Sprint Rallies with New Wireline Business Services Developments

Brian Washburn
Brian Washburn

Summary Bullets:

  • Wireline revenue erosion aside, Sprint continues to invest and keep its wireline services portfolio fresh.
  • Sprint returns to transport with Ethernet Wave, but there is little room to differentiate in this highly competitive space.

For many years now, Sprint has been meeting its challenges in wireless while facing ongoing struggles in its wireline business services.  As a wireless provider, Sprint has household name brand recognition.  Fewer people know the company as a still-major national and global provider of an array of business services.  In wireline, the provider has focused on retaining existing customers with high-quality service instead of investing heavily to recruit new clients.  Sprint has shown very high customer satisfaction for its business wireline services.  However, factors such as falling prices, discontinued legacy services and natural attrition have taken their toll: For H1 2013, for example, Sprint’s net wireline revenues were down 10% year-over-year from H1 2012; wireless now represents about 90% of Sprint’s revenues and profits. Continue reading “Sprint Rallies with New Wireline Business Services Developments”

100 Gbps Hits Rapid-Fire Rollout

Brian Washburn
Brian Washburn

Summary Bullets:

  • 100 Gbps wavelength deployments were pushed back repeatedly.  However, providers are now in full swing, lighting 100 Gbps coherent wavelength services for commercial and wholesale clients.
  • The new 100 Gbps speeds benefit some situations, but they are not yet cheaper than buying a fistful of 10 Gbps waves.

The first major trials for 100 Gbps wavelength services started in 2009, and the hype began gathering steam in 2010.  While some providers took an interim step and supported 40 Gbps, industry consensus seemed to be that 100 Gbps would be out in time to make 40G waves obsolete.  It took two years longer than some expected, but 100 Gbps long-haul wavelengths services are now being lit.  Most adopters are lighting the higher speeds for their own internal use, but a few are also offering the option for wholesale and content customers. Continue reading “100 Gbps Hits Rapid-Fire Rollout”

From Deserts to Glass Skyscrapers and Smart Cities: The Middle East and Africa Offer Growing Availability of Managed IP Service

J. Stradling

Summary Bullets:

  • Several very large global providers have both subsidiary presences and extensive partnerships in place to serve the MEA region.
  • ‘Smart city’ projects and verticals such as finance, construction, oil and gas offer growth potential.

Have you ever wanted to open a new presence in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) but baulked at the potential challenges and pitfalls in this diverse region?  In some cases, a satellite link might be the only option to connect, say, a research lab deep in East Africa.  In contrast, an information super-highway backed by very fast networks and sophisticated business and IT applications is available in new ‘smart cities’ in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.  The availability of QoS-backed connectivity and managed end-to-end IP service is growing in MEA, as global carriers are focusing considerable attention on the region due the potential for revenue growth, which far exceeds growth rates in more saturated and mature markets elsewhere (for example, Western Europe and North America).  Regional providers (such as MTN, Neotel, Gulf Bridge International, Gateway Business Africa, STC, Qtel and Zain) all have solid roadmaps and international partners that they are leveraging to provide international MPLS, backed by QoS and professional services. Continue reading “From Deserts to Glass Skyscrapers and Smart Cities: The Middle East and Africa Offer Growing Availability of Managed IP Service”

100G and 400G Long Haul Optical Connections Get Closer to the Enterprise

J. Stradling
J. Stradling

Summary Bullets:

  • Verizon, Interoute, euNetworks, Colt, TSIC, and others, are examples of service providers that have lit fibre assets with 100 Gbps bandwidth and Ethernet at the core transport layer
  • Video, mobility, cloud-based computing and storage, and rapidly growing SaaS take-up are pushing the need for high-capacity service
  • There is an on-going performance versus cost challenge for buyers of high-speed service to consider

The desire for faster Internet does not have a ceiling, because it is linked to human impatience, which is limitless. From the perspective of business applications, bandwidth growth is driven by cloud storage, SaaS, enterprise mobility, high-powered cloud computing, and business video. To date, 100 Gbps Ethernet, optical transport, and DWDM wavelength announcements have largely been coming from the equipment manufacturer’s camp; but this is changing as more and more service providers start to expound upon the virtues of recently launched long haul 100G circuits as well as early readiness for 400G service.

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