Here’s a quick rundown of some global news from over the weekend and early Monday:
In the Netherlands, Equinix is working with the service provider Vancis and Nikhef, the National Institute for Subatomic Physics, on some new connectivity options for the scientific community. They’ve teamed up to bring better bandwidth, data center, and cloud services to businesses and organizations in the Amsterdam Science Park. Vancis and Nikhef both have carrier hotels, now with direct connections to Equinix’s AM-3.
Hong Kong’s PCCW has teamed up with Telecom Namibia on an MPLS interconnection agreement that will help both companies. Telecom Namibia gains expanded international Ethernet and IP VPN coverage, while PCCW gets much greater local access depth in the African nation. Telecom Namibia is the country’s incumbent provider.
Vodafone kept on reconfiguring itself following the Verizon Wireless deal with a move way over in India. They put another £1.0B to work over the weekend finishing off the acquisition of the last bit of Vodafone India that they didn’t already own. Now if they could just get the tax issues with the government there resolved.
The Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris seems to be enjoying stirring the telecom pot of late. Over the weekend his latest maneuver was in Italy, where he is supposedly still looking to invest a billion or two in Telecom Italia. But he’ll only do it if Telefonica pulls out first. Telefonica, which owns some 15% of the Italian telco is hoping to peel off TIM Brasil, but it’s looking increasingly complicated.