Here's another flurry of international news items worth a quick look:
Pacnet has followed through on its promises and expanded its PEN network across the Pacific to the USA. That's the SDN-powered network-as-a-service offering that it put out in beta back at the beginning of November in Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, and Melbourne. Korea and Taiwan are next on the list as the independent APAC regional network operator continues to transform itself into a cloud-enabler.
Teliasonera International Carrier has added a Middle Eastern presence. They've partnered with Omantel for a PoP on the Sultanate of Oman that will give them better access to local markets in the region. TSIC has been expanding its global backbone on multiple fronts, even picking up a new batch of dark fiber in the USA. Could TSIC be a consolidator this year? Hmm...
Level 3's momentum down in Latin America just keeps on going. This week they added a contract with Tata Consultancy Services for Ethernet virtual private line and dedicated internet access in Brazil. Specifically, Level 3 is helping TCS hook up their headquarters in Sao Paolo and a new office in Rio de Janerio. While TCS is part of India's Tata Group, it is a separate entity from Tata Communications, whose reach is limited in South America anyway.
And in Europe the Danish-based provider TDC is expanding its network with some help from Interxion. TDC will be putting in a PoP at the data center specialist's Hilversum facility, giving them a deeper presence in the Netherlands. For the Americans out there, Hilversum is 30km southeast of Amsterdam. TDC has plans to expand further via other Interxion facilities.
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