Interesting bits of infrastructure news from around the world to keep up with:
The pan-African provider Liquid has lined up a new partnership in the west-African country of Côte d’Ivoire. The company’s Liquid Dataport business has partnered with VIPNET, enabling Liquid to reach enterprise customers in the country while enabling VIPNET customers better access to the rest of Africa. Liquid’s footprint has been focused more on the east and south, and this move indicates an ongoing push to add the largely French-influenced west to that list.
EXA Infrastructure and Hurricane Electric are taking their partnership to the next level. HE is leveraging EXA’s network diversity in Europe to augment its global network, with some of the most recent work in the southwest involving EXA’s TAE buildout alongside HE’s expansion of connectivity in places like Albania.
Cyxtera’s sale of its remaining assets to Brookfield Infrastructure got another step closer late last week. The company got approval from bankruptcy court for its reorganization plan, which is based on the Brookfield deal announced a couple weeks ago. That could enable them to wrap things up sometime next quarter. Just what Brookfield has planned for the assets will be something to watch in 2024.
Nokia picked up two interesting deals in the APAC region this week. They are supplying energy-efficient, multi-supplier O-RAN technology to NTT Docomo in Japan. NTT Docomo is deploying both Centralized Units and Distributed Unit software across its commercial network. And Nokia also says it is supplying its AVA Energy Efficiency software to Globe Telecom in the Philippines. Globe is leveraging the technology via a SaaS model, and is realizing 3-6% power savings as a result.
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