Before everyone leaves early on this fine May Friday (or not, depending on your local weather!), here's a quick look at some news from around the world this week:
Yet another submarine cable project got launched a few days ago. The Bay of Bengal Gateway will apparently Connect the Middle East to Malaysia and Singapore by way of India and Sri Lanka. Vodafone (i.e. the former C&W Worldwide), Reliance Jio, Etisalat, Omantel, Dialog Axiata, and Telekom Malaysia are the initial consortium members. Definitely not on board is the submarine cable industry protagonist Sunil Tagare, the man behind the proposed Freedom Cable alternative, who quickly put in his own two cents.
Tata has signed a strategic agreement with iStreamPlanet for video contribution and distribution. Tata will be providing the transport, and iStreamPlanet will be providing the live video workflow services. The combination will complement Tata's CDN capabilities, which derive from the BitGravity acquisition, and enable them to serve live video more effectively worldwide.
Both Level 3 and Interoute added certifications notches to their belts. Level 3 received ISO 9001:2008 quality certification for network management down in Colombia where it's been putting lots of resources to work lately. And Interoute expanded its PCI DSS certification to its Paris data center, which joins its sisters in Amsterdam, Berlin, Geneva, and of course London. It's a key piece of their cloud/IaaS infrastructure offering to European enterprises.
The Swedish-based vendor Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC, news, filings) picked up a core network upgrade contract from Thuraya. Thuraya operates mobile and satellite systems covering EMEA and Asia Pacific, and in addition to the upgrade will be using Ericsson's advnced billing mediation system. It's a five year exclusive deal, and an extension of an existing long term relationship.
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