Here's some more news from around the world:
Nokia has won an expanded managed services contract with Vimpelcom. Nokia had already been managing VimpelCom's central Russian network footprint, and will now be taking over the company's 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless networks as well. That means responsibility for field maintenance work in the Southern, North Caucasian, and Central regions of Russia will be changing hands, while Vimpelcom will benefit from less operational complexity.
Verizon is expanding its network depth in the Persian Gulf. They've deployed a new Private IP node within datamena's data center facility in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. From there they plan to expand offerings to the region, including secure connectivity to major SaaS destinations worldwide.
Epsilon has launched a new on-demand connectivity solution. The Infiny self service platform enables customers to procure the company's local, regional, and global services via portal, API, and app. The services on it range from voice to IX to SD-WAN to local access to analytics.
And last week two European providers quietly teamed up to launch a new backhaul service through Europe's southern frontier. Italy's Retelit and Belgian-based BICS have signed a partnership to create the Bari-Europe Backhaul offer, bundling connectivity via AAE-1 through Retelit's landing station in Bari and on through to Milan and other major hubs in western Europe. BICS will be acquiring 60Gbps of capacity on the AAE-1 cable system from Retelit as part of the deal.
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