The US was off enjoying its summer-ending Labor Day weekend, but that doesn't mean nothing happened elsewhere in the world. Here's a few quick-takes on some of the global news lately:
The International Carrier division of TeliaSonera AB (ETR:TLS, news, filings) picked up a key HD video contract. IEC in Sports selected their video transport services to be the bridge to Europe and Africa for the World Athletics Championships being held in South Korea. For the uninitiated, that's where all that Usain Bolt hoopla happened last week in the 100M and 200M events. Teliasonera's presence in the content vertical has been growing steadily, from gaming to live events.
Down in the white-hot market of Brazil, glbc announced an expanded agreement with ANEAS, an association of Jesuit institutions. ANEAS has been using Global Crossing's bandwidth and colo space since 2009, and will now be adding on IPVPN services between eight sites in Sao Paolo, three in Rio de Janeiro, three in Minas Gerais, and one in Brasilia. They'll be using it for videoconferencing, amongst other things, reducing travel expenses while encouraging greater communications usage overall.
Also in Brazil, Terremark (news, filings) [a subsidiary of Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings)] announced the completion of its expansion project at NAP do Brasil. That's its flagship facility in Sao Paolo, where they have taken over operations of the full 185,000 square foot facility, adding 15,000 square feet of raised floor space to their previous total. When Verizon took over at Terremark earlier this year, I wondered what might happen to the company's carrier neutral status. Thus far though, Verizon has seemed quite content to operate the business at arms length and not rock the boat. The datacenter footprint in Brazil is a key piece of Verizon's cloud puzzle, so it's no surprise to see them investing dollars there.
And finally, NTT's Singapore subsidiary has upgraded its IP backbone between Singapore and London. Where they had previously only a 155Mbps connection at over 300ms latency, they will now have a 10Gbps connection at less than 200ms latency. NTT's international IP network is one of the top backbones out there by most measures but has traditionally been heavily focused on transpacific connectivity. They have been spending more effort lately on better routes to and from Europe. Most of that has been from Japan itself, but Singapore is a key market for them as well, and the new connectivity to London is coming from a different route than the previous one through the Americas.
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