Here’s a quick Friday rundown on some of the news from the international front:
Hibernia Networks followed up the launch of its CDN earlier this month with a customer win. The e-book specialist Kobo, which is owned by the Japanese conglomerate Rakuten, will be using the service to deliver books and other media to its devices and apps. Kobo is popular in Japan and Canada, among other places.
In Europe, Interxion is accelerating the expansion of its footprint in the key markets of Amsterdam and Frankfurt. That means an additional €175-200M of capex for this year to meet demand. It also prompted the company to tap the debt markets to the tune of €158.1M.
Pacnet got another boost for its cloud computing efforts in China this week. They now have a strategic partnership with China Telecom for data center and cloud development in Chongqing. Pacnet has a new data center out there, where China Telecom will be establishing a presence. Outsiders can’t do business effectively in China without powerful allies, and China Telecom would be a good one of those.
Orange Business Services also had some good news from China this week. They’ve won a three year infrastructure-as-a-service contract with Haier, under which they will implement and maintain a cloud computing platform. Initially it will be used to hook up their HQ with their Indian location, but will probably be tasked for bigger things down the road.
And in Latin America, Xtera has won itself a beachhead in Brazil. Their 100G gear and Raman ULH capabilities are now homologated to be deployed in backbone networks there. Homologated means certified or approved, for those reaching for their dictionaries as I had to.
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