Three bits of news spanning four continents that are worth a look today:
Sparkle has expanded its IP backbone further in North America with a new PoP at MDC's McAllen facility. The international arm of TIM Group now has 14 PoPs on the continent, and will use the south Texas node to reach down into Mexico. MDC operates not just its flagship facility in McAllen, but also facilities further inland along the border in Laredo and El Paso.
Nokia Shanghai Bell has picked up a customer for its optical gear with one of China's energy utilities. The State Grid Corporation of China will be using Nokia's 1830 PSS-32 platform in an upgrade of its Beijing and Tianjin transport networks from SDH to packet/OTN. SGCC did the same thing in Hebei province recently, and apparently that went well enough to expand the project into the much higher profile cities nearby.
And Amsterdam-based PAIX Data Centres and NSIA Technologies are teaming up to build out some West African infrastructure. The two have formed a joint venture that will take over NSIA's data center in Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire and develop a new one in Dakar, Senegal. PAIX recently put some capital to work at RackAfrica in Accra, Ghana, and has eyes on South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, and Uganda as well.