Here's a quick survey of some news from around the world in the past 24 hours or so:
Teliasonera's International Carrier division has picked up a new global customer. Etisalat has chosen them as their preferred global internet backbone provider in a new framework deal. The Middle Eastern carrier serves some 169M people, and is increasingly stretching its wings to other parts of the globe. Teliasonera added its first PoPs in the Middle East about a year ago.
Ericsson employees in Sweden are hoping the pinkslip doesn't land on their desk today. The Swedish vendor's efficiency program has them cutting 2,200 jobs in the country according to the news this morning, mostly in R&D and supply. Ericsson is looking to boost profitability, as all corporations tend to want to do. Hopefully all will land on their feet.
Interoute is expanding its security portfolio with a little help from Check Point. They're offering Check Point's virtual security gateway on their CloudStore, for use with their virtual data center offerings. Interoute has put a lot of effort into its virtual data center plans, and is filling out the portfolio more and more as the technology improves and the broader ecosystem gets more interesting.
Verne Global has some new connectivity options for its data center customers in Iceland. Epsilon is supplying an outsourced network solution to the submarine cable operator Farice to deliver bandwidth to the the North Atlantic island nation. Seems like an arrangement where all three companies get to keep doing what they do best.
And AT&T is going to take a $130M charge this quarter related to the retirement of some 3,000 workers. They also said they expect to add some 400K wireless customers during the quarter. Lots of that is coming from tablets, and AT&T is updating its subscriber definitions to include tablets, which had been considered prepaid.
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