I’m at the Telecom Exchange today, if you’re there too then feel free to look me up. In the meantime, here’s a few quick takes on news from the international front:
Level 3 won an expansion of a multinational network deal. First Quantum Minerals Limited is tapping them for MPLS connectivity to its mines in remote areas around the world, including in Africa and South America. FQML had already tapped Level 3 for its offices and data centers in more reachable locations a few years back. They have 7 mines and five new projects in the works, focusing on copper, nickle, gold, zink, and platinum group elements.
With some help from Juniper Networks, the UK mobile operator EE has completed its network migration. The new IP/MPLS core network will give EE’s 4G network some solid footing for the expansion it has been experiencing. Juniper’s MX Universal Edge routers are doing the heavy lifting.
And over in China, China Mobile is working on its wireline backhaul networks. They’ve tapped Huawei for WDM and packet optical tchnology in Sichuan province, deploying metro networks in 10 cities there. According to the company, bandwidth demand from its metro aggregation sites will pass 100G within 3 years. If that’s what it is in Sichuan, I wonder what it is like in Beijing or Shanghai.
DE-CIX is taking on an interconnection challenge on yet another continent. They have signed an MOU with Angola Cables aimed at building a new neutral interconnection environment in southern Africa. With all the new cables already hooking up the African continent or still on the way, the bandwidth markets are becoming more and more interesting both for local operators and international ones. The more local interconnection they can do, the less data will have to hop continents unnecessarily.
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