A quick rundown on some news items worth a look:
NTT continued to expand its European IP backbone reach with a new PoP. They've extended into Equinix's DB1 data center in Dublin, with direct connections to both Lond and Amsterdam. NTT is just following the bits, more and more of whom have been passing through Ireland in recent years.
Nokia has picked up a major contract in the Far East. They've signed a one-year €1B frame agreement with China Mobile. It's not a new relationship of course, but the new agreement will support China Mobile's transition to a nextgen network infrastructure. It's not the first deal this week these two have done, as they also recently opened that MoU for AI and 5G in Guangzhou the other day.
CITIC Telecom is taking its SD-WAN proposition to the European market. They are launching their TrueConnect Hybrid service in markets across the continent, following up on the purchase of Linx Telecommunications last year.
And I missed one over the holidays last week, apparently. Zayo picked up contracts with a multinational bank and a media company for 100G wavelengths between Richmond and Ashburn down in Virginia. The connections are on a new route that Zayo recently put DWDM gear on, bypassing Washington DC. Zayo didn't say they built the route itself, which suggests they are leveraging one or more of the recent fiber builds in the region - that of SummitIG for example.
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