Int’l Bytes: Macquarie, Nokia, Infinera, Sparkle

June 13th, 2024 by · Leave a Comment

Four infrastructure projects, three in the southern hemisphere and one not so far from the equator:

Macquarie Data Centres has kicked off construction on it’s latest project in Sydney, Australia. The IC3 Super West data center is targeted at AI and other high density cloud workloads, and includes hybrid air and liquid cooling options. It’s their 3rd facility on their campus in Sydney’s North Zone, and will bring capacity there up to some 63MW. FDC Construction has been appointed as the main build contractor.

Nokia, Chorus, and 2Degrees have announced a 25G PON pilot project. The first customer to benefit is Cherry Corp, which operates the ‘largest netted cherry orchard in New Zealand’.  Farming is increasingly high tech these days, and they capture a tremendous amount of image data, the processing of which they are shifting to cloud AI. The project leverages existing fiber assets with Nokia’s nextgen technology.

Infinera’s gear has been deployed under the southern Caribbean region. Digicel has deployed the vendor’s ICE6 800G and FlexILS solutions to light the Deep Blue One subsea cable. Deep Blue One just went live last week, connecting Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana with Trinidad & Tobago. From there it connects to existing subsea infrastructure to the rest of the Caribbean and on to the east coast of the US.

And Sparkle has a new partner/customer down in southwestern Africa. They have signed a new agreement with Telecom Namibia, leveraging Sparkle’s fiber presence on the Equiano subsea cable system, which runs from Portugal to South Africa. The arrangement will add diversity from the SAT-3 and WACS cables, offering a low latency route to European markets.


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