Lots of market expansion news from the international front to look at toda, from Teliasonera, Overture, NTT, ChinaCache, and Colt:
Following yesterday's layoff news, Teliasonera's International Carrier division added a more positive note to the southeast. TSIC signed up Caucusus Online in Georgia to a global IP transit service agreement. Caucusus Online is the dominant provider in the former Soviet republic, and has had a relationship with Teliasonera for some 6 years.
NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) is moving into the newly opened Myanmar market. Their Thailand subsidiary has begun operating a branch office in Yangon, aiming their efforts at providing ICT services to multinationals looking to tap into the country's growth. There is certainly growth to be had in Myanmar, but they're starting from a nearly infrastructure-free base.
Overture continued its European offensive with a contract win down in Spain. SARENET will be using their Ethernet-over-Copper gear to extend their reach. Specifically, SARENET will be using its 4000 and 400 platforms to offer 20Mbps Carrier Ethernet services via local loop infrastructure.
ChinaCache is expanding its CDN infrastructure in Europe. The company's global business unit has deployed a node in Interxion's Frankfurt data center. That gives them four nodes in Europe and boosts the CDN's European capacity by 400%. ChinaCache once had a stranglehold on the Chinese market, but has faced strong competition there in recent years while seeking a competitive edge with a more global footprint.
And finally, Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) introduced an intriguing new IaaS product. Along with NEC, they are trialing Femto-as-a-Service with a 'large-scale European mobile operator'. The idea seems to be to make it easier for mobile operators to leverage small cells placed in the enterprise using Colt's metro access and cloud-based management. Greater data offload capabilities are rapidly becoming an important option in Europe as a way to handle mobile data traffic growth. Might this idea hop the Atlantic at some point?
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