The London Internet Exchange (LINX) and the Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX) recently entered into a new partnership agreement, a collaboration which stems from the knowledge that an increasing number of Asian networks are looking to peer in Europe, and in London in particular.
Community Network Center (CNCI) is the first member to join LINX in London from JPIX’s Tokyo PoP. CNCI, a large customer for JPIX, is the second-largest cable MSO in Japan, providing internet connectivity to businesses and consumers across central Japan. Reaching Europe from Asia was high on CNCI’s agenda in order to reduce latency and improve speed to European-based gaming content and streaming.
Takanori Furushio, VP-Strategy for JPIX says;
“We are pleased to be able to connect one of our largest customers, CNCI, with our new partners LINX in London. They wanted to be the first network to join LINX through this new partnership and lead the way for other networks to follow.”
CNCI’s port is now live and peering traffic and LINX are looking forward to welcoming more networks from the APAC region to peer in London.
Kurtis Lindqvist, CMO for LINX says;
“With transport costs to the UK falling and London maintaining its position as a global hub for interconnection, there’s simply no better time to join LINX. We are pleased to be working alongside our partners in Japan and together ‘working for the good of the Internet.”
BT has become the first international telecommunications company to receive nationwide licences from the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The China nationwide Domestic IP-VPN licence and the China nationwide Internet Service Provider licence will allow BT China Communications to contract directly with its China-based customers and bill them in local currency.
BT said the licences represented a major step for the UK telco, as many of its multinational customers in China require secure and reliable connectivity to expand within the country.
“Thanks to cooperation between the governments of the PRC and the UK, we are now able to offer a nationwide service in China that can be scaled up to match the ambitions and needs of our customers,” said BT CEO of Global Services Bas Burger.”
“Being able to service and bill locally significantly simplifies the process of delivering connectivity and other communication services. It is what our customers expect from us and we are very grateful for the opportunity to do this as of today.”
UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the milestone underscored the vital work of his international economic department to open up markets and ensure that UK firms are represented on the global stage.
“I am very pleased that close cooperation between the UK and Chinese governments has resulted in BT securing these licences, which will enable it to operate across the country,” Fox added.
Huawei and Three UK have demonstrated a 5G home broadband technology using Three UK’s 100 MHz C-Band spectrum, highlighting what the Shenzhen-based firm tipped as the transformative capability of 5G services.
The demonstration at at the 2018 Huawei Mobile Broadband Forum,utilised Huawei’s latest home broadband routers – the first 5G commercial terminals in the world – to allow forum attendees to experience ultra-high-speed 5G broadband services, such as cloud gaming and 4K video streaming.
Following the pre-commercial network tests that Huawei and Three conducted earlier this year, the service is expected to deliver a maximum download speed of 2 Gbps with an average of 1 Gbps for a single user.
Huawei said it will continue to work with Three to conduct further 5G service tests in the UK, which are expected to be released to the public in densely-populated urban areas and train stations – paving the way for the full commercial use of 5G networks in 2019.
UK virtualized mobile core services specialist Quortus has signed a multi-country reseller agreement with Fujitsu, under which the Japan-based IT services provider will to roll out the Quortus cellular core network portfolio.
Fujitsu is making the move as part of its comprehensive range of Private LTE solutions for enterprises, telcos and other large organizations in Japan and North America.
“Working with Quortus extends the range of solutions Fujitsu can offer across our entire range of customers,” said Fujitsu Japan Mobile Solution Business Division director Yoshinori Yuki.
Quortus offers a broad range of flexible, scalable core services for mobile network operators, MVNOs and organizations requiring private cellular networks. Its software can run on any hardware platform – including cloud-based and “as a service” type implementations.
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