CenturyLink Acquires SEAL Consulting

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MONROE, La., Jan. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced it has acquired SEAL Consulting, Inc., a leading SAP® solutions provider for enterprise-wide business and technology needs. This acquisition further enhances CenturyLink’s application transformation capabilities and expands CenturyLink’s commitment to the SAP ecosystem and...Learn More

Seven Top Telecom Trends for 2017

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Fixed wireless (including 5G), broadband Universal Service, and increasingly diverse video options will be key focus areas for the telecom industry in 2017. Other top telecom trends for 2017 include G.fast and new business opportunities such as SD-WAN and the Internet of Things, including the...Learn More

Consolidated Communications Secures Commitments for Acquisition Debt Financing

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MATTOON, Ill., Dec. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNSL) (“Company”) announced today that it secured a new incremental term loan facility for its pending acquisition of FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRP), an all-stock merger valued at approximately $1.5 billion, including debt, which...Learn More

2016: A Big Year for Telecom M&A

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The past year was a big one for telecom M&A. Telecompetitor covered more than two dozen mergers and acquisitions in 2016 and they involved numerous facets of the industry. Here’s a summary of key trends and how they are reshaping the communications service provider playing...Learn More

Consolidated: FairPoint Legacy Services Revenue Creates Growth Opportunity

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Consolidated Communications’ plan to purchase FairPoint communications, announced this week, would make Consolidated more dependent on legacy services – at least initially. Currently Consolidated gets 82% to 83% of its revenues from broadband and business services, but a combined Consolidated FairPoint would get only 72%...Learn More

Data Center Divestiture Trend Continues with Verizon Data Center Sale to Equinix

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Larger telecom carriers have entered a data center divestiture stage, with Verizon as the latest example. Data center operator Equinix will buy 24 data center sites from Verizon for $3.6 billion in cash. The 24 sites consist of 29 data center buildings in 15 metro...Learn More

Consolidated FairPoint Merger to Create Top Ten Fiber Provider in the U.S.

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An announced Consolidated FairPoint merger will create the ninth largest fiber provider in the U.S., according to company executives. The transaction is part of a rapidly consolidating broadband industry where carriers are looking to build scale and acquire fiber infrastructure. By acquiring FairPoint, Consolidated will...Learn More

Enterprise, Fiber Network Consolidation Continues with Zayo Acquisition of Electric Lightwave

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Another day, another fiber network consolidation example, with news today that Zayo intends to acquire Electric Lightwave (formerly Integra) for $1.42 billion. The transaction highlights accelerating M&A activity in the regional fiber and enterprise markets, with several significant transactions announced recently, among many smaller deals....Learn More

AT&T and DISH Acquiring INVIDI, Gains Leading Addressable Advertising Platform

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In what appears to be a classic co-opetition move, an announced partnership has AT&T and DISH acquiring INVIDI Technologies. Ad agency WPP is also part of the deal, which gives AT&T a controlling interest in the addressable advertising technology firm. Terms were not disclosed. Addressable...Learn More

TDS InterLinx Acquisition Continues TDS Broadband Acquisition Strategy

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TDS Broadband Services, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), has signed an agreement to purchase Utah-based fiber network operator InterLinx and its retail subsidiary Tonaquint. The TDS InterLinx acquisition is the latest in a string of broadband carrier acquisitions that the company has...Learn More

Verizon LQD WiFi Acquisition Adds More Smart City WiFi Technology

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Verizon clearly is taking smart city opportunities seriously, announcing yesterday that it has purchased most of the assets of LQD WiFi, developer of an interactive smart city kiosk dubbed Palo that also acts as a WiFi hotspot. “It’s connections that make communities,” explains a video...Learn More

CountryWide Broadband Completes Acquisition of ITV-3 Inc. All-Fiber Peoria Cable Business

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ST. LOUIS (Nov. 14, 2016) – CountryWide Broadband (CWB) today announced that iTV-3, LLC, a company wholly-owned by CWB and Seaport Capital of New York, has acquired the assets of ITV-3, Inc. that provide fiber-to-the-premises network service to communities in and around Peoria, Illinois. iTV-3...Learn More