A whole bunch of interesting partnerships were announced in international markets this week:
PacketFabric is taking its SDN-powered network-as-a-service platform to Europe with the help of another SDN-focused network operator. They have announced a strategic partnership with Colt, and will leverage Colt's On Demand offering to quickly reach into 100 endpoints across the continent. PacketFabric's customers will be able to quickly build out cloud and backbone connectivity across the Colt IQ Network via an API-based software-defined interconnection.
Nokia's gear will be getting a real workout in Germany over the next few years. The company's technology is being deployed by Deutsche Telekom to upgrade its optical network as part of a long term strategic partnership. Like everyone these days, DT is looking to add significant capacity and automation to its infrastructure as it looks ahead to the demands of the future. Nokia's 1830 PSS and PSE-V coherent DSPs will be deployed in DT's core network and strategic regional distribution sites.
In the UK, CityFibre has a new wholesale partner to help it take its metro fiber infrastructure to market. Virtual1 has interconnected with CityFibre's infrastructure, bringing its national virtual infrastructure to bear on CityFibre's steadily growing physical reach. Virtual1 itself is a wholesale-only provider who leverages some 600+ channel partners to reach end users.
And Orange Business Services is going to be busy east of the Nile. They have been tapped to design and build a new data center that will power the cloud services for Egypt's "New Administrative Capital", a smart, sustainable, greenfield city project midway between Cairo and Suez. They will be collaborating with Orange Egypt, which will be the prime contractor and supply the necessary infrastructure and services.
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