Some news from around the world to finish off the week:
NTT Communications has expanded its global network into another new market this week. The international arm of the Japanese giant has added a new PoP in Manchester, UK. The new PoP at Equinix’s MA4 facility within the Manchester Science Park puts them closer to more of the UK enterprise market and its eyeballs as well. NTT has been steadily adding depth across Europe over time, but until now had apparently been in only one market in the British Isles.
Vantage Data Centers is adding to its footprint in Silicon Valley. The wholesale colo provider has broken ground on its second campus in Santa Clara, which will be located on Mathew Street 2 miles from its main campus. When complete, the new location will feature three facilities spanning 69MW and 500,000 square feet of space. The first step will be a 21MW data center spanning 175,000 square feet, which will come online in 2019. Vantage is also building out an extensive campus in Ashburn VA, so their engineering teams are going to be rather busy.
The Israeli telecommunications market may be getting a bit more open this summer. Regulators have notified the incumbent Bezeq that it must start leasing its infrastructure by August 1, although that’s not exactly the first deadline to be imposed. Unsurprisingly, Bezeq is arguing that it needs more time to upgrade to make that possible and that doing so will hurt its financial results.
And Nokia has two more international customer wins to report. Vodafone India is deploying the company’s Cloud Packet Core technology in the city of Bangalore, where they have some 7.8M subscribers. Putting mobile gateways closer to the edge will let Vodafone reduce network latency and improve the customer experience. Meanwhile, AT&T will be leveraging Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING), and the two companies will develop, test, and launch a new generation of IoT solutions. WING’s core network assets will reach into 20 countries worldwide by Q1 of 2020.
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