Global Roundup 6/10: NTT, Orange, Tata, Teliasonera, Verizon

June 10th, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Quite a few announcements amongst multinational carriers lately, here are a few:

NTT America has a new CEO.  Kazuhiro Gomi will take over from Tetsuro Yamaguchi, who has held the post since 2006.  Mr. Gomi has been climbing the ladder rapidly of late, he was CTO until last June, and then spent a year as COO.  As CEO he takes charge just in time for the commercial arrival of 100G, cloud computing, and the mobile data revolution.  I think he’s going to be rather busy.

Orange Business Services, the international arm of France Telecom (NYSE:FTE, news, filings) won a renewal with Daimlar AG for IPVPN services across a dozen sites in Latin America.  That includes responsibility for the network itself and for Business Talk Global, its converged voice VPN service.  Latin American telecom is hot nowadays eh?

Tata and China Entercom have given up their joint venture attempt in the face of regulatory delays.  That’s not terribly surprising given the security-related tension in high tech between the two countries right now. The two companies will instead continue their current relationship, in which Tata is able to extend its VPN services into China.

TeliaSonera International Carrier won a renewal to its contract with Blizzard Entertainment for IP transit in Europe.  Blizzard is the online gaming company that operates the very popular massively multi-player role playing game Warcraft as well as others such as StarCraft and Diablo.  On the menu is a highly anticipated release of StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty this summer, which seems primed to generate quite a spike in traffic.  Gamers of course are the original low-latency-crazed consumers of bandwidth, the financial traders are latecomers in comparison.

Stockholm based Sandvik IT Services has selected Verizon Business as its preferred global data communications provider.  The two have been working together since 1999, but this seems to be an expansion of that relationship aimed at reducing costs.  In practice it seems to mean that Sandvik is outsourcing the operations of the majority of their global network to Verizon.

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