Verizon AOL Strategy Aims to Exploit $90 Billion Advertising Market Opportunity

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A key initiative in 2017 for an evolving Verizon AOL strategy is to more tightly integrate Verizon/ AOL marketing initiatives, said Marni Walden, Verizon president of product innovation and new businesses, at a financial conference today. Moves that the carrier already has made in that...Learn More

Level 3 Acquisition Will Completely Transform CenturyLink, Enterprise Market

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If CenturyLink’s plan to merge with Level 3 Communications is approved, the combined carrier will get 76% of its revenue from the enterprise and wholesale market, said a Level 3 executive today. After the CenturyLink, Level 3 merger, the combined company would be the most...Learn More

Execs: CenturyLink Level 3 Strategy Will Continue Level 3 Low-Cost Provider Approach

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CenturyLink plans to continue with a strategy that has been a hallmark for Level 3 after the planned CenturyLink Level 3 merger is completed, said CenturyLink CFO Stewart Ewing at a financial conference yesterday. The envisioned CenturyLink Level 3 strategy will be to “compete long-term...Learn More

CS&L CFO: Dark Fiber is Great Fit for Telecom REIT Strategy

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Dark fiber is a great fit for a telecom REIT strategy, said Communications Sales & Leasing Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Mark Wallace at a financial conference yesterday. The reason is that unlike the electronics underlying lit fiber, dark fiber assets are...Learn More

CenturyLink Data Center Sale Continues Telecom Data Center Divestiture Trend

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CenturyLink today reached an agreement to sell its data centers to “funds advised by BC Partners, in a consortium including Medina Capital Advisors and Longview Asset Management.” The CenturyLink data center sale will generate $2.15 billion in cash for the company, subject to offsets. CenturyLink...Learn More

Moffett: Comcast Verizon MVNO Plans Could Be Good for Both Companies

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When Comcast a few weeks ago confirmed rumors that it would launch a wireless mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service that would tap a years-old agreement with Verizon to resell Verizon wireless services, it raised the question of what those plans would mean for Verizon....Learn More

AT&T Strategy Aims to Disrupt Itself, Part I

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At an industry analyst meeting held last week in Dallas, an AT&T strategy of disruption of its own business was a key theme throughout. “We are setting out to disrupt ourselves,” said AT&T vice chairman Ralph de la Vega in his opening comments to the...Learn More

Verizon AOL Yahoo Strategy: Armstrong Sees Opening to Help Businesses Build Brands Online

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Now that Verizon has acquired AOL and announced plans to acquire Yahoo, some telecom-centric observers are finding the Verizon AOL Yahoo strategy perplexing. But it all makes sense if you understand marketers, according to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong. “We invested in a clear gap in...Learn More

How to Thrive in the Impending Data Usage Explosion: Artificial Intelligence, Partnerships?

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Ninety percent of all of the data that human beings have created was generated in the last two years, according to Thomas Saueressig, chief information officer for SAP, addressing attendees at Huawei Connect in Shanghai, China last week. And with 9 billion mobile devices forecast...Learn More

$4.8 Billion Verizon Yahoo Purchase Shows Carrier Determined Not To Be a “Dumb Pipe”

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After weeks of speculation, the Verizon Yahoo purchase was announced today as a “definitive agreement” requiring regulatory and shareholder approvals. The deal, valued at $4.83 billion, is the latest and perhaps biggest step in Verizon’s mobile content strategy. The Verizon Yahoo purchase “will put Verizon...Learn More

Telecom, Utility Partnership Pursues Arkansas Gigabit

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A rural telecom service provider and a neighboring rural electric power cooperative are coming together to bring gigabit broadband to parts of rural Arkansas. The rural telco is South Arkansas Telephone (SATCO) and the power company is Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC). The telecom, utility partnership...Learn More

Windstream Investment in CSAL Reduced by Half; Further Action to Come

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Windstream investment in CSAL, the real estate investment trust (REIT) spun off from the company last year, is being reduced by half.  Windstream said late yesterday that it has closed a transaction to transfer half of its shares in Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) to...Learn More