Verizon's proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications-- a deal that will deepen its fiber and millimeter wave wireless spectrum holdings for future 5G wireless deployments-- has hit a speed bump as the FCC has asked the two service providers for additional information.
Windstream is tightening up its interconnection points, weeding out unnecessary third-party circuits with other carriers to streamline costs and focus on expanding its on-net footprint, a senior executive said.
Windstream, like other service providers sees how IP technology can lower its cost structure, but the telco is also seeing opportunities to cut costs by realigning its interconnection agreements with other carriers.
Windstream continues to expand its last-mile network fiber build, a move that will lessen its reliance on third-party providers and provide higher speed services for its business customer base.
Adtran says that despite a small dip in first quarter 2016 revenues it is seeing potential revenue opportunities from service provider customers, creating a new future revenue foundation.
Fatbeam, a regional dark fiber provider serving the Pacific Northwest, is seeing dark fiber adoption by schools in its serving area increase by 63 percent.
Windstream, firing its latest shot in the special access market battle, has urged the FCC to grant its petition to ensure that ILECs will continue to provide unbundled DS1 and DS3 loops, in order to keep the lower-bandwidth business services market competitive.
AT&T fired another salvo in the special access debate, accusing Level 3 and CLECs (competitive local exchange carriers) of wanting the FCC to re-regulate the special access market.
EarthLink is a dark fiber advocate, but the service provider sticking to its strategy of selling the service to enterprise customers versus carriers.
TDS Telecom's CLEC arm, TDS Metrocom, says that delivering Ethernet services to customers, particularly to smaller businesses that want 20 Mbps and above where it does not have its own facilities, is challenged by high-priced wholesale ILEC access services.