Here's a quick rundown of news from around the world over the past few days:
This morning euNetworks landed a multi-year contract expansion with Germany's TimoCom. The freight and warehousing exchange is moving into a new data center in Dusseldorf, and euNetworks will be providing both Ethernet and fibre channel services for the new location, the company's HQ, and existing IT infrastructure at nearby Equinix and Interxion facilities via its metro fiber in and around Dussledorf. TimoCom has been expanding rapidly and needs its network infrastructure to scale with the rest of the business. Nice to see European enterprises jumping on the big bandwidth wagon.
Alcatel-Lucent has signed a turnkey contract with Libya's LITC to build a submarine cable from Libya to, well, Libya. The 100G, 1,000km system will connect Tripoli to Benghazi as part of the reconstruction of the country's bandwidth infrastructure. It will presumably complement terrestrial infrastructure, adding diversity via a route that is vulnerable only to fishing boats and such.
The Japanese giant NTT Communications started the week with two announcements. First, they've finished the RagingWire Data Centers deal, taking an 80% stake by investing $350M. That substantially boosts their data center infrastructure in the US. And second, NTT's Arcstar division has launched their cloud-based UCaaS in both Europe and the US, expanding outward from the initial launch in Japan. NTT has been putting lots of pieces in place lately for a global cloud services push.
And late last week, Colt continued to flesh out its cloud-based ICT services. They've added a range of data services to their Ceanu portfolio, including IP Access, IAS Mobility, Managed Virtual Firewall, and Managed Web Security. The product expansion will let them take more functionality to the the SME market via the channel. Colt has also been building up its cloud services portfolio to aim at a wider market.
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