Int’l Bytes: Globalcom, Colt, Verizon, Myanmar

December 6th, 2013 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s a quick Friday look at some other news from the global telecom and internet infrastructure marketplace:

Reliance Globalcom has upgraded the rest of its transatlantic connectivity to 100G. Yesterday they announced the deployment of Ceina’s GeoMesh solution on the FA-1 North submarine cable system, complementing similar news from earlier this year on FA-1 South. Over the summer, Globalcom’s parent was still hunting for a buyer, but that talk seems to have fizzled out.

Colt has enhanced its VoIP services across Europe. They’ve boosted their SIP trunking feature set with online reporting, built-in resiliency, disaster recovery, and encryption. That last one will help protect from interception and eavesdropping, which thanks to the NSA is at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment.

Verizon has checked off one more box on its way to owning all of Verizon Wireless. The FCC has signed off on this summer’s blockbuster $130B deal whereby they will be buying the 45% they don’t already own from Vodafone. Not that anyone was worried about FCC approval in this case, but new rules for cases involving foreign ownership sure seems to have helped speed things along.

And on the southeast Asian telecom frontier that is Myanmar, three Japanese giants have teamed up to bring infrastructure to the country in time for the SEA Games later this month. Sumitomo, NEC, and NTT have been working together to assemble a high speed optical core network and LTE services in three major cities using some 1.71B Yen from the Japanese government.

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