Windstream CEO: UCaaS and SD-WAN Opportunity Leads Windstream to Rethink Their SMB Approach

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A lot of people tend to wax poetic about SD-WAN these days, but Windstream CEO Tony Thomas took it to a new level at an investor conference yesterday. A few years ago, Windstream differentiated itself through a superior customer experience but today’s differentiators also include...Learn More

AT&T NetBond for Cloud Targets Cloud-to-Cloud Connectivity

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AT&T NetBond for Cloud, launched today, gives businesses the ability to establish a direct connection between two cloud services on the fly using a web portal developed by AT&T. The offering uses AT&T’s MPLS network, said AT&T’s Enterprise Networking Vice President Rosa Maria Boza in...Learn More

AT&T Tests Single-Wavelength 400 GbE in Production Network

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AT&T has wrapped up testing single-wavelength 400 GbE (Gigabit Ethernet) in its production network. The announcement was the final step of a three-stage trial and readies the carrier to upgrade its backbone using the technology. “Introducing 400 GbE is a natural next step. Customer demands...Learn More

MEF/ ATIS Carrier Ethernet Standard Targets Inter-carrier Ordering

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MEF and the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions released a standard aimed at making it easier to order Carrier Ethernet services. The new MEF/ ATIS Carrier Ethernet standard, “Ethernet Ordering Technical Specification: Business Requirements and Use Cases,” is an effort to put universal ordering mechanisms...Learn More

Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions Offer Self-Service Path to AWS

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BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As enterprises find new ways to take advantage of the scale and agility afforded by the cloud, many find they need a network experience that can match the flexibility of the virtual environments to which they are connecting. To meet...Learn More

Report: Verizon Moves in to Top 3 for Carrier Ethernet Market Share

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Eight companies have at least 4 percent of the U.S. Ethernet services each, according to Vertical System Group’s mid-year U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard. Those Carrier Ethernet market share leaders, in order, are AT&T, Level 3, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise (Charter), CenturyLink, Comcast, Windstream and Cox. There...Learn More

Verizon Next Generation Broadband Strategy: We’ll Pass on G.fast and Stick With FTTP

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Speaking at ADTRAN’s Broadband Solutions Summit this morning in Huntsville, Alabama, Verizon’s Director of Network Planning Vincent O’Byrne outlined a Verizon next generation broadband strategy. That strategy is heavily focused on NG-PON2. It apparently will not include G.fast. “We have no strategy for G.Fast,” O’Byrne...Learn More

Consolidated Communications Achieves MEF CE 2.0 Certification

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MATTOON, Ill. – Aug. 2, 2017 – Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL), a leading broadband and business communications provider, announced today that it has achieved MEF CE 2.0 certification, the stringent requirements set by MEF, the global body that oversees standards for carrier grade, interoperable Ethernet services....Learn More

MRV Acquisition Helps ADVA Strengthen Cloud Access Portfolio

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An MRV acquisition by ADVA was announced on July 2. The tender offer is for $10 per share for all of MRV’s outstanding stock, which is the equivalent of $69 million. The boards of directors of both companies have approved and unanimously recommended the deal...Learn More

CenturyLink Offers Gigabit Service to 32,827 Minnesota Businesses

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June 14, 2017 — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced today that fiber-ready broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) are now available to 32,827 small to large business customers  in 1,131 multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings in Minnesota, including more than 400 MTUs...Learn More

Parks: 70% of Data Traffic in the Home Carried by Wi-Fi

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More than three-quarters of U.S. broadband households use Wi-Fi for in-home network connectivity, according to Parks Associates research about in-home wireless data and the internet of things (IoT). Wi-Fi is doing the large majority of work when it comes to home networking and data transport...Learn More

CEO: Great Plains Communications Sees International Opportunities

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We were surprised to see Great Plains Communications exhibiting at International Telecoms Week in Chicago this week. The company operates a statewide Nebraska wholesale fiber network that also connects to several other cities in the central U.S., including Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Kansas City, Minneapolis...Learn More

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