Thursday Bytes: Telefonica, QTS, Interoute, Charter

May 19th, 2016 by · 6 Comments

Here’s a quick rundown on a few more interesting news items to keep an eye on:

Telefonica is indeed planning to land its new BRUSA cable at Virginia Beach, which will be the first landing station in the region. The Virginia Beach Development Authority has approved the sale of a 3.5-acre site to the Spanish giant’s international arm. Telefonica plans to build a 20,000 square foot data centre on the site, from which customers on the new cable system will be able to connect expeditiously up to the data center clusters of northern Virginia. Operators like Lumos Networks and SummitIG who have been building new fiber routes in Virginia along that path are no doubt cheering them on.

The data center REIT QTS has been busy tuning its offerings for the healthcare vertical. QTS yesterday launched their Healthcare Community Cloud, which is a purpose built IaaS solution targeted squarely on that sector. Healthcare IT departments have all those HIPAA and HITECH regulations to satisfy and keep all that valuable data out of the wrong hands, and thus the infrastructure they need to buy has to satisfy a different set of requirements. That’s slowed down the adoption of the cloud in an industry that really really wants it, and hence QTS is hoping cater directly to it and thereby catch a ride.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic the pan-European network and IaaS provider Interoute had some good news. The Spanish cloud computing provider Safe Computing is expanding into the company’s data center in London. They had already been in Interoute’s Madrid data center since 2014, and they have further plans to expand to Interoute’s Berlin facility later this year.  Last week, Interoute was busy in the southeastern corner of its territory, supplying 100G to Bulgaria’s Sofia Connect and launching a new virtual data center in Istanbul.

And of course, the big cable M&A that has been hanging over the industry for a year is now done. Charter has completed the purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, becoming the second-largest broadband provider in the USA. Now the integration begins, and it will likely take a while. One of the early casualties will be the Time Warner Cable brand, which Charter intends to retire.  One of the bigger projects will be to weave together the three company’s SMB and enterprise businesses without sacrificing the growth each has been seeing.

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6 Comments So Far

  • Anonymous says:

    With Charter merger complete I see Comcast and new charter trading markets to align with existing footprints and create synergies. Not unlike what was planned during the Comcast Time Warner merger.

    Do you agree and also think this will be allowed to happen

  • Cable Apologist says:

    Charter may not be too quick to swap away legacy SoCal systems now that they nabbed TWC’s LA footprint.

    Apart from that, it’s hard to imagine Brian Roberts and his former mentor John Malone NOT finding a way to further consolidate their respective turf to their mutual benefit.

    And harder still for regulators to come up with a reason to stop it if neither company is gaining substantial share out of the deal.

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