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    1. Verizon business service declines, but Carrier Ethernet grows

      Explore FierceTelecom (Apr 18 2013)

      Verizon business service declines, but Carrier Ethernet grows

      In Business and Wholesale: Verizon's business revenues declined 2.6 percent year-over-year to $3.8 billion due to expected declines in legacy voice and data service transport, in addition to CPE sales. However, it reported that global strategic enterprise services such as cloud, managed services, and Carrier Ethernet grew 6 percent.

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    2. Windstream extends its WAN reporting tool across U.S. footprint

      Explore FierceTelecom (Apr 18 2013)

      Windstream extends its WAN reporting tool across U.S. footprint

      Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) is now offering its Advanced Application Reporting (AAR) product for enterprise business customers throughout its entire U.S. network footprint, giving enterprises near real-time visibility into their WAN traffic.  In particular, AAR can benefit customers with Ethernet-based Internet, dedicated Internet, MPLS and VLS services by giving them the ability to collect, format and display WAN performance statistics for multiple intervals (hour, last day, and last week).

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Metro Ethernet Forum   Paetec

    3. Sprint targets enterprises with MPLS, managed cloud bundle

      Explore FierceTelecom (Apr 17 2013)

      Sprint targets enterprises with MPLS, managed cloud bundle

      Sprint (NYSE: S) has begun offering its large business customers a new bundled service package that includes managed networking, MPLS transport, and CPE that it says will provide greater simplicity and better visibility into their networks.Last year, it increased its investment in its wireline business by 53 percent with a particular focus on its MPLS network and Carrier Ethernet by establishing E-NNI (external-network to network interconnection) agreements with other carrier partners.

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    4. Sprint extends Ethernet reach into Spain via Interxion

      Explore FierceTelecom (Apr 16 2013)

      Sprint extends Ethernet reach into Spain via Interxion

      Sprint ( NYSE: S ) is extending its Ethernet service presence deeper into Europe by establishing a new point of presence (PoP) at Interxion, a carrier-neutral colocation data center provider in Madrid. By establishing this relationship with Interxion, Sprint can quickly access the data center provider's broad range of carriers and ISPs while creating new opportunities for multinational customers ...

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    5. NTT, AT&T, Verizon topped 2012's revenue charts, says Infonetics

      Explore FierceTelecom (Apr 11 2013)

      NTT, AT&T, Verizon topped 2012's revenue charts, says Infonetics

      NTT, AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ), a new Infonetics report reveals, were the three dominant revenue generators in world's top 60 service providers. "NTT, which passed AT&T as the top revenue-generating service provider in 2011, remains the number-one service provider in the world in terms of revenue and capital expenditures, and in 2012 it became the leader in terms of operating expenses as well," said Maria Zeppetella, market analyst manager at Infonetics Research and lead analyst on the report.

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      Mentions:   NTT   Infonetics

    6. Level 3 promotes Jeff Storey to CEO, replacing company founder James Crowe

      Explore FierceTelecom (Apr 11 2013)

      Level 3 promotes Jeff Storey to CEO, replacing company founder James Crowe

      Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) has appointed Jeff Storey as its new president and CEO, taking over from company founder James Crowe, who announced he would step down last month. Storey (Image source: Level 3) In addition to his new role, Storey has been nominated to be elected as a member of the company's board during its upcoming stockholders meeting that will be held on May 23.

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      Mentions:   Level (3)

    7. Google Fiber comes to Austin, mayor announces

      Explore FierceTelecom (Apr 9 2013)

      Google Fiber comes to Austin, mayor announces

      Yet another big announcement this week just went official as Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) confirmed during a joint community-press session that it will be bringing Google Fiber to Austin, Texas. Live blogging from the event, GigaOM's Stacey Higginbotham quoted Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell as she wrote, "People are asking for this particular resource that will make our economy stronger--Google Fiber is coming to austin Texas!!!! Crowd goes wild."

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      Mentions:   University of Texas

    8. Gartner: Sprint's MPLS, Ethernet expansions advance its standing

      Explore FierceTelecom (Apr 8 2013)

      Gartner: Sprint's MPLS, Ethernet expansions advance its standing

      Sprint may be known primarily for its wireless services, but the provider's efforts to grow its domestic and global footprint drove up its profile from niche player to challenger on Gartner's latest Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers. Two of the key network growth areas it invested in throughout the year were its global MPLS network and Carrier Ethernet through E-NNI agreements with other carrier partners.

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    9. Gartner: AT&T gets high business marks, but faces new competition

      Explore FierceTelecom (Apr 4 2013)

      Gartner: AT&T gets high business marks, but faces new competition

      According to a Gartner report focused on the U.S. business services market, AT&T took home the highest product service rating for its wireline business service product suite. In its new "Critical Capabilities for U.S. Wireline Telecom Services" report, which evaluated eight service providers, the research firm evaluated seven key areas of critical capabilities: MPLS services, SIP trunking, dedicated Internet, metro private line, managed broadband, Ethernet WAN, and managed routers.

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Paetec

    10. Report: Lumos could become acquisition target, but not in 2013

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 31 2013)

      Report: Lumos could become acquisition target, but not in 2013

      Lumos Networks has 10 percent of TDM "mindshare" in its current markets, but sees opportunities to edge out to new customers that are within 10 miles of its fiber footprint to provide Ethernet and IP-based services. Cowan said that this edging out strategy "allows the company to cost effectively expand its addressable market and still leverage its current infrastructure."

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      Mentions:   NuVox

    11. CenturyLink, Windstream dominate the ILEC Ethernet services ecosystem

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 27 2013)

      CenturyLink, Windstream dominate the ILEC Ethernet services ecosystem

      Being incumbent carriers, the pair continues to face economic pressures and ongoing revenue issues as more of their customers migrate off legacy ATM and Frame Relay services to Ethernet. What's most exciting about the ILEC realm is the growing presence of CenturyLink and Windstream--two telcos that are arguably seeing the fastest growth in Ethernet and the overall business services market.

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Qwest   Paetec

    12. Frontier spends $123.6 million to boost DSL, business Ethernet services in New York

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 25 2013)

      Frontier spends $123.6 million to boost DSL, business Ethernet services in New York

      Frontier Communications is upgrading interoffice data transport networks within the Rochester and Chenango markets to a 10G Ethernet Ring Protection Switching (ERPS) topology. On the business services side, Frontier is expanding the availability of its CarrierEthernet, in addition to Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) and an IP-VPN service that rides over its MPLS network.

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      Mentions:   Frontier Communications   Frontier

    13. CenturyLink's Poll: We're ready to put 100G at the edge

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 25 2013)

      CenturyLink's Poll: We're ready to put 100G at the edge

      By bringing those together, we're exclusively using 100 Gig types of technologies and then we have organic demands in the cities where we are an incumbent provider of services such as Internet and Ethernet.

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      Mentions:   Qwest   CenturyLink

    14. Globe Business secures MEF 2.0 certification

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 22 2013)

      Globe Business secures MEF 2.0 certification

      Globe Business, the business services arm of Philippines-based Globe Telecom, on Thursday gained the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF's)  Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification for its Ethernet services . The service provider has achieved CE 2.0 certification for its point-to-point E - Line , including Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and multipoint-to-multipoint ...

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      Mentions:   SLA   Metro Ethernet Forum   Comcast Business Services

    15. Hot wireline technologies, Carrier Ethernet 2.0, emerging telecom contenders ...

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 22 2013)

      Hot wireline technologies, Carrier Ethernet 2.0, emerging telecom contenders ...

      First, FierceTelecom examined the 10 hottest technologies such as the Metro Ethernet Forum's new Carrier Ethernet 2.0 specification that are changing the face of the telecommunications industry.

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      Mentions:   Qwest

    16. Alaska Communications gets CE 2.0 certification nod from MEF

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 20 2013)

      Alaska Communications gets CE 2.0 certification nod from MEF

      Alaska Communications is now the second U.S.-based service provider to achieve the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification. Following Comcast Business ( Nasdaq: CMCSA ) in the United States and Telstra Wholesale in Australia , Alaska Communications is the third service provider in the world to have their services certified under the new MEF standard. CE 2.0 incorporates a ...

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      Mentions:   Quality of Service   Metro Ethernet Forum   Comcast Business Services

    17. Frontier invests $75 million in Washington's broadband, business networks

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 19 2013)

      Frontier invests $75 million in Washington's broadband, business networks

      On the business front, Frontier has expanded its suite of Carrier Ethernet and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) services. Having extended Ethernet to 55 markets in late 2011 across 10 states, it offers the service in Everett and Kennewick, Wash.  

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      Mentions:   Frontier Communications   Frontier

    18. Carrier Ethernet providers in the U.S. CLEC segment

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 18 2013)

      Carrier Ethernet providers in the U.S. CLEC segment

      Here's an at-a-glance look at seven competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) that provide Carrier Ethernet services.

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    19. Level 3, tw telecom, other CLECs step up to Carrier Ethernet plate

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 18 2013)

      Level 3, tw telecom, other CLECs step up to Carrier Ethernet plate

      If there is one word to describe the competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC) providing Ethernet services it would be "diverse."  Every one of the seven players in this third installment of our Ethernet ecosystem series approaches Ethernet from a different angle.

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      Mentions:   Vertical Systems Group   XO Communications   tw telecom

    20. Comcast wires up Vermont businesses with Ethernet

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 18 2013)

      Comcast wires up Vermont businesses with Ethernet

      Comcast Business (Nasdaq: CMCSA), reports FierceCable, is rolling out Ethernet in northwest Vermont with a particular focus on small businesses, hospitals and schools that have more than 20 employees. Eligible businesses will be able to get up to 10 Gbps of bandwidth. Among the products it is offering is an Ethernet-based Virtual Private Line Service (VPLS). Article

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      Mentions:   Comcast Business Services

    21. Fatbeam's EMAN acquisition ups Washington State fiber presence

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 15 2013)

      Fatbeam's EMAN acquisition ups Washington State fiber presence

      While neither company revealed the terms of the deal, Fatbeam said it will augment the existing EMAN network by adding additional fiber route miles and upgrading the Carrier Ethernet backbone to serve the Franklin Pierce School District under a long-term contract for 20 Gbps Ethernet service.

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      Mentions:   Frontier

    22. Building Integra's brand equity, teams at top of the list for Tate

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 14 2013)

      Building Integra's brand equity, teams at top of the list for Tate

      Martha Tate, vice president of Wholesale for Integra, may still be relatively new to her position, but she comes with plenty of experience to run the wholesale division. In her new role, Tate is helping the newly rebranded Integra focus on not only classic PTTs (postal, telephone and telegraph government agencies outside the United States) and ILECs (incumbent local exchange carriers), but also on a host of data center, cloud and content providers that need higher-speed connectivity.

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      Mentions:   China Telecom   France Telecom

    23. Telstra Wholesale joins the Carrier Ethernet 2.0 club

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 13 2013)

      Telstra Wholesale joins the Carrier Ethernet 2.0 club

      Telstra Wholesale (ASX: TLS.AX) is the latest service provider to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF's) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification for its new "Data Advantage" Ethernet Access and Ethernet backhaul products, which it debuted last August. The Data Advantage product line offers wholesale customers four primary products: managed leased line, Ethernet, Ethernet backhaul and point-to-point fiber services.

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      Mentions:   NTT   Telstra   Orange Business Services

    24. Alpheus extends wholesale Ethernet to AireSpring

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 12 2013)

      Alpheus extends wholesale Ethernet to AireSpring

      Alpheus Communications on Tuesday extended its wholesale Ethernet services to AireSpring, a Los Angeles-based competitive service provider, enabling it to expand its MPLS and Ethernet presence in Texas. Customers that purchase AireSpring's MPLS Mesh product can combine multiple MPLS networks with a single SLA, single bill and one point of contact. The provider claims that since it manages the connection, customers will realize "greater flexibility and increased cost savings."

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      Mentions:   SLA   NuVox   Alpheus Communications

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