Here are a few international items to review as the first week of May gets started.
In the Middle East, Gulf Bridge International and Bharti Airtel are teaming up in a new strategic partnership. The arrangement announced yesterday will bring Airtel's reach deeper into the Middle East via GBI's submarine cable in the Persian Gulf. GBI was built some 5 years ago now, and its bandwidth now is an integral part of the region's infrastructure.
In Europe, Interoute got some good news last week from the world of the connected car. TEXA has renewed its deal for ICT network and cloud services from the pan-European operator, using Interoute's infrastructure to support its international expansion. TEXA offers GPS/GSM powered boxes for vehicles that keep them in touch with the world, whether just to know where they are or to respond to accidents and such. Interoute is another European operator that I suspect is ready for its next consolidation opportunity.
Meanwhile, DT has picked AudioCodes' multi-service business routers. The German incumbent is in the midst of its big PSTN-IP migration, and will be using the CPE devices for SIP trunking and related capabilities for the enterprise market. It's a multi-year project, and could mean a lot to AudioCodes.
And in southeast Asia, IPC Systems says it has expanded its financial marketplace into a new exchange. They have added Bursa Efek Indonesia (IDX) to their reach, allowing them to supply connectivity to the Indonesian Stock Exchange for institutional investors around the world.
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