Here's a quick rundown of some international networking and data center news:
A couple months after the world cup ended, NTT is detailing one of the bandwidth successes had along the way. They provided low latency IP connection over their global IP backbone for Tokyo Broadcasting Systems Television, both live and pre-recorded, for the games of the Japanese team. Voice delays between the TV studio and Brazil dropped below one second, as opposed to the 3-4 seconds associated with the satellite feed previously used, and the transmission of actual fottage dropped by 30-40%. Fiber will do that.
Canada's Shaw Communications has completed its acquisition of Viawest. The $1.2B deal gives Shaw a significant colocation and cloud services foothold in the western USA, complementing its main territory across the border to the north. Viawest and its current management team will continue to operate as a subsidiary of Shaw. The interesting part will come when they expand existing services from each company across the border, I think.
Over in Europe, Colt is supplying managed networking for BNP Paribas Real Estate Germany, the German arm of the French bank. They'll be able to vary bandwidth across 12 offices for the division's 700 employees, with 10Mbps connections and 100Mbps or gigabit available when needed. I'm rather amazed that Colt and its pan-European network haven't drawn more M&A speculation (other than my own) thus far.
And this morning, Interxion announced some expansion plans for Sweden and Austria to the tune of €17 million. In Stockholm, they'll be building a fourth data center. STO4 will initially supply 1,100 square meters of equipped space and 1.5MW of power, and will come online in the second quarter of 2015. In Vienna, Interxion is going ahead with two additional phases at their VIE2 facility, adding some 1,600 square meters and 3MW of power by sometime in the second half of last year.
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