Global Roundup 5-31: Interoute, GBI, NTT, Verizon

May 31st, 2011 by · Leave a Comment

The US may pause on the last Monday of May, but the rest of the world still goes on.  Here are a few things that happened since:

GBI, the new Middle-Eastern submarine cable, has deepened its relationship with pan-European network operator Interoute.  Last September they announced a network extension partnership  , and today they added more on the European end.  Under two new agreements, Interoute will provide GBI with a diverse route from Sicily to Milan, while also providing fully protected 100G capable access to the major markets in the rest of western Europe.  The deal secures substantial capacity for GBI between its submarine footprint.

NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) expanded the unified communications services offered under its Arcstar brand to include SIP trunking.  The service will be initially available in Singapore starting May 31, and will be rolled out worldwide over the next three quarters.  They will also be adding the UCaaS and Contact Center plans to Arcstar's UCS services in December.  NTT continues to gear up its enterprise offerings as races into the cloud.

And the global scientific publisher Springer has selected Verizon Business to help unify its global communications infrastructure.  Springer has 55 publishing houses in 20 countries, between which it obviously must send lots of important stuff securely else it wouldn't be a publisher.  Verizon is providing a fully managed VPN plus professional services, with VoIP and UC in the wings.  Standard fair for the old MCI/Worldcom.

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