Saturday, December 10, 2016

New Terrestrial Cable Links China and Nepal

China Telecom Global Limited (CTG) and Nepal Telecom announced an agreement to deliver IP services in Nepal. The services will leverage the 2016 newly launched terrestrial cable route connecting China and Nepal via Jilong (Rasuwa) Gateway.

Ou Yan, Executive Vice President of CTG, said, "China Telecom is dedicated to expanding our footprint by connecting with neighbouring countries. The China-Nepal route could provide service to Nepal and transit service from India. China Telecom has put tremendous effort into building the route through the Himalayas. We are committed to delivering a state of the art route for Nepal Telecom."

Kamini Rajbhandari, Managing Director of Nepal Telecom, said, "Nepal Telecom would benefit from an additional route for connectivity. We are confident that China Telecom would provide reliable service and are looking forward to establishing Nepal as a transit hub through this route."

CyrusOne Breaks Ground on Huge Data Center in Sterling, Virginia

CyrusOne broke ground on a 654,000 square foot data center in Sterling, Virginia -- its fifth data center in the Northern Virginia market.

CyrusOne said its new data center will have direct access to one of the largest fiber hubs in the United States as well as offer interconnectivity to the CyrusOne National Internet Exchange (IX) to reach other CyrusOne locations across the country.

“The start of construction on the Northern Virginia Sterling V data center is another major milestone for CyrusOne,” said Kevin Timmons, chief technology officer, CyrusOne. “Our rapid expansion in Northern Virginia is indicative of the growing need for our hyper-speed and hyper-scalable data center solutions. We pride ourselves on building large scale data centers at record speeds and look forward to expanding our services quickly while also continuing to make major investments in Loudon County.”

Ericsson Inaugurates Data Center in Quebec

Ericsson inaugurated its Global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Center in Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec. The new data center follows the opening of the Global ICT Centers in Linköping, Sweden in September 2014, and Rosersberg, Sweden in January 2016.

Ericsson said the new facility, which covers 20,000 square meters, allows it to emulate an operator's mobile network and to test new solutions as if they were running on a live network. The Global ICT Centers will use the Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000.

Martin Johansson, Head of Engineering IT and Test Environments, Ericsson, says: "With the opening of our third Global ICT Center today in Vaudreuil-Dorion, joining the first two in Linkoping and Rosersberg in Sweden, Ericsson is now in a unique position to deliver our technology expertise to customers across the world faster than ever before. Our current test environments are spread across more than 50 locations worldwide. These new state-of-the-art facilities allow seamless collaboration across borders in a 24/7, online R&D environment."

Megaport Signs Bulgaria's Sofia Connect

Megaport, which operates a global Software Defined Network that helps customers to rapidly connect to other services and data centres across the world, announced that Omnix Group EAD, whom it acquired earlier this year, has entered into a strategic partnership with Sofia Connect EOOD ("Sofia Connect"), a leading wholesale carrier with headquarters in Bulgaria acting as a gateway provider, linking carriers from the Balkans, Caucasus region, and the Middle East to Western Internet hubs.

The partnership enables Sofia Connect to sell Megaport's SDN services to their extensive customer base across their vast European network. Megaport pioneered the first platform that allows companies to instantly manage their connectivity from anywhere, on any device. With Megaport's SDN, customers can consume elastic bandwidth, pay for what they use, and adjust it as their business demands change.

Sofia Connect provides broadband and telecommunications services in Central and Western Europe countries as well as the Balkan Area, Ukraine, Georgia, and Armenia. Services include data transport, internet access, colocation, and hosting solutions. Sofia Connect customers will have direct, instant, scalable access to Megaport's global ecosystem of over 200 service providers, including major cloud services like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Megaport also provides connectivity to leading internet exchange service providers.

"Sofia Connect is a network leader in Europe and beyond," said Denver Maddux, CEO of Megaport. "Their experience and credibility make them a trusted enabler of network services in locations that extend well beyond the current Megaport footprint, reaching into cities with increasing demand for cloud networking services. Our respective footprints are very complementary and provide excellent coverage across Europe. Enabling Sofia Connect's customers with our SDN services and global footprint opens the door for new cloud use cases. It is an absolute pleasure to work with such an amazing team."

Linux Foundation Appoints Arpit Joshipura

The Linux Foundation announced the appointment for Arpit Joshipura as General Manager, Networking & Orchestration.

Joshipura has served as CMO/VP in startups and larger enterprises such as Prevoty, Dell/Force10, Ericsson/Redback, ONI/CIENA and BNR/Nortel leading strategy, product management, marketing, engineering and technology standards functions.

“Open source is the linchpin for massive transformation in the networking industry, similar to the server market of two decades ago,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director, The Linux Foundation. “Arpit’s contributions to networking, and specifically open source networking, are vast and well known. We are thrilled to have him on board to help us usher in the next generation of open networking technologies, which will require professionally supported open source development at every level of the networking software stack.”

The Linux Foundation hosts open source networking projects including OpenDaylight, OPNFV, OPEN-O,, Open vSwitch, OpenSwitch, IO Visor, ON.Lab, CORD and ONOS. Through these projects and related initiatives, The Linux Foundation is bringing together hundreds of developers, DevOps professionals and business executives from around the world to undertake this massive transition and to change an industry. This work is resulting in some of the largest shared technology resources of our time and will drive the networking industry for years to come.