I've been travelling for the past week, so there's plenty to catch up on. Here are quick takes on two purchases, a JV, and an enterprise colo deal.
SK Telecom is deepening a foray into the content space with Sinclair Broadcast Group. The two are teaming up on a joint venture to develop ATSC 3.0 broadcasting solutions. ATSC 3.0 enables data communications in broadcasting bands, enabling 2-way communications between broadcasting companies and devices or vehicles. The two started working on the project last year with an MOU signed at CES 2018.
New Continuum Data Centers is making its own move out in Midwest. They have acquired the facility at 603 Discovery Drive in West Chicago that they have been leasing since 2013 and using as their flagship location. The facility features 80,000 square feet of space. Chicago's infrastructure market seems pretty popular at the moment.
On Friday, Zayo revealed a substantial enterprise colo deal from last year. An unnamed 'global technology manufacturer' has selected zColo for 15,000 square feet of space in one of its US data centers. Dark fiber connecting that facility back to the company's offices is also included in the deal.
And Akamai has made an inorganic move, acquiring Janrain. Janrain specializes in customer identity access management, helping enterprises with login and registration workloads. This is clearly a technology and talent acquisition by Akamai, which will absorb Janrain's capabilities into its Intelligent Edge platform. Immediate benefits will be in bot management and threat intelligence.