Here's a quick roundup from around the world after a very wet weekend here in New Jersey:
CenturyLink has a new partner down under. This morning they signed a strategic agreement with Data#3, an Australian IT services provider. Data#3 will be leveraging CenturyLink's IaaS capabilities alongside its existing cloud partners to better serve the enterprise market. We are all still waiting for a shoe to drop on the CenturyLink/Level 3 deal.
Ericsson has expanded its relationships in South America. They have extended their longstanding partnership with the Chilean operator Entel. Ericsson will be helping Entel get ready for 5G through the deployment of LTE FDD and LTE TDD Massive MIMO. They will also be helping with other core network projects involving VoLTE and NFV.
And late last week there was some consolidation in the vendor space. Gigamon will be acquired by the private equity group Elliot Management for $38.50 per share, which works out to about $1.6B. Gigamon provides traffic visibility solutions to network operators, enabling better security and response to network issues. The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2018.