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Are You Frustrated With MPLS?

June 17, 2015

When I read press releases like this I laugh: "Despite the mounting frustration with MPLS connectivity costs and inflexibility, many customers still do not believe the Internet can provide the security and performance needed for today's business-critical traffic." MPLS is inflexible? It isn't inflexible; it is just complex.

Over the last seven years, I have watched many network admins try to wrestle with MPLS. Virtual pathways on a private network have been around since the days of frame relay.

What The Channel is Selling

May 27, 2014

Finance is buying MPLS (or IP-VPN or VPLS - depending on what flavor of private networking that the carrier is using). Banks, credit unions, insurance and other financial companies have a unique set of regulations to follow, including ones that define storage.

Healthcare is also buying MPLS. Healthcare has a mandate for private networking, encryption and security, all driven by the HITECH Act and Rule-making.

What to Do About Dipping revenue and Profits?

August 15, 2013

These headlines are worrisome.

Weaker-Than-Expected Channel Sales Impact CenturyLink

tw telecom Revenue Grows, Profit Dips

Windstream Profit Falls 22%, Business-Service Revenue Up

Revenue is up, profit is down.

Convergence is Upon Us

August 11, 2013

For years we talked about converging voice and data. Now that most voice traffic is VoIP riding on data networks (cellular, broadband, T1, MPLS, etc.), we can say Converged. But there is another convergence happening - the world of telco and IT. CompTIA, Cloud Services Community and other groups are working hard to get VARs to either become telecom agents or work with them.

Should Hosted UC Providers Offer Network?

July 28, 2013

Stage 2 just announced a Northeast build of an MPLS network. Telesphere has one too. West IP, too. Why do these Hosted UC companies need to offer network? For some, it is a way to handle Quality of Service, which is linked to customer satisfaction.

One Deal And One Bullhorn

May 9, 2013

UNSI has been in the news lately. It was originally American Broadband, reselling DSL nationally. Then it changed its name to United Network Services, Inc. and became a facilities-based carrier, with 18 Points of Presence (PoPs) and interconnections (and NNIs) to over 150 carriers in the US (including cable, DSL, wireless, CLEC and ILEC). "UNSi's partners are able to leverage the relationships with these carriers, paired with the cost savings and convenience of working with a single partner, under one invoice."

Growing Out an IT Business

April 8, 2013

This is a slide from EarthLink's earnings presentation. Basically, telecom spending is flat and it is roughly 11% of what companies spend on IT services. So if you were looking for growth where would you turn? Oh, yeah, IT services.

What Did I Miss?

March 26, 2013

After making the news for supposedly canceling tele-working (which they only did for 200 distracted employees), Yahoo! is not acquiring. First, Y! bought Jybe, a social recommendation site. Now, "Yahoo announced it is snagging the mobile news reader Summly, created by 15-year-old Nick D'Aloisio," according to the USA Today.

CenturyLink Merger Mania Does Add Up

August 15, 2012

"CenturyLink Inc.'s (CTL) second-quarter earnings fell 36% amid early-debt extinguishment and weaker margins, though the telecom company's revenue was boosted by an acquisition," writes the WSJ. "Revenue increased 4.7% to $4.61 billion, mostly as its Savvis acquisition added $278 million, as well as growth in demand for digital services."

What amazes me is that these giants keep getting bigger and the only metric growing is debt.

It is going to take some big CAPEX to beef up cloud, data center, EoC, broadband and TV services for CLT.

Comcast Hits 300MB

July 25, 2012

Comcast rolled out Xfinity Platinum service with speeds of 305Mbps down and 65Mbps up for about $295. It was designed to compete with VZ Quantum FiOS, which is 300Mbps down, 65Mbps up, and $205 per month in the Northeast. Xfinity Platinum will include free Xfinity Signature Support (27/4 tech support and a personal consultant), a secure wireless gateway, and the Constant Guard Security Suite.

In some areas Comcast is doubling the speed for its existing tiers.

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