WACS and SAT-3 are damaged again, and the CS Léon Thévenin will sail from Kenya around the Horn of Africa for repairs.
Wholesale and Capacity
Adtran announced that Openreach, the UK’s largest wholesale broadband network, has deployed its FSP 3000 open optical transport technology to enable its new Optical Spectrum Access 100G Single enterprise service.
Adtran announced that Strada Communications is leveraging its Mosaic One solution to roll out high-speed broadband services across Western Illinois. The new network streamlines operations while enabling the service provider to deliver an enhanced and tailored Wi-Fi experience to homes and businesses.
Sparkle, the first international service provider in Italy and among the top global operators, in joint venture with Trans Ocean Network (TON), a Panamanian telecommunications company, launched Panama Digital Gateway (PDG), a green open landing and connectivity data center set to become the digital hub for all Central America, the Andean region, and the Caribbean.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Indonesian company PT Super Sistem Data (Super Sistem) for a feasibility study to support the development of a domestic subsea fiber optic cable system that will add critical broadband internet capacity in remote and underserved areas of Indonesia. Super Sistem selected Florida-based APTelecom to conduct the study.
Ardian has signed an agreement to acquire a 50% co-control equity interest in MXT Holdings (MXT), a telecommunications infrastructure company based in Mexico. Ardian's investment will be used by MXT Holdings to support a recently completed asset swap for ~200 towers and ~1,800 km of metro fiber from Telefónica, as well as strategic acquisitions which will materially increase MXT’s portfolio. The transactions will be funded using primary equity raised from Ardian and existing shareholder Mexico Infrastructure Partners (MIP), a leading asset manager in the infrastructure and energy sectors across Latin America. Going forward, Ardian will be 50/50 partners in MXT alongside MIP.
KKR, Telefónica Hispanoamérica, and Entel tell Telecom Review about agreements under which KKR will acquire a majority interest in PangeaCo and the existing fiber optic networks of Telefónica del Perú and Entel Perú to build Perú’s first nationwide open access wholesale fiber optics company with the mission to bring greater access to fiber optics connectivity across the country. The transaction will combine the existing fiber optic networks of PangeaCo, Telefónica del Perú, and Entel Perú into an independent company controlled by KKR. The newly formed network will be open access, allowing usage to all internet service providers for the first time. KKR plans to make approximately US$200 million of additional investment to more than double the ultra-fast fiber network from more than 2 million homes passed today to reach 5.2 million homes passed across 86 provinces by the end of 2026.
EXA Infrastructure (EXA) has committed to invest in two new diverse and redundant terrestrial routes in Sines, Portugal.
Arelion has seamlessly upgraded its existing Infinera FlexILS flexible-grid line system to support the L-band on a high-traffic route from Ashburn, VA to Atlanta. This upgrade doubles capacity per fiber pair, marking Arelion’s first route with active L-band capacity in service.
The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced a $930 million worth of investment to expand middle mile high-speed Internet infrastructure across 35 states and Puerto Rico, as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.