Friday Roundup: Orange Business, Liquid, Telia, Aligned

August 27th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

Four interesting items from around the sector and the world:

Orange Business Services’ IoT capabilities will be getting a mobile workout. Lynk & Co, which is a joint venture between Geely Holding, Geely Auto Group and Volvo Car Group, has launched its 01 SUV, an always on and connected car that is built upon its IoT managed global connectivity. It’s not just connectivity for those in the car, the vehicle is designed as a membership-based vehicle that you don’t actually have to purchase in the traditional sense. Lynk says three clubs will be open initially in Amsterdam, Antwerp and Gothenburg, with Berlin and other cities to follow.

Liquid Intelligent Technologies is coming to America. The pan-African network operator and service3 provider has opened an internet PoP down in Equinix Miami. The new PoP connects back to their African fiber footprint via the South Atlantic SACS and Monet Cables. The new connection will cut latency from 263ms down to 163ms, as in the past connectivity from Cape Town to Miami was going through London.

Telia Carrier continued to expand its North American reach this week with another PoP. Building on their partnership with Flexential, Telia Carrier has added a node in the data center provider’s Hillsboro 2 facility in Oregon’s Silicon Forest region. The new Terabit-scale PoP adds flexibility for Telia’s network connectivity to Asia via the nearby cable landing stations. Flexential’s Hillsboro campus will span some 700,000 square feet when its third building opens this fall.

Aligned has made an interesting financial move. The hyperscale data center operator has issued $1.35B in securitized notes plus another $375M in loans, a transaction it says sets a new record for a data center structured sustainable debt financing. Aligned will use the funds to continue to expand its footprint in environmentally sustainable directions. The company has committed to matching 100% of its energy consumption to zero-carbon renewable energy by 2024.

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