Some quick takes from around the world featuring news from AT&T, euNetworks, Ciena, and Tata:
AT&T won a high profile automotive industry deal in Germany. They're building an MPLS WAN solution for none other than BMW, hooking up some 41 sites in Germany, the US, Canada, Mexico, Panama, and Argentina. With that in place, BMW will be looking ahead to converged voice, data, video, and cloud services worldwide. AT&T and BMW have been working together for more than 5 years, but this expands the relationship.
euNetworks managed to win one of its own suppliers as a new customer. They are now supplying bandwith between Frankfurt and Hamburg to the service integrator Xantaro Deutschland GmbH under a new multi-year agreement. euNetworks' news has been focused more and more on the German market over the past year or two, clearly the LambdaNet and TeraGate acquisitions have succeeded in improving their positioning there.
Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) picked up two DWDM contracts in Latin America. In Brazil the vendor's gear has been deployed by Telefonica Vivo, thus giving the country its first active 100G network. The deployment covers the cities of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Praia Grande. Further to the north, Ciena's gear has been selected by Mexico's Metrored for its international link up into the USA. There it's 40G for now, though with evolution to 100G in the wings of course.
Tata Communications (news, filings) announced a strategic voice agreement with UPC Wholesale, helping to integrate UPC's existing voice networks into a single nextgen platform by givng them access to Tata's IP voice switching platform.. UPC Wholesale is a subsidiary of Liberty Global, and operates fiber and Ethernet services connecting Liberty Global's markets across 10 European countries from Ireland to Romania.
And in the Far East, ChinaCache continued to add to its enterprise rolls with another retail deal. They're providing content and application delivery to the online store of Suning. I know Suning, they have 1,667 stores sprinkled all over the place in Mainland China and there's one across the street from my home here actually. They sell everything from cell phones to water filtration units, but mostly it's the cell phones. China's high-tech commerce is rapidly moving online these days, and Suning is trying not to get left behind.
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