Monday Roundup: RETN, EllaLink, Equinix, GlobalConnect

November 29th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

With the US on its annual Thanksgiving hiatus, the rest of the world was of course still getting a few things done.  Here are three international infrastructure items from over the weekend to catch up on as we start the new week:

RETN has invested some more in its TRANSKZ terrestrial route across Asia. The latest upgrade is to the route between Dostyk and Beijing. Dostyk sits on the border between Kazakhstan and China's Xinjiang province. The route as a whole reduces RETN's round-trip latency between Europe and mainland China to 112.08ms.

EllaLink and Equinix are working together for direct capacity between Latin America and Europe. The EllaLink cable system is now available in Equinix's SP4 facility in Sao Paulo, LS1 in Lisbon, and MD2 in Madrid. The new option cuts the corner on previous options that landed in North America, providing a 50% increase in network performance.

And GlobalConnect has made another inorganic move up in Scandinavia. They will be purchasing both the operator Open Universe and Telenor Sweden's Open SDU fiber footprint, which they will integrate into their own. The deal will cost GlobalConnect SEK 3B, or about $330M, and will add a total of some 214K connected homes. If all goes well, the transaction is expected to close in Q1 of 2022.

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Categories: Datacenter · Fiber Networks · FTTH · Mergers and Acquisitions · Undersea cables

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