Happy Valentines Day all. Here's a final catch-up on news from the sector this week before you go home for the weekend.
Sparkle has picked up a multinational industrial customer over in Europe. The international arm of TIM Group has been selected by Daikin Applied Europe for data and voice in Germany and Italy. Daikin supplies components for HVAC systems, and will leverage Sparkle's IP-VPN and VoIP to interconnect its offices and other sites in both countries.
TPx officially now has a new owner. This week Siris Capital Group completed the purchase of the managed service provider that was announced back in August. As part of that closing, the company now has a new CEO as well. Richard A. Jalkut has retired, and Siris Executive Partner Joseph A. Cozzolino will take on the role of interim CEO as well as lead the company's board while they seek a permanent replacement.
Southern Telecom is teaming up with JaxNAP down in the southeast. The fiber arm of Southern Company is bringing its dark fiber network into JaxNAP's facility and its meet-me room in Jacksonville, thus gaining interconnection capabilities to the IXP's 20+ carriers. From Jacksonville, JaxNAP's tenants will be able to leverage Southern Telecom's deep connectivity back up through Georgia and Alabama.
And Colt continues to add more cloud connectivity to its network infrastructure. This week they added dedicated, private, on-demand access to Oracle Cloud via Oracle FastConnect. It's an expansion of an existing collaboration between the two companies. The shift of IT infrastructure to the cloud is an ongoing trend that is forcing better, lower latency connections to ensure performance and security.
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