A few partnerships and contracts won so far this week that are worth checking in on:
Another blockchain player was formed this week. Akamai and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group have formed a joint venture called the Global Open Network, or GO-NET. They plan to offer blockchain-based online payment capabilities in Japan sometime in the first half of next year. The effort will leverage MUFG's position within the financial world as well as Akamai's Blockchain-as-a-Service technology.
Infinera has picked up a customer south of the border. Mexico's Grupo de Telecomunicaciones de Alta Capacidad (GTAC) has deployed the company's mTera gear in order to scale its national network. The upgrade took place over 51 sites in 10 weeks, supporting up to 200Gbps connectivity. During trials the solution managed 80 channels of 100Gbps over an unregenerated 400km.
IX Reach has increased the capabilities of its global cloud connectivity ecosystem in the southwestern US. They have upgraded the company's PoP in Iron Mountain's Scottsdale, Arizona data center with the company's own hardware in order to meet demand from the Phoenix metro area. Iron mountain operates over a million square feet of colo space across three data centers in the Phoenix metro area.
And Zayo has picked up a new colo customer on the east coast. An unnamed internet service provider is signing on for 2,000 square feet of space and a few hundred kilowatts of power. They are shifting out of a customer-owned facility, and will also be leveraging Zayo's network between the company's offices and the new datacenter location. Zayo has been at the center of an M&A rumor storm lately, but the rest of the industry does still have to turn.
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