Welcome to the 44th issue of Telecom News & Trends (TNT), JSA‘s newsletter featuring the latest telecom news, videos, industry events, resources, career opportunities and trends happening now in our industry.  We have put together our exciting end-of-the year news for you.  Thank you for a wonderful 2015 with us.  We look forward to another great year in telecom in 2016. This month’s TNT is sponsored by: Avotus.

avotus-logoWith more than 30 years of industry experience, Avotus is the award-winning provider of Intelligent Communications Management (ICM) solutions. ICM solutions enable users to optimize, manage and protect against misuse and abuse of their critical investments in telecom and technology. Often times, Avotus’ ICM lifecycle can be deployed in a manner that allows each engagement to self-fund the next, while putting cash on the clients bottom line at each step. ICM solutions include: Enhanced Usage Reporting (EUR) for Unified Communications, Expense Management (EM), Intelli-Sourcing and Wireless Management. Avotus and its partners serve more than 1,000 clients in North America and around the world, many of which are industry-leading Fortune 5000 customers. ICM is Avotus’ Intelligent approach to managing wireline and wireless assets, and your safeguard for next-generation solution implementation.



COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA TO USE LIGHTOWER FOR DATA NETWORK SERVICES– Lightower Fiber Networks, announces that it’s been named an authorized vendor to the Commonwealth of Virginia for Data Network Services. The contract enables Lightower to offer a range of all-fiber networking and high performance Internet services to public bodies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, schools, and libraries, throughout the state. Read more.

REACHING NEW HEIGHTS: DE-CIX BREAKS 5 TERABIT PER SECOND RECORD – DE-CIX, leading neutral Internet Exchange provider, is thrilled to announce it has broken its 5 Terabit per second record at its Frankfurt Internet exchange. For the second time in the company’s twenty-year history, DE-CIX has surpassed traffic records, proving its commitment keeping up with growing data demands and its strong business development initiatives. Read more.

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 11.05.56 AMVERMONT TEDDY BEAR COMPANY BEAR HUGS FIRSTLIGHT FOR PROVIDING PREMIUM INTERNET – What’s better than providing a local teddy bear company the Internet service it needs to successfully operate and fill orders this holiday season? It is perfect timing for FirstLight Fiber as they announce that The Vermont Teddy Bear Co., the largest handcrafter of teddy bears in North America, has selected them for high-speed Internet services for its corporate headquarters in Shelburne, VT. Read more.

CITYNET, THE IT BRAND OF HALL AG, EXTENDS NETWORK WITH MRV’S NEWEST EQUIPMENT – MRV Communications, the global provider of innovative packet and optical solutions, announced today the expansion of its longstanding partnership with Citynet, a regional carrier network in Austria. Citynet serves the Inn Valley’s large enterprise and many residential customers, as well as many mountain ski resorts and lift infrastructure. Read more.

NGN: A LOOK BACK AT 2015 – NGN had a fantastic 2015 full of new partnerships, new hires, the expansion of the Education Exchange, the overall betterment of its staff through extensive training programs and much more. Read more.

PADTEC NAMES NEW CEO – Padtec S/A, a global manufacturer and solutions provider of turnkey optical solutions since 2001, announces today the new Padtec Group Chief Executive Officer Manuel Andrade. Mr. Andrade succeeds André Piccinin Gualda, who was previously the interim CEO. Read more.

RCN BUSINESS UPGRADES ITS ETHERNET NETWORK TO 100 GIGABITS – RCN Business announces the upgrade of its Ethernet network backbone to include 100 Gigabit per second links. Offering scalable bandwidth capabilities across its carrier-grade fiber-optic network infrastructure, RCN Business can now deploy Ethernet services from 3Mbps to 100Gbps. Read more.

coloatldatacenter_HURRICANE ELECTRIC EXPANDS INTO METRO ATLANTA AT COLO ATL – Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, has established in downtown Atlanta a second Point-of-Presence (PoP) at Colo Atl. With Hurricane Electric’s further expansion into Metro Atlanta, Colo Atl customers have access to increased bandwidth options for the delivery of next generation IP services at an a flat-rate with a fixed amount of bandwidth and no overage charges. Read more.

FIRSTLIGHT PROVIDES HOLDERNESS SCHOOLS WITH A 400 MBPS INTERNET CONNECTION – FirstLight Fiber announces that it will provide high-speed Internet and voice services to Holderness School, an independent, private boarding and day school for grades 9–12, located in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Read more.

ISPS AND CARRIERS REJOICE! DE-CIX NEW YORK ENHANCES NYC MARKET, WELCOMING 100 CUSTOMERS IN JUST 18 MONTHS – Less than 18 months since the launch of the DE-CIX New York, the company announces that it has signed on its 100th customer to its New York Internet exchange. DE-CIX has surpassed its growth projections by hitting this milestone and is continuing to expand rapidly in its first North American location. Read more.

IN CHARGE – MRV ENABLES COMPLETE CONTROL OF OPTICAL TRANSPORT AND PACKET SERVICES – Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) has progressed by leaps and bounds this year. And MRV Communications ™, a global provider of innovative packet and optical solutions, is keeping pace. The company announces the availability of Pro-Vision 3.2.1 which enables the complete provisioning, management, troubleshooting and reporting of packet and optical services. Read more.

^AEDDE30BC6D9CF426A77B614C06BC32C15026694A885F62B05^pimgpsh_fullsize_distrTHE ROBOT HAS ARRIVED! –  Avotus Corporation announces the launch of its pioneering IT Asset Management (ITAM) Robot solution. The Avotus ITAM Robot builds and monitors telecom and IT asset inventory. Read more.

AVOTUS PARTNERS WITH TRUSTSPHERE FOR CUTTING-EDGE COLLABORATION – The leading provider of Intelligent Communications Management (ICM) solutions, announces a partnership with TrustSphere, the recognized market leader in relationship analytics. The collaboration creates a joint platform that combines Avotus’ big data capture capabilities with TrustSphere’s advanced social network analytics technology to form a market-leading “relationship analytics platform” that extends beyond email and throughout the full Unified Communications (UC) platform. Read more.

HOPTO DELIVERS AN UNPARALLELED USER EXPERIENCE THANKS TO FIRSTLIGHT – FirstLight Fiber announced today that hopTo, a mobile workspace application that addresses the challenges of transporting applications to mobile devices, has chosen them to provide the communications network required to deliver a richer user interface and development environment. hopTo, based in Campbell, CA, opted for data center services and high speed Internet connectivity. Read more.

TWO TROPHIES, ONE CUTTING-EDGE SUBMARINE CABLE: ALL EYES ON HIBERNIA EXPRESS AT THE 2015 GLOBAL CARRIER AWARDS – All eyes were on Hibernia Networks, the first new transatlantic cable in over 12 years, took home Best Project of the Year – Subsea and Best Subsea Innovation at the 2015 Global Carrier Awards. Read more.

AVOTUS DELIVERS NEW EMPLOYEE VALUE PROGRAM – Avotus Corporation, the leading provider of Intelligent Communications Management (ICM) solutions, announces the launch of its Employee Value Program (EVP). Avotus’ EVP program extends corporate wireless discounts, and mobility shopping to employees via an online retail portal. Read more.

GBI JOINS DE-CIX FRANKFURT & UAE-IX DUBAI AS TRAFFIC IN THE MIDDLE EAST CONTINUES TO GROW – From Frankfurt to Dubai, GBI is addressing the growing demand for transport in the Middle East. The service provider is now a member of not one, but two DE-CIX Internet exchanges. GBI has joined DE-CIX in Frankfurt and UAE-IX in Dubai and is now connecting traffic to and from the Middle East. Read more.

HIBERNIA NETWORKS TAKES CLOUD CONNECTIVITY INTERNATIONAL WITH ITS ETHERREACH CLOUD EXCHANGE – Hibernia Networks’ new EtherReach Cloud Exchange is taking cloud connectivity to the next level by enabling connections to more than 500 cloud service providers across the globe via Ethernet connectivity to and within the Equinix Cloud Exchange. Read more.

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 12.04.49 PMLACONIA HARLEY-DAVIDSON ROLLS OUT FIBER WITH FIRSTLIGHT – FirstLight Fiber announces that Laconia Harley-Davidson, a leading company that proudly represents the iconic Harley-Davidson brand, selling, servicing and renting Harley motorcycles, has selected FirstLight’s fiber-based data and voice services to support business operations. Laconia Harley -Davidson’s objective was to roll out fiber to all of its locations in order to ensure the level of connectivity the dealerships required, and FirstLight was instrumental in helping Laconia Harley-Davidson achieve that goal. Read more.



TUNE IN FOR JSA TV COVERAGE FROM TELECOM EXCHANGE LONDON – Were you not able to attend our London event?  Tune into JSA TV to watch clips from the CEO Roundtables and video interviews from Telecom Exchange. See all the coverage from the show floor here.


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MRV COMMUNICATIONS FEATURED ON JSA TV – Dr. Scott Wilkinson, Senior Director of Technical Marketing at MRV Communications, recently sat down with JSA’s very own Dean Perrine to discuss MRV and its offerings. The conversation covers an array of topics and offers a glimpse into MRV, what it does, and what it hopes to do in the future. Watch interview here.




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What better way to kick-off the new year? We invite you to join us for the next installment of the JSA TV CEO Virtual Roundtable series, entitled, The Big Growth Companies of 2015 and Predictions for 2016′, to be webcasted live on Friday, January 8 at 11:30 AM ET. So plan to grab a morning cup of coffee, and hear from industry leader on what challenges they saw in 2015, what to look out for in 2016 and more. Reserve your Seat.

TEX_00106_Slider_v2Telecom Exchange – Mark your calendars and reserve your spot for Telecom Exchange NYC on June 22, 2016! Tables and sponsorships are selling faster than ever with 30% of tables already sold! Join companies like ADVA, Green House Data, Schneider Electric, Telco System and so many more at the summer event.  For a list of all those already planning attend, click here.

CEO Roundtable topics will be announcement in the next issue of TNT, but it is not to early to get your CEO’s speaker submissions in for a chance to join the discussion. Email [email protected] for exhibit and sponsorships details, as well as speaker submissions.

Special Mentions:

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016, we need to prepare ourselves for a busy year of conferences, networking and making successful business connections.   There is no better time than now to pull out those new 2016 calendar planners and mark the Top Telecom Events to attend for the year. Download our complete list here.


 165-Halsey-eBook-Home-Page-Graphic-v4WHY COLOCATE IN NEW JERSEY? 165 HALSEY STREET TELLS WHY IN NEW EBOOK – Thinking about colocation options? Maybe you should think about New Jersey. In its new eBook, 165 Halsey Street,  a dedicated 1.2 million square foot data center/colocation/telecom carrier hotel offering affordable space, power and interconnection service, explores  the top reasons why businesses will benefit from colocating in this technology-rich state, with a special look at the City of Newark. Download the new eBook today!

Career Opportunities 


As we look to a new year of possibilities and potentially a new start, check out some of our client who are hiring. There just might be a new opportunity for you. Here is to 2016 – year of endless possibilities

DE CIXDE-CIX‘s mission is to provide premium IX services to all IP networks and to ensure that the Internet runs securely and smoothly by providing IX services to all kinds of network operators and corporations with a unique Autonomous System (AS).  Is IP networks and IX services your passion?  If so, DE-CIX just might be the right place for you.  Click here if interested in joining their team.


Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 11.30.34 AMFirstLight offers varied challenging and rewarding career opportunities.  If you think you have the skills and experience necessary to make a meaningful contribution to FirstLight, they would love to hear from you. Learn more about their job openings.

logo-3GlobeNet is looking for talented professionals.  The company is focused on creating opportunities for high-energy, self-motivated professionals with technical, general management, sales, and other professional skills. Interested in working with the GlobeNet team? Click here to learn how.

HiberniaNETWORK_logo4cHibernia Networks is continuously interested in talented individuals who want to progress their careers and make a difference to its business. Looking to join the Hibernia team? Check out their current career opportunities!

Searching the job market?  Well, you are in luck! XKL is on the hunt for fearless leaders.  With this forward-looking approach, XKL provides the solutions necessary for the future growth and development of the communications industry. XKL’s technical staff members are experts in their fields who are known to rewrite rules and test the unproven.  Interested? Then check out the current job listings.