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    1. 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

    2. 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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    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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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    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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

    17. 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

    18. 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

    19. VSG: Business fiber gap is slowly closing

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 12 2013)

      VSG: Business fiber gap is slowly closing

      For much of the last decade, the lack of business fiber connections was often cited as an opportunity for new service providers and an embarrassment for those that had been around for a while and could have done better addressing the market. Density of fiber connections among U.S. businesses was regularly measured at well below 10 percent.

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      Mentions:   tw telecom   Level (3)

    20. Overture Networks unveils SDN/NFV architecture

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 12 2013)

      Overture Networks unveils SDN/NFV architecture

      Metro edge vendor Overture Networks has announced its foray into software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) with the unveiling of its Ensemble Open Service Architecture.

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      Mentions:   Research Triangle Park   Overture Networks

    21. XO eyes asymmetrical EoC opportunities

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 12 2013)

      XO eyes asymmetrical EoC opportunities

      XO Communications is seeing new potential use for asymmetrical speed Ethernet over Copper (EoC) as a way to respond to customers who have applications that don't necessarily need a symmetrical connection. Sam Koetter, senior product manager of Ethernet services for XO, said the company plans to start offering an asymmetric Ethernet service tentatively at the end of the year.

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      Mentions:   XO Communications   NuVox

    22. COMPTEL's James: CLECs need more regulatory certainty

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 11 2013)

      COMPTEL's James: CLECs need more regulatory certainty

      One of the most pressing issues for CLECs is getting access to the ILEC's last-mile copper to deliver Ethernet over Copper (EoC) services to their business customers. A number of the largest CLECs such as Integra, XO and TelePacific and even some ILECs like CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) have been expanding their EoC footprint to extend Ethernet services where they can't immediately prove out a business case for fiber.

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Integra Telecom   TelePacific

    23. EoC takes center stage at COMPTEL Spring 2013

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 11 2013)

      EoC takes center stage at COMPTEL Spring 2013

      Ethernet over Copper (EoC) is the talk of the town at this year's Spring COMPTEL event, and  FierceTelecom  is addressing this service trend in its latest special report,  EoC makes a new dent in the Ethernet market . In this report, we look at how ILECs and CLECs are delivering EoC to business customers they can't reach with fiber yet. A number of the large ILECs, particularly CenturyLink ...

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Telecommunications Industry Association   MegaPath

    24. DukeNet branches out of the Carolinas, goes 100G

      Explore FierceTelecom (Mar 11 2013)

      DukeNet branches out of the Carolinas, goes 100G

      DukeNet Communications, one of the early regional utility telcos to emerge in the mid-1990s, on Monday announced it has expanded outside of its North Carolina home and into four new states. With the completion of this new network upgrade, all of which is based on 100G coherent technologies, the service provider now reaches into Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia.

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