Lots of interesting network news from around the world this week, let's take a quick tour:
Epsilon Telecommunications substantially boosted its connectivity options to Africa today. They've interconnected with both WACS and SEACOM, submarine cables which span the western and eastern coasts of the continent, respectively. SEACOM in particular has pre-connected with their global network exchange in London's Telehouse North facility.
ADVA Optical Networking says that its 100G gear has been deployed by Hetzner Online. The German web-hosting provider has upgraded its 250km backbone network between Frankfurt, Nuremberg, and Falkenstein in order to meet traffic demands from video and bandwidth intensive applications.
Telecom Italia Sparkle upgraded its back office capabilities by selecting iconectiv's Mobile ID solution. The upgrade will streamline their routing, billing, and fraud prevention capabilities for both voice and SMS. iconectiv is a subsidiary of Ericsson.
The UK's Geo Networks picked up another media-related fiber contract. They're providing dark fiber under a 10 year contract to The DataRoom London, giving it connectivity to other key media hubs around the country. DataRoom is a brand new media-specific cata center located in the Royal Woolwich Arsenal. Geo has extended its footprint 3km through the sewers from Greenwich to make the connection without digging up the streets.
And also in the UK, Interoute has won a seat at the G-Cloud iii table. Their virtual data center offering will therefore have a crack at the £200M allocated to the UK government's initiative to bring cloud computing to the country's bureaucracies. Interoute has put a great deal of effort into its IaaS offerings, and this seems to be just the sort of opportunity they've been planning for.