Posts by Phil Britt

Phil Britt is a 40-year journalist who has covered various aspects of telecom, business, industry, technology, and automation for the past 30 years with work appearing in Telephony, Supercomm show dailies, Teledotcom, Mobile Marketing & Technology and several other publications and websites. Mr. Britt is a 1978 graduate of Purdue University and lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, Sue. They have two adult children.



S&P: Broadband-Only Households Without Traditional Pay-TV to Double to 37M by 2022

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Shifting consumer preferences will lead to more than 37 million households relying exclusively on broadband for video by 2022 S&P Global Market Intelligence. That figure is nearly double the number of broadband-only households today as consumers continue to shy away from multichannel video, the research firm added. S&P Global Market Intelligence expects 38.4% of the...Learn More

Mobile Device Trade-In Market Reaches Over $2 Billion, iPhones Lead the Pack

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U.S. consumers received 38% more for mobile device trade-ins in 2017 than they did in 2016, according to new research from HYLA Mobile, a company specializing in the U.S. mobile device trade-in market. HYLA researchers value that market at $2.156 billion. “Our review of 2017 emphatically proves that the re-purposed device ecosystem is growing and...Learn More

Conterra Acquisition Expands Gulf Coast Fiber Network

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Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings, Inc. is acquiring Network USA, LLC and Sun America, LLC, two affiliated Louisiana-based regional fiber-optic network services businesses known as NUSA., for an undisclosed price. The Conterra acquisition will increase that company’s fiber presence by nearly 3,000 miles in two of its largest operating states, Louisiana and Texas, expanding the company’s...Learn More

$31.5 Million Zayo Neutral Path Purchase is Latest in String of Acquisitions, Strengthens Midwest Presence

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Zayo Group Holdings is continuing its growth through acquisition, announcing today that it has entered into an agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Neutral Path Communications and Near North Partners for $31.5 million. The Zayo Neutral Path purchase will add 452 owned plus additional leased route miles to Zayo’s extensive North American...Learn More

Novacap Horizon Telcom Acquisition is Fiber-Focused

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Canadian private equity firm Novacap TMT has agreed to acquire Ohio-based fiber network operator Horizon Telcom for an undisclosed price. Under terms of the agreement, Novacap will acquire the company from its current owners, who include over 280 shareholders. At the closing of the transaction, Novacap will continue to work with the existing management team and...Learn More

Verizon 400G Trial Demonstrates Interoperability, Juniper and Ciena Platforms First Up

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Verizon says it has successfully completed a field trial using 400 Gbps Ethernet speeds on a single wavelength. The Verizon 400G trial used MPLS core routers over a packet-optical network. The trial is believed to be an industry first. This trial demonstrated interoperability of equipment from two different suppliers and the capability to quadruple the...Learn More

Mobile Churn Research: One Third of Subscribers Have Made No Plan Changes in Over Two Years

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Most mobile users are staying with their legacy providers despite untold marketing dollars carriers spend trying to convince consumers to switch, according to new mobile churn research from Parks Associates. The research firm finds that only 14% of U.S. mobile subscribers switched providers as the most recent change to their mobile service plan. Additionally, only...Learn More

A&T, Equinix Widen Business Relationship

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A new AT&T, Equinix deal will make AT&T Switched Ethernet Service with Network on Demand available to businesses in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers. The new AT&T Network on Demand service offered at Equinix locations provides intelligence across cloud service providers, the companies said. It is also designed to provide connectivity and expanded...Learn More

Zayo Continues Growth By Adding Optic Zoo Networks

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Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. has acquired Vancouver-based Optic Zoo Networks for $31 million (CAD), the company announced. Optic Zoo owns and operates high-capacity fiber in Vancouver. Zayo said the acquisition strengthens the company’s position in Vancouver and Western Canada, adding 103 route miles and more than 100 on-net buildings to Zayo’s Vancouver footprint. The acquisition will deepen Zayo’s customer base, providing the ability...Learn More

FCC Draft Report Maintains Current Broadband Definition

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated a draft of the 2018 broadband deployment report to colleagues, highlighting that the regulatory agency wants to maintain the current broadband definition of fixed broadband speed: 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload. Debate surrounding maintaining this 25 Mbps benchmark was quite contentious, with concerns that the FCC may have tried...Learn More

Peak 10/Via West Rebrand As Flexential

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Data center and cloud specialists Peak 10 and ViaWest, which merged in August of 2017, have rebranded the combined entity as Flexential. According to the company, the new name is based on their flexible, customer-focused approach to business. Flexential will continue to deliver data center solutions spanning colocation, connectivity, cloud, managed solutions and professional services...Learn More

Granite, AT&T Deal Includes Copper Assurances

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Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a provider of communications solutions to businesses and governmental agencies, and AT&T have extended their local wholesale complete (LWC) agreement through 2020. The Granite, AT&T deal will preserve Granite’s access to AT&T’s traditional copper network for voice services for a footprint that covers 40% of business locations in the United States. Granite,...Learn More

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