Int’l Roundup: Orange, Tata, Colt, Japan-US, Hibernia

June 26th, 2012 by · Leave a Comment

I've been traveling of course, and am once again operating from NJ.  Time to catch up on some international news for data & telecom:

Orange Business won another of its characteristic global multi-site WAN contracts. Theyll be connecting 20 sites for Hexagon Metrology across 13 countries, expanding on an existing contract that Orange was providing to Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon subsidiary. The new system will unify infrastructure that is currently being provided independently by several smaller operators. For those about to google it, I already did and metrology is simply the science of measurement itself.

Tata Communications has expanded its global internet backbone into Turkey. They are cooperating with Turkcell Superonline to bring their IP connectivity into Istanbul. Istanbul has been a favorite expansion project for many tier 1 network operators in past years, but it's always done with local partners providing the fiber within Turkey. Turkcell Superonline has been one of the more active in that department.

Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) says it has deployed a new 1,000 square meter modular data center at its flagship carrier neutral facility in Paris. The UK-constructed 500sqm modules were shipped across the English Channel and went live a few weeks ago at the end of May. The modules' efficiency could save them €3.6M over 10 years in power, and there is room for another 8 modules over time. Colt has been putting substantial resources its modular data center business.

Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) won a key undersea 100G deal. The Japan-US Cable network is upgrading to the vendor's coherent 100G technology across its 23,000km of infrastructure. The upgrade will add another 5Tbps of capacity, substantially boosting its current transpacific payload. Fujitsu upgraded the consortium-operated system four years ago to 1.28Tbps, although I'm not sure if further upgrades have been applied since.  The current upgrade will go online in early 2013.

And this morning, Hibernia Atlantic turned its Global Financial Network into the Global Express Platform in order to better meet the evolving demand for global network capacity.  The low-latency platform was originally targeted exclusively at the financial vertical, but as the low latency movement has begun to expand into additional verticals so will the GFN.  It also brings the branding inline with their Project Express transatlantic cable build, expected to go online sometime next year with sub-60ms latency between New York and London.

Categories: Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Undersea cables

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