Int’l Bytes: DE-CIX, Sonera, MegaFon, Oi

June 22nd, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

I’m at the Telecom Exchange in NYC today. In the meantime, here are a few quick-takes of news from around the globe:

DE-CIX’s foray into Turkey’s internet exchange market has gained some key local support. TurkNet has signed a cooperative agreement with the Frankfurt-based exchange operator. The deal will see DE-CIX Istanbul extend its reach into TurkNet’s data center in Gayrettepe, giving them 5 locations in the Istanbul metro area. TurkNet will use the peering and interconnection fabric to enhance its IP offerings.

Up in Scandinavia, Telia is making a move over in Finland. It’s Sonera subsidiary has made an indicative offer for Anvia, a Finnish regional network operator. Anvia’s network covers the cities of Vaasa, Seinäjoki and Kokkola and the surrounding region in western Finland. Sonera is offering EUR130M.

Transaction Network Services has a new customer for its LTE Roaming Hub and other technology. The Russian-based carrier MegaFon will be using it to simplify its operations as well as bring new revenue opportunities through reciprocal inbound roaming. MegaFon has been looking to expand its international reach over the last few years.

And finally, Brasil’s economic troubles have taken down an infrastructure player. After the failure of restructuring talks, the operator Oi has filed what is apparently the country’s largest bankruptcy. Oi and its subsidiaries are some $19.26B in debt.  Hopefully the process won’t be too disruptive.  The Olympics are, after all, looming.

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