Four bits of news from Europe: two M&As, one agency contract, and that new submarine cable:
DataBank has finally closed out the last stage of its acquisition of Zayo's zColo division. The final hurdle was those five data centers in France, which had been held by a different corporate entity under different regulatory environment and required a bit more time. DataBank's footprint now spans over 1M square feet of colo space in 29 markets. Now it's time to see what they do with that much larger footprint.
In another M&A move over in Europe, the managed services provider Expereo has a new majority owner. Vitruvian Partners has made a deal with Apax Partners to acquire a majority stake in the business, with Apax staying on as a minority shareholder. Expereo has been expanding on multiple fronts, and the new ownership structure will give them more flexibilty going forward.
Sparkle has a new high profile customer. The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency has chosen the Italian operator to provide both VoIP and legacy PSTN services for the GSA's offices in France, the Netherlands, and Spain. GSA maintains the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems as well as other projects.
And Google and SubCom formally announced the completion of the Dunant cable system. Dunant connects Virginia Beach with the French Atlantic coast with 12 fiber pairs, and uses a space-division multiplexing design to achieve a total initial theoretical capacity of 250Tbps. SDM allows lasers and optical components to be shared among multiple fiber pairs, thus enabling more fiber pairs than in other transatlantic cable systems.
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