It’s getting warmer out there. Here’s some international connectivity, connected cars, Ethernet, and an M&A to go into the weekend with:
Windstream Wholesale has added some new international connectivity. They have hooked up to the Telxius cable landing station in Boca Raton, Florida, which gives the company access to the SAm-1 cable. SAm-1 connects up most major destinations in South America, offering connectivity to both coasts of South America as well as Central America and the Dominican Republic, and offers terrestrial links across the Andes and across Guatemala.
Ericsson and Volvo have pushed the connected car concept over another hurdle. The two have achieved a cross-border 5G network handoff for a travelling vehicle. More specifically, the cars were able to send and receive HD map data of the road ahead while crossing between network boundaries without discontinuity in the map data. The test occurred at the AstaZero test track in Sweden, but they are preparing for larger scale tests along a 5G corridor between Metz (France), Merzig (Germany), and Luxembourg.
ADVA is moving to make 10Gbps Carrier Ethernet at the edge even easier and cheaper. They have launched a new compact, low power edge demarcation solution aimed at mobile operators rolling out new 5G nodes at scale with zero touch provisioning. The technology offers an easy upgrade path from 1Gbps to 10Gbps MEF 3.0 services.
And a pile of data center assets is changing hands, from one investment trust to another. US-based Sila Realty Trust is selling the remainder of its ‘Carter Validus’ portfolio of data centers to Singapore-based Mapletree Industrial Trust for $1.3B. This is the second data center transaction between the two, the prior one taking place in 2017, and takes Sila all the way out of the data center space as it takes more focused aim at healthcare infrastructure. Closing on the 29 facilities will happen during Q3 of this year.
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