Here are a few news items from around the world that are worth a look:
CENX has landed a big European fish for its Exanova Service Intelligence offering. An unnamed Tier 1 EMEA service provider based in Southern Europe (not a long list to guess from) has selected their LSO capabililities to help orchestrate on-demand connectivity to public clouds and data center interconnections. The service provider is building self-serve capabilities for corporate customers, and CENX's Exanova will automate various tasks for the effort.
In the Himalayas (yes, the Himalayas), Nepal Telecom has been expanding its own fiber reach. They revealed the completion of a new fiber route from Kathmandu to the Rasuwagai area on the border with China. They are paving the way for a fiber connection with China Telecom in Tibet, for which the equipment is now being installed. Once in place, Nepal will have a direct terrestrial link to Hong Kong for the first time, giving the landlocked nation an alternative to its existing routes through India.
And Orange Business Services is moving to boost its West African presence. The B2B arm of Orange is opening a sales office in Lagos, Nigeria. Orange Business has been seeing growth in demand from its multinational customers from West Africa, and hopes to better tap into the broader potential of the region via the sensible route of putting some more boots on the ground.