Windstream CEO: We Are the Leader in SD-WAN

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Windstream SD-WAN services have become increasingly strategic to the company in recent months. At an investor conference yesterday, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas went as far as saying “We are the leader in SD-WAN.” Windstream is in a different position with regard to SD-WAN than many...Learn More

Verizon Exec: New MEF E-Line Standard Will Help Buying and Selling of Network Access

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Wholesale Ethernet access services got a boost when industry association MEF developed standards to simplify the process of ordering and provisioning services that span multiple carrier networks. MEF now aims to take that further for what it calls “managed access E-Line” service that can eliminate...Learn More

IHS: 74% of Enterprises Conducted SD-WAN Lab Trials Last Year

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Seventy-four percent of medium-size to large enterprises participating in a survey by IHS Markit conducted SD-WAN lab trials last year. The survey found that many will move to production trials and live production this year. “As companies shift a greater portion of their IT infrastructure...Learn More

CEO: Windstream SD-WAN Reached More Than 15% of Company Sales in First Year

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Windstream is “uniquely positioned” to capitalize on business customers’ shift toward SD-WAN connectivity, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas yesterday. Windstream SD-WAN sales now represent more than 15% of the company’s total sales – an accomplishment reached in the first year the offering was available, he...Learn More

CFO: CenturyLink, Level 3 Synergies Include Moving Connections On-Net

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Now that the CenturyLink, Level 3 merger has been completed, the company is pursuing synergies, as Sunit Patel, CFO of the merged company, still known as CenturyLink, explained at an investor conference today. Some of the CenturyLink, Level 3 synergies — including reduced head count...Learn More

AT&T SD-WAN International Availability Expanded

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AT&T is greatly expanding the availability of the software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) offering it introduced last year in the United States. The AT&T SD-WAN international expansion will make the technology available in more than 150 countries and territories, the company said. “Managing connectivity should...Learn More

Purdue University Chooses Smithville Fiber for Major Project

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Purdue University will be using technology from Smithville Fiber’s advanced core network to increase connectivity performance from its West Lafayette campus to the WestGate@CraneTechnology Park. Smithville Fiber is the largest independent telecom company in Indiana. This new network architecture provides multiprotocol label switching to the...Learn More

KPIs Help with Implementation of NFV, SDN: ATIS

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By examining the right metrics/key performance indicators (KPIs), communications service providers can more effectively put advanced network virtualization technologies into action in the network, according to a new report from the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). The report offers insight into best practices for...Learn More

Vonage SD-WAN Targets Small Business, Illustrates Service Provider Opportunities

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Vonage has been making some major moves involving software defined wide area networks (SD-WAN). Vonage SD-WAN has been available to larger enterprise customers for several years and the company today launched a new version of the offering aimed at small and medium-size businesses (SMBs). Businesses...Learn More

Report: IT Buying Decisions for Network Solutions Include Reliability, Quality, & Bundled Offers

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Cost isn’t the main factor when IT decision makers are evaluating network service providers, according to a new IT WAN provider survey from CenturyLink. Instead, IT buying decisions are focused on reliability, security and quality of service, adds the report, which was compiled from survey...Learn More

IDC: Four Benefits Driving SD-WAN

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A quartet of potential benefits is attracting enterprises to SD-WAN technology, according to a study by IDC. The study found that bandwidth optimization (at 36%), consistent application security (31%), integration with existing WANs (28%) and improved automation and self-provisioning (also 28%) were seen as motivators...Learn More

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

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