Three interesting international expansion projects, some AI, and a bit of interesting M&A activity:
Sparkle has expanded its network into Iraq. This week they opened a new PoP in Erbil, which is the largest city in the Kurdish part of the country in the north. From within the Novel Point data center they will be able to offer IP transit and supporting services to the region. Sparkle’s parent company TIM is currently evaluating several offers to acquire Sparkle.
DE-CIX has also been busy in Iraq. This week their partnership with IRAQ IXP came to fruition with the official launch of “IRAQ-IXP powered by DE-CIX”. The new interconnection platform joins similar efforts in the UAE, Jordan, and Turkey, enabling more traffic to be exchanged locally and bringing down the cost of doing business digitally throughout the region.
This morning RETN revealed new investments in Poland. They have established a PoP in Gdansk at the Artnet Data Centre and have added a new route from Gdansk to Warsaw and Poznan. Gdansk sits on the Baltic Sea across the bay from Kaliningrad, Russia, and is RETN’s 12th PoP in Poland now.
In South America, Claro Colombia has tapped Tata Consultancy Services and Viavi Solutions for some AI. It’s part pf a a four-year project to upgrade Claro’s Service Operations Center, improving the company’s network operations by using AI and ML to help monitor, visualize, and troubleshoot their mobile network
And there was a bit of M&A activity in the IoT networking space. Netmore Group has announced the acquisition of Senet, thus expanding their reach across North America. Both companies operate LoRaWAN network platforms, and combined will have more than 1 million connected devices under direct management with a large backlog.
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