AT&T has set fiber as a key element of its Ethernet strategy, something that was clearly reflected in the fiber-to-the-building initiative within its Project VIP program. However, while AT&T will continue to roll out fiber to new business building sites, the question becomes how the telco will serve business customers whose needs don't require fiber.
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.
Charter Communications made it official that it will acquire Time Warner Cable for $56.7 billion in cash and stock, a deal that will immediately enhance its fiber reach and Ethernet capabilities for business and wholesale carrier customers.
EarthLink has taken advantage of this week's 2015 Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference (MURTEC) to introduce a new bundled franchise offering targeting multilocation businesses that span hundreds of restaurants.
Masergy is giving its multi-site customers another option to bring more of their locations onto one network by offering its Network as a Service (NaaS) self-service option.
Level 3 has completed its acquisition of tw telecom, creating a company that will have a deeper domestic and global footprint to serve multi-site businesses.
AT&T has added Amazon Web Services (AWS) as another provider it can give its customers access to via NetBond, a technology that allows the service provider to work with its enterprise customers' cloud services.
With the debut of its Connect to the Cloud platform, Zayo is joining the growing crowd of service providers offering their network as a conduit for business customers to access third-party cloud providers. Zayo's program offers connectivity to over 500 data centers worldwide.
tw telecom, which is being acquired by Level 3 Communications, reported that second-quarter 2014 revenues rose 7.8 percent to $419.7 million on strong enterprise and data and Internet segment growth.
Exatel, a Poland-based service provider, has begun offering a global VPN service to its large enterprise customers via an agreement with Verizon Global Wholesale.