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    1. Colt gets into 100 GbE market

      Explore FierceTelecom (Nov 21 2012)

      Colt gets into 100 GbE market

      European service provider Colt (LSE: COLT.L) on Tuesday began offering a new 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) service to its business customer base. In addition to 20 carrier-neutral data centers, Colt's long distance network combines Europe's main business markets with 39 metro networks and 18,000 on-net buildings. Colt said that by deploying the DTN platform it will gain a number of operational benefits, including reduced costs due to the platform's smaller size and lower power consumption.

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      Mentions:   Vertical Systems Group

    2. HickoryTech's Enventis wins 10-year contract with West Fargo School district

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      HickoryTech's Enventis wins 10-year contract with West Fargo School district

      Enventis, the business services arm of HickoryTech (Nasdaq: HTCO), has been awarded a new 10-year WAN services contract with the West Fargo School District. The service provider has been providing services to the school district since 2000, and this is a renewal of that existing contract. Under the terms of the $1 million contract which will go into effect on July 1, 2013, Enventis will provide services for 15 facilities, including the soon to be built Liberty Middle School that will be open in the 2013-14 school year.

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    3. FairPoint extends broadband to an additional 4,900 NH homes, businesses

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      FairPoint extends broadband to an additional 4,900 NH homes, businesses

      Over the past four years, FairPoint said that it has invested $189 million in its network infrastructure to provide broadband services to its Northern New England territories. During that time it has built out thousands of miles of fiber infrastructure and deployed related Ethernet and DSLAM electronics to deliver services to end-users.

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      Mentions:   Frontier   FairPoint Communications

    4. Integra Telecom expands wholesale portfolio with dark fiber service

      Explore FierceTelecom (Nov 14 2012)

      Integra Telecom expands wholesale portfolio with dark fiber service

      Integra Telecom on Tuesday launched a new dark fiber service, adding another piece to its growing wholesale service puzzle. The CLEC is targeting the new service toward both wireless and wireline carrier customers and large enterprise customers that are willing to pay a premium for their own private network facilities.

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      Mentions:   Integra Telecom

    5. Level 3 brings fiber network to Tulane University

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      Level 3 brings fiber network to Tulane University

      Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) on Monday won a contract to provide its network services to Tulane University in New Orleans. Under the terms of the agreement, the service provider will deliver Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) and Ethernet Private Line (EPL) services to the university.  Charlie McMahon, chief technology officer for Tulane University, said, "These network services safeguard Tulane against losing connectivity to communications that are critical to the university's core mission."

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      Mentions:   Level (3)

    6. Medium-sized businesses buy in to Carrier Ethernet services

      Explore FierceTelecom (Nov 12 2012)

      Medium-sized businesses buy in to Carrier Ethernet services

      Medium-sized businesses are just now moving in a major way to Carrier Ethernet services despite their availability for over a decade. On the demand side, the need for high-speed, high-quality, and reliable connectivity is just emerging in this market segment, while on the supply side, service providers are finally overcoming tough technical obstacles to service delivery.

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      Mentions:   OAM   ACG Research   Overture Networks

    7. MegaPath augments Ethernet reach with EoDS1 service

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      MegaPath augments Ethernet reach with EoDS1 service

      MegaPath on Wednesday debuted a new product to extend its Ethernet footprint in areas where Ethernet over Copper (EoC) is not available. For this service set, MegaPath is delivering Ethernet over DS1 (EoDS1) because it is not subject to the same distance limitations seen with EoC.

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      Mentions:   XO Communications   MegaPath   Integra Telecom

    8. XO ups EoC ante with new 100 Mbps speeds

      Explore FierceTelecom (Nov 7 2012)

      XO ups EoC ante with new 100 Mbps speeds

      XO Communications on Wednesday debuted a 100 Mbps Ethernet over Copper speed tier and announced plans to extend its overall Ethernet service reach to serve almost 2 million buildings. Initially offering 3-20 Mbps, the new 100 Mbps option means that XO's customers can take advantage of a broader range of speeds that scale from as low as 3-100 Mbps. 

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      Mentions:   XO Communications   NuVox   MegaPath

    9. Enterprises see value in SDN for data center deployments, says Infonetics

      Explore FierceTelecom (Nov 5 2012)

      Enterprises see value in SDN for data center deployments, says Infonetics

      Service providers may be the early adopters of Software Defined Networking (SDN), but according to a new Infonetics survey a growing base of North American-based enterprises either are planning or have already deployed the technology in their data centers.

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      Mentions:   IBM   Infonetics   EarthLink

    10. FairPoint's next-generation services drive revenues to $242.1M

      Explore FierceTelecom (Nov 2 2012)

      FairPoint's next-generation services drive revenues to $242.1M

      FairPoint Communications (Nasdaq: FRP) on Friday reported that Q3 2012 revenue was $242.1 million, down sequentially from $243.5 million, as the expected decline in voice service revenue was partially offset by residential broadband as well as Ethernet services for businesses and wholesale carrier customers.

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      Mentions:   Frontier   FairPoint Communications

    11. Week in research: U.S. wholesale an attractive international buy; Latin America poised for cloud

      Explore FierceTelecom (Nov 2 2012)

      Week in research: U.S. wholesale an attractive international buy; Latin America poised for cloud

      Ethernet demand booms: High-bandwidth applications are driving a boom in demand for Ethernet services, which can be implemented easily at relatively low cost, and are scalable and flexible. IDC said total U.S. revenue for Ethernet services will climb from $5.2 billion in 2012 to $9.2 billion in 2016. "Enterprises are increasingly utilizing 100Mb, gigabit, and even 10 gigabit ethernet services for domestic and international WAN networking," said Nav Chander, research manager, in an IDC release. "We are seeing a lot more medium-size U.S. enterprises adopt Ethernet with more fiber availability, more service competition, and faster time-to-service ...

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      Mentions:   IDC   TeleGeography

    12. Telstra Global enhances global reach by opening 9 PoPs

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      Telstra Global enhances global reach by opening 9 PoPs

      Telstra Global , the global arm of Australia's Telstra (ASX: TLS.AX), on Wednesday announced that it is expanding its network coverage with nine new points of presence (PoPs) in Europe, Asia Pacific and the United States. These new PoPs include key cities in each region, including London, Marseilles, Stockholm, Osaka, Tokyo, Sydney, Hong Kong and Chicago. Given the global growth of their carrier and large enterprise customers, a key point of the offering is the ability to ensure SLAs for various network connectivity options such as Ethernet and cloud are met end-to-end regardless of location.

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      Mentions:   Telstra

    13. 5 Nightmares That Keep Telecom Executives Up At Night

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 30 2012)

      5 Nightmares That Keep Telecom Executives Up At Night

      A congested network, link failure, Ethernet issues, and misrouted packets are some of the issues that cause packet loss. Users begin to experience jitter and latency that makes a voice call difficult if not impossible to participate in—basically, the call begins to break up.

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      Mentions:   Cablevision   ITU

    14. Edge routers help carriers deal with video, mobile, cloud service trends, says Infonetics

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 29 2012)

      Edge routers help carriers deal with video, mobile, cloud service trends, says Infonetics

      In its latest white paper, "Routers on the IP Edge: Overcoming the Triple Challenge of Video, Mobility, and Cloud," Infonetics looks at how four service providers made a transition to a distributed converged IP edge architecture leveraging IP edge routers.   Some of the service providers that are taking advantage of this new architecture include BT (NYSE: BT), TELUS (Toronto: T.TO), Portugal Telecom (NYSE: PT), and Belgacom.

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      Mentions:   Telef√≥nica   Infonetics   Juniper

    15. VSG: Business Ethernet dominates legacy

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 26 2012)

      VSG: Business Ethernet dominates legacy

      According to a new Vertical Systems Group report, Ethernet bandwidth purchased by businesses has surged since 2011, when it first surpassed the bandwidth purchased on legacy data networks. "Global growth for legacy bandwidth is flattening, while Ethernet bandwidth continues to mount at a healthy double-digit pace," said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group.

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      Mentions:   Vertical Systems Group   Infonetics

    16. Ethernet is Bright Spot in Sprint's Q3 wireline revenue decline

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 25 2012)

      Ethernet is Bright Spot in Sprint's Q3 wireline revenue decline

      One area in the wireline arena that Sprint will likely continue to be aggressive in developing will be Ethernet. In June, the service provider announced that it would extend the service to to 143 domestic and 38 international countries by the end of the year. While Sprint isn't ruling out future elements for Ethernet like Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL), the service provider is mainly offering Ethernet as a means to access its MPLS and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) services.

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    17. Special access with Larissa Herda of tw telecom

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 25 2012)

      Special access with Larissa Herda of tw telecom

      Larissa Herda, CEO of tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC), is feeling confident about the success of the CLEC she runs. In Q2 2012, the service provider's revenue rose 1.6 percent sequentially to $364.5 million due to strong carrier Ethernet and VPN sales. Of course, the main concern that's on the mind of Herda and other competitive carrier executives these days are the rules governing the special access circuits they have to purchase from incumbent carriers

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      Mentions:   Quality of Service   tw telecom

    18. Windstream set to deliver VDSL2, bonded ADSL2+

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      Windstream set to deliver VDSL2, bonded ADSL2+

      Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) plans to begin offering parts of its customer base in November faster broadband speeds via a mix of VDSL2 and ADSL2+ with bonding technologies.  "As far as areas currently affected by latency issues, those areas are already in the process of upgrading to Ethernet-based equipment."

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      Mentions:   NuVox

    19. FairPoint upgrades 11 COs in Maine

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 24 2012)

      FairPoint upgrades 11 COs in Maine

      FairPoint Communications (Nasdaq: FRP) on Wednesday announced that it would expand the broadband speeds of 11 of its central offices (COs) in its Maine territory.  Although it did not specify the kinds of speeds it will offer, the telco did say that it will deploy Ethernet equipment in the 11 communities.

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      Mentions:   FairPoint Communications

    20. Kevin O'Hara, Integra Telecom - CLEC Leader

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 23 2012)

      Kevin O'Hara, Integra Telecom - CLEC Leader

      Integra is taking a three-pronged approach to Carrier Ethernet that includes both building out its own fiber into more buildings, Ethernet over Copper (EoC), and establishing interconnection agreements with other service providers outside of its traditional territory to serve multi-site customers.

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      Mentions:   Integra Telecom   WorldCom   Level (3)

    21. Clint Heiden, Sidera Networks - CLEC Leader

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 23 2012)

      Clint Heiden, Sidera Networks - CLEC Leader

      Clint Heiden, President of Sidera Networks, is an opportunist with a careful hand that can balance out what any competitive provider can deliver in the near and long-term. During his tenure at PAETEC and Intellifiber, Heiden and his team built out a 17,000-mile fiber network, in addition to a wide-reaching Ethernet over Copper (EoC) network, not to mention netting 500 Department of Defense (DoD) customers.

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      Mentions:   NuVox   RCN   ABRY Partners

    22. Mike Rouleau, tw telecom - FierceTelecom CLEC Leader

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 23 2012)

      Mike Rouleau, tw telecom - FierceTelecom CLEC Leader

      As Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, Mike Rouleau directs the service provider's drive into new market segments like data centers and capacity management."Big dumb pipes are not what enterprise customers are looking for," he said in his keynote speech, noting that customers are looking for unique solutions to their problems. Pairing cloud-based services with Ethernet connectivity offers a flexible solution for many companies, he said.

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      Mentions:   Qwest   tw telecom

    23. Scott Widham: Alpheus uses EoC to deliver Ethernet to 94,000 buildings

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 23 2012)

      Scott Widham: Alpheus uses EoC to deliver Ethernet to 94,000 buildings

      On the product development front, a key driver has been, not surprisingly, Ethernet. Taking a two-pronged effort that includes both fiber and Ethernet over Copper, the CLEC can now deliver the service to 94,000 business addresses.  Already available in 123 central offices (COs), Widham said it will enable EoC in more COs in the South Texas region, and has set a goal to have the service in every CO it has a colocation agreement with AT&T (NYSE: T).

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      Mentions:   Overture Networks   Level (3)   Alpheus Communications

    24. Karen Schmidt, Comcast Business Services

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 23 2012)

      Karen Schmidt, Comcast Business Services

      As Karen Schmidt, Executive Director of Product Management and Strategy, Comcast Business Services (Nasdaq: CMCSA), sees it, Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) recent mandate to migrate its existing Frame Relay service to IP is a new opportunity to win more customers. Unlike Verizon, Comcast Business has no legacy customer service base to maintain, putting it in a position to offer Ethernet and IP-based services from the get go. "It sort of reflects where the market is going, and the market is going towards E

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      Mentions:   Cox Business   Comcast Business Services

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