Two from abroad, and two from the Midwest to keep up with:
India has a new cloud exchange as part of its ecosystem. GPX India, which operates two data centers on a campus in Mumbai, has launched the GPX Open Cloud Exchange. There are eight such CSPs on the campus already, including three for which GPX has been offering direct cloud connectivity for a while now: AWS, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud. Along with a broader interconnection ecosystem of 12 carriers, 4IXPs, 9 CDNs, and 130+ ISPs, GPX is clearly hoping to boost its status as a key node in one of South Asia's biggest infrastructure markets.
Alianza has picked up a new customer for its cloud-native VoIP SaaS technology. Horizon Telcom is leveraging their technology launching a hosted voice UCS product across its 5K route mile footprint in southern Ohio. They'll be targeting businesses and enterprises with a full-featured cloud PBX solution integrating the various different fixed and mobile devices you might expect. We had Alianza CEO Brian Beutler on here a few years ago for an Industry Spotlight.
Bluebird Network says it has integrated the three fiber networks it has assembled in Illinois. The company has been combining the fiber and network assets it had already owned in the state with those of the Illinois Network Alliance and the former Peg Bandwith assets it acquired from Uniti in a complicated deal last year. As they consolidate their position in the state, one wonders what Bluebird's next move might be. With Macquarie now at their back, they certainly have the resources to pursue other assets that might become available.
And Digicel is crying uncle in the face of its debt load. The company, which operates mobile assets mostly in the Caribbean with a few out in the South Pacific, has apparently filed for bankruptcy protection. They've been trying to restructure for a while now, but the $7.4B in debt balanced by just $2.3B in revenue and operating profit of $479M was just a bridge too far I guess. Hopefully the effects on the employee base during the next stage won't be too drastic in the current environment.
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