Four items from three continents worth keeping an eye on:
Colt has plans to add depth to its network in Japan. The Colt IQ Network will soon have a presence in both Kyoto and Kobe, on either side of Osaka in central Japan. The company is responding to demand from customers in the Asian region overall, where it now hooks up some 2500 buildings, including 90 data centers.
The managed service provider Cogeco Peer 1 has renamed itself to Aptum Technologies. It’s a followup to the acquisition of the company from Cogeco by Digital Colony a few months back. Aptum operates both a managed hosting/cloud business as well as a substantial pile of metro fiber in and around Toronto and Montreal, and will oeprate the two as separate, focused business units.
BT Group is looking to streamline itself by shedding a pile of Dutch infrastructure. The company plans to sell upwards of £100 million of towers and fiber in the Netherlands, where its Gloibal Services division is seeing revenue declines. It’s the latest divestment announced by the company, following announcements of plans to sell The Tikit legal software business and the Aurelius fleet management division, as well as its own headquarters building in London.
And Huawei’s partners have another 90 days to wean themselves off of business dealings with the Chinese vendor. The Department of Commerce has extended the partial relaxation of its embargo through mid-November, enabling the maintenance of existing networks but not allowing transactions related to new buildouts. Meanwhile, Huawei itself is continuing with plans to roll out an Android replacement.
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