Time to catch up on interesting international news items this week.
In the Pacific, independent operator Pacnet followed through on its content delivery plans, launching the Pacnet CDN. The company partnered with Edgecast earlier this fall, licensing the necessary technology to build their own platform. The CDN starts with nodes in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia, with additional nodes planned in the months to come that will eventually span 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. To serve bits outside their asset base, Pacnet's CDN will be a part of Edgecast's CDN federation, allowing it to focus on its own turf without limiting the scope of its product.
Over in Europe, euNetworks says its leadership team is changing. CFO James Thomas will be stepping down at the end of the year, after helping shepherding the company through its dramatic transformation by steadily improving the balance sheet and positioning the company for its acquisitions over the summer. Group Finance Director Justin Bohm will take the helm, maintaining continuity.
Meanwhile, network operator Interoute snagged a multi-site VPN deal with Eurosport. The pan-European sports channel is connecting up 20 main sites across Europe and Asia, twelve primary sites with an MPLS VPN and the other eight secondary sites via an IPsec VPN. The network is aimed at supporting the growing bandwidth demands of its broadcast business.
In Canada, Allstream has selected gear from Ciena to power its national fiber backbone. They will be using Ciena's coherent optical technology, which is 100G-capable for when the time comes. The upgrade significantly increases Allstream's overall network capacity and resiliency.
And finally, in Africa (yes Africa) NeoTel will be providing connectivity to the COP17 climate change convention, which is being held in Durban, South Africa this week and next. Alongside Cisco and Dimension Data, they are powering Telepresence rooms and Wifi access for the entire conference. NeoTel is majority owned by Tata Communications, which has of course been quite active in the Telepresence space. I didn't have Neotel's network on my African fiber maps page - an oversight that has now been corrected.