Four bits of news touching four continents worth noting:
The MARS cable system reached one of the more remote bandwidth destinations in the world last week. Huawei Marine and PCCW today announced the landing of the submarine cable on Rodrigues Island, part of Mauritius that lies a few hundred more miles to the east in the Indian Ocean and is home to about 40K residents.
Orange Business Services has signed up the European energy distributor Enedis for WAN and IoT. Orange Business will be operating, maintaining, and monitoring Enedis' WANThe deal will cover connectivity to as many as 3,000 sites as well as hundreds of thousands of 'comunicating objects' that make up Enedis' smart power network. Enedis will leverage the new network to carry out predictive maintenance and connect employees directly to their work environment over Wi-Fi.
Digital Realty made a move to boost its presence down under. The data center REIT has opened its fifth data center in Australia in Erskine Park outside of Sydney. And of course when you've finished building a data center, it's time to find some new land - so they bought another 1.4-hectares nearby where they plan to add another 12MW of capacity.
And last Monday while I was traveling, I missed this interesting blockchain tidbit. OpenCryptoTrust and NJFX have teamed up in a five year deal that will pair NJFX's submarine cable connectivity and services with OpenCT's technology. That technology offers the promise of real-time bandwidth usage billing, and I'm curious just how that will appear in the marketplace.