News items worth noting from three global network backbones and two IX giants:
GTT is investing in an upgrade of its global IP backbone to 400G. They will be deploying technology from Juniper Networks, starting in major metro areas but gradually spreading out through the company’s 260-city footprint worldwide. The initial phase of deployment will be completed in the second half of 2023. The move is driven by continuing traffic growth worldwide.
Telstra International is targeting a larger presence in the Philippines. They have established a new PoP in Pasig City alongside a new joint venture with Converge, the Philippine fiber opeator and ISP. The arrangement will give Telstra terrestrial fiber routes connecting its cable landing stations for the EAC and C2C cables as well as to Makati City in the Manila metroa area.
AMS-IX and HGC have teamed up for a new Internet Exchange in Southeast Asia. AMS-IX Singapore will be located in the Equinix SG data center and will complement AMS-IX Hong Kong in serving networks across the region. It’s an expansion of an existing relationship between HGC and AMS-IX, as HGC is a commercial partner not just at the HK exchange but in Chicago and California as well.
DE-CIX has found an expansion opportunity closer to home. They are establishing two new ‘DE-CIX Premium Enabled Sites’ in the Frankfurt region via a partnership with NewTelco. One will be in heart of Frankfurt, and the other in Karlstein am Main about 25 miles to the east. The move gives DE-CIX’s flagship internet exchange a presence in 35 data centers in the city.
And Arelion had two interesting items this week. They will be boosting their wholesale voice business with the help of Linxa Connect. The technology deployment will enable them to replace three legacy systems while increasing efficiency and automation. Meanwhile they have brought in Scott Nichols as Chief Commercial Officer. Nichols will lead the company’s sales strategy as it seeks growth in the wholesale and enterprise spaces.
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