Here's a quick look at some news from early this week and late last week:
There's another possible rollup to keep an eye out there, but this time it's not fiber or colo itself but the guys who do the engineering, construction, and maintenance on it all. Congruex, which was founded earlier this year with plans to put as much as $500M to work consolidating this market, has made its first acquisition: C.C.L.D. Technologies. Congruex is led by industry veterans Bill Beans (CEO) and Kevin O'Hara (Executive Chairman), and is probably worth keeping an eye on.
Orange Business has announced the renewal and expansion of another of its bread-and-butter global enterprise deals. They will be integrating the global network and IT infrastructure of the automotive supplier ZF. Orange helps the company hook up 137,000 employees across 350 sites worldwide, and will be integrating the infrastructure of TRW Automotive, which ZF bought two years ago and which also used Orange's services. The contract renewal is for four years and is worth over €50M.
Telia has added yet another node to its global backbone, taking it further out toward the edge in the US. They've deployed a connectivity node at QTS's giant data center in Richmond, Virginia. With the new cable landing at Virginia Beach, Richmond seems likely to be getting more and more attention even though Ashburn is just a hop skip and a jump to the north.
And Peak10+Viawest has made another inorganic move. The two-headed company has acquired a 203,000 square foot facility in eastern Pennsylvania that used to belong to GlaxoSmithKline. Located in Collegeville on the outskirts of the Philadelphia metro area on the way to Allentown, where Peak10+Viawest has complementary assets and personnel. The deal brings the company's footprint to some 3 million square feet across 41 data centers in 21 markets.