Here's a quick look at some other news from the start of this week and over the weekend:
Sparkle, the international arm of TIM Group, and the Maltese telecommunications provider GO plc have teamed up for an upgrade of the Italy-Malta bilateral cable system. They've rolled out 100Gbps technology on the Mediterranean route. It's part of GO's $100M investment in its infrastructure in Malta, where hosting and online gaming servers has been driving significant traffic growth.
Equinix has launched some more dedicated cloud connectivity this week. They have expanded their direct access to Oracle's Cloud Infrastructure in 16 of their IBXs across both North America and Europe. That brings their reach for OCI connections to eight new metro areas in North American and seven in Europe.
Colt continued to exand its offerings in the Eastern Hemisphere late last week. They launched SDN-based on-demand services in Japan and took the wraps off a brand new metro network footprint in the city of Nagoya, a key manufacturing and shipping hub between Tokyo and Osaka. Colt recently added metro networks in both Singapore and Hong Kong.
And late last week, FirstLight Fiber polished off the latest of its acquisitions up in the northeast. FirstLight has closed the purchase of 186 Communications, bringing the company's high capacity fiber network assets up in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. FirstLight is now integrating Oxford, Sovernet, FLTG, and 186, and boasts some 14,000 route miles connecting 8,000 on-net locations across the region.