A few interesting items from the start of this week, including three vendor items and some IX news:
Ericsson said yesterday it has suspended its business in Russia indefinitely. The global vendor has suspended all deliveries to customers in the country in light of current events. Meanwhile they are placing their own employees in Russia on paid leave. The company says it has recorded SEK900M in provisions for costs and impairment of assets for Q1.
And not to be outdone, Nokia followed up today with a statement confirming they have similarly withdrawn from the Russian market. According to the company, Russia accounted for less than 2% of their net sales last year, and the move is not expected to impact their 2022 outlook. But they also are recording a Q1 provision, in this case of about €100m.
FiberLight is leveraging more gear from Fujitsu to upgrade its infrastructure. They are deploying Fujitsu L130/140 ROADMs and T700 transport blades to increase speeds up to 400G and 1.6Tbps per blade. It’s the expansion of an existing relationship, as FiberLight has been using Fujitsu’s 1FINITY platform since 2019.
And DE-CIX has lined up a new IX partner for its Apollon platform in the Middle East. They have teamed up with Aqaba Digital Hub to launch “AqabaIX powered by DE-CIX” in the Jordanian resort city on the Red Sea. The upgrade is planned for later this year. It’s the 9th IX to leverage the DE-CIX-as-a-Service model.
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