Time for a quick roundup of news from the European theater, of which there has been a bunch already this week:
This morning Infinera revealed a big win in the Russian market. Rostelecom is deploying their their DTN-X and those 500Gbps super channels to expand its IP/MPLS network. Infinera has been gaining momentum with the ongoing industry switch to 100G technologies worldwide, and having the largest Russian operator on board certainly won't hurt.
GTS Central Europe has been very active lately, both with M&A rumors and with contract announcements. This week it was a hybrid cloud solution for Poland's ClickAd featuring on-demand cloud resources, dedicated high performance storage arrays, and internet access within one of GTS's data centers.
Meanwhile, Colt has been busy down in Italy. They're supporting Nectar Italia's loyalty/rewards program with both network and IT services. It's a coalition program with a number of retail chains, e.g. grocery and gas, and the relationship with Colt has been there since launch in 2010.
Interxion is building yet another data center in Frankfurt. FRA 9 will be built in a single phase, adding 800 square meters of equipped space and 1Mw of power by the first quarter of 2014. They'll be spending €13M, which is already included in their previous guidance. They're also accelerating phase 2 at FRA 8, which will add another 900 square meters later next year.
And Orange Business has won a 5 year IT contract extension at AkzoNobel. The Amsterdam-based paint and coating multinational has a network connecting some 50K employees across 1,200+ sites around the world. That's just the sort of deal Orange Business specializes in, and under the new agreement they'll be providing the network, the security, managed LAN and application acceleration, and of course telepresence.