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    1. CenturyLink consolidates network business and operations teams

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 6 2013)

      CenturyLink consolidates network business and operations teams

      CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) on Thursday announced that it has realigned its management structure by combining its network services business sales and operations teams under one common organization reporting to COO Karen Puckett. Puckett will lead CenturyLink's combined sales & operations teams. Effective immediately, the company will combine the business sales and operations functions that were part of the telco's Enterprise Markets Group – Network Services and Regional Markets Group organizations.

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      Mentions:   Qwest   IEEE   Frontier

    2. Hawaiian Telcom wraps up its $13 million acquisition of Wavecom Solutions

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      Hawaiian Telcom wraps up its $13 million acquisition of Wavecom Solutions

      Hawaiian Telcom (Nasdaq: HCOM) on Monday completed its acquisition of Honolulu-based CLEC Wavecom Solutions. While legacy TDM revenue losses drove Hawaiian Telcom's wholesale revenue down 2.1 percent to $17.6 million, the ongoing growth of Ethernet circuits provisioned over the new fiber builds helped drive wholesale carrier data revenue up one percent year-over-year to $15.7 million.

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      Mentions:   Hawaiian Telcom   IEEE

    3. BT to run 200 Mbps FTTP trial in 4 UK telephone exchanges

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      BT to run 200 Mbps FTTP trial in 4 UK telephone exchanges

      BT Openreach (NYSE: BT) on Thursday announced that it will begin a technical trial of its 220/20 Mbps Generic Ethernet Access (GEA) Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) service in four of its telephone exchange areas. Set to run throughout February, the four trial areas include Bradwell Abbey, Chester South, Exeter and York.

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    4. Integra adds E-LAN to Ethernet service line

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      Integra adds E-LAN to Ethernet service line

      Integra Telecom on Tuesday introduced E-LAN Ethernet services that target medium and large-sized multisite customers that want multipoint-to-multipoint Layer 2 VPN services. With the E-LAN service, Integra's customers can scale their multi-location corporate or campus networks with control over their quality of service (QoS). Customers in vertical segments such as health care and government that ...

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      Mentions:   Integra Telecom

    5. tw telecom expands fiber presence in Maryland and Idaho

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      tw telecom expands fiber presence in Maryland and Idaho

      tw telecom on Tuesday expanded its fiber network into both Montgomery County, Md., and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, as part of its ongoing movement to serve a greater set of business customers in key growth markets. Over these new fiber networks, tw telecom will focus on providing its Business Ethernet services, including its new Intelligent Network services such as Enhanced Management and Dynamic Capacity.

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      Mentions:   tw telecom

    6. tw telecom broadens reach of its "One to Many" wholesale Ethernet service

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      tw telecom broadens reach of its "One to Many" wholesale Ethernet service

      tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) on Monday expanded the reach of its Ethernet E-Access, or "One to Many" wholesale service, for its service provider customers. tw telecom's E-Line network provides a Layer 2 nationwide Ethernet backbone. (Source: tw telecom) With the One to Many Ethernet service, wholesale customers that need to expand Ethernet access for a customer that has facilities outside of their respective network footprint can go to tw telecom to get a single connection point to get to multiple buildings in the CLEC's 75-city U.S. footprint.

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      Mentions:   China Telecom   IEEE   tw telecom

    7. Comcast Business Services extends fiber network to downtown Houston

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      Comcast Business Services extends fiber network to downtown Houston

      Comcast Business Services (Nasdaq: CMCSA) on Thursday launched an effort to expand its fiber network in downtown Houston.  Having access to large buildings like Chase means Comcast Business Services will be able to target a large set of potential new customers that are looking for an alternative service provider as they migrate from an existing legacy technology like Frame Relay to Ethernet.

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      Mentions:   Alpheus Communications   Comcast Business Services

    8. Rounding up the top 10 ILECs' performance in Q3 2012

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      Rounding up the top 10 ILECs' performance in Q3 2012

      With the third quarter 2012 earnings season now complete, FierceTelecom is taking a look at the results of the top 10 ILECs. (Source: iStock) All of their earnings and related results are in the accompanying chart. As we do every quarter, we looked at three dominant themes: Landline losses: Landline loss, as expected, is having a continual effect on the overall financial outlook of the major telcos. However, there weren't a lot of major surprises with the ongoing landline losses at the three largest telcos--AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL)--continued to see expected declines. AT ...

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Hawaiian Telcom

    9. Knology extends data center services to business customers

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      Knology extends data center services to business customers

      Since it already has a strong set of business services including voice, data services (both traditional cable modem and fiber-based Ethernet) and video, offering data center services is a logical move for the service provider. As a result of the acquisition, E Solutions' customers can take advantage of Knology's existing business services.

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      Mentions:   Time Warner Cable

    10. Alpheus purchases Net Star Telecommunications

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      Alpheus purchases Net Star Telecommunications

      Upon completing the integration of Net Star operations into its fold, Net Star customers will gain access to a growing portfolio of data center facilities in addition to a growing base of next-gen IP services such as Ethernet and cloud. When the deal is completed, Net Star customers will benefit from an extended Ethernet footprint that includes a mix of both fiber-based Ethernet and Ethernet over Copper (EoC). Ethernet has been a big growth engine for Alpheus. As of October, the service provider extended its copper and fiber-based Ethernet footprint to 94,000 buildings. Already available in 123 central offices ...

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      Mentions:   Overture Networks   Alpheus Communications

    11. Lumos' Biltz: Big data, mobility offer new data growth opportunities

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      Lumos' Biltz: Big data, mobility offer new data growth opportunities

      What's common across all of these segments is the use of Carrier Ethernet-based services. Today, Lumos has 10 percent of TDM mindshare in its current markets, but sees various opportunities to "edge out" to new customers that are within 10 miles of its fiber footprint to provide Ethernet and IP-based services.

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    12. FiberLight gets $105M cash infusion from CoBank

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      FiberLight gets $105M cash infusion from CoBank

      FiberLight, a growing competitive fiber-based provider, on Wednesday secured a new long-term $105 million financing agreement with CoBank ACB. The new funding will enable the service provider to achieve three of its goals: refinance its outstanding debt, provide capital for ongoing network buildouts, and maintain a targeted liquidity position.

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    13. Infonetics predicts $1.6B Ethernet access device market

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      Infonetics predicts $1.6B Ethernet access device market

      Brighter future for Ethernet access: Although the Ethernet access device market saw a 4 percent dip in the first half of 2012 compared to the first half of 2011, Infonetics Research forecasts that the market will top $1.6 billion by 2016. That's because Ethernet still has an important role to play in the TDM-to-IP transition, and particularly in the mobile backhaul segment. "With so many operators moving to fiber as they upgrade building sites and mobile backhaul from TDM to Ethernet, fiber-based EADs will remain a much bigger market than copper EADs," said Michael Howard, principal analyst for ...

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      Mentions:   Overture Networks   Atlantic-Acm

    14. Fibertech begins expansion into Cincinnati market

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      Fibertech begins expansion into Cincinnati market

      Fibertech Networks, a privately-held company owned by Court Square, has begun its latest expansion into the Cincinnati market, taking on established players Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) for business and government customers. Fibertech said it has signed up 10 area customers that will leverage the fiber for business services such as Ethernet. Mike Hurley, vice president of marketing and sales of Fibertech, would not reveal how much capital is being spent on the Ohio expansion.  

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      Mentions:   Time Warner Cable   Cincinnati Bell

    15. Zayo's fiber network is now connected to 10,000 buildings

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      Zayo's fiber network is now connected to 10,000 buildings

      Zayo Group on Tuesday reached its 10,000 on-net building milestone, enabling it to offer high bandwidth services to a large mix of enterprise and wholesale service provider customers. The service provider's footprint now stretches across 45 states and Washington, D.C., in addition to seven countries.

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      Mentions:   Metro Ethernet Forum   Zayo   Level (3)

    16. FairPoint Communications to build New England Telehealth Consortium Network

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      FairPoint Communications to build New England Telehealth Consortium Network

      FairPoint Communications (Nasdaq: FRP) on Tuesday won a four-year, $16 million contract to provide connectivity for the New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC). Leveraging its VantagePoint network, the telco will provide Carrier Ethernet services to over 400 health care sites throughout its Northern New England territory, including Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Funding for NETC's three-state telemedicine network comes from a $24.6 million Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Health Care Pilot Program. Under the terms of the award,

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      Mentions:   Frontier   FairPoint Communications

    17. Integra's Kevin O'Hara on transitioning to larger-scale wholesale, retail business services

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      Integra's Kevin O'Hara on transitioning to larger-scale wholesale, retail business services

      For much of its 30-plus year existence, Integra Telecom was known for its dedication to the small to medium business (SMB) market through its local touch and good old customer service. But in recent years, the service provider realized that the assets it purchased from Electric Lightwave (ELI) and Eschelon in 2005 gave it a set of long-haul and metro fiber assets it could use to build a set of retail and wholesale services for larger businesses and service providers.

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      Mentions:   Integra Telecom   Level (3)   Comcast Business Services

    18. VPLS prices decline as much as 39% in established regions

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      VPLS prices decline as much as 39% in established regions

      As more providers roll out Ethernet Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS), prices are falling, but the lack of service maturity and availability make it a very expensive option in developing regions. According to a new TeleGeography report, Western Europe and the United States saw the largest price drops for VPLS services between the first half of 2011 and the first half of 2012. What helped drive down VPLS costs in Europe were two factors: availability and growing competition.

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      Mentions:   NTT   TeleGeography

    19. Colt gets into 100 GbE market

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      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

    20. 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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    21. 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

    22. Integra Telecom expands wholesale portfolio with dark fiber service

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      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

    23. 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)

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

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      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

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