Here’s some European-flavored news bytes for this Wednesday, although for the first one the action is actually on this side of the Atlantic.
Frankfurt-based DE-CIX’s buildout in New York has added some serious scale this week. The European-style internet exchange platform says it now offers 111 access points to its platform. That means additional fiber loops beyond the initial Manhattan buildout announced with OCG in December and into New Jersey and Long Island. But most of the 111 actually comes from dark fiber riser assets a few buildings like 60 Hudson and 111 8th Avenue which cover a lot of territory all by themselves and now have many access points each.
Interxion also had some interconnectivity news. The carrier-neutral data center specialist says it has passed the 500 connectivity provider milestone. Given that their facilities host a number of large internet exchanges themselves, I suppose that’s not much of a surprise. But 500 is still a nice large and round number.
Insight Enterprises is tapping Colt to help deliver cloud and networking services to 80,000 customers across Europe. The reseller partnership lets Insight package Colt’s IPVPN, colo, cloud, and ICT services. Colt has put a lot of resources in recent years into serving just this sort of customer.
In Vienna, ACOnet says it has taken ADVA’s 100G metro technology for a test run. The Austrian R&D network put ADVA’s gear to work on 450km of fiber betweeen the University of Vienna and the University of Salzburg, plugging it into the existing backbone without any disruption.
And it looks like the KPN/America Movil terrain is shifting again. The Mexican-based telecommunications conglomerate has apparently reduced its ownership stake in KPN down to 27.1%. Six months ago, Carlos Slim and crew tried to buy out KPN only to be firmly rebuffed. Perhaps they’ve decided to cut their losses, or perhaps the prospect of not having him on board is just a wakeup call to the Dutch suggesting that perhaps some reconsideration is in order.
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