Int’l Bytes: EXA, GTT, AMS-IX, Sparkle, Zain

April 5th, 2022 by · Leave a Comment

Five interesting moves in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

EXA Infrastructure is providing some low latency connectivity to the London Stock Exchange Group. LSEG has moved its data center from the City of London over to the Docklands, and EXA will be providing the necessary dark fiber, waves, and Ethernet to make it all work. EXA is an Accredited Connectivity Partner with LSEG, a relationship that will carry over a the new location.

Meanwhile, GTT has announced a partnership with Arc Solutions. Arc Solutions provides integrated network facilities in the Middle East, and the two have established an NNI at the Datamena facility in Dubai. From there GTT will be able to better reach markets in the region via Arc’s infrastructure, which includes PoPs in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Pakistan, Oman, Bahrain, and the UAE. For its part, Arc Solutions gains more direct access to GTT’s global IP backbone.

AMS-IX is also making friends over in the Middle East. They have established a strategic partnership with Alliance International Management under which we will see six new internet exchanges within the GCC. The connectivity will enable easy connectivity to local carriers, ISPs, and content providers across the Persin Gulf region.

Sparkle has teamed up with the Nigerian operator Ciudad. Ciudad operates as OneData Nigeria across six cities, and is leveraging Sparkle’s Seabone IP transit network. Sparkle established a presence in Lagos three years ago, and has plans to expand its presence further both in Nigeria and in Africa more generally.

And Zain Group is making its first direct foray into the world of subsea cables. Their Zain Global Connect division is launching J2M, a cable system hooking up the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah to Marseille over in France. This is part of the PEACE cable buildout, the Mediterranean portion of which came online just last week, and Zain is working with PCCW to make it happen.

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Categories: Interconnection · Internet Backbones · Low Latency · Undersea cables

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