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

      Explore FierceTelecom (Feb 1 2013)

      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

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

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 31 2013)

      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

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

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 31 2013)

      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

    4. MEF certifies 20 vendors under CE 2.0 specification

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 29 2013)

      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

    5. Weak economy will impact telecom spending in 2013

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 29 2013)

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

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 24 2013)

      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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    7. 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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    8. Sizing up 2012's top wireline mergers and acquisitions

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 23 2013)

      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

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

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 23 2013)

      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

    10. How Carrier Ethernet enables cloud connectivity

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 22 2013)

      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

    11. CoreSite's $65 million data center campus attracts 3 service providers

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 22 2013)

      CoreSite's $65 million data center campus attracts 3 service providers

      Already, CoreSite has gotten commitments from three of its partners--Sidera Networks, Zayo, and Seaborn Networks—all of which have become established network service providers for the financial services, cloud and network communities. Financial clients will be able to access Sidera's 40 financial exchanges and its Xtreme ultra-low latency network or Zayo Bandwidth's suite of dark fiber, wavelengths, Ethernet and IP services.

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      Mentions:   Zayo   sidera   Sidera Networks

    12. Transtelco wraps its Mexico City metro fiber buildout

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 18 2013)

      Transtelco wraps its Mexico City metro fiber buildout

      Transtelco, a competitive wholesale and business service provider, on Wednesday put the final touches on its metro fiber network in Mexico City, enabling it to address growing wholesale and enterprise service opportunities in a high growth Latin American country. The multi-duct, multi-ring network will be able to provide a suite of services--including transport, IP access, Carrier Ethernet, voice, collocation, content delivery and IT services-- to other service providers and businesses located along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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      Mentions:   XO Communications

    13. Verizon broadens Terremark's cloud service reach

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 17 2013)

      Verizon broadens Terremark's cloud service reach

      Despite the fact that global business revenues declined 3.6 percent year-over-year to $3.8 billion in Q3 2012, cloud and Carrier Ethernet services rose 4.4 percent over Q3 2011.

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    14. AT&T sees acquisition opportunities in Europe

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 17 2013)

      AT&T sees acquisition opportunities in Europe

      AT&T is mulling purchases in Europe as a way to extend its wireless presence in a new market, but any deal could potentially also help the telco enhance its wireline business services unit. Citing people close to the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported AT&T is looking at more potential prospects in the U.K., Germany and the Netherlands. A deal could come before the end of the year. Potential targets include Everything Everywhere, the U.K. mobile operator owned by France Telecom, and Deutsche Telekom or Dutch incumbent telco KPN.

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      Mentions:   Vertical Systems Group   Deutsche Telekom   France Telecom

    15. Cologix introduces new data center, connectivity bundle

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jan 15 2013)

      Cologix introduces new data center, connectivity bundle

      With Standard Connections, the service provider's customers can leverage leased access into a Cologix-controlled environment to colocate a single Ethernet switch or router. 

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    16. Alpheus extends fiber network to more Houston buildings

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      Alpheus extends fiber network to more Houston buildings

      Alpheus Communications, a CLEC serving the growing DASH (Dallas-Austin-San Antonio-Houston) market, has built out its fiber network to a number of new buildings in downtown Houston, furthering its on-net footprint. Business tenants who reside at 1001 Fannin St., Two Allen Center at 1200 Smith St. and 601 Travis St. will be able to get fiber-based Ethernet service with speeds ranging from as low as 1.5 Mbps up to GigE.

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      Mentions:   IEEE   Alpheus Communications

    17. On-net Ip Vpn, Ethernet demand rises

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      On-net Ip Vpn, Ethernet demand rises

      Network providers are scrambling to meet demand for on-net IP VPN and Ethernet services worldwide, a new report from TeleGeography reveals--but quality and growth rates vary widely among regions. Overall, among the 166 cities surveyed by the research firm last year, on-net services grew 12 percent. Africa saw huge growth in 2012 of 52 percent, while Latin America saw only marginal growth in on-net VPN coverage. Asia, Europe and North America saw growth rates between 10 and 15 percent. Growth rates themselves, of course, don't tell the whole story. Although Africa's on-net IP VPN and Ethernet services jumped ...

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      Mentions:   TeleGeography

    18. Verizon will broaden its copper-to-fiber conversion in 2013

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      Verizon will broaden its copper-to-fiber conversion in 2013

      As Verizon looks to convert copper to fiber in other cities outside of New York City, it will likely face other battles from CLECs that depend on last mile facilities from the large incumbent operators to deliver Ethernet over Copper (EoC) services to their business customers.  

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    19. CenturyLink consolidates network business and operations teams

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      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

    20. 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

    21. 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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    22. Integra adds E-LAN to Ethernet service line

      Explore FierceTelecom (Dec 19 2012)

      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

    23. tw telecom expands fiber presence in Maryland and Idaho

      Explore FierceTelecom (Dec 19 2012)

      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

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

      Explore FierceTelecom (Dec 18 2012)

      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

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