Capacity Watch

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 19, 2022 -- Telia Carrier today unveiled its new brand, Arelion, reinforcing its goal to provide premium global connectivity services to the world's largest operators, content providers and enterprises. Arelion is the world's best-connected network spanning Europe, North America, and Asia, with more than 70,000 km of optical fiber and 1,700 MPLS endpoints, connecting customers in 125 countries.  Enterprises from gaming to finance depend on the operator's business-critical services, including Global Internet Transit, Wavelengths, Ethernet, Mobile Data, and Wholesale Voice Termination.

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Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), the largest global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Teraco, Africa's leading carrier-neutral colocation provider, from a consortium of investors, including Berkshire Partners and Permira, in a transaction valuing Teraco at approximately $3.5 billion.  

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Djibouti Telecom recently announced  that the company has started the construction of a New Cable Landing Station in Djibouti City. As a leading strategic center for international telecommunications services in East Africa, Djibouti Telecom has two existing cable landing stations, housing 8 operational submarine cable systems and 5 on-project cable systems.

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HANOVER, Md. – June 8, 2021 – Marcatel, a telecommunications carrier based in Mexico, is leveraging Ciena’s (NYSE: CIEN) coherent optical technology to support a new network connecting Querétaro, Mexico, to McAllen, Texas. The network, which serves content delivery providers and wholesale carriers, allows Marcatel to offer low-latency, high-capacity data center interconnect (DCI) services at speeds up to 600Gbps across long distances to meet an ever-growing demand for bandwidth-hungry video, data, and cloud-based content.

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The Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) officially announced on June 1st that another China Telecom backbone network, AS4809, met its community-led routing security standards. MANRS accepted three other major China Telecom networks in December 2020. This announcement means that all of China Telecom's backbone networks successfully implemented the routing security best practices of MANRS.

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Nayatel and Facebook announced on May 26 a partnership to invest in fiber broadband in Pakistan to improve and expand connectivity across eight cities in the country. High-speed, reliable, and affordable broadband has become a basic household necessity as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect millions across the globe. Nayatel will deploy new fiber networks to serve as the backbone infrastructure for 4G/5G mobile and fixed broadband, which is a key driver of economic growth and job creation.

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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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