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Potential Lightower Sale Highlights Growing Fiber Demand

Consolidation is reshaping the IT industry, and it’s showing few signs of slowing down. Lightower recently announced it is still exploring a sale of $7 billion plus debt. Should Lightower not get an offer that meets its valuations, the provider may pursue an IPO. News of the sale is putting …

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Windstream Acquires Broadview in All-Cash Deal

Windstream Holdings, Inc. recently agreed to an acquisition of Broadview in an all-cash deal valued around $227.5 million.  Broadview provides cloud-based unified communications for thousands of businesses under the OfficeSuite UC™ brand. The acquisition of Broadview’s proprietary UC tech allows Windstream to make these solutions more widely accessible through their …

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Recent Events Drive Bandwidth Demands

The new presidential administration, market consolidation and the impending launch of 5G networks are driving many carriers to slow-play key decisions. As a result, major service providers like Zayo are entering holding patterns to wait and see what conclusions carriers will make. In an interview with FierceTelecom, Zayo CEO Dan …

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CenturyLink Sells Colo Business

Does CenturyLink’s Colocation Business Sale Herald a Shift in Data Centers? CenturyLink’s divestiture of its colocation services and Verizon’s deal with Equinix would both seem to indicate the move of telecommunications carriers to purchase data centers may have been a losing bet. While Zayo presents a more complete offering with …

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Unloading Dark Fiber on the Horizon for Windstream Communications

Long-term flexibility and cash returns are on the mind for Bob Gunderman, CFO of Windstream Communications, which may be why the carrier is hinting at selling off a variety of assets, including dark fiber. Gunderman recently outlined Windstream’s sales strategy at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Media, Communications …

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Cogent on the Hunt for More M&A Opportunities

Dave Schaeffer, CEO and founder of Cogent, has made it clear how unafraid he is of pulling the trigger on new acquisitions – as long as the price is right. He even offered insight into his decision-making process. Schaeffer recently told an audience at the Deutsche Bank 24th Annual Leveraged …

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Verizon’s XO Acquisition: Wireless Spectrum & Level 3 Routes Key

Verizon Communications recently announced its acquisition of XO Communications, a Virginia-based telecom carrier, for around $1.8 billion. The deal, which is set to close during the first quarter of 2017, bolsters Verizon’s position as the premier ILEC in the eastern U.S. while simultaneously taking the market price “floor-maker” for long-haul …

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USA Fiber Makes Several Dark Fiber Announcements in October

It’s been a busy month for USA Fiber, a major provider of purpose-built dark fiber networks for enterprises. On October 1st, the company announced plans to develop a seven-mile core data center ring in Northern Virginia. The underground dark fiber ring will provide connectivity for as many as 35 data …

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Mergers & Acquisitions – What You Need to Know

More mergers & acquisitions news, on top of the recent headlines, means enterprises interested in data transport should take note. Charter Communications is set to acquire Time Warner Cable for $56.7 billion – a move that will add 150,000 miles of fiber to its network and continue the trend of …

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Fiber Landscape News – Acquisitions and a Spin-Off

Fiber Landscape News – Acquisitions and a Spin-Off Competition in the fiber market decreased again at the end of April, with Lightower purchasing FiberTech in a $1.9 billion all-cash deal and Crown Castle acquiring Sunesys for $1 billion in cash. Both companies have been aggressive in acquiring fiber assets over …