Announcing the Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications Merger

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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity are a part of everyday business news. There are many kinds of M&A deals. Some are so small that they have no impact upon the financial markets, while others are so large and complex that there will be a ripple effect felt upon the equity exchanges.

Charter CommunicationsIn the telecom and cable industry, there has been no M&A activity through the summer months. However, the fall season could certainly change that.

In the latest news, this week, it was announced that the two telecom giants of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable will be joining forces. With this new venture, there will be a powerful, brand new arsenal of cable services offered to both the business and residential sectors. One of the vendors that will be feeling the effects of this merger is CenturyLink.

They, too, are a rather large telecom and cable carrier, but they will not be swayed by a much more dominant force in the marketplace. According to Glen Post, the CEO of CenturyLink, “We see this as an opportunity for us because there will be a lot of missteps and confusion with the merger and we’ll take advantage of that . . . we’ll continue to roll out higher speed, more fiber. And where we have done that we have seen very high take rates of this product, so we don’t feel threatened by this merger.” (SOURCE:

CenturyLink is, potentially, facing a 90 percent competition rate in its own market. Of this, Comcast possesses 40 percent of the market share, while Charter and Time Warner Cable will capture 40 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

In an effort to ward off the competition, CenturyLink announced that it will make more concerted efforts to hit upon the small to medium sized (SMB) market. Their current penetration rate is at 20 percent for this particular market segment.

GeoTel Communications, LLC, provides fiber routemaps that help businesses visualize telecom data and locate fiber for predictive analytics and location based intelligence. If interested in obtaining these datasets, call 800-277-2172.

Rumors Concerning Verizon are Totally Untrue

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As business leaders, we all know just how fierce our competition can get. It does not come directly or only from those business entities offering parallel products and services. It can also manifest itself at any particular level, in any industry, at both a micro and macro level. With these fierce winds of change, rumors are sure to abound. The telecom industry is certainly not immune to this, either.

verizonTo exemplify this, just this past week, there have been negative rumors floating about the future of the giant known as Verizon. The latest gossip has been that it is planning to sell its entire wireline component, as well as all of its related assets. To help calm customer as well as investor fears, the CEO of Verizon, Lowell McAdam, spoke at the Goldman Sachs 24th annual Communicopia Conference. His reaction to the rumors was to state, “When people ask me, and I know there’s some speculation that we might be interested in selling the wireline properties, I don’t see it in the near-term.” (SOURCE:

On the contrary, Verizon is actually looking at expanding its wireline based footprint. For example, it just recently turned down funding from the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF-II). It is also looking at greatly expanding its wireline market territory from the Boston to Washington, DC, corridor. Some of the plans to make this happen include enhancing the broadband speeds of their current FiOS offerings (which are, essentially, bundled Internet access, telephone, and television service).

The specific target market here will be the millennial generation. Consider some of these statistics:

  • Forty percent of this age bracket do not have a television set.
  • The 20% who actually own a television, are trying to get rid of it.
  • Most of the videos watched are currently done on a mobile handset.

As McAdam concluded, “We sell a lot of FiOS every year, but we’re embracing the broadband service because that’s where the market seems to be going.” (SOURCE:

GeoTel Communications, LLC, provides fiber route maps that help businesses visualize telecom data and locate fiber for predictive analytics and location based intelligence. If interested in obtaining these datasets, call 800-277-2172.


A Sizable Grant has been awarded to Non-profit GIS Entity

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In many of our older blog postings, we’ve taken time to introduce to you many GIS companies that offer very unique, innovative, and different products and services.  We have profiled companies from all over the world, most notably from the United States, Australia, Taiwan, and Europe (primarily those from Ireland and the United Kingdom).

NYS GIS assnKeep in mind, however, that many of these business entities have been those that can be classified as “for profit,” meaning, of course, that they are in business to make money by offering their talents to customers who will purchase and make use of them.

Believe it or not, in the GIS world, there is a segment of the industry that is dominated by non-profit organizations as well.  One such example of this is the New York State (NYS) GIS Association.

This entity has been created to serve the needs of the entire state, including New York City and the surrounding boroughs.  The mission of the NYS GIS Association is as follows:

  • To support the GIS profession as a whole.
  • To create and foster a spirit between the education, government, and private enterprise sectors.
  • To facilitate the exchange of information and ideas via the use of exhibitions and forums.
  • To publish both business and education related documents as they pertain to Geographic Information Systems.

The association, at the present time, accepts all sorts of members — whether they are business entities, members of the academic community (such as faculty and students), C-Level Executives, technicians, etc.  Currently, there are well over 600 members enrolled.

To help further support the cause and goals of the NYS GIS Association, it was announced this week that the Fund for The City of New York (FCNY) will be awarding them a $10,000 grant.  It will be used for the following purposes:

  • Creating computerized maps
  • Asset Management
  • Further enhancing emergency response and disaster services in New York
  • Humanitarian aid, and other vital public functions

GeoTel is a telecommunications research and GIS mapping firm that researches and provides telecom datasets for more than 5,500 cities in the United States and worldwide. GeoTel’s expertise includes specialists in economic geography, geospatial engineering, web GIS, and telecommunications GIS Data infrastructure.


More Funding for Telecom Vendors Being Provided by the FCC

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In our blog postings, it seems that only a few telecom giants are always making the news headlines. This includes the likes of Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Windstream Communications, etc. Now, however, it looks as if there is a new emerging superstar in this industry. This rising star is a business entity known as CenturyLink. The company is currently headquartered in Monroe, LA, and provides services to an entire gamut of industries, which includes wholesale customers, the government sector, the Fortune 500 business sector, and all sorts of residential customers.

moneyshotCenturyLink has a customer base across thirty six states, and in fact, is ranked third in terms of company size (47,000 employees) right behind AT&T and Verizon. It was actually founded way back in 1968, and has achieved revenues and profits of $18 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively.

Their service offerings are available in four different sectors:

  • Bundled Services. This includes picking a la carte such items as high speed internet, home phone services, and DIRECTV.
  • Home Security. This is a unique and specialized offering when compared to the other telecom vendors. This is called the ‘CenturyLink Smart Home,’ and has such features as remote video monitoring, temperature management, electronic door locks, lighting control, and even a touch screen control panel which is compatible to any tablet or wireless device (such as the iPad or the iPhone).

In order to further grow these offerings and its customer base, CenturyLink, just last week, accepted a $500 million investment from the FCC’s Connect America Fund (also known as the CAF-II). With this extra infusion of cash, the company plans to extend its Internet and broadband services to 1.2 million brand new residential customers.

According to John Jones, a Vice President at CenturyLink, “Connect America Fund, along with our significant capital investments over the years, help make deploying rural broadband more cost effective.” (SOURCE:,

Other telecom vendors have also received grants and funding from the CAF-II source, such as FairPoint, Frontier, and Windstream Communications.

GeoTel Communications, LLC, provides fiber route maps that help businesses visualize telecom data and locate fiber for predictive analytics and location based intelligence. If interested in obtaining these datasets, call 800-277-2172.


Announcing a Brand New UAV Solution

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Routescene is a GIS based business entity with its headquarters in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. They offer a wide array of products and services, ranging all the way from 3-Dimensional Mapping to Land Obstacle Avoidance to building Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). They also have their dominance in a number of key market segments which include the following:

  • Surveying and Mapping
  • Academic Research
  • Highway Engineering
  • Utilities and Energy
  • Mining
  • Forestry

routesceneJust this week, Routescene announced a new market segment into which it plans to enter. Based upon extensive levels of customer research they have conducted, there appears to be a very strong demand for unmanned, aerial 3D mapping. The problem has been that this transcends into the area of having the technology and the ability to fly long haul distances, especially over vast expanse geographic areas of the United States, Australia, Canada, and even areas of Eastern Europe.

There is good news! Routescene developed technology to do this; it is known as the “LidarPod.” The LidarPod can be placed easily and readily onto any UAV; and, in fact, the first flight just took place in Bremen, Germany. The applications this new GIS technology would serve are those of inspecting power lines from the air, biomass mapping, as well as detailing the geophysical boundaries of the various forests and jungles.

The advantages of this new technology are tremendous:

  • It can be wing mounted, and reduce drag on the UAV.
  • Longer flight times are now possible, which means that greater survey mapping can take place, allowing for the greatest of details to be captured.
  • There are minimal levels of noise and vibration in the UAV, which permits extremely clear pictures and videos of land masses to be taken.

According to Gert Riemersma, the CEO of Routescene: “We have already seen significant interest from the forestry and geophysical exploration community . . . the LidarPod [is] a market-changing survey and mapping solution.”

GeoTel is a telecommunications research and GIS mapping firm that researches and provides telecom datasets for more than 5,500 cities in the United States and worldwide. GeoTel’s expertise includes specialists in economic geography, geospatial engineering, web GIS, and telecommunications GIS Data infrastructure.

Ciena Making Great Financial Progress in Q3 Of 2015

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Our last blog posting dealt with a major telecom carrier, known as CenturyLink.  In today’s write up, we look at an entirely different one. This telecom vendor is known as Ciena.

cienaThis business entity focuses primarily upon offering a suite of network services for niche market opportunities.  The specific industries on which this company focuses include the following:

  • Service Providers. The vendors here include Wireline Operators, Mobile Network Operators, as well as Cable MSOs.
  • Enterprise Level Businesses. These include the various types and kinds of electric companies, media and entertainment industries, the financial sector, as well as the various healthcare industries.
  • The Federal Government. This includes all agencies and entities at the federal, state, and local levels, the Department of Defense, as well as public sector entities like county and city governments, utilities, public safety, and transportation.
  • Submarine Network Operators. Ciena offers network based solutions such as GeoMesh networking, private optical networks, cloud based networking, packet networking, and even offering network transformation solutions.
  • Web-Scale Operators. In this particular industry segment, Ciena offers network based solutions for data center consolidation, disaster recovery, as well as emerging cloud based infrastructures.

With all of these product and service offerings in their asset pool, it is no wonder that Ciena comes out on top all of the time when it comes publicly reporting the state of their financial affairs.  For example, just this week, Ciena announced the status of their third quarter financial results.  They are:

  • Net Income increased by 19% to $23.6 million.
  • Predicted earnings were forecasted for $628 million, but Ciena reported earnings of only $603 million.
  • Revenues derived from packet networking, optical transport, and software services were at $57 million and $18 million, respectively, but these were down from the previous year at $70 million and $31 million, respectively.
  • Looking toward the fourth quarter of 2015, Ciena predicts that overall revenue will be in the range of $665 million to $700 million.

According to the Gary Smith, the CEO of Ciena, “This past quarter we saw a change in the timing of network implementations of certain customers, North American Tier 1 service providers, in particular, due to a number of customer-specific factors . . . with our acquisition of Cyan and the formation of the Blue Planet division, we are establishing a leader in SDN and NFV software, positioning Ciena for what is expected to be a significant opportunity.”  (SOURCE:

GeoTel Communications, LLC, provides fiber route maps that help businesses visualize telecom data and locate fiber for predictive analytics and location based intelligence. If interested in obtaining these datasets, call 800-277-2172.

The Telecom Industry Stepping in to Help Reform the U.S. Prison System

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To digress and get off subject a little bit, the United States has one of the largest prison populations in the world. According to the latest statistics, there are well over 2.3 million individuals in prison. This represents almost 1% of the entire U.S. population. But, these numbers get even more alarming when you consider the sheer number of people on parole. In this regard, there are over four million parolees, and almost seven million adults on either court or correctional supervision.

blog prison Of course once in jail, an individual’s freedoms are all taken away. This includes even the amount of communication in which they are allowed to communicate with the outside world. This encompasses seeing both loved ones and family, in person, as well as having the ability to make phone calls as and when needed. In terms of the latter, the telecom industry is now intervening to help reform how much inmates are charged when making outbound phone calls.

This effort is being led by CenturyLink and the FCC. Together, both of these entities have outlined a five step reform program for Inmate Calling Services (ICS) rules, which includes the following:

A Uniform Cap Rate. With this provision, there would be a cap placed on the amount that can be charged for both interstate and intrastate calls. However, there would be a slightly higher cap for collect calls when they are made.

  • Cutting Back On Ancillary Fees. This part of the reform package would essentially abolish all types and kinds of extraneous fees and even allow for the consumer to get an expeditious refund on any unused, prepaid amounts.
  • A Limit Placed On Commissions. Prisons and jails have to provide their own ICS based services, so this provision would require that actual ICS providers would have to reimburse the penal system for these costs when they are incurred.
  • Separate Treatment For Higher Cost Prison Facilities. Entities, such as mental health institutions and juvenile detention centers, are often a high cost proposition for ICS providers because of the extremely low number of outbound calls that are placed. As a result, this provision would require for these treatment facilities to pay a higher portion of the ICS service expenses.
  • A Reasonable Transition Time Period. In this time of potential reform, there should be a very reasonable time period set forth for both the U.S. penal system and the various ICS providers to transition to it, so there will not be any type of service disruption.

GeoTel Communications, LLC, provides fiber route maps that help businesses visualize telecom data and locate fiber for predictive analytics and location based intelligence. If interested in obtaining these datasets, call 800-277-2172.


Mobile Apps are Making Headway into Geographic Information Systems

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Yes, mobile applications are the craze these days, in both our professional and daily lives. We have all heard of mobile apps, but how is that term specifically defined? According to TechTarget, it can be specifically defined as follows: “A mobile app is a software application developed specifically for use on small, wireless computing devices, such as smartphones and tablets, rather than desktop or laptop computers.” (SOURCE: Read More

The Bay Area Impacted by Fiber Optic Sabotage

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As was discussed in a previous blog posting, today’s business community is very much prone to all types of disasters, whether they are natural or manmade. In terms of the former, anything can happen–an unexpected tornado, hurricane, or even an earthquake. With the latter, the most prevalent threats are those that are Cyber related, such as Distributed Denial of Service attacks, Malware, Spyware, or even covert Trojan horse attacks. No industry is immune from this, not even the giant telecom industry. Read More

How Adobe Software is Being Used in the GIS Industry

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In our past blog postings, we’ve profiled a number of GIS companies offering many types and kinds of services and products to their customers. For example, many of them have tools, such as satellites, which can take the most robust pictures of specific landmarks with the greatest of clarity. Other business entities make use of UAV machinery to fly a few miles above the clouds to capture even more remote and desolate images. Others offer Cloud based services which can host greatly detailed maps and other landmark based photographs. Read More

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