Speculation is rife that BT is looking to get back into mobile itself in a big way, but in the meantime its wholesale arm has signed a new ten-year deal with O2 under the terms of which it will provide high-capacity transmission services to bolster O2's 4G chops. As part of the program, BT will help O2 migrate from legacy TDM to Ethernet-based IP backhaul services. (See
BT Wholesale Lands O2 UK Deal and Euronews: BT Seeks 4G Partner.)
Norway's Telenor has acquired GloBul, Bulgaria's second-largest mobile operator, for €717 million (US$937 million). Telenor already has a strong presence in central Europe, with operations in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro. (See
Telenor Buys Globul.)
Pan-European service provider Interoute Communications Ltd. says it has invested millions of euros in the expansion of its data center in Ghent, Belgium, which now has 1,500 square meters of space that can house up to 8,000 servers for collocation and hosting.
Sea Fibre Networks has extended the reach of its CeltixConnect network to Paris, which has become something of a data-center hotspot, and also acts as a termination point for international subsea cables running between the U.S. and Europe. (See Sea Fibre Networks Reaches Paris.)