Facebook and Microsoft team up to lay a massive internet cable across the Atlantic

APACThe Verge — Facebook and Microsoft announced a partnership today to lay the highest-capacity subsea internet cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean, starting with hubs connecting Northern Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. The cable, called “MAREA” after the Spanish word for “tide,” will be capable of 160 terabits per second of bandwidth and will stretch more than 4,100 miles of ocean in a submarine cable system.


Arctic Fibre says takeover by Alaskan company won’t affect plans for Nunavut broadband

APACCBC — The project to bring high-speed internet to Nunavut via a cable running along the Northwest Passage will go ahead as planned despite a recent takeover by an American company, says Michael Cunningham, CEO of Arctic Fibre. The Toronto-based company planned to build a nearly 16,000 kilometre submarine fibre optic cable connecting Asia to Europe.


Anonymous attack Greek central bank, warns others

APACChannel News Asia — ATHENS: Greece’s central bank became the target of a cyber attack by activist hacking group Anonymous on Tuesday which disrupted service of its web site, a Bank of Greece official said on Wednesday. “The attack lasted for a few minutes and was successfully tackled by the bank’s security systems. The only thing that was affected by the denial-of-service attack was our web site,” the official said, declining to be named.


Asia Africa Europe-1 undersea cable lands in France

APACTelecom Paper — Oman operator Omantel announced the successful landing of the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable system in the French city of Marseille. Spanning approximately 25,000km, the AAE-1 submarine cable is one of the first cable systems to connect Hong Kong to Singapore, Africa and Europe, all via Oman.


China All Access teams with satellite maker OHB

ChinaTelecom Asia — China All Access Holdings has entered into a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with German satellite system manufacturer OHB. Both parties intend to jointly develop next-generation satellite communications applications. China All Access and OHB will focus on achieving more comprehensive coverage through the integration of aerial and terrestrial mobile networks; and offering more effective communication solutions for enterprise customers in the vertical markets.


Cinia builds Asia-Europe optical backbone with Huawei

China.gifTelecom Paper— Cinia, a Finland-based designer, builder, and operator of connectivity and ICT services, has selected Huawei as one of the platforms that will connect the European data hubs via C-Lion sea cable connection with the network and service providers in China and other Eastern markets.


SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable lands in France

APACYour Subsea News — The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable, to be operational in the second half of 2016, landed at the submarine cable Station of la Seyne-sur-Mer, South of France. This new 20,000 km-long fiber optic cable will connect France to Singapore, serving 17 countries: Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Republic of Djibouti , Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Yemen.


The Asia-Africa-Europe cable (AAE-1) lands in Myanmar

MyanmarManila Bulletine — The Asia-Africa-Europe cable system (AAE-1) cable landed in Myanmar on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, according to China Unicom, the landing party in Myanmar for the cable. The Chinese carrier is in charge of building the new cable landing station in Ngwe Saung, Myanmar.


SEA-ME-WE 5 cable lands in France

APACTelecom Paper — The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable, due to be operational in the second half, has landed today at the submarine cable station of La Seyne-sur-Mer, near Toulon in southern France. The 20,000 km fibre cable will connect France to Singapore, serving fifteen countries along the way. These are Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Djibouti, Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Myanmar.


Samsung digital signs win top award in Europe

KoreaKorea Times — Samsung Electronics said Sunday its digital signs have has won a major prize at Europe’s largest commercial display fair. The company said its outdoor digital signs had won the AV Display Innovation of the Year award at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, last week. European audio and display magazine AVNews awards the prize, the company said.


Subsea roundup: SEA-ME-WE 5 reaches Europe

APACSEA-ME-WE 5 has now reached the shores of Europe. Telecom Italia Sparkle has announced that the shore end at its landing station in Catania on the island of Sicily is now complete. There’s a lot left to do still though on what will be a 3-fiber-pair, 20,000km cable system landing in 17 countries. The whole thing is planned to be ready for service by the end of 2016.


SEA-ME-WE 5 undersea cable system lands at Catania

APACTelecom Paper — TI Sparkle, Telecom Italia Group’s international operator, has announced that SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system has been successfully connected to its landing station at Catania in Sicily. The completion of the landing is an important milestone towards the completion of the submarine cable, said TI Sparkle, adding that the 20,000 kilometre SEA-ME-WE 5 is due to go into full operation by the end of the year.


Megaport hooks into major European internet exchange

AustraliaAustralian network virtualisation provider Megaport has pushed forward with its aggressive international expansion plans, inking a major deal with one of the largest internet exchanges in the world, the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). Based on software-defined networking, Megaport’s network interconnection model allows customers to lease network connections between major data centres on a pay-per-use basis.


Megaport and AMS-IX Partner to Provide Global SDN-enabled Elastic Interconnection and Internet Exchange Service

AustraliaNews Wire — BRISBANE: Software-based elastic interconnectivity provider, Megaport Limited today announced its US subsidiary has signed an alliance agreement to become the exclusive global elastic cloud interconnection partner for Amsterdam Internet Exchange. AMS-IX will in turn provide its Internet Exchange service in key Megaport-enabled markets across the globe.


Reliance Jio’s AAE-I submarine cable system gets green ministry’s approval

IndiaIB Times — Reliance Jio Infocom, the telecom arm of Mukesh Ambani Group’s Reliance Industries (RIL), has received environmental clearance to build the Indian part of the 20,000 km submarine cable linking Africa to South Asia. The Asia Africa Europe One (AAE-1) cable system is being built by a consortium of 17 global telecom service providers.


Foxconn launches data center venture in Czech Republic

TaiwanDatacenter Dynamics — Taiwanese electronics giant Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known overseas as Foxconn, is set to build a “medium-sized” data center in Prague, in a joint venture with local investment group KKCG. The venture will be called SafeDX and the partners will take a 50 percent stake each.


Foxconn sets up datacentre in Prague

Taiwanfudzilla — Foxconn and the Czech Republic-based KKCGare building a new datacente in Prague to cash in on the cloud. The  joint venture will be called SafeDX and both outfits will holding a 50 per cent stake.  The deal which was announced in the Chinese press is a way of getting a foot in the door of Europe without having to worry about data leaving the EU.  This concern is one of the major concerns for EU regulators.


Foxconn to set up datacenter in Czech Republic, says paper

TaiwanDigi Times — Foxconn Electronics and Czech Republic-based KKCG will establish a joint venture, SafeDX, with each holding a 50% stake, specifically for setting up a datacenter in Prague to provide cloud services in the Europe market, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (EDN).


21 Taiwan-based solar cell, PV module makers pass EU anti-circumvention probe

TaiwanDigi Times — The European Commission has announced that 21 Taiwan-based crystalline silicon solar cell makers and PV module makers have passed its anti-circumvention investigation, meaning that these makers’ exports to Europe will be exempt from EU anti-dumping tariffs of 53.4% and anti-subsidization tariffs of 11.5%.


Reliance Jio to spend $6 million on submarine cable system project: Report

IndiaIndia Times — NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio Infocomm would spend $6 million to connect India to the biggest global next-generation submarine cable system at the Mumbai suburban beach, media reports said.  The submarine cable system is called Asia Africa Europe One, or AAE-1, and is capable of carrying 177 terabit of data and is currently being built by 18 consortium partners.


Alibaba E-Auto signs 8-year deal with FIFA

ChinaAsia One — Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, China’s e-commerce giant, has signed an eight-year partnership agreement with FIFA, in which its Internet car brand Alibaba E-Auto will be an official supporter of the FIFA Club World Cup. The announcement was made in Tokyo ahead of the start of this year’s competition on Thursday, in which China’s five-time champion Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao will play against other continental giants.


Abraxas improves ICT resource utilization with Huawei’s Cloud Fabric

ChinaAbraxas, a large information and communications technology (ICT) integrator and Cloud Service Provider (CSP) in Switzerland , has built a virtualized multi-tenant cloud data centre network with Huawei’s Cloud Fabric Data Centre Network Solution. Thanks to Huawei’s SDN-ready Cloud Fabric architecture and fully virtualized data centre network solution, Abraxas has significantly improved its ICT resource utilisation.


Global Cloud Xchange and Broadcast Media Communications Deliver Live International Football Match to Fans in England

Hong KongPRNewswire — LONDON:  Global Cloud Xchange (GCX), a subsidiary of Reliance Communications (RCOM) today announced a partnership with Broadcast Media Communications (BMC UK). The announcement follows last week’s successful broadcast of Spain vs England match from Rico Perez Stadium in Alicante, Spain to ITV London studios.


Alibaba Plans European Domination From London

ChinaChina Tech News — Alibaba Group announced plans to further promote its globalization European strategy, stating that they will upgrade their office in London into a European strategic center. At the same time, the group will open a new office in Milan, Italy.


NTT Communications Extends Tier-1 Global IP Network to Marseille, France

JapanBUSINESS WIRE — TOKYO & PARIS: NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the global data and IP services arm of Fortune Global 500 telecom leader NTT Group announced today that it will expand its Tier-1 Global IP Network with a new point-of-presence (PoP) in Marseille, France. Marseille is the interconnection point for eight international subsea cables that link Europe to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.


Ageas HK to host trading platform on Verizon Cloud

Hong KongTelecom Asia — Insurance group Ageas Hong Kong will use Verizon’s enterprise cloud to operate its wealth management trading platform i-Invest.  Ageas’ Hong Kong CIO Henk ten Bos said the project is designed to help address the transformational changes taking place in the financial services industry.


Quanta Storage to be fined by EC

TaiwanDigi Times — Optical disc drive (ODD) maker Quanta Storage will be fined EUR7.146 million (US$7.93 million) by the European Commission (EC) under the European Union for participating in a cartel of eight ODD vendors, ODMs and OEMs, according to the Board of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.


How Orange utilized $1.76 bn investment in Q3

APACThe Group increased the capacity of the SEA-ME-WE 3 and 4 cables linking Europe to the Middle East and Asia, deployed the new SEAME-WE 5 cable and the Americas II cable (the latter connects the Caribbean to Florida and Brazil), and connected Benin and the Canary Islands to the ACE submarine cable.


HCL Tech to buy Volvo’s IT business for $138 million

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: HCL Technologies will buy Swedish commercial vehicles major Volvo Group’s external IT business for $138 million (around Rs 895 crore) in an all cash deal. Volvo Group will also outsource its IT infrastructure operations to HCL Technologies for an undisclosed contract value for five years. The Volvo Group and HCL have signed a letter of intent, awaiting the signing of the final contract, Volvo Group said in a statement from Stockholm.


Gartner Names Atos to Leaders Quadrant for Data Center Outsourcing and Infrastructure Utility Services, Asia/Pacific

APACPRNewswire — SINGAPORE: Atos, an international leader in digital services, was positioned by Gartner as a leader for Data Center Outsourcing (DCO) and Infrastructure Utility Services in the Asia/Pacific market. The deciding factors included Atos’ completeness of vision and ability to execute. “It is an honor to be acknowledged by Gartner in Data Center Outsourcing Services and Infrastructure Utility Services, Asia Pacific,” said Herbie Leung, APAC CEO.