This week is a bit slow in the US when it comes to news, but there's been plenty going on in Europe already. Two alliances, a dark fiber deal, and a billing solution outsourcing:
The Spanish incumbent Telefonica has another major strategic partner lined up, this time aiming at the Russian market. Yesterday they and MegaFon announced a partnership under which they will mutually offer services via each others networks, exchange technological know-how, and cut costs through joint procurement. It seems like a very logical partnership, as the two footprints are quite complementary and rarely in direct competition.
euNetworks won an infrastructure deal in its southeastern market of Munich. They're providing the dark fiber to power Hofmeir Media GmbH's backbone in the Bavarian city. Hofmeir Media offers IPTV, streaming, VoIP, datacenter/hosting services via 3 facilities in Munich, and needs a network that can scale to meet demand. Munich is a fiber market we rarely hear much from.
The telepresence front has been rather quiet lately, but in the background it is starting to gain both scale and interconnectivity. This week Orange Business Services and Deutsche Telekom's T-Systems division signed an interprovider agreement extending each others' reach. Both companies have been hooking up with others in the space steadily over the past few years. The kind of bandwidth this sort of thing burns will be a major driver in traffic growth one day.
And speaking of DT, T-Mobile Poland has tapped Ericsson for the development and maintenance of its billing system. T-Mobile Poland had already selected the Ericsson BSCS iX billing system, and under the new three year contract will leverage the Swedish vendor's BSS capabilities as well.
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