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Allied Fiber LLC Has not Filed Chapter 11

April 25, 2016

Allied Fiber LLC has been engaged in a long running dispute with its senior secured lender. After exhaustive efforts and numerous offers that the company believed would have resulted in the full payment of all of the lender’s principle and interest, for reasons unknown to the company, a settlement was unable to be reached.

On April 20th, 2016, the senior secured lender purportedly exercised voting rights in the Allied Fiber LLC subsidiary companies (AF Southeast LLC, AF Florida LLC and AF Georgia LLC) and allegedly replaced the members of the subsidiaries, appointed a chief restructuring officer, and then caused the subsidiaries – not including Allied Fiber LLC – to file for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding in Delaware.

Apparently there will now be a court-supervised sale of the subsidiaries to the highest bidder which may include a marketing period that may be approximately 90-days. 

Level 3's SDN-Powered Instant-Bandwidth is here

March 13, 2016

Programmable networking (with an emphasis on analytics)! That was the message from Travis Ewert (pictured), SVP of Network Software Development for Level 3. You’ll have to excuse my exaggerated use of punctuation. Travis didn’t really exclaim or scream about programmable networking but he was very excited about to discuss how Level 3 is able to use its SDN control-layer to more flexibly provide bandwidth than other players in the space.

Lasers are the Future of Drone Fighting

August 31, 2015

I’ve been among the first people to realize how drones can be a major problem for security in the world. In February 2014, in fact, I said there was a coming urban drone war and since then, drones with guns and explosives have been created. More recently I wrote about drones almost being used to attack federal buildings in Connecticut – thankfully without success and how a drone flew to the White House. I even wrote about a possible solution to the problem using microphones from SmartSense.

InfoVista and Ipanema Technologies Poised to Enable New Carrier Services

May 27, 2015

The WAN optimization market is expected to more than double in size from 2014 to 2019 eventually hitting $12.1 billion according to MarketsandMarkets. It’s no wonder - Cyril Doussau de Bazignan explained to me in a recent meeting that as more companies adopt SaaS, they have the challenge of ensuring critical applications have adequate performance at the expense of applications which are secondary in importance.

Cyril works at InfoVista, a leading provider of IP and RF planning, assurance and optimization software solutions and they recently acquired WAN optimization and application performance leader Ipanema Technologies. He went on to say CIOs have to deal with the challenges of a multitude of applications running on their network while at the same time, enterprises are looking to offload more traffic to the internet to save money.

AT&T Partner Exchange Adds Features to Gain SMB Share

March 27, 2015

Ma Bell knows it's all about ecosystem

Companies rare really focusing on their solution partners (SP) – especially when looking to court small to medium business customers as the SP owns the relationship. As reported by Tara Seals on TMCnet recently, Nimble Storage, AT&T, HP, Equinix, NTT America and others are deploying similar strategies to court this market.

In fact, two years ago, AT&T Partner Solutions decided it wanted to attract more customers with up to 20,000 employees and as a result, they decided they would change the way they do businesses. In a recent meeting, Brooks McCorcle, president of the division says they now act more like a Silicon Valley start-up.

While it isn't uncommon for companies to become more nimble in the face of growing competition, it is impressive to see any division of an established carrier making such a claim.

ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

January 16, 2015

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When Yahoo! launched, it needed boatloads of multimillion dollar Sun Microsystems servers just to have the computing capacity needed to deliver services. Now, companies can just pay as they go and purchase as much cloud as they need to get a job done.

3M's Role in Improving Cell Phone base Stations

October 9, 2014

It’s quite common for people to look at the cellular industry as a bunch of phones from different companies competing on features and functions but the reality is the towers are often the glue that connects these devices when they aren’t near WiFi hotspots. Towers are rife with innovation and in order for consumers to get better service they need to be upgraded with better radio frequency equipment, antennas and backhaul bandwidth.

3M Communications Markets Division is one company which focuses on perfecting the base station by making them easier to work on while ensuring they need less ongoing maintenance. I spent a good deal of time with the company recently speaking with Omar Flores, Steve King and others at the company to learn about how they are applying many of their innovations directly to the towers and other equipment responsible for interconnecting our tablets and other devices.

This is more of a commercial on what this division of 3M does but it's still instructive

Don't Miss Fiber Mountain Session Next Week in Vegas

August 5, 2014

Next week at Software Telco Congress (the NFV and SDN event) in Las Vegas - collocated with ITEXPO, there will be some amazing speakers who will help companies evolve into the software realm from hardware. Specifically, there will be one new speaker who has never spoken at a TMC event. M.H. Raza is the CEO of Fiber Mountain.

Why I'm Neutral on the Comcast, Time Warner Cable Deal

February 14, 2014

There has been lots of controversy over the merging of two of the largest cable companies Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Concerns range from fear of a monopoly to worse customer service to higher fees and data caps. Jim Edwards at Business Insider for example says you will get screwed if the merger goes through.

Consumers Union thinks if the merger happens, prices will increase and service will suffer.

Overture: Enabling Carriers to Compete Today

September 25, 2013

Communications service providers are facing unprecedented opportunity and threats and if the OTT threat wasn't a big enough challenge, its worth pointing out AT&T recently lost its bid to supply broadband to Starbucks to Google of all companies. Who would have thought this could even happen a mere five years ago?

I had a discussion about the pace of change in the CSP market with Mark Durrett of Overture and he went over many of the ways his company is helping carriers deal with the transition. The company is doing this through their Ensemble OSA product which is an open-architecture for software-defined services allowing service creation, activation and assurance by bringing many of the benefits of cloud computing to the metro edge.

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