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Wave Broadband Completes Bay Area Fiber Infrastructure Upgrades

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October 19, 2017 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wave Broadband, a leading provider of fiber data and voice solutions on the West Coast, has upgraded its fiber backbone, connecting the San Francisco Bay area to its three local on-net data centers, to support multiple 100-Gig circuits. These infrastructure...Learn More

FirstLight 186 Communications Acquisition Completed

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The FirstLight 186 Communications acquisition, announced in July, has been completed. Northeast-based FirstLight says that it now has completed four acquisitions during the past year. “The past year has been a momentous one of growth and advancement for FirstLight, and today’s completed acquisition of 186...Learn More

IDC: Cloud, New Technologies to Push Worldwide ICT Spending to $5.6 Trillion in 2021

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The cloud and an exciting array of emerging technology will drive significant growth in worldwide ICT spending during the next five years, according to IDC. The firm reports that worldwide spending on information and communications technology (ICT) will grow from $4.3 trillion last year to...Learn More

FirstLight Selects IDI for Billing Platform

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October 17, 2017 — VICTOR, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IDI Billing Solutions, a global provider of cloud-based Billing and Order Management solutions for Communication Service Providers, announced today that it was selected by FirstLight Fiber to implement its award winning CostGuard® application. FirstLight, headquartered in Albany, New York, is a leading provider...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Markets Grows to 50, Promising Service Delivery in 20 Days

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Windstream’s focus on SDN services is intensifying, with an announcement today of a growing market footprint. Windstream SDNow markets now number 50, including major cloud connectivity and peering locations across the U.S., the company reports. Marketed as Windstream SDN Orchestrated Waves, or SDNow, Windstream is...Learn More

International Hyperscale Cloud Provider Selects Windstream’s Waves Solution

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced today that it has been selected by a worldwide, hyperscale cloud services provider to install twenty-one 100G optical Waves, supporting the cloud operator’s efforts to strengthen and expand...Learn More

New 8×8 Virtual Office Editions Add Analytics to UC

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8×8 Virtual Office Editions, announced yesterday, is designed to unify cloud-based telephony, collaboration, Web conferencing and contact center solutions with a data analytics platform. Vik Verma, 8×8’s CEO, said in a press release that siloed communications segregates business data from decision makers and thus hurts...Learn More

GTT Acquires Transbeam

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October 03, 2017 — MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today the acquisition of Transbeam, a provider of managed data and voice services, for $28 million in cash. This strategic combination: Adds marquee U.S. clients in...Learn More

EVUE-NOW! Streaming Video Service is App-Based, Targets Service Providers

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A new cloud streaming video service announced today aims to make it easier for service providers to offer a skinny bundle of local broadcast and cable channels delivered over IP. The offering, dubbed eVUE-NOW!, comes from Evolution Digital, and also supports cloud-based DVR capabilities. End...Learn More

T-Systems Introduces Video Analytics-as-a-Service

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TEMPE, Ariz., Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom’s corporate customer arm, is introducing “Video Analytics-as-a-Service” (VAaaS). This complete turnkey service is designed to help enterprises derive real-time value through the use of advanced analytics of existing or new video surveillance, visibility applications, storage, local and cloud...Learn More

Midwest Energy & Communications Upgrades Broadband Phone with Alianza VoIP Solution

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September 26, 2017 — ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC) has selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform for its next-gen FTTH VoIP solution. With Alianza’s solution, MEC is delivering a better overall user experience to its...Learn More

Peak 10, ViaWest Launch 100 Gbps Data Center Connections

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. and DENVER (Sept. 26, 2017) – Peak 10 + ViaWest, a leading hybrid IT infrastructure provider offering colocation, interconnection, cloud, managed solutions and professional services, today announced a new core network backbone featuring 100 Gigabit (Gb) connectivity across nine of its data center and cloud...Learn More

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