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Author: Jennifer Hartley

Console Connect Software Platform and Network Acquired

Console Connect Inc. (“Console Connect”), a prominent provider of global interconnection solutions, announced today that HKT Trust and PCCW Global Limited (“PCCW Global”) have combined to acquire Console Connect’s advanced software platform and proprietary technology, including the Console Connect brand, platform, and technology team working under the leadership of Paul Gampe, the CTO of Console Connect. These assets will be paired with PCCW Global’s extensive and resilient global connectivity infrastructure which today serves an extensive array of multinational enterprises, service providers, and cloud applications providers, and will also be deployed to enhance HKT’s world-leading range of consumer and enterprise services.

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Expanding Your Data Center?

Expanding a data center can be a stressful undertaking, especially when it comes to complicated merger and acquisition activities. It pays to have access to a team of experts to oversee the project every step of the way. One company offering this service is Competitive Telecoms Group (CTG), which is one of the leading consulting and recruiting companies in the telecommunications and data center space. CTG now has nearly 100 global carrier and data center clients, and recently expanded its consulting group with the appointment of industry veteran Larry Fisher to the role of Vice President, Consulting Services. Mr. Fisher is well-known throughout the telecommunications ecosystem for his role in managing new product development at Sprint. He later led MCI’s (now Verizon) partnership with IBM. This drove over $500 million in annual outsourcing contracts for MCI. Later, he brought this experience to NTT America, the second-largest telecommunications group in the world, where he became Senior Vice President of Sales and Services. Previously, at Dun & Bradstreet, Mr. Fisher first led the new product development team for the Marketing Services division. He later served as Vice President of Strategic Alliances, where he was instrumental in developing the company’s partner distribution strategy. The Dun & Bradstreet partner distribution strategy that Fisher put in place secured relationships with Oracle, SalesForce.com, IBM, Microsoft and others. Most recently, he led development of financial markets...

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NANOG ‘On The Road’ Educational Event Comes to Boston

You’re invited to attend the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG) sixth ‘On The Road’ event, a one-day, free to attend educational program for anyone interested in learning about technical services, IPv6 adoption, current registry policy, and Internet governance – industry veteran or budding professional. NANOG On The Road takes place Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM at the Courtyard Boston-Cambridge Hotel; the program will also feature a post-event networking reception concluding at 6:30 PM. NANOG On The Road provides attendees with access to resources, tools and information that will help them in managing the Internet more effectively. The Boston event will feature a series of informational sessions regarding network security; Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) and Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI); and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), as well as an open Ask NANOG session for attendees to speak one-on-one with NANOG Board, Program Committee and staff members onsite about their experiences and how NANOG is helping to make the Internet better. The On The Road even is organized by NANOG, a forum of industry experts founded with a goal of furthering the Internet by focusing on the technologies and systems that make the Internet function, including: core routing and switching; Internet inter-domain routing; the domain name system; peering and interconnection; and Internet core security. NANOG also covers associated areas with a direct impact...

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2014 U.S. Competitive Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Originally posted by Vertical Systems Group Level 3 jumps to top ranking above XO, Cogent and Zayo BOSTON, MA, MARCH 13, 2015 – Level 3, XO, Cogent and Zayo are the top Competitive Providers selling Carrier Ethernet services in the U.S., according to Vertical Systems Group’s latest research. These companies are listed on Vertical’s 2014 U.S. Competitive Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD ranked by share of billable U.S retail ports delivered by competitive service providers as of year-end 2014. Each of these four companies has attained either a LEADERBOARD rank or a Challenge Tier citation on the 2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD, the industry benchmark for measuring Ethernet market presence in the U.S. “The large number of Competitive Providers selling Ethernet in the U.S. affords business customers an extensive choice of services, price points and delivery options,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “While the Level 3 acquisition of tw telecom garnered a lot of industry attention, most companies in this segment substantially grew their Ethernet businesses to gain market share in 2014.” To view this article in its entirety click...

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2014 U.S. Incumbent Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD

Originally posted by Vertical Systems Group AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and Windstream are top providers BOSTON, MA, MARCH 12, 2015 – The top four Incumbents selling Carrier Ethernet services in the U.S. are as follows (in rank order based on port share): AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink and Windstream, according to Vertical Systems Group’s latest research. These companies have achieved positions on Vertical’s 2014 U.S. Incumbent Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD, the benchmark for measuring Ethernet market presence based on billable retail ports delivered by Incumbent Carriers. “As a group, Incumbent Carriers had slower Ethernet growth than Competitive Providers or Cable MSOs. However, incumbents made considerable service advances in 2014, including investments in fiber builds and stronger integration with other offerings,” said Rick Malone, principal at Vertical Systems Group. “Despite the challenges of mature technologies and a cost structure that can be uncompetitive for out-of-region sites, incumbents lead in the delivery of more complex nationwide networks.” Each company on the 2014 U.S. Incumbent Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD has achieved either a LEADERBOARD rank or a Challenge Tier citation on the 2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD. To view this release in its entirety click...

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Detroit Data Centers On the Edge

EdgeConneX and Fibertech Networks bring low latency fiber connectivity to SE Michigan E-commerce titan Amazon has calculated that a sales drop of 1 percent will result for every 100ms of website loading delay that occurs. As both fixed and wireless data consumption explodes, led by the insatiable appetites of the end-user, high bandwidth, low latency network access is essential. To further this goal EdgeConneX is building out its Edge Data Center (EDC) network with a new facility in Southfield, MI. In keeping with EdgeConneX’s mission of bringing Internet content closer to the edge of the network, customers in the area will now be served locally, instead of remotely from Chicago. The region will gain a fully redundant, bandwidth-intensive solution offering the lowest possible latency to ensure the quickest and most efficient method of content delivery. This new facility will offer both dark and lit transport access at speeds of up to 100Gbps. EdgeConneX provides a full suite of data center solutions and specializes in hosting content as close to the end user as possible, at the edge of the network. The company provides Space, Power & Connectivity for content, network, colocation, CDNs and service providers, as well as wireless carriers, telecommunications companies, and commercial property owners. Fibertech Networks is a leader in providing fiber-optic based network services throughout mid-size cities in the Eastern and Central regions of the United...

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AMS-IX Bay Area Receives OPEN-IX® Certification

Designation Affirms AMS-IX as First Internet Exchange Organization to Receive OPEN-IX Certification Across Multiple U.S. Platforms San Francisco, CA – March 11, 2015 – AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) and its U.S. subsidiary, AMS-IX USA Inc., announce today that the AMS-IX Bay Area Internet exchange has been awarded OIX-1 certification by the Open-IX Association (OIX). AMS-IX is the first Internet exchange organization worldwide to have OPEN-IX®-certified neutral and distributed Internet exchanges in multiple U.S. markets. AMS-IX Bay Area has met all OPEN-IX certification criteria and adheres to Open-IX IXP Standards Committee-derived standards of neutrality, openness, service offering, infrastructure and operations, which reduces the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets. AMS-IX also received OIX-1 certification for its New York platform in early 2014, becoming the first Open-IX-certified neutral and distributed Internet Exchange in the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area. “AMS-IX is pleased to announce the OPEN-IX certification of our second U.S. Internet exchange, AMS-IX Bay Area,” says Job Witteman, CEO of AMS-IX. “Achieving OPEN-IX certification affirms to our business customers that they are obtaining the fastest, most stable and cost-effective Internet peering services available on the market today.” AMS-IX Bay Area provides a physical platform, spanning from Digital Realty’s 365 Main Street facility in San Francisco to CoreSite’s SV1 facility in San Jose, where organizations meet to exchange Internet traffic in a stable, fast and cost-effective manner between...

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DE-CIX New York Successfully Completes OPEN-IX® Internet Exchange Certification Process

DE-CIX New York has successfully completed the process of OPEN-IX certification. The DE-CIX New York Internet exchange now holds OIX-1 certification, which defines the technical requirements, minimum service levels and information-sharing provisions of participating exchanges. Certification was granted on March 9, following review and approval from the OPEN-IX Board. DE-CIX New York has been growing rapidly since it began operations in early 2014. It is a leading exchange in the New York/New Jersey metro area, with a strong emphasis on both data center and carrier neutrality. DE-CIX New York has added more than 55 networks to its member list since last year, and its numbers continue to grow. DE-CIX New York functions based on the same principles of openness and neutrality of DE-CIX Frankfurt, which emphasizes a not-for-profit business model and easy entry into the exchange. In the NY/NJ metro area, this means that DE-CIX New York has developed more than 100 access points to the exchange that are located across the metro area in data centers where many members may already have a presence, reducing connection costs. “My team worked hard to develop DE-CIX New York into an exchange that adds value to the Internet ecosystem in the New York metro,” states Harald A. Summa, President of DE-CIX. “We are pleased that our New York operation is now certified by Open-IX. This confirms our high operational and technical...

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