Four bits of news touching on the European markets worth noting this morning:
Altice is making a corporate move to split itself up geographically. They are restructuring their European businesses into Altice Europe and spinning off Altice USA via a distribution in kind to its shareholders. Patrick Drahi will retain control of both companies, but the two will be able to better focus on their own geographical footprints. I think it should be interesting to see how the separation affects Altice's appetite for further M&A, especially in the USA.
DE-CIX has formed a new strategic partnership with another IX, albeit closer to home than their recent activities in India, Turkey, Italy, and the USA. They are directly connecting with the BCIX exchange in Berlin, a complementary infrastructure which they will be promoteing as "DE-CIX powered by BCIX".
Epsilon has a new partner in northern Europe. They are teaming up with the Norwegian data center builder and operator Bulk Infrastructure. Bulk Infrastructure is deploying Epsilon's CloudLX module in the Oslo Internet Exchange, or OS-IX. Bulk operates the N01 campus in Vennesla in southern Norway, and is apparently involved with AquaComms on a new cable that will connect Scandinavia with Ireland and the USA directly.
And Interxion has revealed its expansion plans for 2018. The Amsterdam-based colocation provider will be expanding its footprint in seven European markets. On the menu are a third data center in Madrid and a second in Brussels, as well as more space in their Amsterdam, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Vienna locations. The expansion projects will increase the company's footprint by some 15,500 square meters.