Wednesday Roundup: Kaloom, MainOne, Infinera, Ciena

May 26th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

One M&A, some data center development, and two international vendor wins.

Kaloom has both a bundle of new money to work with and a new majority shareholder. Alternative Capital Group, or ACG, has invested in the cloud-native edge networking specialist. The resources will go toward accelerating the rollout of Kaloom’s Unified Edge solution. As part of the deal, Stéphane Boisvert will join Kaloom’s leadership team as President. We had Kaloom CEO Laurant Marchand on here a few months ago.

Nigerian-based MainOne has plans to increase its data center footprint over in western Africa. The subsea cable operator plans to build a 130-rack facility in Lagos and a 50-rack facility in Cote de’Ivoire. They will also be expanding their Ghana facility from 104 racks to 400 racks by 2023. MainOne’s terrestrial reach touches 10 countries in West Africa, and the company is looking to further increase that presence.

Infinera has picked up a new customer over in Japan. Hokkaido Telecommunications Network, or HOTnet, is deploying a variety of the vendor’s gear across its fiber optic network. The upgrade will both enable HOTnet to meet growing traffic demands but also increase reliability and result in significant cost savings.

And Ciena’s gear is getting a workout in the UK. Openreach, a division of BT Group, is deploying the vendor’s optical platforms backed by some managed services in support of its ongoing network rollout. OpenReach’s plans call for FTTP connections of 25 million premises by 2026. 

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