detailed standards work is the reason.  So, despite the flurry of work to create new fifth generation (5G) standards, even in countries with the highest adopiton of fourth generation Long Term Evolution services, adoption has yet to reach the 50-percent mark. 

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Biggest U.S. Linear Video Subscriber Loss in History in 2Q 2015

source: Wall Street Journal There now is a steady drip of news and metrics indicating that the linear video business is reaching some sort of inflection point. The latest numbers show double-digit declines in viewership at a number of the leading linear video networks in the month of July 2015. USA Network and History declined 14 percent each, but A&E dropped 36 percent.

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Level 3, Zayo fiber cuts in Northern Calif. come under FBI investigation

Fiber cuts that occurred on Level 3 and Zayo's fiber backbone networks in the San Francisco Bay area on Tuesday are now under investigation by the FBI. These latest fiber cuts, reports USA Today , are just one of 11 physical attacks that have taken place in the area's networks over the past year.

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Tuesday Bytes: Colo Atl, GTT, NYI, Towerstream, Level 3

Here’s a quick roundup of infrastructure news from around the USA early this week: … [ visit site to read more ]

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U.S. Linear Video Market Concentrates

If the Charter Communications acquisition of Time Warner Cable is approved, as well as the AT&T acquisition of DirecTV, just three companies, Comcast, AT&T and the new Charter would control 82 percent of the broader linear video subscription business (including both networks and distributors), according to an analysis by USA Today . That might overstate matters a bit, but the general conclusion seems valid enough. Over time, every consumer communications business eventually is lead by just a few firms. Capital-intensive industries tend to encourage such outcomes.

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Construction underway on NCP cable

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on  telecomasia.net .   The NCP Consortium has commenced construction on the New Cross Pacific (NCP) cable network linking the USA, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan. … [ visit site to read more ]

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The State of Metro Fiber Consolidation

Two announcements this week shook up the metro fiber markets in the USA this week: Lightower is taking out Fibertech for $1.9B, while Crown Castle is buying Sunesys for $1B. That’s a significant amount of fiber changing hands, and it’s worth taking a moment to step back and look at where we are. …

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How Long Before Comcast Ends Effort to Acquire Time Warner Cable?

If history provides any guidance, the Comcast bid to acquire Time Warner Cable is going to be withdrawn. The staff of the Federal Communications Commission has called for a hearing by an administrative law judge on the proposed acquisition. In 2011, AT&T and T-Mobile USA dropped a planned $39 billion merger after the Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit to block the deal and the FCC issued a hearing designation order on the deal. That would still leave Time Warner Cable “in play,” and another bid by Charter Communications is generally expected.

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Will FiOS Ever Pay Off for Verizon?

Exhaustion of the older revenue models and products means firms such as Verizon increasingly will rely on new services to drive revenue growth in the future, Verizon CFO seems to agree. With the caveat that AT&T arguably is far more exposed to consumer revenues in it fixed network segment, Verizon’s earnings from its fixed networks show why Verizon was not keen to expand its FiOS deployment. About 40 percent of fixed network  revenue comes from the residential market, notes Michael Hodel, Morningstar analyst.

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Cablevision to Launch All-Wi-Fi "Mobile" Service

Cablevision Systems Corporation will launch Freewheel ,

Will U.S. Mobile Operators Backpedal on Mobile Payments?

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile USA had high hopes for their SoftCard mobile payments venture in 2011. So did Google. But many observers would say neither venture has gotten much traction. Google Wallet, which launched in 2011, accounted for four percent of digital payment transaction volume in November 2014.

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Dredging The Fog For a Few 2015 Predictions

The great thing about New Year’s predictions is that it doesn’t matter how badly our prior predictions turned out. At least I hope so, because one year ago today I predicted that Level 3 wouldn’t make any substantial M&A moves, that Windstream would buy a fiber operator, and that Dish would somehow win T-Mobile USA’s hand. All in all, I got one out of seven, the one being that Euro alternative network operators would take consolidation into their own hands – thank you Interoute and euNetworks. … [ visit site to read more ]

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Wheeler Challenges Verizon on Network Optimization

In a move that seems to have caught everyone by surprise, the FCC’s Tom Wheeler has taken aim at Verizon Wireless’s network optimization plans for LTE. It’s a bit puzzling, as network neutrality itself is still in regulatory and legal limbo in the USA. And even if it wasn’t, the wireless has generally been pretty … [ visit site to read more ]

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