Capacity Watch

Kalaam Telecom, Bahrain's leading technology solutions provider, has announced the acquisition of Zajil International Telecom Co. (KSCC), one of Kuwait's longest-established ISP and ICT services companies, with the aim of creating a regional powerhouse which will drive digital transformation in the GCC region and beyond. 

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The London Internet Exchange (LINX) saw their network reach new heights last week as they tipped over the 6Tbps mark.

LINX provide global interconnection services for networks, allowing them to meet other key networks and ‘peer’ their Internet traffic in a secure environment. This considerably increases network control and redundancy as well as reducing network latency.

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According to Hargreaves Lansdown, the UK’s number one platform for private investors, Digital 9 Infrastructure announced plans to list its shares and then buy Aqua Comms as its first investment. Aqua Comms' major assests include transatlantic subsea cables AEC-1 and AEC-2 and other network assets in Europe. The transaction would be $215m (£155m) on a cash-free, debt-free basis.

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Amsterdam, 16 March 2021 - The world’s largest Internet Exchanges (IXs) ​AMS-IX​, DE-CIX​, ​LINX​, and ​Netnod​ have joined forces with the newly founded Route Server Support Foundation (RSSF) to tackle the lack of open source software suitable for high-end mission critical Route Server deployments. The ultimate goal of the cooperation is the improvement of the BGP software diversity and the strengthening of open source BGP implementations.

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According to the Brand Finance Telecoms 150 2021Verizon leads world’s most valuable telecoms brand with brand value up 8% to US$68.9 billion, followed by AT&T, Deutsche Telecom and China Mobile in turn. Reliance Jio is the strongest and fastest growing brand in terms of brand value, with a 50% increase to US$4.8 billion. Although in difficulties, Huawei continues to lead as the world’s most valuable and strongest telecoms infrastructure brand, with a brand value of US$55.4 billion, beating Cisco and Corning respectively on brand value and brand strength, according to Brand Finance Telecoms Infrastructure 10.

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The London Internet Exchange (LINX), a leading interconnection hub, has seen network data traffic passed by its members across its multiple peering LANS grow substantially over the last year.

On the exchange’s primary LON1 platform in London, data traffic has increased by well over 40%. The figure is closely reflected across all of LINX’s interconnection hubs, both in the UK, and the US. Indeed, all LINX LANs have set traffic records since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Telia Carrier announced the launch of a new PoP (Point of Presence) at the Derio de Telxius Communications Hub , located near Bilbao; a communications node with great interconnection capacity. The agreement enhances Telia Carrier's fiber backbone and connectivity for customers seeking access to a completely new and diverse route, from America to Europe, with low latency and high capacity between the two continents.

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According to Ciena, NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) will deploy a single-wave 800G line speed solution for Data Center Interconnect (DCI). Deployed with Ciena’s industry-leading WaveLogic 5 Extreme optical platform, NTT Com’s upgraded network can support capacity up to 33.6Tbps per fiber pair between data centers in metro area.

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Orange announced the commissioning and commercial launch of Djoliba, the first pan-African backbone network, covering 8 countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal. This Djoliba network infrastructure is based on a terrestrial fibre optic network, coupled with undersea cables, offering secure connectivity abroad from West Africa. This investment aims to support the digital ecosystem and meets the growing needs for connectivity in the region.

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Liberty Latin America has confirmed that the company has entered into a consent judgment with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the previously announced acquisition of AT&T’s wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The DoJ required Liberty Latin America Ltd. (Liberty), its subsidiary, Liberty Communications of Puerto Rico LLC (LCPR), and AT&T Inc. (AT&T) to divest certain fiber-based telecommunications assets and customer accounts in Puerto Rico. The DoJ also approved WorldNet Telecommunications, Inc. (WorldNet) as the acquirer. 

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Telecom Egypt, Egypt’s first integrated telecom operator and one of the largest subsea cables operators in the region, announces that it is building Egypt's largest international data center facility. Expected to be commissioned in early 2021 with access to all the global submarine cable systems that land in Egypt, the new data center is going to be the first in the country with the Uptime Institute's certifications in the Design, Constructed Facility, and Operational Sustainability categories.

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Telia Company announced on Tuesday to sell its global operation Telia Carrier to Polhem Infra, an infrastructure investor owned by Swedish pension funds, for 9.45 billion Swedish kronor (€900 million), on a cash and debt free basis, at an EV/EBITDA ratio of 18.9. Telia Company has reached an agreement with Polhem Infra. At the same time, Telia Company enters a long-term strategic partnership with Telia Carrier, securing continuous world-leading network solutions to Telia’s customers. 

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