Vodafone Ireland and 3 Ireland may be about to combine their networks through a joint venture, according to a report on Bloomberg. If it goes ahead, this will follow the example of T-Mobile (UK) and Telefónica UK Ltd. (O2) in the U.K., which threw in their lot with each other to create EE .
Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has struck its first FTTH cooperation deal with a cable operator. The Swiss incumbent will team up with Lausanne Industrial Services (also known as Citycable) and the local authority to connect every building in the city of Lausanne with multiple (at least four) shared fiber connections by 2017. The plan now only needs the approval of the Lausanne city council.
Equinix Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) has completed the acquisition of German collocation company ancotel , a deal that adds "more than 400 network, cloud and content customers," a major interconnect hub in Frankfurt and points of presence in Hong Kong, London and Miami, according to Equinix. Ancotel generated revenues of $21.4 million in 2011. The value of the deal, which was first announced in May, was not published, though Equinix noted during a recent analyst day that it paid less than $100 million. (See Equinix Agrees to Acquire ancotel.)
NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT) has extended its Tier 1 global IP network into Italy, at Infracom's Via Caldera data center complex in Milan.
London-based Samba has launched a 3G mobile data service that users don't have to pay for -- but they do have to sit and watch two and a half minutes' worth of adverts featured on the service each day to earn the necessary "credits" to use it, reports the BBC. One analyst compared it to Blyk , which launched five years ago but failed to make much impact. (See Blyk's Ad-Funded Service Hits UK.)