Here's a quick roundup of some interesting network news from around the world this week.
ADVA picked up a customer for its 100G metro and longhaul technology this week. KOSC Telecom will be using it to build out a national DWDM transport network in France. That network will span some 20,000km and reach into 180 cities across the country. An expansion to 400Gbps with the same gear is part of the roadmap as well. KOSC Telecom is a new player in France, backed in part by the cloud provider OVH.
The Swedish vendor Ericsson is adding some more fiber services talent to its rolls. They have signed an agreement with the Spanish provider Abengoa under which the assets of Abentel will be transferred to Ericsson. That will move some 500 people over to Ericsson's ledgers, giving them a substantially enhanced presence in the Spanish fiber services marketplace. They have been steadily pursuing network outsourcing tasks around the world, a business that seems to be suiting them well despite some economic headwinds.
Hurricane Electric's international expansion rolled on this week out in the Far East. HE has opened its first PoP on the island of Taiwan in Taipei. They've moved into the Chief Telecom facility at 250 Yang Guang street. Last fall they expanded into Seoul, South Korea, and earlier this year they were busy in Finland and the Baltics.
Epsilon is helping the emerging markets specialist BringCom reach out to London. They are delivering an outsourced colo, connectivity, and engineering for the company's new PoP there in Epsilon's Global Hubs facility there. Epsilon is also facilitating a connection over to Frankfurt and will be helping out with remote hands going forward.
And Orange Business has won another of its bread and butter multinational corporate network deals. The pharmaceutical giant Merck has selected them for a 200-site WAN built off of Riverbed technology as well as various other managed services. Merck is looking to reduce complexity throughout its infrastructure and to better enable collaboration within its workforce.
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