Several quick items out of Europe that are worth a quick look:
euNetworks has announced a multi-year agreement with the insurance provider HUK-COBURG. It's a renewal of an existing contract that brings any-to-any Ethernet VPLS to over 47 of their locations across Germany. While it's been a tough environment for a long while, the European enterprise market's appetite for bandwidth seems to be starting to wake up at last.
Further to the east, GTS has won a high profile enterprise deal with LUKOIL Poland. The Eastern European infrastructure operator will be providing customized network services to 116 filling stations across Poland under a long term contract. Of course, DT recently announced a deal to purchase GTS, and the market penetration it takes to win this sort of contract is a pretty good example of why they did.
And GTT has picked up an IP transit deal even further to the east. The Ukrainian fixed line provider Farlep-Invest will be using their pipes for connectivity to the rest of the world. That's just the sort of customer the old Tinet backbone, which GTT purchased from Inteliquent earlier this year, was always good at. GTT's stock has been ticking upward lately, passing $7 per share recently.
And back in France, Alcatel-Lucent has hired itself a new Chief Marketing Officer. Tim Krause will take over their global marketing efforts on January 1, reporting to CEO Michel Combes. He will no doubt have his hands very full helping push forward the 'Shift Plan' that Alcatel-Lucent has been working so hard on.