Int’l Roundup: Nokia, Ciena, 2Africa, CLAR, WACS, WIOCC

August 17th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

A bunch of interesting infrastructure news items from EMEA:

Nokia and the Nomios Group say they will be upgrading the GÉANT European research network. In a 10 year agreement that puts Nokia behind their IP infrastructure, the upgrade will see 800GE routing interfaces deployed across the 50,000km fiber network. GÉANT carries 7 petabytes of daily traffic now. Nomios will handle the design and implmenetation, and Nokia will be providing those 7750 routers of theirs.

Ciena picked up some subsea business in the MENA region. center3, which is part of stc Group, will be using Ciena’s 800G optical technology to power its piece of the 2Africa cable system. 2Africa spans some 45,000km in length, which includes an extension to the Middle East and touches the Saudi Red Sea ports of Jeddah and Yanbu.

The CapitaLand Ascendas REIT (CLAR) has added to its UK data center footprint with a fifth acquisition. They have bought a tier-III facility in Watford, North-We4st London for some US$158M from an unidentified seller. Digital Realty’s LHR14 looks like it might fit the bill, but there might be another out there that fits the description better.  If so, however, it’d be a site Digital Realty bought from Sentrum a decade ago.

And several subsea cables have been damaged in the south Atlantic by a natural event. A rockfall in the Congo Canyon off the coast of Africa has apparently taken out WACS and SAT-3. The WIOCC cable says it has transitioned several customers onto its recently completed Equiano cable to restore connectivity.

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Categories: Datacenter · Fiber Networks · Mergers and Acquisitions · Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables

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