I'm still on the road, and will be hosting the M&A CEO roundtable at Telecom Exchange West today. In the meantime, here's a quick roundup of news from the international front this week:
In Frankfurt, Equinix is getting some instant bandwidth support from euNetworks. The independent European metro operator will be delivering pre-provisioned connectivity between Equinix's four facilities in the German data center hub. The new pipes, which range from 1G to 100G, will be bundled with data center services to serve the enterprise market.
In London, SSE Telecoms is also hooking up data centers across the metro. The UK-based fiber operator has introduced a new optical networking service, called LIGHTNOW, supplying ultra-resilient connectivity between 21 major facilities across the region. SSE Telecoms sees the more sophisticated enterprise buyers of infrastructure as wanting the different types of IT infrastructure housed separately, matching the strengths of each data center to the needs of the job - with bandwidth to connect it all together.
The Turkish bandwidth market continued its rise, with another global backbone expanding its footprint in Istanbul. Tata Communications is teaming with Turkcell Superonline to deploy an MPLS PoP. The two have already been working together on raw bandwidth, but moving up to an MPLS node will let Tata offer a wider range of services to the Turkish and surrounding markets, e.g. video conferencing and managed services.
And Tata is also busy on the Arabian peninsula. According to Capacity Magazine, they've done a deal with Saudi Telecom Company to launch a Middle Eastern CDN. Tata's global content delivery infrastructure derives from its purchase and integration of BitGravity a few years ago.
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