Here’s a set of news briefs from around the world from this week that are worth a quick look:
The New Cross Pacific cable network got another consortium member this week. Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom has signed on to the effort, joining KT, China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom, and a ‘US-based company’ that has yet to be named. The original PR for NCP mentioned a 2015 ready for service date, but Chunghwa’s release says the second half of 2017 is the completion date, though that could be for a different branch of the cable I guess. As for that unnamed US service provider, anyone who saw Mark Zuckerberg’s Q&A in Chinese this week has to be thinking Facebook has a multi-pronged plan to re-enter the Chinese market. Working with China’s big three on this cable seems likely to be one of those prongs.
Also over in the Far East, Hong Kong-based PCCW Global made an inorganic move this week. They’re bolstering their security capabilities with the acquisition of Greece’s Crypteia Networks. Crypteia will continue to operate out of Greece as an independent company, but their Security-as-a-Service technology will be put to work in PCCW’s international networking business.
Interoute had two interesting cloud infrastructure announcements this week. Deutsche Post’s SIMSme smartphone app is using their virtual data center in Berlin to scale to meet demand. SIMSme is a rapidly growing messenger app, which is a very interesting move for a mail and package delivery giant. Meanwhile, over in Madrid Interoute has launched another of its virtual data center zones, lowering latency for their Spanish customers looking to move to a next generation infrastructure.
And Teliasonera International Carrier made a move down the west coast of Africa, a place that needs some good news right now more than just about anywhere. As part of its continuing international expansion, TSIC has forged an IP transit agreement with Angola Cables that will boost its connectivity in the region. Angola Cables has been one of the most active African network operators lately in forging international links. The company is part of the WACS cable system, has been working on cables to South America and on to the USA, and helped found an internet exchange with some help from DE-CIX.
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