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FirstLight Sovernet Deal Completed, Augmenting Northeast Fiber Network

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Oak Hill Capital Partners has completed its acquisition of Sovernet Communications and has merged the Northeast regional fiber network company’s operations into FirstLight Fiber, Oak Hill’s flagship Northeast-region fiber network operator. The FirstLight Sovernet deal adds some 3,300 fiber route miles in New York and...Learn More

Cloud DVR Becomes New Battleground in OTT Wars

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OTT video is evolving, and emerging virtual pay-TV operators are in a pitched battle to grow their subscriber base. Increasingly, cloud DVR is seen as a necessary weapon. The virtual pay-TV landscape is getting quite crowded. There are at least four current virtual providers of...Learn More

Sling TV Gives Amazon Customers ‘First Look’ at Cloud DVR

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March 9, 2017 —  “Many customers have requested Cloud DVR since our launch, and as more consumers cut the cord, we know Cloud DVR is a must-have feature for many consumers” ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sling TV today widened availability of its Cloud DVR to new customers...Learn More

Zayo CEO Dan Caruso Outlines Zayo Strategy, Likes Position of Independent Widespread Fiber Provider

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Zayo sees itself as the “only independent fiber provider across broad geographies” in the U.S., noted the company CEO Dan Caruso at an investor conference yesterday. That position, he said, will serve Zayo well as more and more fiber opportunities materialize. “The one thing that...Learn More

CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager Leverages ElasticBox Acquisition

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CenturyLink introduced a cloud application “orchestration” platform for enterprise-scale businesses yesterday. The CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager is designed to simplify deployment of workloads, managed services, and third-party cloud resources across private and public cloud environments and co-location centers, the carrier summarizes in a news release....Learn More

Electric Co-op Broadband Providers Embrace Cloud Voice Services

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Electric cooperative telecom initiatives gained further momentum this week with the news that four electric co-op broadband providers would offer voice services using a cloud-based solution from Alianza. Three of the co-ops – Maquoketa Valley Electric Cooperative; NEXT, powered by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative; and...Learn More

IDC: Ongoing Industry Disruption Will Drive Digital Transformation Spending to Reach $2T by 2020

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All the R&D devoted to pushing the envelope of telecommunications and network computing has yielded what IDC dubs “digital transformation technologies,” a new category of information and communications technology (ICT) that the market research company forecasts will grow at a 17.9% CAGR from 2015-2020 to...Learn More

CenturyLink Expands and Improves Programs Available for Alliances and Strategic Partnerships

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Monroe, Louisiana — February 24, 2017 — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) is expanding its Alliance programs to serve their enterprise customers with advanced communications and IT solutions. Each program is tailored to meet the specific support and enablement needs of its members. CenturyLink announced these...Learn More

Verizon Exponent Brings AI, IoT, Cloud and Digital Transformation Services to Carrier Community

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Verizon launched a range of new offerings dubbed Exponent that target other carriers yesterday. But they’re not your garden-variety connectivity services. Instead, Verizon Exponent is what Verizon calls a “portfolio of software and internet platforms designed to enable carriers around the world to quickly deploy...Learn More

CenturyLink Expands Its Collaboration with VMware to Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Adoption

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Monroe, Louisiana — February 22, 2017 — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has expanded its global strategic collaboration with VMware to deepen the level of software-defined data center (SDDC) technologies available to enterprise customers. This collaboration will help preserve and enhance customer investments in on-premises...Learn More

IDC: Public Cloud Services Spending to Grow 7x Faster than Overall IT

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Public cloud services spending will grow nearly seven times faster than global IT spendng growth overall, according to an update to IDC’s semiannual “Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Spending Guide.” IDC forecasts annual market revenue will grow at a 24.4% CAGR worldwide for the period 2015-2020...Learn More

Service Electric Cablevision Inc. and Adams Cable Adopt Alianza’s Cable VoIP 2.0 Solution

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Lindon, Utah — February 16, 2017 — Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that two independent cable operators and National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) members, Adams Cable and Service Electric Cablevision, have selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform for their next-generation cable VoIP solution. Over...Learn More