Int’l Roundup: Geo, Epsilon, Ciena, Vodafone, LIME, Interoute

February 18th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s a quick roundup of network-related news from around the world:

Another metro fiber builder has announced a significant project over in London. The dark fiber specialist Geo Networks said yesterday it is extending its footprint with a new route from West London up to Staples Corner and then onward to the center of town and the Docklands. They’re hooking up data centers in the area via shorter routes.  Geo was said to be for sale a couple quarters ago, but nothing seems to have come of it.

Epsilon has won a contract in Southeast Asia. TransIndonesia Network has tapped them for cross-connects and a virtual PoP in Singapore. Providing virtual PoPs and connectivity to regional providers around the world is Epsilon’s bread and butter business of course, but TransIndonesia Network is a new one for me. They operate 4000km of fiber on Java and another 2400km on Sumatra as well as some metro fiber in Medan.

Vodafone New Zealand has teamed up with Ciena in a successful test of 400Gbps technology. The trial was performed on 200km of fiber between data centers in Auckland’s North Shore and Hamilton. They’ve already got Ciena’s 100Gbps deployed to 1,500km connecting the country’s major metro areas.

Cable & Wireless Communications’ Jamaica business, LIME, has won a fixed line contract for Jamaica’s Ministry of Health.  They’ll be installing and managing a new Cisco PBX to manage calls for Falmouth Hospital, which will be a significant upgrade to what they have now.

And back in Europe, Interoute completed an important security certification. Their unified computing solutions have achieved ISO 20000 certification for ITIL service management. ITIL is the acronym for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, and now you don’t have to go look it up like I did. I can’t help but wonder if Interoute and its fiber/cloud/IT portfolio might not feature somehow in the next big non-wireless M&A in Europe.

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