Sparkle and Trans Ocean Network, a Panama-based telecommunications company, have agreed to form a strategic joint venture for the construction of an open landing and connectivity center in Panama that would become the digital hub for all Central America, the Andean region, and the Caribbean.
Wholesale and Capacity
Google will invest an additional $1 billion into its data center operations in New Albany Ohio while buying land in Columbus and Lancaster for more data centers.
Windstream Wholesale began the initial work of adding fiber to three routes on its rapidly expanding transport network connecting various cities in New York, Quebec, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
NTT announced that its Global Data Centers Americas division is building a new data center campus in Phoenix, Arizona slated to open in early 2022. This will be the fourth US market NTT has launched since February 2021, growing its footprint from three to seven campuses.
The 2Africa consortium, comprised of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC, announced the addition of four new branches to the 2Africa cable. The branches will extend 2Africa’s connectivity to the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands, and Angola, and bring a new landing to south-east Nigeria. The new branches join the recently announced extension to the Canary Islands.
The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how crucial it is to have stable and high-speed internet access. In the thick of social distancing, broadband connections allow people to work remotely, do e-learning, access health care services, and perform ordinary household activities such as ordering food or groceries.
Google is collaborating with Sparkle and others to build and operate two submarine cable systems linking the Middle East with southern Europe and Asia: the Blue Submarine Cable System connecting Italy, France, Greece, and Israel; and the Raman Submarine Cable System connecting Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman and India. Google's Blue-Raman cable system will consist of two portions.
Nokia and Empire Access, recognized as the fastest internet service provider (ISP) in the US for 2021, would bring ultra-broadband services to the Greater Binghamton area in the Southern Tier region of New York.
To help meet the growing need for more data flow and online content between the US and Europe, Lumen Technologies significantly increases its network capacity across the Atlantic Ocean by adding a new on-net route via Google’s Dunant subsea cable system. This route runs between Richmond, Virginia and Paris, France.
Infinera tells us that Sparkle selected Infinera’s ICE6 800G-capable coherent technology to enhance its new Mediterranean and European Optical Backbone, Nibble. Deploying Infinera’s ICE6 solution will enable Sparkle to launch new 400 GbE services over its existing infrastructure while boosting its network capacity by up to 54%, as demonstrated in a recent trial on two of Sparkle’s major routes in Italy.