International operator glbc offered two more announcements this morning, both on an expansive note:
First, the company has added Cisco’s Telepresence solutions to its own offering, which is of course now Cisco-certified. Global Crossing first directly entered the telepresence arena over the summer with an agreement with Teliris, but of course Cisco has been at the forefront of the this technology from the beginning and supporting their technology is a no-brainer. They have installed the Cisco gear in several key locations in the U.S., UK and Brazil. While these kind of products are still in their infancy, it is clear that they aren’t going away and will soon become an unignorable part of the bandwidth equation.
Secondly, Global Crossing has extended its European network to the southeast. They have opened a PoP all the way down in Istanbul, from which they will be able to offer MPLS and IPVPN services to their multinational clientel. Istanbul has been attracting rather more attention in the past year as a bandwidth destination. Actually, just four months ago I openly speculated if Istanbul might be next on their list after new PoPs in Bratislava, Sofia, and Bucharest were opened. The PoP is located in the datacenter of Pantel, a subsidiary of Turk Telecom. Pantel also has network into central Europe, so perhaps that is where Global Crossing is buying the waves or whatever.
I hadn’t heard the name Pantel before, but I surmise that it is what became of Invitel’s wholesale business after the acquisition by Turk Telekom last May. Global Crossing hasn’t yet updated its public network map with the expansion to the southeast, but for the curious Pantel’s network map is to the left.
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