Multiple items of interest from EMEA and beyond:
Liquid continues to invest in its pan-African footprint, and this week launched another route from the South Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. It’s a 3,800km route between Mombasa, Kenya and Muanda in the DRC, passing through Uganda and Rwanda along the way. It complements the one they put in place a couple years ago that takes a more southern route through Zambia. Reliable terrestrial connectivity within Africa has historically been quite rare, with infrastructure focused along the coast fed by subsea cables.
EXA Infrastructure has been busy to its south and east this week. They have signed an MoU with Digital Realty to expand their fiber network into new data centers in the Mediterranean, with an eye on Barcelona, Athens, Heraklion (Crete), and others. Meanwhile EXA has announced a new partnership with Cinturion to use the Trans Europe Asia System to connect Italy with the Middle East via dual routes.
Nokia had two announcements of interest this week. The new IX they and DE-CIX have teamed up to build in Finland is now ready for service. DE-CIX provides its interconnection platform, which is powered by Nokia’s hardware. Meanwhile, Nokia has unveiled 4G and 5G core network software solutions for the enterprise marketplace. The idea is to address the growth in FAN/WAN private wireless networks for customers in the public safety and power utility verticals.
Console Connect has won a new convert in the cloud computing space. They have announced a collaboration with privately held Vultr, which operates out of 900 locations in 50 countries, enabling easy connectivity between clouds from Vulture’s scalable cloud hosting platform. Console Connects ecosystem continues to grow under the wings of their owners at PCCW Global.
And the Dutch provider GlobalNet has upgraded its footprint. They have officially launched 400G connections in Frankfurt, Germany with the turnup of connectivity via DATAIX for a major hosting provider. Globalnet recently added a PoP in Sofia, Bulgaria, and next up may be an upgrade to infrastructure in Stockholm to match up with Frankfurt..
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