Four bits of interesting infrastructure news news from Africa, Asia and Australia to keep up with:
Liquid Dataport and Angola Telecom have teamed up for some new terrestrial fiber in Africa. The two have put together a new route between Luanda, Angola and Johannesburg, South Africa by leveraging their complementary geographical footprints. The path they have taken starts out from Luanda to the northeast into the DRC before taking an arcing path south through Zambia and Zimbabwe. The development of reliable terrestrial routes through the heart of Africa has been a long time in coming, and hopefully reflects the growing infrastructure ecosystems throughout the region.
In India, Bharti Airtel has picked up a significant government contract. They have been awarded the Cloud and CDN mandate from the Digital India Corporation to power the DIKSHA national education platform. DIKSHA aims to promote digital access to education across the country, specially into far-flung and remote locations.
Equinix has turned its sights on a new market in southeast Asia. They have announced plans to open their first data center in Malaysia’s capital of Kuala Lumpur, following on the heels of their move into Johur last year. If all goes well, they’ll open the new KL1 facility in Q1 2024 within Cyberjaya. Equinix currently operates 51 data centers across 13 metros in the APAC region.
And Macquarie Technology is looking to raise money for its data center business. They announced plans to sell 2.22M shares to institutional investors at a price of AU$58.50 per share to bring in some AU$130M in new capital. They’ll be putting those funds to work expanding their data center footprint across Australia to meet the ‘next wave’ of demand.
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