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    1. Carrier Ethernet 2.0 - Top wireline technologies in 2013

      Explore FierceTelecom (Feb 21 2013)

      Carrier Ethernet 2.0 - Top wireline technologies in 2013

      Whereas CE 1.0 only defined three services, CE 2.0, the MEF provides specifications for 8 services, including two of each respectively in E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, and E-Access. What CE 2.0 addresses is the ongoing need for service providers to either sell or purchase interconnectivity for their Ethernet services networks to fulfill off-net opportunities for their multi-site business customers.

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      Mentions:   SLA   Metro Ethernet Forum   Comcast Business Services

    2. The 10 hottest wireline technologies in 2013

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      The 10 hottest wireline technologies in 2013

      Take the Metro Ethernet Forum's Carrier Ethernet 2.0 specification. A key piece of CE 2.0 specification is centered on developing an interconnection process for eight standard service types when service providers have to establish a connection with a carrier partner to fulfill a service order. Meantime, Ethernet has become an accepted wide area technology used by service providers for backhauling traffic and as a service that service providers offer to their large enterprise and SMB clients.  

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      Mentions:   Deutsche Telekom   LAN

    3. Legacy declines drag down MTS Allstream - Ethernet and IP bright spot

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      Legacy declines drag down MTS Allstream - Ethernet and IP bright spot

      Taking out declines in its legacy lines of business, the service provider said revenue actually increased by 2.2 percent year-over-year due to sales of IP-based consumer IPTV and business-grade Carrier Ethernet services.

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    4. AT&T takes leadership position on Gartner's Asia Pacific Magic Quadrant

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      AT&T takes leadership position on Gartner's Asia Pacific Magic Quadrant

      Gartner said that while AT&T "is making good progress expanding its [Carrier] Ethernet WAN coverage in Asia/Pacific... it still lacks full regional coverage."

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      Mentions:   China Telecom   Level (3)

    5. Consolidated ramps up its business services strategy with Ethernet

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      Consolidated ramps up its business services strategy with Ethernet

      With the integration of SureWest well underway, Consolidated Communications has set a goal of advancing its business service set to extend into the Sacramento, Calif. and Kansas City areas it entered through that deal. 

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      Mentions:   Consolidated Communications   SureWest

    6. Zayo lays out fiber plans for Jacksonville

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      Zayo lays out fiber plans for Jacksonville

      Leveraging the USCarrier assets it purchased last year, Zayo on Wednesday announced it is going to expand its overall network into the Jacksonville, Fla., Market. Targeting the city's greater metro area, Zayo will offer its suite of dark fiber, wavelength, Ethernet and IP-based services. 

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      Mentions:   Zayo

    7. tw telecom Q4 2012 revenue rises to $377.9 million on enterprise data service growth

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      tw telecom Q4 2012 revenue rises to $377.9 million on enterprise data service growth

      For the year 2012, tw telecom revenue grew 7.6 percent year to $1.47 billion.  The CLEC's product line saw data and Internet services revenues increased 4.6 percent sequentially to $197.8 million as the result of an increase in strategic Carrier Ethernet and VPN-based product sales and other services. However, these results were partially offset by churn and repricing.  

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      Mentions:   tw telecom   Level (3)

    8. Windstream's virtual LAN services get MEF 9 and MEF 14 certifications

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      Windstream's virtual LAN services get MEF 9 and MEF 14 certifications

      Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) on Wednesday reached another milestone in its migration as a business service provider by gaining both MEF 9 and MEF 14 technical specifications for its MPLS-enabled Virtual LAN services.  Having these certifications in hand means that when Windstream pitches potential enterprise customers, they will know they are working with a service provider that is following accepted Ethernet standards.

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Frontier Communications   Metro Ethernet Forum

    9. Sprint's Q4 wireline revenues rise to $949 million sequentially on IP/Ethernet

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      Sprint's Q4 wireline revenues rise to $949 million sequentially on IP/Ethernet

      Sprint (NYSE: S) reported on Thursday that its Q4 wireline revenues rose 1 percent sequentially to $949 million due to an increase of IP volumes. One key area for Sprint is providing Carrier Ethernet access for enterprises. While Sprint clearly trails many of the established Ethernet players, it is making progress in expanding its Carrier Ethernet footprint. To date, Sprint Ethernet Access is available today in 147 markets domestically and 64 countries.

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    10. Frontier Communications rolls out wholesale EVPL services in 23 states

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      Frontier Communications rolls out wholesale EVPL services in 23 states

      Frontier Communications (Nasdaq: FTR) on Tuesday made a statement in the wholesale Ethernet space by introducing its new Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) Silver service to address the needs of service providers targeting multi-site businesses.

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      Mentions:   Frontier Communications   Frontier

    11. Alpheus boosts sales power with Cbeyond veteran Matt Milliron

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      Alpheus boosts sales power with Cbeyond veteran Matt Milliron

      One of the key products of this expansion drive is Carrier Ethernet. Leveraging a mix of fiber and copper, the service provider's Ethernet footprint serves over 94,000 buildings.

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      Mentions:   Alpheus Communications   Comcast Business Services

    12. CENX CEO Ogonek talks about tackling the carrier interconnect challenge

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      CENX CEO Ogonek talks about tackling the carrier interconnect challenge

      Ogonek came to CENX from Bridgewater Systems, which was acquired by Amdocs in 2011. He brings a wealth of software and back office knowledge to CENX at a time when it is seeing increased adoption of its software systems by service providers that need help to find Ethernet interconnections with other carriers.

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    13. Dell'Oro: Service provider router market growth to level off by 2017

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      Dell'Oro: Service provider router market growth to level off by 2017

      The core and edge service provider router market will level off by 2017 as the market reaches maturity, says a new Dell'Oro report. What will drive the eventual leveling off of the router are three factors: the slowing of network traffic growth, lower equipment prices, and service providers finding more efficient ways to provision their networks.

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      Mentions:   Juniper   Metro Ethernet Forum

    14. BT's fiscal Q3 revenue hurt, but Ethernet is Bright Spot

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      BT's fiscal Q3 revenue hurt, but Ethernet is Bright Spot

      Openreach: BT reported that the ongoing impact of regulatory prices changes set by UK regulator Ofcom drove the decline in Openreach's revenue to £50 million ($78.7 million). However, the decline was partially offset by growth in Ethernet and fiber-based services.

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      Mentions:   Ofcom   BT Global Services

    15. FairPoint completes $30 million sale of Idaho properties to Blackfoot

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      FairPoint completes $30 million sale of Idaho properties to Blackfoot

      In New England, FairPoint has been making progress on the sales front, winning contracts to provide its growing Ethernet service portfolio to New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory and the New England Telehealth Consortium Network. These contracts were complex, multi-faceted network builds that will provide the telco with much-needed proof points that its growing Ethernet strategy is working. Blackfoot's acquisition of FairPoint's Idaho properties is about scale and the ability to compete more effectively against the growing threat of cable operators offering residential voice and business services in the state.

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      Mentions:   Frontier   FairPoint Communications

    16. Metcalfe: Carrier Ethernet 3.0 will include more applications, capabilities

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      Metcalfe: Carrier Ethernet 3.0 will include more applications, capabilities

      As Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) starts to gain momentum--with 20 vendors gaining certification for their respective network platforms--Bob Metcalfe, the inventor of Ethernet, is already plotting what CE 3.0 will look like.

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      Mentions:   Metro Ethernet Forum

    17. FairPoint brings E-LAN service to New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory

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      FairPoint brings E-LAN service to New Hampshire's Mount Washington Observatory

      FairPoint Communications (Nasdaq: FRP) on Wednesday completed a network project at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, extending its set of Ethernet-based services to the nonprofit research and educational institution.

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      Mentions:   FairPoint Communications

    18. MEF certifies 20 vendors under CE 2.0 specification

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      MEF certifies 20 vendors under CE 2.0 specification

      The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) on Tuesday announced the first 20 vendors that now offer Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certified compatible products during its Q1 2013 meeting in San Diego. Metcalfe (Image source: MEF) Following the success of CE 1.0, CE 2.0 incorporates a number of new features including multiple Classes of Service (CoS) and an easier interconnection process for eight standard service types, in addition to enabling efficiencies for mobile backhaul applications. The first vendors certified under the CE 2.0 designation are: Accedian, Altera, BTI Systems, Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN), Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), Cyan ...

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      Mentions:   Cyan   Vertical Systems Group   IDC

    19. Weak economy will impact telecom spending in 2013

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      Weak economy will impact telecom spending in 2013

      As 2013 dawns, a strengthening stock market and improvement of other macroeconomic indicators have many people in the telecom industry believing in a brighter near-term outlook for telecom spending. However, new data from Insight Research suggests that lingering economic weakness on a global basis will impact the telecom industry this year.

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    20. AT&T sees consumer services grow to $5.5 billion in Q4, driven by IP data

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      AT&T sees consumer services grow to $5.5 billion in Q4, driven by IP data

      Business service revenues declined 2.3 percent year over year but were up slightly sequentially. However, declines in legacy services like Frame Relay and ATM were partially offset by growth in strategic business services, including Ethernet and VPN. During the quarter, strategic IP-based business services grew 10.6 percent year over year and total business IP data revenues grew 2.4 percent year over year, illustrating the ongoing transition from legacy services to next-gen data services.

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    21. Hargray enters managed services market via iTech acquisition

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      Hargray enters managed services market via iTech acquisition

      Hargray Communications, an independent ILEC and cable provider operating in South Carolina and Georgia, has added managed services to its growing business services roster on Wednesday by reaching a deal to acquire Savannah-based iTech. Purchasing iTech comes at a time when Hargray has already built out a sizeable fiber network in Savannah to provide higher speed connectivity services such as high-speed Internet (with speeds up to 1 Gbps), metro-Ethernet (Metro-E), and high-definition video. T

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    22. Sizing up 2012's top wireline mergers and acquisitions

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      Sizing up 2012's top wireline mergers and acquisitions

      Not everyone is a big fan of acquiring other companies. Despite rumors that CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) might buy them, tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC), a competitive telco that's seen continual growth in the Ethernet services market, maintains that while it has considered deals it sees no sense of urgency to purchase another company.

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      Mentions:   Consolidated Communications   Zayo   tw telecom

    23. AT&T and China Telecom serving up new international business services suite

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      AT&T and China Telecom serving up new international business services suite

      ATT and China Telecom expanded their relationship, allowing China Telecom to improve services to Asian customers in the United States over AT&T's network. Expanding network coverage for both carriers is a key part of this agreement. The two service providers have established a network to network interconnect (NNI) agreement in New York and San José, Calif., which enables China Telecom to expand its own Carrier Ethernet and MPLS in the United States and major international cities to serve a number of Chinese-based multinational corporations (MNCs).

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      Mentions:   China Telecom   IBM

    24. How Carrier Ethernet enables cloud connectivity

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      How Carrier Ethernet enables cloud connectivity

      Enterprise IT managers cite cloud computing as among their most important initiatives this year. Nearly two-thirds of them have already begun transitioning their business-critical applications to the cloud. A driving force is the exponential rise of big data that requires massive storage, virtualized computing and ready accessibility from anywhere in the world. Carrier Ethernet has emerged as a strategic technology for enabling cloud connectivity in this environment. Worldwide demand for business Ethernet services will reach $45.1 billion by 2016, based on Vertical Systems Group's projections.

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      Mentions:   Vertical Systems Group   Quality of Service   Metro Ethernet Forum

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