Here's a set of quick-takes on some of the interesting news from the international front this week:
Level 3 has picked up a global healthcare customer in Promedon. They'll be providing video collaboration services with HD voice and video for the medical research and technology outfit, which has its roots in Argentina with branches across South America as well as in Mexico and Germany. Level 3's network will power their inter-office communications.
Orange Business is heading out to the Asia Pacific theatre. The international arm of France's incumbent says it has launched its cloud services across the region, bringing to bear their Hong Kong, Sydney, and Singapore data centers. As always, they are targeting the large multinational corporations that are their bread and butter, offering the capability to build virtual data centers out of the company's regional assets.
Meanwhile, GlobeNet is stretching its reach across the Atlantic for the first time. They're extending their network under the sea to directly hook up to AMS-IX, DE-CIX, and LINX, the three largest internet exchanges there. GlobeNet has been fairly quiet since being acquired by private equity interests, but may be ready to make a bit more noise going forward.
And down under, both Telstra and Vodafone have won some government funds for building and upgrading tower infrastructure. Some 499 towers are on the list, adding coverage for some 68,600 square kilometers for some AU$185M, which is just the first round. The bulk of that funding, $165M, will go to the erstwhile fixed-line incumbent Telstra of course. Australia has a lot of square miles to cover that don't have the population to support the infrastructure.
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