The industry kicked off the week with a bunch of news from the international front:
NTT's global backbone continued its ongoing European expansion with yet another new point of presence. They have opened a new PoP in Marseille, taking up residence at Interxion's MRS1 data center. That gives them better access to all those submarine cables that come ashore nearby. NTT's IP backbone ranks #2 in reach according to Dyn (formerly Renesys), with the #1 slot in Asia but now rising to the #6 slot in Europe.
Epsilon has made an Argentinian connection. They've partnered with IPLAN to help the Argentinian fiber operator better reach its enterprise customers' global locations. The two are now interconnecting at the NAP of the Americas in Miami, and Epsilon will be ocnsidering deploying a PoP down in Buenos Aires. That would be their first in south America, if their global network map is up to date.
Ericsson has picked up two mobile gear contracts in Indonesia. They'll be helping Telkomsel with a full radio transformation in the country's Kalimantan region, which for the geographically uninitiated (yes I had to look it up) is the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. The upgrades are still focused on 3G, but prepare for a 4G upgrade at some point. Meanwhile, they also won business over in Jakarta, where they will be helping Indosat with its mobile network transformation.
With its Hibernia Express cable now in service, Hibernia Networks revealed a new international cloud exchange service this morning. The new EtherReach service connects to and within the Equinix cloud exchange. The first phase reaches into Equinix facilities in 12 major cities in six countries, with the second phase extending that to 18 cities in 11 countries.
And TI Sparkle has announced a new submarine cable project in the Mediterranean. They're working with Cyta to build a system to connect Cyprus with the Greek island of Crete. Along with Sparkle's other cables, Minerva and Athena, the system will help Cyprus with big bandwidth both to Athens and to Sicily. The KIMONAS cable should be in service by the end of 2015 if all goes well.
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