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Data Center Divestiture Trend Continues with Verizon Data Center Sale to Equinix

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Larger telecom carriers have entered a data center divestiture stage, with Verizon as the latest example. Data center operator Equinix will buy 24 data center sites from Verizon for $3.6 billion in cash. The 24 sites consist of 29 data center buildings in 15 metro...Learn More

Comcast Joins ON.Lab SDN and NFV Development Communities

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Comcast announced it’s joining ON.Lab, a non-profit industry association that aims to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and cloud computing. ON.Lab SDN and NFV initiatives are open source-based. The organization was founded by SDN inventors and leaders from Stanford University and UC...Learn More

Level 3 Brings Direct Cloud Connectivity to AWS

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Broomfield, Colorado — Nov. 30, 2016 — This year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual cloud computing conference, re:Invent, will be delivered completely over the AWS Cloud thanks to direct cloud connectivity provided by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT). In addition to serving as the official AWS...Learn More

Report: U.S. High-Tech Jobs Average 30K per Congressional District

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The high-tech economy plays an important role in every U.S. Congressional district, including providing an average of nearly 30,000 jobs per congressional district, according to new research about U.S. high-tech jobs from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “The U.S. economy is extremely diverse, and...Learn More

GTT To Acquire Hibernia Networks

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McLean, VA, November 9, 2016 —GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today a definitive agreement to acquire Hibernia Networks, a leading provider of global, high-speed network connectivity solutions and owner of terrestrial and subsea fiber assets...Learn More

Digital Transformation Forecast: 40% of Initiatives to Include Artificial Intelligence by 2019

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Information and communications technology (ICT) stands at an evolutionary inflection point as ¨3rd Platforms¨ comprised of cloud, Big Data and social technologies are being adopted on a massive scale, according to a digital transformation forecast from IDC FutureScape report. Enterprise-scale businesses are assembling and making...Learn More

Enterprise Unified Communications Survey: One Third Doubt Infrastructure Can Handle Traffic

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More than one-third of the senior U.S. IT decision-makers in an enterprise unified communications survey don’t believe their organizations’ infrastructure is up to the task of managing anticipated volumes of network traffic. The survey was conducted by UC and contact center specialist IR (Integrated Research,...Learn More

Alaska Communications Launches Cloud Business Office

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October 31, 2016  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK) is now offering Cloud Business Office, a managed IT and connectivity solution that allows Alaska businesses to enable their workforce to be more productive, collaborative and mobile. The Cloud Business Office package provides businesses with...Learn More

Windstream Hosted Communications Targets SMBs

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Small- and medium-size businesses are the target market for a new Windstream hosted communications offering launched today. The cloud-based offering brings “enterprise-level” voice capabilities to smaller businesses, Windstream said. The Windstream hosted communications offering uses equipment from Broadsoft. Capabilities included with the Windstream offering, dubbed...Learn More

Berkshire Partners to Acquire Masergy

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Boston, Massachusetts – October 24, 2016 — Berkshire Partners LLC, a Boston-based investment firm, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in Masergy Communications, Inc. (“Masergy”). Masergy is a leading global service provider offering innovative hybrid networking, managed security and cloud...Learn More

FairPoint Communications Now Offers Cloud Contact Center Application

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Charlotte, N.C. (Oct. 18, 2016) – FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications technology in northern New England, today announced the launch of its Cloud Contact Center application. This advanced call center management solution leverages Voice over IP (VoIP) technology to...Learn More

WOW! Brings Gigabit To Alabama Markets

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Denver, Colo. – October 11, 2016 – WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone, one of the nation’s leading broadband providers, today announced the availability of broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) in two local Alabama markets: Auburn and Huntsville. WOW! will now provide...Learn More