Friday bytes: HE, EdgeConneX, Tampnet, GTT, Cisco, NEC

April 9th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

Several items from around the world to catch up with before enjoying a spring weekend:

Hurricane Electric is taking its internet backbone out to the edge with some help from EdgeConneX. HE has established 13 PoPs in EdgeConneX facilities, adding depth in Munich and Warsaw in Europe, Toronto in Canada, and Phoenix, Santa Clara, Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Portland, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Seattle in the USA. The arrangement expands upon an existing relationship between the two companies, bringing high speed IPv4/IPv6 access closer to eyeballs on two continents.

Tampnet has closed its pending purchase of fiber assets in the Gulf of Mexico. The offshore networking specialist has bought a 1200km fiber/wireless network from BP that connects the various oil/gas platforms off of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. It's infrastructure similar to what the company operates in the North Sea, some of which they have been retargeting toward the carrier/hyperscale space. Tampnet has plans to add another 300km of fiber, connecting up several more deep water assets.

GTT has also found some success this week in the energy vertical. The natural gas distribution network SGN has renewed and extended an existing agreement with GTT for cloud networking services. SGN will use GTT's network services to connect employees across their footprint in Scotland, southern England, and Northern Ireland as they undergo a multi-year cloud transformation.

And finally, Cisco and NEC have expanded their strategic partnership into the realm of 5G IP transport networks. The two technology giants will coordinate their respective capabilities under a new Global System Integrator Agreement, with NEC leveraging Cisco's IP metro/access and edge computing technology to expand the ecosystem of its systems integration business. The two will also collaborate on a joint 5G solutions portfolio.

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Categories: Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables · Wireless

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