Thursday Roundup: FirstLight, Orange, RETN, Bluebird

May 9th, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

I've been on the road this week, so it's time to catch up on a bit of news:

FirstLight has won some more business on its home turf back in Albany, New York. They now have an expanded relationship with the Albany Times Union Center and its facilities operator SMG, providing more bandwidth as well as voice and other services. The arena will use the better connectivity to host things like eGaming events.

Over in France, Orange has made another significant acquisition aimed at the enterprise marketplace. They have agreed to buy 100% of SecureLink for €515m. Netherlands-based SecureLink specializes in Cybersecurity and did €248m in revenues last year with its biggest presence in northern and western Europe. When complete (probably this summer) that will put Orange's security business above €600m annually.

RETN has expanded its connectivity to Asia with some new subsea capacity. They have added a link between Japan and Russia via the RJCN cable, providing connectivity between Tokyo and Khabarovsk in Siberia. That will give them an alternate route across Asia to go with the company's TransKZ connectivity central Asia and lower latency between Japan and Russia.

Bluebird Network is teaming up with Megaport to improve its interconnection options. Megaport's SDN-powered platform will enable private access to all the usual cloud destinations for both Bluebird's data center and network customers. Bluebird agreed to be acquired by Macquarie back in January, but that deal won't close until Q3.

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Categories: Interconnection · Internet Backbones · Mergers and Acquisitions · Metro fiber · Security

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