Some other news from Africa, the Middle East, and Russia to note:
Expereo is expanding its African reach this week. The managed network provider is moving into data centers across the continent this year, opening cloud acceleration hubs. The furst such hub is already open in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more to come. The goal is to be able to deliver better latency and reliability within African markets for the company's global customer base.
In the Middle East, Etisalat has picked Nokia's Nuage SD-WAN and other technology to power cloud transformation. The solution includes Nuage's VNS technology, putting x86-based CPE in place to harmonize the company's hardware and software. The resulting SD-WAN will be aimed toward enterprise customers across the UAE and the surrounding region.
And last week the Chinese vendor ZTE quietly picked up some business in Russia. Rostelecom has awarded the company a 70% share of the first stage of the carrier's access network modernization. Rostelecom will be using ZTE's C350/C300M MSAN gear to implement VDSL with G.vectoring and G.fast. The plans also include an upgrade path towards FTTx.