Four interesting items from around the industry and across three continents to catch up on:
Virtus Data Centers is expanding its footprint in Slough, the data center cluster to the west of London. The division of ST Telemedia GDC has announced plans to construct LONDON11 on their Slough campus, the fifth facility there and the company's 11th overall. LONDON11 will feature 5,500 square meters of space and 13MW of power, and is expected to go live in November of 2022 -- so it will be a while yet.
AT&T's FirstNet has picked up a major national customer. The U.S. Army will be using FirstNet for public safety communications across 72 nationwide installations, leveraging some 3,200 lines, 3,000 devices, and 700+ signal boosters. They'll join some 13K agencies at all levels that have subscribed to 1.5M connections to FirstNet. The deal follows a successful trial this past Spring at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, North Carolina and a test under fire during Hurricane Laura at Fort Polk in Louisiana.
Chayora continues to add depth to its management team over in China. The hyperscale data center specialist has brought in Tiger Zhou as Operations Director, Marck Froelich as Programme Director, and Lee Aik Chuen as Technical Director. The three will help flesh out operations at the company's Tianjin campus as well as get things rolling at the 'imminent' Shanghai data center facility they are working on.
And Nokia's gear is getting a workout in Eastern Europe. Nokia and Vivacom Bulgaria have signed a deal to deploy next-generation FTTH services. The company's GPON network will be extended, and XGS-PON will be introduced in strategic locations to support some 1.5M households. The expansion will complement the service provider's 5G rollout plans as well as enable 10Gbps symmetrical services.
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