Three expansion projects and some IX teamwork to catch up with as we start the week before Labor Day here in the US. ITW is of course underway this week.
Sparkle has opened up a new digital hub down in the Central American nation of Panama. The international arm of Italian-based TIM Group has partnered up with Panama's Trans Ocean Network, forming a JV that will construct an 'open landing and connectivity center' in Panama City. The facility will offer 600 racks and 5MW of power within 3,200 square meters of colo space. Sparkle hopes the facility will grow into a digital hub for the whole region, including not just Central America but northern South America and the Caribbean.
DE-CIX has expanded its IX business into a fifth US market, taking aim at the desert southwest. Phoenix will be the latest market to host a DE-CIX multi-service interconnection platform, which will provide the means to better interconnect the ever-growing infrastructure in the region. DE-CIX has already established itself in New York, Chicago, Dallas, and Richmond. Phoenix gets them further west, but not quite out to the west coast yet.
HGC is taking its Eyeball-as-a-Service to a new market. The ultra-low-latency solution will now be available in the Philippines, home to a population of 110M spread across more than 7600 islands and a name I have to look up to spell correctly every single darn time. But I digress. The Philippines joins Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Thailand within HGC's edge OTT aggregation network reach. Where to next? Perhaps Japan or other southeast Asian markets I'd say.
And two IX providers in the US are following through with plans to team up to offer a joint interconnection service. LINX and NYIIX have officially turned up a route between their Northern Virginia and New York IX platforms, allowing members of each a much broader 'network of networks' to interconnect with. The partnership was first announced two months ago.
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