Here's a quick roundup of news to start this week as ITW kicks off. (No I'm not there this time, maybe next year).
TI Sparkle is expanding its reach in the Middle East this week. Through a partnership with Omantel, the international arm of Telecom Italia is establishing a PoP for its Seabone IP backbone in the city of Muscat. The expansion will increase TI Sparkle's presence in the Persian Gulf and the Middle East in general at a rather politically unsettled time in the region.
The Japanese giant NTT Communications picked up a European infrastructure business over in Europe for some big bandwidth. The data center and web hosting provider Hetzner Online has picked their Tier 1 IP backbone for 100GE connectivity, the first 100G connection they've bought but surely not the last. NTT has been adding depth to its European IP backbone for some time now, including a recent new one in Luxembourg.
Back in the USA, Infomart Data Centers says that it is changing its strategy as regards interconnection. Starting in the third quarter, they'll be offering open interconnection and a Meet-Me room for tenants at 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway. Infomart Dallas and Fortune Data Centers merged late last year to form the company, and this move is another part of the new national strategy they're working on.
Infinera won another European customer for its flagship DTN-X. Greek-based OTEGLOBE is using the gear to expand and upgrade its terrestrial routes through the Balkans and subsea connections through Italy to the rest of western Europe. OTEGLOBE is planning a landing station for AAE-1 in Crete as well, which would put the country on the map as a gateway to the Middle East and North Africa.
Finally, Global Capacity and Equinix have announced an expansion of their collaboration. The Equinix Cloud Exchange will be extended through Global Capacity's One Marketplace into eight new markets, allowing enterprises within Global Capacity's footprint a direct Ethernet connection to the cloud. Global Capacity's purchase of the MegaPath wholesale networking business gave them a last mile of their own to go along with that of their other partners.