EMEA Roundup: InterXion, WIG, Sparkle, China Mobile

December 23rd, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

Just two shopping days left until Christmas, but over in the EMEA region there's still a few things to catch up on first:

InterXion may be busy with its deal to be acquired by Digital Realty, but it has a few things of its own to take care of. Late last week the European data center operator made a move deeper into Africa. They have agreed to acquire a controlling interest in the Kenyan operator Icolo alongside PRIF. Interxion was already an investor in Icolo, which operates two facilities in Kenya with plans to build out further.

The infrastructure investor 3i Infrastructure is preparing to sell its stake in Wireless Infrastructure Group. Brookfield Infrastructure will be buying their 93% percentage of WIG, and independent UK wireless infrastructure operator, for £387. The deal puts an enterprise value for WIG £575M.

Sparkle, the international arm of Telecom Italia, is adding some depth a bit further south. They are adding another point of presence to the company's Seabone IP backbone down in Lagos, Nigeria. The new PoP will be located at Medallion, and will complement the company's other African nodes in Egypt, Tunisia, Tanzania and Djibouti.

And China's biggest mobile operator is making a move into Europe.  China Mobile International has opened a data center in the UK, or more specifically in Slough to the west of London.  The facility features 1,600 racks and connectivity to CMI's infrastructure in Singapore and Hong Kong.  CMI is also working on a data center in Frankfurt.

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Categories: Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Mergers and Acquisitions · Wireless

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