Here's a quick roundup of news on the international front from this week:
Pacnet has followed through with its data center buildout in Singapore. Earlier this week they officially opened their SGCS2 facility in Paya Lebar, featuring 155,000 square feet over eight stories at a cost of some $90M. SGCS2 will be a key piece of Pacnet's pan-APAC, cloud-focused infrastructure going forward.
Versatel has completed the purchase of a fiber network in Hamburg from Telefonica Germany. I hadn't seen this deal at the time, which will boost Versatel's fiber infrastructure from 52,000km to 93,000km. Telefonica will continue to have access to the network for its wireless backhaul needs, while Versatel gets more fiber in its diet to compete with the likes of DT.
Teliasonera has a new President for its International Carrier division. They've promoted Brendan Ives from within, who will take over from Erik Hallberg, who himself was promoted to EVP for Eurasia for the parent company. Teliasonera's global IP network spent 2014 neck and neck with NTT in the Renesys rankings, as both have been quite aggressively expanding their global influence.
In Canada, Cologix has expanded its Montreal data center footprint again. They've now opened the first phase of their new facility at 1155 University Street, a half kilometer from their 1250 Rene Levesque West location. That gives 26,000 square feet of space on-net and giving them seven sites now in the city. Phase two will be built out this year.
And just a few days after securing mezzanine funding for the development of the SAPL cable system, Ocean Networks has lined up its vendor. Xtera has been selected for turnkey supply and installation, using their submarine line terminal equipment and subsea optical repeaters. SAPL will hook up Oahu with Ecuador with three fiber pairs at 10Tbps per fiber pair.