Four bits of news from around the world that is worth noting:
SES Networks has stepped in to help Papua New Guinea’s PNG DataCo this week. After last week’s earthquake damaged terrestrial and subsea networks between Port Moresby and Madang, SES Networks added 1.5Gbps of IP transit via an additional O3b beam from its MEO satellite network. The additional capacity helped relieve congestion on PNG DataCo’s primary link, keeping communications open as the country assesses damage and recovers from the earthquake.
CoreSite says it won a pre-lease of two thirds of SV8, the new facility it is still building out in Santa Clara. A hyperscale customer apparently took out some 108,000 square feet in SV8, whose first two phases will be ready in Q3 and then Q4 of this year. The company plans to develop SV9 as well, but hasn’t kicked off that construction project yet.
Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom have managed to build a 100Gbps microwave link. The two teamed up to leverage millimeter-wave spectrum across a distance of 1.5km, a significant breakthrough. While this was just a trial, the idea is to develop new options for wireless fronthaul and backhaul for 5G deployments. They used commercial MINI_LINK 6352 radios and 2.5Ghz of spectrum in the 70/80Ghz band, and managed 99.995% availibility during april and peak transmission rates of 140Gbps.
And there was some telecom M&A down in New Zealand this morning. Vodafone has agreed to sell its New Zealand subsidiary to a consortium consisting of Infratil Limited and Canada’s Brookfield Asset Management. Assuming regulatory approvals go as planned, Vodafone and Vodafone New Zealand will enter into a partner market agreement keeping the brand in place as well as access to Vodafone’s international reach and other services like IoT. The price tag of NZ$3.4B represents a multiple of some 7.3xEBITDA.
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