Four interesting items from Europe to catch up with before we all go home for the weekend, including a bit of M&A, a new JV, a new data center, and some SD-WAN.
Infobib has completed its acquisition of Peerless Network. The deal expands the cloud communications’ provider’s voice network capabiltiies within the United States. Over the last couple of year Infobip has purchased OpenMarket, Anam, the Shift Conference, and Netokracija. Clearly they have some integration work to do, but it will be interesting to see what the Croatian-based global provider does with it all.
Sparkle has won over a Greek-based multinational to its SD-WAN solution with the help of the ICT integrator Neurosoft. Plastika Kritis has chosen the two to provide the network connectivity between its factory footprint in Greece, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Russia, France, and China. Plastika Kritis specializes in agricultural films and masterbatches.
STACK Infrastructure’s presence in Milan continues to expand. They officially opened their third data center in the city this week, adding 10MW and giving them a total of 120,000 square meters and 50MW of power in Italy so far. STACK still has another 25 acres of land available for expansion, having acquired an additional parcel recently.
And the UK’s FTTH market continues to evolve with the formation of a new high-profile JV. Liberty Global, Telefonica, and InfraVia Capita Partners have teamed up to build out FTTH in territories not overlapping with VM02’s current network. InfraVia Capita will put in £4.5B and will own 50% as the JV takes aim at some 7M homes, giving VMO2 coverage of about 80% of the UK population.
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