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    1. SARENET selects Overture for its EoC initiative

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 17 2012)

      SARENET, a Spanish competitive provider focused on the business market, on Tuesday chose Overture Networks for its Ethernet over Copper (EoC) service drive.

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      Mentions:   Overture Networks

    2. CLECs to ILECs: Don't hang up your copper networks!

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 15 2012)

      CLECs to ILECs: Don't hang up your copper networks!

      Traditional ILECs (incumbent local exchange carriers) may see their copper facilities as nothing more than an aging asset of the legacy voice-only service age, but for competitive telcos serving the business market, copper is still very much in fashion. Targeting the diverse and often-forgotten-about small to medium sized business (SMB) market, copper has become a sound method to deliver Ethernet over Copper (EoC) to customer sites where a CLEC (competitive local exchange carrier) can't prove a business case to deploy its own fiber or secure an Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) with another dark fiber provider.

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      Mentions:   XO Communications   NuVox   MegaPath

    3. tw telecom's Dynamic Capacity service launches in Washington, D.C.

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 12 2012)

      tw telecom's Dynamic Capacity service launches in Washington, D.C.

      tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) on Friday began offering its bandwidth-on-demand service, Dynamic Capacity, to local businesses and government agencies in Washington, D.C. With the Dynamic Capacity E-Line service, business customers will be able to double or triple their network capacity without any interruption to their service. Customers can also access reports on network performance and conduct troubleshooting on the service provider's MyPortal interface.

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      Mentions:   Vertical Systems Group   tw telecom   Intelligent Network

    4. Searchlight Capital acquires a big piece of Integra Telecom

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 11 2012)

      Searchlight Capital acquires a big piece of Integra Telecom

      Integra Telecom on Wednesday announced that Searchlight Capital Partners has purchased a large equity stake in the CLEC. Under the terms of the agreement, Searchlight will acquire all of the equity interests that were held by Goldman, Sachs & Co., Integra's largest shareholder. Led by senior partners formerly with investment management firms and that have investment experience in the telecom sector, Integra is Searchlight's third announced investment. After meeting customary closing conditions, Searchlight expects the deal to close in Q4 2012.

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      Mentions:   Integra Telecom   Level (3)

    5. Case Study: Lumos paves a new wireless backhaul path

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 11 2012)

      Case Study: Lumos paves a new wireless backhaul path

      Today, Lumos can target potentially 2,000 cell sites that are within three miles of its existing fiber network. In tandem with its FTTT build out, the telco has been simultaneously expanding its on-net fiber reach into more buildings to provide Metro Ethernet and other IP-based voice services like VoIP. At the end of Q2 2012, the service provider had a total of 1,091 on-net buildings connected to its fiber network.

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      Mentions:   Qwest   Frontier Communications

    6. XO extends service reach into the Toronto market

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 10 2012)

      XO extends service reach into the Toronto market

      XO Communications on Tuesday announced it has extended its network into the Toronto market, offering its suite of IP services to both business and wholesale service provider customers. Don MacNeil, chief marketing officer for XO Communications, said in a press release that the company will now be able to better target four key vertical market segments that are seeing continual growth in Toronto: finance, high-tech, media and telecommunications.

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      Mentions:   XO Communications

    7. tw telecom expands fiber network into Kansas City area

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 10 2012)

      tw telecom expands fiber network into Kansas City area

      tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) on Monday announced it expanded its fiber network, targeting new business service opportunities in the Kansas City area with a particular focus on opportunities located north of the Missouri River and the Central Business District. By making this network expansion move, the CLEC can potentially target over 300 additional business opportunities in Kansas City.

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      Mentions:   tw telecom

    8. Alpheus Communications broadens its Texas Ethernet reach

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 9 2012)

      Alpheus Communications broadens its Texas Ethernet reach

      Alpheus Communications, a regional CLEC targeting businesses and service providers in the Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston (DASH) area, on Monday extended the reach of its Ethernet service into the Rio Grande Valley. Customers in the Rio Grande region of Texas will now be able to get access to the same fiber-based and Ethernet over Copper (EoC) solutions in the DASH markets, including private-line services, dedicated Internet access (DIA), data center connectivity. 

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      Mentions:   Overture Networks   Alpheus Communications

    9. Global Capacity delivers Frame Relay migration path for businesses

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 8 2012)

      Global Capacity delivers Frame Relay migration path for businesses

      Global Capacity on Monday unveiled a new service solution that will allow business customers to migrate from legacy Frame Relay services to a private IP network solution. Delivered through the virtual network operator's (VNO) automated access network platform, One Marketplace Access Exchange, Global Capacity will offer a Frame Relay solution that it says will give customers a way to ...

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    10. tw telecom wins WAN contract with U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 5 2012)

      tw telecom wins WAN contract with U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

      tw telecom will supply Ethernet Internet Services (EIS) and 10G wavelength services for medical and health-related data connectivity to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Indian Health Services (IHS) in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Albuquerque, N.M.

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      Mentions:   tw telecom

    11. FairPoint unveils its new wholesale carrier Ethernet Service 2.0

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 4 2012)

      FairPoint unveils its new wholesale carrier Ethernet Service 2.0

      FairPoint Communications (Nasdaq: FRP) has launched its new Carrier Ethernet Services (CES) 2.0 service. Designed to serve its wholesale carrier customer base, including wireless backhaul customers, the CES 2.0 service includes a Class of Service (CoS) capability that allows customers to prioritize traffic based on application.   "This is valuable because wholesale customers (i.e., CLECs/RLECs/ILECs/wireless) buying the service to resell or combine with their networks can easily extend the CoS to their customers," said Roopashree Honnachari, program manager of business communication services at Frost & Sullivan,

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      Mentions:   SLA   Frost & Sullivan   EarthLink

    12. MegaPath wraps up its EoC roll network expansion effort

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 3 2012)

      MegaPath wraps up its EoC roll network expansion effort

      MegaPath, a CLEC that's been aggressively expanding its wares through various acquisitions, on Wednesday put the finishing touches on its nationwide Carrier Ethernet over Copper (EoC) network build. Now available in the top 50 national U.S. markets, customers can use EoC to access MegaPath's Core MPLS network and Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities to ensure their applications get the necessary support.

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      Mentions:   XO Communications   NuVox   Quality of Service

    13. XO extends 100G service reach through Equinix

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 3 2012)

      XO extends 100G service reach through Equinix

      XO on Wednesday signed an agreement to extend its new 100G network via Equinix's (Nasdaq: EQIX) International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in the United States. Although XO and Equinix have been working with one another for a number of years, this new alliance will provide various benefits to their respective customers, including: capacity to public, hybrid and private cloud providers; a reduction in network latency; improvements to the user experience with high-speed content distribution; and access to business-grade Ethernet services.

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      Mentions:   XO Communications

    14. BT to provide managed services to British American Tobacco

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 2 2012)

      BT to provide managed services to British American Tobacco

      With the IP-based network, BT said British American Tobacco will be able to prioritize various types of traffic according to its business needs while reducing total cost of ownership of its communications infrastructure. Over the past year, BT has been continually expanding its Ethernet and overall network presence in various international regions, including Asia Pacific, EMEA, Latin America and the United States.

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      Mentions:   Vertical Systems Group   BT Global Services

    15. Zayo completes purchase of USCarrier

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 2 2012)

      Zayo completes purchase of USCarrier

      Zayo Group on Tuesday wrapped up its acquisition of the remaining piece of USCarrier Telecom (USCarrier), a service provider that it initially gained a 50 percent stake in following its acquisition of American Fiber Systems (AFS) in 2010. As previously announced, Zayo paid $15.9 million for USCarrier, a figure that includes $2.3 million to retire USCarrier's outstanding debt. The service provider said it funded the acquisition of USCarrier with cash on hand. By acquiring USCarrier, Zayo deepens its fiber network presence in the Southeast United States with an additional 3,700-mile regional fiber network that connects a ...

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      Mentions:   Zayo Group   Zayo   Nprg

    16. Level 3 unveils network security solutions set

      Explore FierceTelecom (Oct 1 2012)

      Level 3 unveils network security solutions set

      Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) on Monday introduced a global security solutions suite that it says will provide multi-layered protection as customers grow their businesses. As an integrated solution, the service provider is bundling the new security services with its other network services like Ethernet and professional services to provide a solution that best fits a particular business' needs.

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      Mentions:   Frost & Sullivan   Level (3)

    17. Comcast to deliver 305 Mbps speed tier over Ethernet-based FTTH

      Explore FierceTelecom (Sep 28 2012)

      Comcast to deliver 305 Mbps speed tier over Ethernet-based FTTH

      Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) on Thursday revealed plans that it will soon offer a 305 Mbps/65 Mbps speed tier over a point-to-point Ethernet-based Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network. Comcast's fiber-based $300 service tier is, not surprisingly, being used to target markets where Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is offering its 300/65 Mbps Quantum speed tiers, according to Broadband Reports.

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    18. FCC lifts restrictions on cable/CLEC mergers, acquisitions

      Explore FierceTelecom (Sep 17 2012)

      FCC lifts restrictions on cable/CLEC mergers, acquisitions

      Cable operators may lack the pull of a large telco, but one of the things they do have is an aggressive spirit and a lack of legacy services that, for example, telcos must cannibalize when they earn a new Carrier Ethernet customer.

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      Mentions:   Time Warner Cable

    19. Cox Business offers HFC-based 80, 100 Mbps Carrier Ethernet services

      Explore FierceTelecom (Sep 13 2012)

      Cox Business offers HFC-based 80, 100 Mbps Carrier Ethernet services

      Cox Communications on Wednesday launched an HFC-based version of its Ethernet service that puts 80 and 100 Mbps speeds in the hands of the small- to medium-sized businesses (SMB).  Initially Cox will offer the new speed tiers in Acadiana, La., with plans to enable other markets later this year and early in 2013.

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      Mentions:   Vertical Systems Group   Cox Business

    20. Alpheus Communications attracts more reseller agents to channel program

      Explore FierceTelecom (Sep 13 2012)

      Alpheus Communications attracts more reseller agents to channel program

      Alpheus Communications, a competitive business-focused service provider operating in Texas, on Tuesday said it has seen a strong increase in agents joining its channel program. Since launching the program only six month ago, participating agents reported they are seeing immediate returns from selling Alpheus' suite of data services, including Ethernet, Dedicated Internet Access (DIA), and private line services.

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      Mentions:   Alpheus Communications

    21. There's still plenty of gold in existing copper networks

      Explore FierceTelecom (Sep 13 2012)

      There's still plenty of gold in existing copper networks

      I'd like to draw your attention to our latest eBook, Finding New Gold in Copper. Extending fiber to every premise may be the endgame for service providers, but the reality is that many operators with existing copper networks can't financially justify that approach for either businesses or residential customers.

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Hawaiian Telcom   IEEE

    22. FCC to relax rules for cable-CLEC M&A

      Explore FierceTelecom (Sep 12 2012)

      FCC to relax rules for cable-CLEC M&A

      Cable operators may finally get more freedom to acquire CLECs to expand their business service capabilities, according to a Stifel Nicolaus report, which said that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may relax rules that govern these deals. One of the advantages that cable operators have in the business market is that they don't have to cannibalize existing T1 or TDM-based voice revenues as they offer IP-based SIP Trunking and Ethernet.

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      Mentions:   Vertical Systems Group   XO Communications   Time Warner Cable

    23. Integra Telecom brings fiber services to Oregon Health Network

      Explore FierceTelecom (Sep 10 2012)

      Integra Telecom brings fiber services to Oregon Health Network

      Integra Telecom won a contract to provide fiber-based network services to the Oregon Health Network (OHN), a statewide integrated healthcare network serving Oregon. Over the past three years, the service provider has continually expanding the reach of its fiber network into more buildings to provide higher speed Ethernet and cloud services. As of mid-June, Integra has extended its fiber connections to 2,013 buildings, including 115 new customer builds.

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      Mentions:   Integra Telecom

    24. GTS CE to deliver Ethernet services over Copper in Central Europe

      Explore FierceTelecom (Sep 10 2012)

      GTS CE to deliver Ethernet services over Copper in Central Europe

      GTS CE, a pan-European service provider that supplies both business and wholesale services in Central and Eastern Europe, on Tuesday said it launched EoC services in five countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Poland. Set to serve about 40,000 retail business customers, GTS CE deployed Overture's EoC equipment in about 130 COs in Central and Eastern Europe.

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      Mentions:   Overture Networks   Spirit Communications

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