China Mobile International Limited (CMI) announced that construction of the China Mobile Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Hong Kong Fo Tan Data Center (Fo Tan Data Center) is now underway. Being built by CMI in Fo Tan, Hong Kong, with the Mainland as the hinterland, the new facility is expected to be operational in 2025. It will be an important part of a core data center cluster for the GBA, serving as an international communications hub to facilitate global connectivity.
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Infinera and Telia Carrier announced the selection of Infinera’s ICE6 800G solution for Telia Carrier’s global network after completing a successful trial of the technology on Telia Carrier’s live number-one-ranked global network, AS1299. The decision to deploy Infinera’s ICE6 comes after a field validation trial on the 2,396-km link in the U.S. between Denver and Chicago. The trial was performed using Infinera’s innovative ICE6 technology over an existing third-party line system and demonstrated superior performance and improved network capacity.
Flexential completed the largest single asset-backed securities (ABS) issuance to date in the data center industry, including the largest-ever green data center ABS financing, to support rapid growth and development. The company issued the green notes under its new Green Finance Framework, which sets a new standard for green eligibility in the data center industry.
With its cool climate, geographical location, and abundant, affordable sources of energy, Québec is an ideal location for data centers. Greater Montréal, in particular, has quickly become a key hub for data centers and cloud services in North America, with the demand for cloud services causing the number of data centers in the province to rise from 50 to 39.
Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, the international wholesale division of Deutsche Telekom, and China Mobile International Limited (CMI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, have signed a preferred partner agreement to deliver enhanced access and transport services for their global customers with connectivity needs across both Europe and Asia. The partnership entails the launch of an additional POP (Point of Presence) at CMI’s data center in Moerfelden, near Frankfurt in Germany, on November 1, 2021.
Infinera and Telstra are deploying Infinera’s coherent 800G solution across Telstra’s international network. The deployment follows a significant industry milestone that Telstra achieved with Infinera, leveraging Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent technology on its GX Series Compact Modular Platform over a dispersion-managed subsea cable between Hong Kong and Singapore, a segment that spans 2,940 kilometers. With Infinera’s ICE6 solution, Telstra can realize a 45% increase in capacity over previous-generation technology and 20 times the original design capacity of the cable, underscoring the value of Infinera’s innovative solutions.
Corning Incorporated is expanding its longtime collaboration with AT&T. The two companies will work together to extend investments in fiber infrastructure, expand U.S. broadband networks, and accelerate 5G deployment. Based on AT&T’s long-term commitment to its network buildout, Corning is investing $150 million in optical cable manufacturing in North Carolina, initially adding 200 jobs.
Caribbean Express (CX) - is a new build submarine cable system that is being developed by Ocean Networks. The carrier neutral CX system will connect Points of Presence between Boca Raton (Florida) and Balboa (Panama) with branch connections to Mexico and Columbia. In addition, the system will have future connectivity to the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Guatemala, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The CX system will utilize the latest Space Division Multiplexing (SDM) technology and have 18 fiber pairs at a minimum of 20Tbit per fiber pair.
Bulk Fiber Networks, the Nordics’ leading provider of ultra-scalable, highly connected, sustainable digital infrastructure and fiber networks, announced completion of construction of their high-capacity HAVSIL submarine cable. Selected by the Norwegian Communications Authority as the new main secure fiber system for the nation’s international data traffic, the express route is the shortest connecting Norway with continental Europe.
EXA Infrastructure, the most expansive dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, today unveiled a new brand and outlined its intentions to meet rising customer demand for core services after its acquisition by I Squared Capital.