NCR is teaming with Alcatel-Lucent to strengthen both companies' managed services business. As part of the deal, NCR will provide site surveys and deploy and maintain projects, particularly those where speed and quality of service are critical.
Comcast has launched a new unit that will offer business services to large Fortune 1000 business customers in the U.S., putting them in direct competition with large telcos AT&T and Verizon.
EarthLink's dark fiber business continues to be a bright star in its struggling wholesale business as more of its carrier and content provider company customers are showing interest in purchasing the service.
CenturyLink has reached an agreement to provide its unified communications-as-a-service to Iowa Communications Network (ICN), furthering its presence in the growing wholesale cloud-based services market.
Managed services like cloud-based hosting are going to be a big revenue driver for service providers, a segment that Ovum forecasts will grow to over $297 billion by 2020.
CenturyLink is going educate more of the IT community about the emerging cloud services trends that are affecting IT departments inside businesses via a multi-city tour that will feature industry analysts and the telco's customers.
North State Communications, a mainly rural service provider, is acquiring IT security integrator Stalwart to advance its movement into the cloud and managed services space.
EarthLink struggled with wholesale business revenue in the first quarter, but it is finding growing interest in its dark fiber services.
CenturyLink has taken another step forward with its Asia-Pacific data center expansion effort, announcing that it has extended its services into the Australian market through a partnership with Data-Center-as-a-Service provider NEXTDC Limited.
AT&T is looking to strengthen the bond it has gained with its growing base of small to medium business (SMB) customers that use its U-verse and wireless services, particularly restaurants and retailers, with its new Wi-Fi Small Site service.