A few items from around the world to note from this week:
Orange Business Services added a bit of government work to its list this week. The Belgian Federal Public Service of Foreign Affairs has picked them to upgrade the infrastructure with which they interact with the rest of the world. The deal includes SD-WAN, security, LAN, and cloud-based UC services supporting the country’s diplomatic staff and includes a €800K innovation fund to keep the ministry on top of its technology.
Colt and Equinix are tying themselves closer together. The two are expanding a collaboration agreement to enable Colt to offer on-demand connectivity to Equinix Fabric via a fully automated API. That will allow Colt customers to reach into the Platform Equinix ecosystem directly and automatically via Colt’s SDN-powered IQ Network. The new capabilities are expected to be in service in Q1 of 2021.
Digital Realty’s Interxion business has unveiled plans for a new facility in Denmark. The new data center, CPH3, will be located next door to the company’s existing two facilities in Ballerup outside of Copenhagen. When fully built out, it will feature 7,000 square meters of total equipped space and 14MW of customer capacity. The first phase will be a third of that and is expected to be ready for service in the first half of 2022.
And according to Capacity, African countries are looking to band together when they buy connectivity services to the continent. The idea, which was announced this wee at a meeting of the Smart Africa Alliance, is to lower prices via bulk purchases. It’s not yet clear how many or which countries will be participating, but in the first phase they are looking at 7-10 participating companies working with a consortium of operators.
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