Some metro fiber, a new data center, a bit of network slicing, and some FTTH:
RETN has invested in some new Polish metro fiber. They have expanded their Warsaw metro footprint, adding two new PoPs adn a second fiber ring. They have new diverse fiber routes into Equinix WA2 as well as their first route to EdgeConneX WA2. RETN has plans to add further PoPs in Warsaw this year as well as more fiber in eastern Poland.
Princeton Digital Group will be investing $1B into projects in southeast Asia. They have development planned in both Batam, Indonesia and Johor, Malaysia, starting with a 96MW campus in Batam. At full buildout it will have four data centers on 15 acres of land at the Nongsa Digital Park. Batam is an island sits just 20km from Singapore, one of the world’s biggest infrastructure hubs. Their plans for Johor just to the north of Singapore seem to follow a similar pattern, but have not been detailed just yet.
BICS and Nokia have teamed up to put some software-defined networking in place. BICS has deployed Nokia’s SDN controller to automate traffic routing across its network. While there are immediate benefits, the impetus is BICS’s preparation for 5G network slicing and the future use cases associated with it.
And according to Render Networks, Bolivar Energy Authority has begun connecting its first FTTH customers down in Tennessee in just 10 weeks. The electric utility tapped Irby Utilities and Render Networks to manage the construction and deployment. It’s part of a government funded program that will bring fiber to underserved areas in Hardeman, Fayette, Chester, and Madison Counties. Render supplied geospatial construction and unified data capabilities, while Irby brought its project management and material logistics to the buildout.
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