Driven by strong results from the largest Ethernet vendors-- Arista, Brocade, Cisco and Juniper-- Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet switch sales surpassed $6 billion in the third quarter of 2015, said Dell'Oro Group in a new report. The research firm said that sales for these vendors reached an "all-time high."
RCN Business has responded to the growing demand for higher speed Ethernet services by upgrading its network to support 100G links. By making this network upgrade, the service provider can now offer customers in its serving areas a choice of Ethernet speeds that can scale from 3 Mbps to 100 Gbps.
Birch Communications has made itself a more competitive threat to AT&T and Comcast Business by adding 80,000 buildings across its 22-state footprint, deepening its on-net building fiber reach to over 400,000 buildings.
Tower Cloud is on the network expansion trail again, adding 25,350 fiber miles (or 236 route miles) to its network to satisfy a new backhaul contract with one of the top four wireless operators serving Augusta, Ga., and other nearby cities.
AT&T has asked the FCC for permission to shut down its BellSouth Analog Voice Grade Private Line services in the Carbon Hill, Ala., serving wire center and in the Kings Point, Fla., serving wire center, marking another step in its TDM-to-IP transition.
Speaking to investors during the third-quarter earnings call, Dan Caruso, co-founder, chairman and CEO, said that wireless backhaul deals are a key contributor to its Physical Infrastructure revenue mix.
Hawaiian Telcom continues to benefit from the wireless industry's ongoing move to 4G LTE as the telco is finding that its wholesale wireless operator customers are purchasing higher increments of bandwidth.
Consolidated Communications may be an advocate of delivering fiber-based Ethernet to business customers, having connected 221 new on-net buildings in the third quarter, but being a traditional telco it is just as keen to enhance the reach of its Ethernet over Copper (EoC) service set.
FairPoint is seeing its investment in Ethernet services continue to become a key revenue driver to offset ongoing voice service and legacy data services declines, a trend that continued into the third quarter.
EarthLink is seeing growing interest from a host of carriers and enterprises for its transport services, including dark fiber, but it does not want to enable one of its service provider competitors either.