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IHS: 74% of Enterprises Conducted SD-WAN Lab Trials Last Year

Seventy-four percent of medium-size to large enterprises participating in a survey by IHS Markit conducted SD-WAN lab trials last year. The survey found that many will move to production trials and live production this year. “As companies shift a greater portion of their IT infrastructure...Learn More

Mitel to Be Acquired in $2 Billion Deal

OTTAWA, April 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mitel® (Nasdaq:MITL) (TSX:MNW), a global leader in business communications, today announced that it has signed a definitive arrangement agreement to be acquired by an investor group led by affiliates of Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. (“Searchlight”) in an all-cash transaction...Learn More

Blackfoot Launches C2M beta Innovation Lab Targeting Business Startups

Montana-based regional carrier Blackfoot has launched a new innovation lab, C2M beta, to provide startup companies with access to Blackfoot’s technology infrastructure, expertise and its nearly 20,000 customers across 16 states. C2M beta is already in full recruitment mode for its 2018 cohort of startups,...Learn More

Global Cloud Provider Selects Zayo for Dark Fiber in Canada

BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A global cloud provider has selected Zayo Group Holdings (NYSE: ZAYO) for a high-capacity dark fiber ring in the Montreal metro area. Zayo will extend its existing dense network in Montreal, building a 60-kilometer (km) ring for the anchor tenant along the South Shore, the...Learn More

Indatel Digital Realty Deal Connects Rural America with the Cloud

A new Indatel Digital Realty deal aims to connect rural America with major cloud providers. The deal should benefit Indatel’s small telco members and their customers by substantially reducing the cost to connect to major cloud providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services,...Learn More

Report: U.S. Business Fiber Availability Increases to 54.8%

Fiber availability for large- and mid-sized commercial buildings jumped to 54.8 percent in the U.S. in 2017, according to a new report about business fiber availability from Vertical Systems Group As a result of this growth, the U.S. Fiber Gap has dropped to less than...Learn More

OneNeck IT Solutions Is Compliant With EU–U.S. Privacy Shield Framework

April 5, 2018 –OneNeck® IT Solutions announced today the company has proven ongoing compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworkwith respect to the collection, use and retention of personal data received from the European Union. The Privacy Shield Framework, as determined by the U.S. Department of Commerce in consultation...Learn More

CenturyLink Enlists Adaptive Threat Intelligence to Fight Cybercrime, Monitors 1.3 Billion Security Events Daily

CenturyLink cybercrime initiatives have expanded as the company moves past the integration of Level 3 and consolidates technology across its now larger footprint. The company now monitors more than 114 million NetFlow sessions and 1.3 billion security events daily. It mitigates approximately 120 distributed denial...Learn More

Windstream MASS Communications Acquisition Valued at $37.5 Million

Windstream announced today it has acquired MASS Communications, a privately held New York-based company that Windstream referred to as a “telecommunications network management company.” The Windstream MASS Communications acquisition is valued at approximately $37.5 million in an all-cash transaction, or less than 4x trailing 12-month...Learn More

AT&T to Deploy 60,000 White Boxes to Support 5G Plans

AT&T said this week that it will deploy 60,000 white boxes over “the next several years” to support its 5G next-generation wireless plans. The AT&T white boxes will provide router functionality and support edge computing which will be critical to low-latency services, the company said....Learn More

Four Small Wireless Carriers Choose Ericsson Cloud-Based Network Management Platform

The agreement by four small wireless carriers to use Ericsson’s cloud-based network management services suggests that a growing number of smaller operators see the cloud as viable option for managing their network end-to-end. Network Management as a Service, as Ericsson calls it, is the latest...Learn More

Report: SD-WAN Success Factors Include Simplicity and Cloud Integration

SD-WAN will grow 200% year-over-year, according to a new report from SD-WAN provider Cato Networks. Additionally, identified SD-WAN success factors include simplification for connectivity, security, and the cloud, all of which are major themes for WAN transformation in 2018. The need for network simplicity is...Learn More

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