Wednesday Roundup: SBA, Xtera, Windstream, Colt, DCspine

August 5th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Tropical storms, presidential campaigns, pandemics, Tiktok bans, explosions in Lebanon…  It’s hard to hear oneself think in the news cycle these days, but here are a few bytes of infrastructure news to keep an eye on from midweek nonetheless.

There was a bit of infrastructure M&A down in Florida yesterday. SBA Communications has acquired JAX NAP in Jacksonville. JAX NAP’s 14MW, 280K square foot building will complement SBA’s other data center, acquired last year in a deal for New Contiuum. SBA specializes in wireless infrastructure, and will use those data center facilities to complement its mobile edge strategy. Bank Street Group helped JAX NAP put the deal together.

Xtera’s proposed NO-UK cable between the UK and Norway has some new help coming on board. Fugro has begun a pre-installation and route engineering survey project that will help optimize the final route and decide upon the necessary burial conditions. The proposed system would add some 216Tbps of capacity between Norway and the UK. Fugro’s project will take the next 70 days or so.

Windstream has found an energy utility partner to help it reach deeper into rural Georgia. They have teamed up with Colquitt Electric Membership Corp to expand their broadband services within Colquitt County and the areas around it. Telecoms and energy utilities don’t team up too often, but the infrastructure is often quite complementary.

Colt is continuing to take more of its nextgen automation capabilities to market. Yesterday they announced a newly enhanced uCPE solution out in Japan which brings NFV to the enterprise. The uCPE will power multiple VNFs such as SD-WAN, firewalls, and other services on common server infrastructure, leveraging ADVA’s Ensemble Connector.

And over in the Netherlands, Greenhouse Datacenters has a new network tenant. DCspine has deployed a PoP in the company’s Rotterdam/The Hague facility, offering custoers there access to 70+ data centers in the Netherlands and Belgium. DCspine is Eurofiber’s software-defined interconnection platform, and has been working with Greenhouse for some time.

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Categories: Datacenter · Energy · Mergers and Acquisitions · NFV · Undersea cables

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