TGIF. Here's some quick takes on infrastructure news from around the world:
Colt continues to optimize and refine its Asian network footprint. Yesterday they unveiled two new network improvements lowering latency between key financial exchanges. They are now able to deliver 29ms RTD between Singapore Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong stock exchange, and 99ms RTD from the Australian Securities Exchange in Sydney to the Japan Exchange Group in Tokyo. Last month they also announced metro buildout plans in both Hong Kong and Singapore.
Hurricane Electric has added a new African endpoint to its IPv4/IPv6 global backbone. They have built out a new PoP in the East African Data Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. It's their first PoP in Kenya and third on the continent overall so far, and it's a pretty safe bet they have more planned. HE has been adding nodes to its network very steadily and organically for many years now.
Coriant has picked up an IX customer over in Ireland. INEX, which operates internet exchange points on the Emerald Isle, is deploying the Coriant Groove G30 to give its backbone 100G capabilities. INEX has a presence in six data centers in Dublin as well as a regional exchange in Cork.
And Tata Teleservices has found a buyer for its consumer wireless division. Bharti Airtel will be acquiring the assets and customers, including a pile of spectrum and an IRU for fiber on Tata's network. Airtel had been seen as a likely bidder for the division over the summer, but as of last month Tata hadn't found a buyer and was considering winding down the business rather than sell it. The financial details of the deal are as yet a bit unclear, but as part of it Airtel will be assuming part of Tata's unpaid spectrum acquisition debt.