A few interesting items from Europe and Asia:
Equinix always has at least a few buildouts and expansions on the menu, and today they announced another up in Scandinavia. The data center giant is building a new IBX in Helsinki, Finland. HE7 will cost some $20M and open in Q2 of next year. The first phase will add 250 cabinets, with 1,475 total planned at full buildout.
Avelacom has introduced a new PoP in Equinix's Tokyo facility. The expansion allows Avelacom to offer a 145.3ms latency route between the Japanese capital and London. That's around 10ms faster than most other routes used by those in the currency markets, which will surely come in handy. It's the second announcement by financial networking specialists this week related to Tokyo, as Anova also made a move this week.
Nokia's WiFi gear will be getting a workout in Thailand. AIS Fibre customers will be able to leverage Nokia's WiFi Beacon 3 to create home networks at a discount. According to Nokia, it's the first commercial deployment of this product, which aims to better automate the process and optimize coverage for consumers. That last 100 feet has been hard for service providers to do as well as they'd like.
Ericsson has signed a new five year deal with Volvo to connect the automotive company's vehicles across 120 markets worldwide. It's a continuation of an existing relationship that dates back to 2012 in which Volvo's cars are able to connect to Ericsson's Connected Vehicle Cloud platform. Cars are definitely destined to be a focal point of the internet of things, so we'll see plenty of deals like this ongoing around the world.