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CenturyLink Acquires Active Broadband Network Assets

MONROE, La., June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has acquired certain strategic assets of the company formerly known as Active Broadband Networks, a provider in software-based broadband networking. These assets will help accelerate CenturyLink’s efforts to automate its network,...Learn More

Windstream Launches Cloud Connect

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., June 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, is making it easier for companies to access the cloud and use it as a foundational element of their IT strategy with its new Cloud Connect solution....Learn More

SDN Spending to Grow 47% a Year, Reach $132.9 Billion by 2020

SDN spending is surging higher as carriers and enterprise-scale businesses and governments aim to leverage software defined networking’s prospective benefits. These include gains in network efficiency, flexibility, overall performance and lower capex and opex. SDN also can play a critical role in both 4G and...Learn More

Telco Growth Opportunity: CenturyLink Launches SD-WAN Service

SD-WAN service is a hot area for enterprise customers. And as CenturyLink’s recent SD-WAN service launch reveals, it could be a substantial telco growth opportunity. Research firm IDC forecasts the SD-WAN service market to reach approximately $6 billion annually by 2020. Nearly 70% of organizations...Learn More

Cloud Spending by Manufacturers Expected to Increase

Cloud spending by manufacturers is expected to increase dramatically by 2017, according to a manufacturer survey conducted at the Manufacturing ISV Cloud Summit earlier this year. Spending will see particularly strong growth within manufacturing, engineering and operations units according to the survey. The research was...Learn More

Investors React Positively to $230 Million CSAL Tower Cloud Purchase

The $230 million CSAL Tower Cloud purchase announced yesterday should enhance CSAL’s focus on dark fiber and on providing backhaul for cellular, and in particular, small cell networks. And the investment community seems to approve, judging by the value of CSAL’s stock since the announcement....Learn More

US Ignite Launches Smart Gigabit Communities Initiative

Fifteen communities have joined together as part of a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities initiative. The goal is to create a national network of Smart Gigabit Communities that will leverage next-generation Internet and Smart City technologies to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and economic...Learn More

Onvoy Buys ANPI to Build Scale and Acquire Additional Capabilities

In what is an industry-wide trend, Minnesota based Onvoy buys ANPi to build scale and improve capabilities. The combined company will create a significant ‘carrier’s carrier,’ bringing together two networks with extensive reach into the North American service provider market. Both companies have deep roots...Learn More

CenturyLink Acquires Cloud Start-Up

MONROE, La., June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced the acquisition of ElasticBox, a multi-cloud application management service. This acquisition combines the ElasticBox platform with the global network, hosting and delivery capabilities of CenturyLink. ElasticBox, a startup with offices in San...Learn More

Windstream, 365 Data Centers Deal Highlights Tier 2 and 3 Opportunities

A Windstream, 365 Data Centers deal announced today will give customers of 365 Data Centers the ability to connect to the data centers using Windstream’s national DWDM, Ethernet and IP networks. 365 Data Centers operates 14 facilities in tier 2 markets, and according to today’s...Learn More

Driverless Car Forecast Calls for 3 Million 5G Subscriptions by 2025

Widespread availability of 5G wireless network access will be the key that enables and fuels growth in autonomous vehicle adoption, according to a new driverless car forecast from ABI Research. Autonomous, or driverless, cars will account for 3 million of the 67 million 5G vehicle...Learn More

Smart Thermostat Forecast Calls for Revenues of $4.4 Billion in 2025

The market for connected thermostat communications and associated software and services will grow from $1.1 billion in 2016 to $4.4 billion in 2025, according to a smart thermostat forecast from Navigant Research. Smart thermostats will come to account for half of annual thermostat shipments worldwide...Learn More