Int’l Bytes: NEC, nLighten, NetIX, Lancom

June 6th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

One new subsea cable project, one M&A, and one new partnership:

NEC says it has signed a contract to supply the new EMCS cable system. ECMS, or the East Micronesia Cable System, will connect Pohnpei and Kosrai in Micronesia as well as Kiribati and Nauru further to the southeast, while tapping into an existing cable to Guam and the Marshall Islands. The project is backed by grant funding from the US, Japan, and Australia governments.

nLighten has made an inorganic move to expand its French data center footprint. They have acquired Euclyde Data Centers, which has six facilities spread across the markets of Sophia Antipolis, Lyon, Strasbourg, Besançon and Paris. That will nicely complement the company’s 10-data-center footprint in Germany, and suggests a pattern for future M&A — especially given the resources they might tap via their backers at I Squared Capital.

NetIX is taking aim at Greece via a new longterm partnership with the Greek service provider Lancom. Lancom will be handling the operational and physical buildout, and will sell NetIX services to its customers, while NetIX will manage the network and handle layer 2 customer support. The arragement will add depth and breadth to NetIX’s footprint across multiple Greek markets while also giving Lancom greater international connectivity.

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Categories: Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Mergers and Acquisitions · Undersea cables

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