Here’s a set of quick takes on news from around the world this week:
TE Subcom has completed what is the third upgrade to the South-East Asia Japan Cable. The project added 6.3Tbps to the SJC system, which stretches between Japan and Singapore while connecting Mainland China, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Brunei, and Thailand along the way. It may be on its third upgrade, but SJC has only been in operation for just over 3 years now, and had an initial design capacity of 28Tbps.
Telia Carrier is preparing its rapidly growing IP backbone for the influx of all the new submarine capacity expected to come into Marseilles with some new infrastructure there. They’ve added a new PoP within Jaguar Networks’ facility, complementing their existing presence over at Interxion. SEA-ME-WE 5 and AAE-1 will bring a combined initial 64Tbps of capacity to southern Europe from the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Africa.
Interoute has picked up a customer expansion this week. The stationer Hamelin is scaling up their network, which interconnects some 30 sites on three continents. They’ll be doing so with Interoute’s MPLS WAN capabilities, which are extending ever further beyond their owned fiber reach in Europe itself. Hamelin needs the expanded network as it migrates its backoffice to Office 365.
And Orange is seeking to find opportunities in some traditionally difficult (and off limits) territory. They’re in talks with Mobile Telecommunication Co. over in Iran, looking to take advantage of the easing of international sanctions there. A partnership of some sort may be more likely than actually buying a stake in the company, though at this stage the more likely result will be an agreement to talk more later.
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