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Lots of Questions About CLECs

At a CLEC event yesterday, many regional CLEcs were asking me about EarthLink, Windstream, the Comcast-TWC merger and Cbeyond. Will EarthLink get bought? It's a single billion dollar company that is slowly trying to become an MSP from years...

Are CLECs Capable of Cloud Services?

Many CLECs - XO, Cbeyond, EarthLink, TelePacific and MegaPath - are in cloud services. EarthLink and Cbeyond would especially like to be known as cloud providers going forward. My question is: is it possible? If as a CLEC you...

The CLEC Cloud Cover

Windstream, TDS, EarthLink and Cbeyond made a strategic decision to go cloud a couple of years ago. Acquisitions followed. It seems to be paying off. CLEC's have a special access circuit problem. AT&T wants to charge more; that will...

Short Week Musings

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah this week mixed with winter weather in many parts of the US has made for a slow week, but a busy travel week. Soon, thanks to the new FCC Chair Wheeler, that passenger barely squeezed into...

What Do the Numbers Look Like

Third quarter revenue numbers have been streaming out via press releases. Here's a look at some of them. Windstream's 3Q2013 numbers are declining. "Overall consumer service revenues were $324 million, a decrease of 3 percent from the same period...

Growing Out an IT Business

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...

Some Moves That May Seem Like News

Who is going 100G? Both XO and Spread Networks announced its deployment of 100G technology. The surprise? Bright House Networks announced that it will extend its relationship with Fujitsu and utilize that vendor for 100G in its metro network. Comcast...

The VDI Trend

EarthLink launched TechCare. "EarthLink TechCare is a fully managed outsourced help desk that is customizable and scalable, enabling customers to relieve their overburdened IT staffs and refocus on more strategic initiatives, " states the press release. Basically, it is a...

The New Channel Myth

The new myth about the Channel that everyone is spouting is doom and gloom. In Larry Walsh's latest, he talks about VAR's closing, vendors selling direct and other woes.Here's some news for you: the Channel has ALWAYS competed with Direct...

Will It Rain for EarthLink in the Cloud?

EarthLink is really pulling out the umbrella to get it to rain in Cloud. EarthLink picked up XO's former CMO, Michael Toplisek, as EVP of IT Services. The press release says that he was President of Concentric Cloud, but that...

What is the Market Expecting?

Tuesday I was in Vegas at the Channel Partners Conference mainly for the TCA events. At the TCA Channel Chief Summit, Tiffani Bova of Gartner and Rauline Ochs of IPED Market Bridge Alliance presented research. The take away for me...

EarthLink's Sweet Spot

I learned a few things at the EarthLink training today in Tampa. EarthLink has 175K business customers and about 3 Million consumers, most of them dial-up customers, providing $20M in free cash flow per month. So of the $1.3B in...

Telecom Tidbits on Presidents Day

On a LinkedIn group we are discussing SLA (service level agreements) and how they do not represent uptime. If you need uptime, you need redundancy. You need to build a resilient network. Netwolves has a solution called Bonded Broadband. "NetWolves...

What Will You Be Selling in 2012?

Most channel executives will tell you that the 2 biggest products for 2012 will be MPLS and SIP.  It makes sense since the PSTN is being phased out as the telecom infrastructure turns to an all-IP network. It also makes...

EarthLink Buys Some Synergy

EarthLink is buying two divisions from Synergy Global Solutions: its IT Solution Center, a 24-7 help desk and network operations center, and its cloud-hosted application business, according to Buffalo News.EarthLink gets relationships with about 120 VAR’s that laready sell the...

The Panel of 5

How does an agent distinguish between five CLEC's if the channel heads of those five companies spend much of an hour saying, "I agree" and "What she said". That's what happened at the carrier executive panel at the Microcorp One-on-One...

How Do You Make it Rain in the Cloud?

Here at Microcorp's One-on-One event, I moderated a panel this morning about various cloud services with Level3 (CDN), Cbeyond (Virtual Servers), Intercall (Microsoft 365/Linc), EarthLink (Security), and PAETEC (Visual Messaging). It's an eclectic mix, but that should tell you that...

What Did I Miss?

Besides Steve Jobs resigning from Apple (and tanking their stock), what news did I miss? Sprint is getting the iPhone in October. Won’t be a big deal, I don’t think.The TCA added TelePacific, TELX, The Conference Group, NTT Americas, and...

ABRY, Telx and other Monday Surprises

ABRY Partners in conjunction with Berkshire Partners LLC acquired TELX from GI Partners, which also owns ViaWest. (I have to ask why they didn't merge those two together?)  ABRY Partners has been active in telecom, buying RCN/Sidera, but especially in...

VoIP Consolidation Well Underway

There's been some M&A among VoIP Providers this year but there is more on the horizon. CLEC's are looking to get in the game with an acquisition. Indeed EarthLink did just that with its quiet acquisition of STS Telecom, a...

Consumer Telecom Dropping

With the latest quarterly financial reporting in, one item stands out: CenturyLink, Qwest, Windstream and EarthLink are all experiencing consumer decline.“CenturyLink Inc and Qwest Communications International Inc both posted quarterly revenue declines in what is expected to be their last...

Bits and Pieces

The TCA has over 370 agent members now. Certification is underway. Are you becoming a Certified Telecom Professional?  STS Telecom and Saturn Telecommunications became part of Deltacom today, which is now EarthLink Business, according to an FCC filing. STS in its...

EarthLink Wins One

It looks like EarthLink won the auction for ONE Communications, the CLEC with a HQ in New England and network in Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and New England. EarthLink will pay $370M for ONE including $285M of debt.EarthLink Business will end up...

Did EarthLink Goof on Branding?

Yesterday when I was speaking to a client, I mentioned that new Edge Networks merged with Deltacom to become EarthLink Business. The confused look on his face was not unexpected. Again this morning when discussing the new name, EarthLink is...

EarthLink Acquires Deltacom

I had to check the calendar to make certain it was October 1 and not April 1 when I read the headline that EarthLink bought Deltacom.Deltacom has a lot of fiber in the Southeast - 35 metro rings and 16,400...
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