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Airband and Sparkplug Communications Have Merged, Creating the Largest Fixed-Wireless Company in the U.S. Serving Businesses

Fixed-wireless companies Airband Communications and Sparkplug Communications today announced they have merged, creating the largest fixed-wireless company for businesses in the U.S., providing a full suite of voice and data services in 17 markets.

Airband and Sparkplug customers will continue to benefit from the flexible and highly scalable voice and data services delivered over the company

Megovadsy? Speakeasy to Combine with MegaPath and Covad

MegaPath continues to grow, after acquiring Covad now SpeakEasy has agreed to merge it’s business. So what should we call them now? Megovadsy?

Seattle WA, San Jose and Costa Mesa, CA – June 10, 2010 – Speakeasy, a Best Buy company (NYSE:BBY), has entered into an agreement to combine its business with Covad Communications Company and MegaPath Inc. in a deal that will create the first managed services local exchange carrier (MSLEC) able to provide a full range of IP voice, security, VPN and Internet services nationwide. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2010, contingent upon closing of the previously announced transaction between MegaPath and Covad. Financial terms will not be disclosed. Continue reading Megovadsy? Speakeasy to Combine with MegaPath and Covad

Covad & MegaPath announce merger

Covad Communications Company, a leading national provider of IP broadband services, and MegaPath Inc., a leading provider of managed IP data, voice and security services in North America, today announced an agreement to combine the operations of Covad and MegaPath.

Pending federal and state regulatory approvals, the transaction will create one of the largest managed service local exchange carriers (MSLEC) in the United States. The combined businesses will have the largest Ethernet, DSL and T1 footprint in North America and be the only MSLEC capable of providing a full range of Internet, voice, security and VPN services nationwide.

“This transaction brings together two industry leaders who will focus on expanding service offerings and distribution channels to further our leadership positions in the SMB, enterprise and wholesale markets,” said D. Craig Young, MegaPath CEO and the new Executive Chairman of the combined businesses. “By leveraging the strengths of each company, we will provide customers and partners with expanded expertise, broader innovative services and a powerful network that simplifies the way they communicate and conduct business online.”

“We will continue to provide innovative services and superior automation to our wholesale partners, and by adding MegaPath’s leading managed service offerings, we will further enhance the value we deliver to the market,” said Pat Bennett, CEO of Covad, who will continue as Chief Executive Officer. “The combination of these two companies creates a powerful new business model that provides users and partners with the industry-leading connectivity and services they require to support their critical business communications needs.”

Covad offers IP broadband services in more than 4,400 central offices nationwide through its commercial and wholesale distribution channels. Covad wholesale partners include leading providers such as AT&T, Verizon Business and Sprint; MegaPath delivers value-added communication services, including hosted VoIP, managed security, MPLS VPNs for connecting multiple sites, and SSL VPNs for connecting remote users and business partners. MegaPath distributes its services via a large direct sales force and channel sales partnerships, and has over 19,000 direct SMB and enterprise customers.

By combining Covad’s robust network infrastructure with MegaPath’s wide selection of products and value-added services, the transaction promises to provide the companies’ partners and customers with a superior selection of cost-effective IP voice, data communications and security solutions.

“This is a great deal for Covad and MegaPath stakeholders and customers, creating an industry leader with the agility, expertise and resources to address customers’ rapidly growing and changing communications needs,” said Johnny O. Lopez, partner at Platinum Equity, which owns Covad. “With such complementary businesses, partners and customers will quickly see new services and capabilities that provide them even greater value, while the company realizes improved efficiencies and greater profitability, and enhanced opportunities for growth through acquisition.”

The combined businesses will be owned by Platinum and MegaPath investors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to federal and state regulatory approvals and is expected to close by the end of Q3 2010.

Read more: http://www.megapath.com/news/2010/COVAD-AND-MEGAPATH-ANNOUNCE-MERGER-AGREEMENT.cfm#ixzz0jqZ5wVZ1

Level 3 Data Portfolio Awarded by ATLANTIC-ACM

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLT) today announced that the company has received the ATLANTIC-ACM 2010 Global Wholesale Best in Class Award for Data Value. The award recognizes Level 3’s leadership in delivering data network services to meet the wholesale communications needs of global carriers. Level 3 was one of two companies to receive the award for data value in 2010.

“International wholesale carriers sent a strong message about the quality and value of the Level 3 data product portfolio,” said Fedor Smith, president of ATLANTIC-ACM. “Level 3 offers the services for carriers to efficiently and effectively extend their networks around the world.”

The award is based on the ATLANTIC-ACM 2010 Global Wholesale Report Card study, which compiles customer feedback via online surveys. Customers evaluate each carrier that they work with in a number of operational categories, and also rate voice and data products for both quality and price. The Data Value award is based on the combined average score for quality and price across all data products. Level 3 was recognized for a broad portfolio of data transit and transport services, including:

  • IP Transit
  • IP WAN
  • High Capacity Transport
  • Low Capacity Transport
  • Ethernet Transport

“Level 3 delivers the right combination of network infrastructure and services to support the global communications needs of the wholesale market,” said Andrew Crouch, president of Wholesale Markets for Level 3. “The ATLANTIC-ACM Best in Class Award reinforces Level 3’s commitment to providing global carrier customers with the data network capabilities to meet the day-to-day demands of their wholesale business.”

ATLANTIC-ACM presented the Global Wholesale Best in Class awards on Jan. 20 at the Pacific Telecommunications Council conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Boston-based ATLANTIC-ACM is a leading provider of strategic research and consulting services serving the telecommunications and information industries. In addition to producing the industry’s principal benchmarking, sizing and opportunity studies, the company assists clients in evaluating telecommunications opportunities for successful investment, market entry and long-term planning. For more information, visit ATLANTIC-ACM’s website at www.atlantic-acm.com.

Level 3 Expands Network Access Across North America to Close the Digital Divide

level3 Level 3 Communications, Inc. today announced an agreement with Open Range Communications to deliver wireless broadband to rural communities. Open Range will leverage Level 3’s extended on-net services to offer high-speed Internet and voice services to millions of previously un-served or underserved communities across North America.

Extended on-net services provide access to the Level 3 network in rural locations along the 42,000 route miles that span North America. Direct access to the network outside of major metropolitan markets enables Level 3 to pick-up or deliver traffic at more locations, providing local carriers, cable operators and wireless companies with additional on-ramps to the Level 3 network. Continue reading Level 3 Expands Network Access Across North America to Close the Digital Divide